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Lock 16 Visitor Center & LaSalle Canal Boat

754 First Street, La Salle, IL 61301
815-223-1851
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Ranked #2 of 7 attractions in La Salle
Type: Historic Sites
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... more » 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 clothes 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-café, gift shop, meeting room, special events, visitor information, free wi-fi. « less
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Porter, Indiana
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80 reviews 80 reviews
39 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

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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Palatine, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Jasper, Georgia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
9 helpful votes 9 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
27 helpful votes 27 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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91 reviews 91 reviews
18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
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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Hillsboro, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Due to flooding this spring and the fact that this was the first float of the season, our experience was less than ideal. All crew members were very friendly, and the customer service actually refunded our money when I complained. This could be a really interesting and unique tour if weather and organization come together. We plan to try again.

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Palatine, Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Learn about the amazing and rich history of the IL Valley."Mrs. Lincoln" was our guide, and she presented an informative description of the history. "Mo the mule" who pulled the barge is a character. I never knew what a mule is or how much of a personality a mule has. The trip lasts an hour and is fascinating! Also, great... More

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IL
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

After a bad flood in April 2013, they just reopened the Lock 16 Visitor Center last weekend. It's a small building which is worth going to when in the area. The Canal Boat ride was something different as the boat was pulled through the canal by a mule! The men on the boat and the mule handler were very knowledgable... More

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