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Sam Patch Erie Canal tour

Pittsford, NY, USA
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About Sam Patch Erie Canal tour
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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Arthur G wrote a review Jan 11
Endicott, New York582 contributions91 helpful votes
About an hour and a half of gentle cruising east and west on the canal. The highlight is the trip up and down in the lock. The captain filled in the time with many interesting bits of information.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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raybyerley wrote a review Oct 2021
Mandeville, Louisiana2399 contributions361 helpful votes
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After a nice 2+ hour bike ride along the canal, we took this 1.5 hour boat tour that included a trip into up out and then back down Lock #32 (several pictures of the experience are attached). The captain& 1st mate were a wealth of information during the tour!
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Elaine E wrote a review Sep 2021
Rochester, New York27 contributions26 helpful votes
I have taken this cruise many times as a teacher & 25 students to keep aboard as part of NYS curriculum. Even being familiar with the content & scenery I wanted my out of state friend to experience the canal up close & personal which the size of the boat permits. A Warm summer day in the 90’s we loved standing near the captain to catch the breeze & take in the sights. We saw a mounted policeman, joggers and other boaters. We had brought Water and a hat & recommend this although you can purchase beverages & light snacks reasonably during the cruise. The story of how the Canal was built without machines continues to amaze me. The woman crew member presented the material in an engaging manner as well as socializing with each table. As we were vaccinated & outdoors, we were comfortable with the mask free option once Boat set sail. Of course, if we weren’t, we would have just remained masked. I have never been disappointed with my rides down the Erie Canal ! “Low bridge, everybody down!”
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Date of experience: August 2021
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CharlieMeyer2020 wrote a review Aug 2021
Tulsa, Oklahoma30 contributions18 helpful votes
If you’re looking for the perfect experience for a family trip, this is it. 90 minute cruise that I and my 8 and 10 year old grandchildren loved. The crew directed everyone to the front/bow and to the rear/stern at appropriate times so that they did not miss any of the action on the trip-especially in the lock itself which, they said, was the highlight. Light snacks and soft drinks are available for purchase on the boat including, for the adults, beer and wine at reasonable prices. Plus-hold on to your hat-a very, very clean rest room. The narration, with banter involving the passengers, was just right. The really, really, great part is that, if the boat’s not full, the captain will ask the younger members if they wish to steer the boat(under his close super version) AND they are recognized by name at the end for their efforts. Schoen Place is a great port of embarkation including a very nice gelato shop right at the boat. Parking is a little tricky. It’s not in the paved parking lot itself, but it’s the ample gravel parking lot accessed back by the dumpsters. (Yes, it’s there, trust me. Go all the way back by the dumpsters and you’ll find it.) If you want to find something that’s fun for the whole family including mom and dad and learn something, too, along the way, the Sam Patch is for you.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Suzie Q wrote a review Aug 2021
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We were lucky to have a beautiful afternoon for this tour. Great family activity and a good way to learn about the local history. Boat was only 1/2 full, so this made moving about and masking/social distance easier.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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