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Erie Canal

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Address: Fairport, NY
Phone Number: 800-422-6254
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The superhighway of pre-Civil War America, this marvel of human engineering...

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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The Best Little Village on the Canal

Fairport really tries hard to be the place to visit for guests and residents alike. Lots to do if you like to relax, with special events throughout the spring, summer and fall.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
585wayne S
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Rochester, New York
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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fairport really tries hard to be the place to visit for guests and residents alike. Lots to do if you like to relax, with special events throughout the spring, summer and fall.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We love to go biking on the canal. We usually park along the path and bike to Fairport where we stop for ice cream and relax by the lift bridge.

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Thank Eugene M
Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fabulous place to walk or bike. Generally quiet when outside of the towns and villages along the way. Nothing better than blue sky over the water. A true wonder when it was built so you get history, engineering, photo ops, quiet, wildlife viewing and miles and miles of trail to travel. Great places to eat in the towns along the... More 

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Dobbs Ferry, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

I had heard so much about the Erie Canal. when much younger and in school. Today I walked along the canal and it is a treat. The rustic atmosphere, the people of all types walking or biking along, the tour boats going along the canal just all melded together for a wonderful experience. Of course it helped that it was... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

We have biked along the Erie Canal for over 20 years from Palmyra to Lockport. It was perfect when the kids were young because you did not have to worry about traffic. As the kids got older we could ride further and it was always peaceful. The scenery varies from farmlands to city. Through Rochester the path is paved otherwise... More 

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Grand Island, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

Great place to stop by. My family stopped in before a big family event. Very educational. Nice place to visit.

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Willoughby, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

Wow! This path is amazing. It's wide, flat and right on the canal. It goes through some cute towns like Pitsford and Fairport. We rode a couple different parts of the path. Very easy access in the towns, as well as the parks. Lots of things to see and do. Rest rooms are also available. A Must, even for kids!

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

I know this is from Fairmont New York but the Erie Canal stretches all the way from the lake to the eastern part of New York State. You can see fantastic views of it all along the way. Around Rochester there are a few parks that border it and the canal is kept nicely with trails along the side well-maintained.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

here's one of the finer views of this historic waterway, with a lovely, well-maintained path, obviously in far better shape than when the mules put their foot down nearly 200 years ago... welcoming from april through November and if you're lucky, one of the infrequent pleasure boats will pass

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East rochester,NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

I suppose I can take a walk right from my front door, but I much prefer driving the 5 miles to get to the canal. Perinton park is my favorite place to park and walk into Fairport and further, or head in the direction and walk to Pittsford. Very peaceful with beautiful scenery.

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