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Address: Fairport, NY
Phone Number: 800-422-6254
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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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15 Miles on the Erie Canal

We rented our bicycles from Towpath in Pittsford and headed east, to and beyond Fairport. This is an excellent stretch of the canal in terms of both beauty and interest.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Lake Oswego, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We rented our bicycles from Towpath in Pittsford and headed east, to and beyond Fairport. This is an excellent stretch of the canal in terms of both beauty and interest.

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Brockport, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The canal is a great place for anything you want. Biking along the canal is fun with well maintained paths a lot of little towns and villages along the route to stop and browse.

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South Florida, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Rode bicycles on the Erie Canal towpath trail. Parked at Wayneport Rd., which is halfway. First rode 7mi west to Fairport. Path is wide, asphalt in parts, crushed stone in others. Runs in the open, right along canal. Fairport is a neat little town with shops and eateries. Then rode east 7mi to Palmyra Lock 29. Trail is narrower, shaded,... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

The Erie Canal is lively and full of kayaks and small boats or people just having a stroll in summer. One can also ride the bike alongside it or stop for a lunch or ice cream during the trek. There are good restaurant that face the canal like Richardson which has great food. In winter the Canal is unfortunately dead... More 

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Rochester, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Until now, those of us who wanted to launch a canoe, kayak or rowboat in the seven miles of canal front from the Genesee River to Pittsford had one option: the floating dock at Lock 32 at Clover Street (see photo of kayaks and paddle boarder at the dock). Now, a second dock has opened at the Clinton Avenue South... More 

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Albany, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

The Erie canal stretches from Buffalo to Albany, NY and is host to at least one major group bike ride from end to end every year. The surface varies from gravel to dirt to paved, and accommodates walkers, bicycles, roller bladers and any other non-motorized activity. Scenic boat rides are available in some towns along the way, as well as... More 

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

We attended the Fairport Canal Days festival this weekend, which is situated around the streets and canal of that quaint little town. The Erie Canal is at its busiest right now, with lots of small boats parked around the slips lining the sides. This is also a great time of year to take the Sam Patch (or other) cruise boats... More 

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Fairport, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

A feat of engineering and the history of opening up the country. Whether boating on, riding your bike beside or just strolling with the dogs along the canal side, it is worth your time. The 'villages' along the canal in upper western New York, make good use of the canal, where it is a focal point. Fairport have a lift... More 

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Fairport, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

You can park your car ant the box factory and ride for as little or as long as you like along the canal. Go right and its paved up to bowling alley then packed gravel. Go left and you head out to Macedon. Very level route both ways. Back at the box factory get an ice cream at the ice... More 

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

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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Address: Fairport, NY
Phone Number: 800-422-6254
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Fairport

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