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Address: Fairport, NY
Phone Number: 800-422-6254
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The superhighway of pre-Civil War America, this marvel of human engineering...

The superhighway of pre-Civil War America, this marvel of human engineering and labor, built from Albany to Buffalo, opened up America's frontier to the west.

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Favorite place for a walk and talk

The Erie Canal Path is a great place for a walk and talk with my husband and daughter, separately of course. The only trouble I have is a fear of dogs so I have to be on guard.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Lisa D
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Fairport, New York
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Fairport, New York
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The Erie Canal Path is a great place for a walk and talk with my husband and daughter, separately of course. The only trouble I have is a fear of dogs so I have to be on guard.

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Thank Lisa D
Webster, New York
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25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We always enjoy visiting the canal. This year we took two tour boat rides and went through the locks. It was a lovely way to spend an afternoon and you see so much along the way. We went a second time to bring some visitors from MA. I highly recommend that.

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Thank dpditto
Pittsford, New York
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

A treasure in the community with lovely shops and restaurants all along the way. Not to be missed when visiting any of the villages in Rochester

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Lancaster, California
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45 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The Erie Canal experience was very interesting, from the locks at Lockport, NY to the actual canal, which still covers over 400 miles and connects Lake Erie to the Hudson River. It climbs up 450 feet over that 400 miles, via large and small "locks". We came across a couple of guys from Pennsylvania, in a small boat in the... More 

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Fairport, New York
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

There is a great walking/bike path that follows the canal for miles. Lots of access points. Sometimes there are benches to sit on. Sometimes you come to areas with restaurants or stores. You can go as far as you want. Great for all ages.

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Chicago, Illinois
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76 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

Lovely, ideally American town sort of spot. Charming, charming, charming. Worth the trip if you're looking for low-key homespun diversion. If you're a tourist, probably not top of the list. But for locals looking for nice afternoon...yes.

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1 Thank Josh547
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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42 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

it was interesting to see a couple of boats go by and to see them raise and lower the lock ports. We live in the desert so this was interesting to us.

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New Orleans LA
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197 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Took the Erie Canal cruise again while visiting friends in Rochester area -- real relaxing trip along the canal - narrator very informative and lots to see -- many many photo ops along the way.

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Fairport, New York
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

We left our car at Perinton Park and took off on our bikes for a 3 hour excursion along the canal. Rode to Aladdins for a great lunch, al fresco, enjoying the beautiful scenery from above. The canal path is well maintained, well traveled and provides easy access to attractions along the way. Bike mirrors and bells are a great... More 

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Fairport, New York
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

A beautiful little village on the Erie Canal. Great local restaurants, friendly people, ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S.. Hiking trails, concerts, festivals and much more

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