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Address: 754 First Street, La Salle, IL 61301
Phone Number: +1 815-223-1851
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: 1.5 hour LaSalle Canal Boat experience includes a one-hour ride on an 1848...
1.5 hour LaSalle Canal Boat experience includes a one-hour ride on an 1848 replica canal boat on the I&M Canal and a Mule Tending 101 class. Open May-early Nov. Period clothed guides and crew entertain you with stories of the historic I&M Canal. Accessible dock and boat. Adult $14, Senior $12, Youth $8 Child (under 3) Free. Visitor Center open year round-cafe, gift shop, meeting room, special events, visitor information, free wi-fi.
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Nice historical location

This place is right up from the lock and has some neat things for sale. They serve food but I'm not sure if it's all the time. There are several good restaurants within a hundred... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This place is right up from the lock and has some neat things for sale. They serve food but I'm not sure if it's all the time. There are several good restaurants within a hundred yards.

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

I brought my elderly mother on the canal boat ride and we both had a great time. I love animals so I enjoyed petting Moe the Mule. The docent on the boat really knew her stuff and provided us with great historical information. We got an extra long ride because the captain wanted to check on something farther up the... More 

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LaSalleCanalBoat, Director of Sales at Lock 16 Visitor Center & LaSalle Canal Boat, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for this fabulous review of your experience aboard the mule-pulled LaSalle Canal Boat! I am so thrilled to hear that you discovered your journey back in time as if the year were 1848 to be fun and interesting! The period clothed canal captain and crew are very knowledgable and really love sharing stories with visitors.... More 

Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

My husband and I were excited to take this boat ride and eating at the Cafe based on the reviews on here but we were very disappointed in the whole experience. We could not hear about 90% of the historical presentation once the guide went upstairs since the microphone was not working or he never realized to turn it on.... More 

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LaSalleCanalBoat, Director of Sales at Lock 16 Visitor Center & LaSalle Canal Boat, responded to this review

Hello and thank you for taking the time to share you experience on Trip Advisor. May I first apologize on behalf of the entire canal crew here at Lock 16 and the LaSalle Canal Boat for any issues you had while visiting. Our goal is to exceed every guest's experience and I am sad to hear that we missed that... More 

Ottawa, Illinois
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85 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

I often order lunch to go from the Lock because it is within walking distance from my work and has several vegetarian selections, including a daily soup. Last week I ordered the potato leek soup and I have to say that it was THE BEST soup that I have had. I wish this could be a regular item on their... More 

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LaSalleCanalBoat, Guest Relations Manager at Lock 16 Visitor Center & LaSalle Canal Boat, responded to this review

Hello and thank you so much for this rave review of your experience at Lock 16 in downtown LaSalle! I am so thrilled to hear that the, "Creamy Potato & Leek" soup is your new favorite and the best ever! I also love that we have vegetarian options everyday! Thanks again for taking the time to write this fabulous review... More 

La Salle, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A great place to meet for coffee or host a gathering. I've tried many dishes on the breakfast and lunch menu and it's all delicious. Good coffee and homemade desserts. While you're waiting for your food or after you are done eating, browse the gift shop with unique items for yourself or a gift.

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LaSalleCanalBoat, Guest Relations Manager at Lock 16 Visitor Center & LaSalle Canal Boat, responded to this review

Wow, thank you so much for this stellar review of your experiences at Lock 16 Center in downtown LaSalle! It is always an honor to welcome you, your friends and family for visits! I completely agree that Lock 16 has really cool and unique gifts for yourself or to share with loved ones. Thanks again and I certainly hope to... More 

Peoria, Illinois
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80 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Took my 86-year old father and brother on the canal boat yesterday afternoon. Easy to get to, and accessible for my dad who cannot walk very far any more. Weather was perfect - sunny and mild. Boat was full, but not packed. So, still able to move between decks and take photos. Historical and mule tender volunteers were both very... More 

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LaSalleCanalBoat, Director of Sales at Lock 16 Visitor Center & LaSalle Canal Boat, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you so much for this wonderful review of your visit to the LaSalle Canal Boat. We certainly enjoyed having you and your family for a trip back to 1848. The round trip tour truly is fun for all ages and levels of ability. And I am so glad to hear that the weather was comfortable during your trip.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

It gives you a pretty authentic trip of what the Lincoln's may have experienced. "Mary Todd Lincoln" was our tour guide. Dressed in period clothing in 93 degree heat, she told the history of the canal and the boat as Moe the mule pulled us for an hour. Older kids were interested. Younger kids were a bit bored but made... More 

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LaSalleCanalBoat, Director of Sales at Lock 16 Visitor Center & LaSalle Canal Boat, responded to this review

Greetings, Thank you for taking the time to write a review of the LaSalle Canal Boat and send praise to the wonderful staff. I will be sure to share your compliment with the crew! I completely agree that the ride is interesting and I have to admit that I also enjoy throwing leaves in the canal. The I&M Canal is... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This was our second time on the canal boat--this time as part of a "caravan" celebrating the 30th anniversary of the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor. The people working at the Visitor Center and the canal boat are the nicest people ever! They are all so knowledgeable about the history of this underrated Illinois gem. The Visitor Center also has... More 

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LaSalleCanalBoat, Director of Sales at Lock 16 Visitor Center & LaSalle Canal Boat, responded to this review

Ahoy, Thank you for your kind words and praise! The caravanners of the 30th Anniversary Canal Caravan made this event truly magnificent. And, I completely agree that Lock 16 and LaSalle Canal Boat house some of the nicest staff and experts that the state of Illinois has to offer visitors. Thank you for your continued support and we certainly hope... More 

Porter, Indiana
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137 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

we did not meet a person we did not like. everyone at the visitor center was helpful and friendly. The canal boat ride was relaxing, staff on board were friendly, they were able to provide information about the use of the canal. They even allow well mannered pets on board which is a plus if you are traveling with a... More 

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LaSalleCanalBoat, Director of Sales at Lock 16 Visitor Center & LaSalle Canal Boat, responded to this review

Hi Laura P, Wow, thank you so much for this fabulous review of your experience aboard the LaSalle Canal Boat in LaSalle, Illinois! I am happy to hear that your fury friend was able to enjoy the ride as well. It is so nice to hear that you found staff at Lock 16 and the LaSalle Canal Boat friendly and... More 

Palatine, Illinois
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

If you want to relax and watch the happenings on the river, this is the place. We enjoyed watching the tugs and barges come and go -- takes a long time but is educational.

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LaSalleCanalBoat, Director of Sales at Lock 16 Visitor Center & LaSalle Canal Boat, responded to this review

Hello Gramma125, Thank you very much for taking the time to post this fun review of your experience at Lock 16 and LaSalle Canal Boat along the I&M Canal in LaSalle, IL! It was certainly a pleasure to have you and your family for a visit and we are so happy to hear that a fun time was enjoyed by... More 

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Address: Address: 754 First Street, La Salle, IL 61301
Phone Number: +1 815-223-1851
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  La Salle

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