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Address: Fairport, NY
Phone Number: 800-422-6254
Activities: Motor-boating
Description: The superhighway of pre-Civil War America, this marvel of human...
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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historic site, pleasantly restored

Fairport owes its existence to the Erie canal. The canal no longer carries freight, but is busy with pleasure boats, day cruises, and kayaks. The canal and towpath are tidy and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Arlington, Massachusetts
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Arlington, Massachusetts
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44 reviews 44 reviews
9 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Fairport owes its existence to the Erie canal. The canal no longer carries freight, but is busy with pleasure boats, day cruises, and kayaks. The canal and towpath are tidy and well-maintained, and the towpath offers easy biking. Many people kayak at least as far as the nearby locks. Of course the water and path are very flat and I... More 

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Fairport, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

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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61 reviews 61 reviews
14 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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137 reviews 137 reviews
20 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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1,761 reviews 1,761 reviews
518 attraction reviews
580 helpful votes 580 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
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 via mobile

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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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014 via mobile

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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