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Erie Canal

Address: Fairport, NY
Phone Number: 800-422-6254
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Ranked #2 of 9 things to do in Fairport
Type: Bodies of water, Nature & Parks
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, Nature & Parks
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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Fairport, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The opportunity to ride a bike, walk or jog even roller blade along the canal is great! There area few fine places to eat and drink in Fairport and the immediate surrounds.

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Fairport, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

No crowds. Lots of snow and ice. There's an ice rink nearby, food and shopping, too. Why wait for summer?

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Fairport, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Now a place for boat viewing and strolling in villages that border the canal. Fairport and Pittsford are two good choices, where the municipalities have improved the area and walkways by the canal. Places to eat, walk and shop

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Macau, China
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This entire stretch of water has been greatly developed for recreation and beauty, which also supports the preservation of an interesting historical transportation highway. Each town has done it's own job of enhancing the area. It's definitely a welcome phenomenon in upstate New York.

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Seattle, Washington
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129 reviews 129 reviews
16 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

I've walked along the canal many times, in each season. I always think of its history as part of the development of NY State. A pleasant walk, calm surroundings, interesting bridges & locks.

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Rochester, New York
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1,623 reviews 1,623 reviews
488 attraction reviews
503 helpful votes 503 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I took a stroll along with canal path today, and found it was enjoyable even in the middle of winter. The paths are empty now, although care must be taken because they are icy and not really "plowed" of snow. Still, the businesses and restaurants along the path are open, so go and enjoy yourself! Just dress warmly because the... More 

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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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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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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
11 helpful votes 11 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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