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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
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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
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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79 reviews 79 reviews
10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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San Diego, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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New York City, New York
17 reviews 17 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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