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Erie Canal

Fairport, NY
800-422-6254
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Ranked #2 of 7 Attractions in Fairport
Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Motor-boating
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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San Diego, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

If you are in the Freeport area, you should take a look around. We enjoyed the small shops, railway, the Erie Canal, and especially the very special vertical lift canal metal bridge, an engineering marvel! We had dinner open air right next to the canal, and they were having open mic night with local artists, we enjoyed every minute.

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

All kinds of recreational activities run along the canal. You can shop and dine in Fairport or Pittsford. The historic Erie canal has been re-done as a great recreation and tourist destination. Family friendly and inexpensive (mostly) shops and restaurants are a short walk from canal side.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Total rip off! Do NOT go! Trust me!! Poor cruise boat, and poorly decorated. By far the worst dinner cruise trip my friends and I had taken. We didn't know the entire cruise was going to be about a mystery. The staff was not helpful, they didn't serve us water with our meal, our dinner for $104!!!! Was a tiny... More

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New York City, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

My wife and I were in Rochester for the weekend and were told this was a must thing to do. We were in no way disappointed. We paid for the dinner (Chicken Parmesian/Meatballs, pasta with "Tomotto" sauce, bread with fresh whipped garlic butter. DELICIOUS!!! Full bar on board and priced as expected, not cheap, but very reasonable and well made... More

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Silver Creek, New York
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

So enjoyed our trip down the Erie Canal and experiencing Lock No. 32. The weather was perfect and it was a picture perfect day. Enjoyed the peacefulness of the boat journey and seeing the lovely homes and decks on the canal. Experiencing the actual workings of one of the Locks was a real treat. It is a nice way to... More

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VA
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79 reviews 79 reviews
50 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Fairport is known for the paved bike path that runs along side the Erie Canal, and its Lift Bridge that is built on an angle. We discovered that it is also a great place to rent a pair of kayaks and go kayaking on the Erie Canal itself. The Erie Canal Boat company is right at the waters edge after... More

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Penfield New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The Erie Canal at Fairport is a favorite summer stop. There is a walking/biking path which goes for miles,connecting the adjacent towns. There's a wonderful boat rental opportunity,offering kayaks,canoes,paddle boats and pontoons. Whether strolling with a gelato to enjoy or cruising up the canal on the Colonoial Belle,the Fairport portion of the Erie Canal offers something for everyone.

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Toronto, Canada
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We loved the Erie Canal biking experience! Trails were fantastic, the opportunity to enjoy food and beverage along the route even better. The stay at the Woodcliff Hotel and Spa was fantastic. We enjoyed the quick trips into Rochester..all in all a great place to visit.

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Ottawa, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

And found Fairport. I did actually get the shorts thanks to a tip from a local but also got homemade ice cream, stamps from some kind ladies in a craft cooperative and watched the lift bridge go up. The Erie Canal is used a lot by the locals. I'd recommend this side trip from Victor.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

If you're traveling by boat......the locks between Lyons & Fairport are in rough shape, but well worth it! Newark was a wonderul port.....free electric, water, showers, bathrooms and even laundry. Be careful though, someone took my laundry out before it was done! Wonderul grassy area with gazebo and pavillion. Free concert on Friday nights.

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