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Address: 12 Schoen Place, Pittsford, NY
Phone Number: +(1)5856625748
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Description: 90-minute Public Cruises are provided daily on Sam Patch, a historic...
90-minute Public Cruises are provided daily on Sam Patch, a historic packet boat replica, departing from Schoen Place in Pittsford, NY.Traveling the routes of America’s early settlers, We provide uniquely authentic canal cruising experiences for visitors from all over the world. Enjoy the signature Erie Canal Experience of traveling through a century old lock.
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Worth doing at least once

It's a fun and informative little trip. The captain schmooze the passengers and his "first mate" serves beverages and snacks and tries to read a brief I formation all guide over a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

It's a fun and informative little trip. The captain schmooze the passengers and his "first mate" serves beverages and snacks and tries to read a brief I formation all guide over a less than adequate p.a. system, but it's definitely worth the experience. I've gone through locks on the Danube in a big river cruise boat, but the Erie canal... More 

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East Amherst, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

The best part of the cruise was the locks. Very pleasant but not much to see. Captain and his assistant were very helpful and informative.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We enjoyed our tour on the water. It was great to see Rochester from a different view point. This is a tour you can enjoy from Spring till fall

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Bountiful, Utah
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We really enjoyed our time on the Sam Patch. The tour guide was very entertaining and knowledgeable. This area of the canal was very pretty to view as you slowly drift along the canal. The only complaint or suggestion I might have to make this cruise better would be for the owners to add speakers to the outside deck. When... More 

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Spencerport, ny
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I have been wanting to do this for the past 4 years and finally got myself to take the plunge. After work, I went down and got a ticket for the 4PM trip through the lock for the price of $15 which I thought was a good deal. The boat starts off towards the local lock as one of the... More 

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Lexington, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

A nice 'non-seasick' boat ride on smooth water. This boat carries up to 40 people and was just a bit more than half full on our tour. So we appreciated a bit of extra room. The tour guide was pleasant and very informative providing a good deal of interesting facts, etc. about the canal and its history. A trip through... More 

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Oxford, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We took a nice leisurely boat ride and learned a lot of history about the construction of the Erie Canal. We also got to go through a lock. It's a 90 minute tour, thankfully there is a restroom on board. They have a good selection of beverages, but only a few small bags of chips for snacks.

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Pittsford, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

This ride is lots of fun and really enjoyable. I even had my son's birthday party on the boat one year.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I was recently on the Sam Patch tour with a group of about 50 travelers. The captains were informative, friendly and fun. We had about an hour and a half trip up and down the canal. Everyone felt relaxed and refreshed when we departed the boat.

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We brought my wife here for her birthday and it was a wonderful experience. The crew were fantastic and seemed to enjoy interacting with the passengers. My 2 smaller children were allowed to steer the boat (with captains help of course) and that made their experience memorable. Boat was full, but you could stand outside at either end of the... More 

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