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Lock 16 Visitor Center & LaSalle Canal Boat

Address: 754 First Street, La Salle, IL 61301
Phone Number: +1 815-223-1851
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Ranked #2 of 7 Attractions in La Salle
Type: Historic Sites, Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: 1.5 hour LaSalle Canal Boat experience includes a one-hour ride on an 1848 replica canal boat on...
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Type: Historic Sites, Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: 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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Peoria, Illinois
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75 reviews 75 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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 via mobile

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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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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108 reviews 108 reviews
59 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 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 

Jasper, Georgia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

We lucked out when we happened to stop by this Visitor Center before returning to our motel and to see what we could see. It just so happened that a very large barge was going through the lock and we got to watch from beginning to end. Fascinating! The next day we rode on the LaSalle Canal Boat. Very interesting... More 

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Davenport, Iowa, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

This tour is a one of a kind opportunity for just about any type of traveler, including families. A one hour trip mule-pulled authentic boat trip on a segment of the canal, the tour is narrated by a costumed and well informed, period-dressed guide. No concerns about animal treatment: the well cared for mule pulls the equivalent of only about... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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56 reviews 56 reviews
17 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

Nice little park at the boat site, so i would suggest taking a picnic lunch. Peaceful and interesting ride. Went on a beautiful sunny August afternoon and there were only a few other families on the boat. Nice 1 hour experience. Yummy cool treats at the visitor center.

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ottawa, Illinois, USA
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19 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

i won tickets to the mule-pulled canal boat ride and stopped in for a drink and a snack to take on the boat. we got a side of kettle cooked chips that were delicious. the boat ride was pretty cool with alot of canal history. scenery was that of many birds and wildflowers of illinois. fascinating!!

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Gurnee, Illinois
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

The Lock 16 Visitor center is a wonderful place. We enjoyed the best breakfast we had in a long time at a price that was very reasonable. The young lady working was kind, attentive and gave a lot of information. LaSalle has such a rich history, you should visit so that it is not forgotten. The gifts at the visitor... More 

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