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Sam Patch Erie Canal tour

250 Exchange Boulevard, Rochester, NY 14608-2707
585-262-5661
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Ranked #4 of 14 activities in Rochester
Type: Boat Tours
Most recent review
- Oct 21, 2013
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Tampa, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
25 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013 via mobile

The captain and crew were outstanding, very knowledgable, and shared valuable information regarding the canal, community, and the historical boat. The crew actually had formal backgrounds in history and professional presented programs identifying unique aspects of the community and canal. The captain invited us into the pilot house and shared many interesting facts and stories of the Erie Canal. We... More

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Ventnor City, NJ
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

our friends from the Rochester, NY recommended that we go on an Erie canal cruise. This was the highlight of our vacation. If you have a chance to go there - don't miss it.

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London
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75 reviews 75 reviews
43 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

we tried to book this ride but online it looked like it wasn't running so gave up. We went to a wine tasting instead then decided to park up and walk along the canal. As we noticed the booth was open we stopped by and found that not only was the boat doing a trip in ten minutes but there... More

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Webster, New York
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

The Sam Patch actually sails out of the Pittsford, NY port on the Erie Canal and it's sister ship the Mary Jemison sails out of downtown Rochester on the Genessee River. I have done both and both are delightfull trips of 1 1/2 hr. Not only are the boats true canal boats but they have great narrators to give you... More

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Dundas, Canada
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

We especially enjoyed the very interesting and informative talk given on the return portion of our trip. This was our first visit to Rochester so it's long history as a centre of commerce and culture in the American northeast, along with the history of the Erie Canal, held our rapt attention. The captain and crew were competent, friendly and helpful.... More

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Port Orange, FL
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Take a leisurely tour of this historic American treasure. Beginning in downtown Rochester, you pass by historic and new buildings. The views are spectacular! Growing up I learned about the US from reading. My favorite was Junior Scholastic Magazine. Taking the Erie Canal boat tour brought those memories to life. The boat is very well maintained. The staff is courteous... More

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Carver, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

We took the 1 hour tour, enjoyed the history of the canal, and going into the lock. It would be a good tour for all ages.

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Northern California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

Start your trip in Shoen Place after lunch in one of the interesting restaurants or coffee or ice cream at the spot next to the berth. A quiet trip down the canal, a history lesson, time to chit chat with your friends or fellow travelers, and a chance to ride the water level up in a lock. We were running... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

Perfect way to spend a relaxing afternoon on the water. It was interesting to learn so much about the history of the Erie Canal and experience going through the lock. It was so smooth - not sure why I expected a little bit of turbulence! The day I was out, the group on board was small - the captain let... More

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Senior Contributor
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7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

Our trip on the Sam Patch Canal Boat was enjoyable, informative, and great fun! The Captain and crew give a good talk about Erie Canal history and purpose. We learned the Erie Canal opened the interior of the US to markets in New York and beyond. We learned Sam Patch was a daredevil stunt jumper. We went west and locked... More

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