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Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises

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Address: 210 Market St, Lockport, NY 14094-2935
Phone Number: 716- 433-6155
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Just 30 minutes from Niagara Falls USA, Niagara Falls Canada and Buffalo NY...

Just 30 minutes from Niagara Falls USA, Niagara Falls Canada and Buffalo NY "LOW BRIDGE, EVERYBODY DOWN!" Come aboard for a relaxing & informative ride on the 19th-century engineering marvel which opened the American Frontier. Featured on the History Channel's "Modern Marvels," AAA GEM Attraction, CAA Approved. Experience "Locking Through" - being raised and lowered 49 feet in Locks 34 & 35. See the remaining half of the famous "Flight of Five" locks from the 1800's. Be amazed at the 20-foot high stone walls of the 1800's "Rock Cut" and stone towpath blasted out of solid stone with powder left over from the War of 1812. Travel under the widest bridge in the U.S. Pass under 2 lift bridges that raise straight up while everyone sings "Low Bridge, Everybody Down...."

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A bit of history for young and old!

We had a thoroughly enjoyable 2 hour ride though the Lockport locks. One side of the original 5 side-by-side locks was replaced by 2 large locks that raise / lower the boats. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We had a thoroughly enjoyable 2 hour ride though the Lockport locks. One side of the original 5 side-by-side locks was replaced by 2 large locks that raise / lower the boats. The enthusiastic captain (whose grandfather helped preserve the Canal and started the tours) provided a detailed history, technical information, and many stories. Everyone (especially New Yorkers) ought to... More 

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Longview, Texas, Usa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great tour. I had never been through locks before even when serving in the Navy, so this was a first. Very interesting to see how the locks operate and imagine how the canal worked many years ago. Good guide who was very knowledgeable. Had the lunch at the restaurant. It was passable. Tour was worth it all though.

Thank g3times
Bradford, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a relaxing and education trip through two locks of the Erie Canal. The tour guide was delightful to listen to and added to the scenery. Ticket prices are reasonable and a great choice for a couple's outing or a family day trip.

Thank lmshds
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Theres so much history in Lockport... I wish the pleasant boat ride would be accompanied with accurate factual narrative.... It DOES matter to have correct information rather than just elaborate made up stories!

Thank Sandy G
MikeM808, Public Relations Manager at Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises, responded to this review

Thank You very much for your response. We are unhappy you have a complaint. We have been in business for 30 years. All of our boat captains work off a standard historic presentation. They are allowed room for anecdotes and humor regarding Erie Canal life and the area itself. Without knowing your specific concern, you leave us at an extreme... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely ride through canal locks with good explanation of use and reasoning behind the Erie Canal. Bridge is also part of tour as it raises and lowers letting craft go by. Area has scenic boardwalk and some tables for outdoor picnic with children at nearby little park. Weather was perfect...nice afternoon.

Thank gypsy4747
West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great way to get off your feet; however the day we were on the boat it was very windy--glad we had our hats. Nevertheless, it's highly recommended. We picked up our tickets about an hour before the boat left; however we parked in a lot that seemed not to have a lot of spaces. I'm wondering if... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful and fascinating trip and worth doing when the crowds get too much at Niagara Falls. It's a lovely trip down the canal, watching a 50 foot lock in operation and listening to a terrific history of the building of the Erie Canal. The guide is an excellent story teller and historian. Fasinating and well worth the... More 

Thank Largo8
Grapevine, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well worth the 2 hours, especially on a nice day. The boat was clean and comfortable. The captain was skilled and gave informative commentary about the Canal. Went through the two locks, and for some distance on either side of the locks. We would recommend it.

Thank annenrob
Victor, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First I have to say that the gift shop/banquet center is just lovely. They hold private parties and weddings there - what a lovely spot with a lovely view. Nice to have clean, spacious rest rooms before getting on the cruise. The boat was very clean - we sat up top for the best view. The captain told us the... More 

Thank db_victorny
Burke, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A short (less than an hour) from Buffalo or Rochester, the locks at Lockport are worth a visit for anyone who knows anything about the Erie Canal. We didn't take the cruise but visited the small museum in Lockport (parking is free but there is a small admission fee). We saw a 15-minute video about building the locks, life for... More 

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