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Mid-Lakes Navigation - Day Tours

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Address: 11 Jordan Street, Skaneateles, NY 13152
Phone Number: +1 315-685-8500
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Description: Mid-Lakes Navigation is a family owned and operated tour boat company...
Mid-Lakes Navigation is a family owned and operated tour boat company, cruising on the Erie Canal and Skaneateles Lake in New York's beautiful Finger Lakes Region.
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Enchanting evening

We went on the dinner cruise on Skaneateles Lake on a Thursday evening. The weather was wonderful and the cruise was outstanding. The only thing better was the food and service... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2013
Ed P
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Bonita Springs, Florida
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Bonita Springs, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

We went on the dinner cruise on Skaneateles Lake on a Thursday evening. The weather was wonderful and the cruise was outstanding. The only thing better was the food and service. Mid Lakes does a wonderful job with serving food and drink in the middle of a lake. The food was hot and tasty and the selection of wines and... More 

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MidLakes N, Public Relations Manager at Mid-Lakes Navigation - Day Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Ed! I am so glad that you enjoyed your evening on the Lake. We are so lucky to attract a great staff. From our reservationists to the kitchen staff to the Captains and servers and right on to the dishwashers, we are blessed to have hard working, friendly, competent people "onboard". Oh, and that glass... More 

Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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147 reviews 147 reviews
26 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Took the sightseeing cruise. It was a little hard to hear the live narration about the rich people who own the stately homes around the lakefront. It was also unclear at the dock where to buy tickets but cash and credit card are accepted on the boat. Drinks available for purchase and there was a nice clean bathroom on board.

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MidLakes N, Public Relations Manager at Mid-Lakes Navigation - Day Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for posting about your cruise. I am sorry that it was hard to hear the commentary. Acoustics on a big steel boat can be challenging. Adjustments are always being made for when windows are open or closed or based on our speed/noise from the engine or noise from rain on the deck, etc.. It sounds like we didn't... More 

Seneca Falls, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Wife, Grandson and I spent four days and nights on the Oneida canal boat. Midlakes is a first rate, customer focused operation. One of the other boats, broke the little glass bulb in the top of their coffee percolator, Midlakes staff brought a replacement to them in Seneca Falls. From the initial greeting, through orientation, the cruise and boat turn... More 

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MidLakes N, Public Relations Manager at Mid-Lakes Navigation - Day Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review John! I love seeing people who are "local" to the area getting out and enjoying the canal system. We are so lucky to live is such an amazing part or the world with so much to explore. And, what a wonderful time to spend with your grandson. He'll never forget it! More 

Syosset, New York
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

My husband and two kids, ages 19 and 17 took a four day trip on one of the canal boats named The Canandaygua. We started out in Macedon where Midlakes is located. Had an orientation on how to operate the boat and navigate the lockes and were on our way! We deceided to head west as the towns were closer... More 

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MidLakes N, Public Relations Manager at Mid-Lakes Navigation - Day Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for the awesome review Kathryn! I couldn't have written it better myself. We hope visit the Erie Canal again soon! More 

Syracuse, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Great trip, wonderful Captain and Crew - will do it again! The Erie Canal Dinner cruise was a wonderful July event for the Subcontractors Association of Central New York, Inc. The cruise was relaxing, the commentary informative and fascinating, the Captain and crew provided excellent service, definately a trip we will do again!

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MidLakes N, Public Relations Manager at Mid-Lakes Navigation - Day Tours, responded to this review

Thank you again for your wonderful reviews! More 

Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

What a GREAT time! The Subcontractors Association of Central New York, Inc. (SACNY) had our July event on the Emita II Dinner Cruise! Our wonderful Captain and Crew narrated our trip through the lock and onto the now-beautiful Onondaga Lake. Definitely warrants a return trip!

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MidLakes N, Public Relations Manager at Mid-Lakes Navigation - Day Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your Mid-Lakes experience. And, come back anytime! Cruising on the Erie Canal is such a unique venue for a corporate party, and the boat is suited perfectly for groups of clients or colleagues. More 

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Enjoyed a wonderful, relaxing cruise on the lake. With a glass of wine sold on the boat, it was a great 55 minutes spent relaxing and seeing the northern part of the lake. The lower level of the boat was much less crowded and saved us from the hot sun. Quite reasonable in price and worth the time and money.... More 

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MidLakes N, Public Relations Manager at Mid-Lakes Navigation - Day Tours, responded to this review

We are very glad that you had time to join us on the Skaneateles Lake sightseeing trip and enjoy a glass of wine during your recent visit. Our wines all come from Anyela's Vineyards, the only winery that is open to the public here in Skaneateles, and just a short drive from the village. Thank you for taking the time... More 

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

On the 4th of July we took a very relaxing 2 hour cruise on the Judge Ben Wiles old-fashioned double-decker steamboat. You can take your own food and beverage or you can purchase a meal on board. Numerous packages available. This cruise was an extremely interesting view from the lake that just can't be appreciated when you drive on the... More 

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MidLakes N, Public Relations Manager at Mid-Lakes Navigation - Day Tours, responded to this review

Paul, Thank you for the great review! It sure is a different place from the water. I am glad you didn't miss it when you visited. Just to clarify, the "Judge Ben Wiles" isn't a steamboat. She has a diesel engine (which can be seen from the dining room, through a plexi-glass hatch cover). She was designed to look like... More 

New York City
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143 reviews 143 reviews
17 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

Lovely 3 hour cruise around the lake while the mail was delivered. Very different and alot of fun. Would definitely take another cruise from this company.

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MidLakes N, Public Relations Manager at Mid-Lakes Navigation - Day Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review of the Mailboat Cruise, a favorite tradition on Skaneateles Lake! We deliver mail to the camps around the lake for the US Postal Service Monday through Saturday. A great way to see Skaneateles Lake! More 

Rochester, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

Gives a brief history of the lake and Skaneateles and important people in the area. We drooled when viewing the 7.7 million dollar home for sale!

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MidLakes N, Public Relations Manager at Mid-Lakes Navigation - Day Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We love to see the grand homes and all of the changes along the lakeshore. There is something new to see every time you cruise. More 

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