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Erie Canal

Address: Fairport, NY
Phone Number: 800-422-6254
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Ranked #2 of 9 Attractions in Fairport
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Motor-boating
Owner description: The superhighway of pre-Civil War America, this marvel of human engineering and labor, built from...
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Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
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 the west.

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Bloomfield, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Family has visited several times for Canal Days, trips to library, visiting various coffee houses and ice cream shops. There are a lot of small gift shops, but you need to drive (or boat) to Pittsford or drive to Victor for serious shopping.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We strolled down the canal in the town of Pittsford, NY, on a lovely October afternoon. The leaves were changing colors and the views were splendid. A lovely afternoon was had by all.

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Navan, Ireland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

And I saw photos after the snow that were breathtaking. Lots of seats for those who need them, squirrels fur raging for nuts. Just beautiful to walk or run beside the still canal loads of entry and exit points. Surrounded by trees. Can't believe you can leave your bag on the seat of the car without a care in the... More 

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Rochester, NY
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I'm an avid bike rider and the canal trail from the Genesee River to Palmyra is my beat. I've ridden all along this section hundreds of times and it never gets old on a trail that's very old and historic. You'll see many pieces of history from the early days of the canal system and lots of newer homes and... More 

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Fairport, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

It's very enjoyable to take a bike ride along the Erie Canal without having to worry about inclines or traffic. It takes less than an hour at a leisure pace from Pittsford to Fairport where you can find plenty opportunities for refreshments right at the canal.

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Cumberland Center, Maine
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Fairport has expertly tapped into their unique location and made it a destination. Smack dab on the Erie Canal, this beautiful little village treasures the past while it welcomes the future. Restaurants, events, shopping and the canal experience draws boaters and landlubbers alike. I cannot say enough how my family enjoys this town. There is something for everyone.

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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84 reviews 84 reviews
11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Time to relax and take your time cruising through the canal, If you need to stop every town had a great dock space and welcomes boaters unlike most waterfront towns

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Rochester, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The canal is such a great thing to take advantage of! You can walk on the path, run, bike, rollerblade, or enjoy sitting on a park bench. Of course, in the fall, it's even more beautiful with the leaves changing colors!

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Mars, PA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Neat experience to join hundreds of sweep and sculling rowers for the Lift Bridge Regatta on September 28. The Erie Canal is so straight and wide without the lilypads lining the inside shore of our rivers numerous sharp curves.Our home rowing venue is the Chadakoin River which is the outlet for Chautauqua Lake in Jamestown, NY. Nothing to dislike at... More 

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NYNY, USA
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62 reviews 62 reviews
29 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Traveled to Rochester and went to the Erie Canal - an engineering marvel of the early 1800's. The Erie Canal is open for all to visit on foot, bicycle, kayak/canoe, motor boat, or tourist cruise. The Historic CowPath along the water is where animals pulled barges along the canal for miles across the State. You can travel from Buffalo to... More 

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