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Sam Patch Erie Canal tour

12 Schoen Pl, Pittsford, NY 14534-2026
+1 585-662-5748
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Fun for out of town visitors

Sam Patch is a great way to spend time with family and friends visiting from out of town. Going... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
A Fun Way to Learn History

My husband and I enjoyed our 90 minute boat ride on the Erie Canal. Everybody was very friendly... read more

Reviewed October 31, 2017
Patricia C
Glendora, California
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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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12 Schoen Pl, Pittsford, NY 14534-2026
+1 585-662-5748
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sam Patch is a great way to spend time with family and friends visiting from out of town. Going through the locks on the Erie Canal is a unique experience! You can only purchase snacks on board (except for lunch or dinner tours), but several...More

Thank EllenK1
Reviewed October 31, 2017

My husband and I enjoyed our 90 minute boat ride on the Erie Canal. Everybody was very friendly and the captain was very knowledgeable about the history of the canal. Going through a lock was a first-time experience for us. The boat was not at...More

Thank Patricia C
SamPboat, Manager at Sam Patch Erie Canal tour, responded to this reviewResponded November 3, 2017

Thank you for your kind review. "A fun way to learn history" is what we strive for on our public cruises!

Reviewed October 12, 2017

For my Dad's 70th birthday my family (Myself, Wife, sons (8 and 6)) took him on a trip on the Erie Canal. It was also a great opportunity to educate our sons. The friendliness was outstanding! We had to travel a long way (>1 hr.)...More

Thank AUGrad98
SamPboat, Manager at Sam Patch Erie Canal tour, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2017

Thank you so much for your kind review. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip.

Reviewed August 27, 2017

A friend of our suggested we enjoy the Sampatch Canal Tour as well as lunch on the boat-a fun choice! Our tour guide was interesting, the working Canal was exciting to traverse and the weather was perfect. A wonderful step back in time as well...More

Thank Valerie C
Reviewed August 20, 2017 via mobile

My husband's wonderful parents took us and the whole family for a cruise on the Erie Canal. My mother-in-law had read in the paper that this was an excellent trip. We brought water with us, since it was a hot day. Well! It seems you...More

Thank Andrea D
SamPboat, Manager at Sam Patch Erie Canal tour, responded to this reviewResponded August 24, 2017

We are sorry you did not enjoy your trip. We strive to provide authentic, enjoyable and educational experiences on all our tours. The guide for your trip often lectures locally about canal history and has written and produced 2 documentaries on the Erie Canal. Because...More

Reviewed August 17, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our boat trip. Our guide was fantastic. Captain was friendly. I would not recommend for young children, they don't appreciate it, and get very bored. Very nice 90 minutes. Well worth it. If you don't pre order a sandwich, you can purchase...More

Thank mickio66
Reviewed August 17, 2017

I took a friend from out of town on the tour yesterday. And even though I have lived here for 25 years, I had never been on the Sam Patch either...only the Colonial Belle. The trip was interesting....especially the process of going through the lock,...More

Thank Laurie M
Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile

I just loved being on a boat inside a lock... I'd never done anything like that before today. An added bonus is that I can now better explain the process to my students! The captain was skilled and I enjoyed learning from our guide. I...More

Thank Pineapplepalm
Reviewed August 8, 2017

This is a great way to learn about the history and folk-lore of the Erie Canal. The boat may be a bit crowded, but the window views of the canal are good. You get to learn about the lock system as you go through Lock...More

1  Thank howardkatz
Reviewed July 30, 2017

My husband and Have taken the Sam Patch Canal Tour several times and enjoyed it very much. We recently took out-of-town guests on a Saturday afternoon 4:00 PM tour and were miserable for the whole trip. We sat next to a large group of adults...More

Thank darjeelingfan
SamPboat, Manager at Sam Patch Erie Canal tour, responded to this reviewResponded August 22, 2017

Sorry to hear that you did not have a pleasant trip this year. It was good to hear, however, that you have enjoyed our trips in the past. While we very seldom have trips such as you described, it does occasionally happen that passengers are...More

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Sheri V
March 1, 2017|
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Response from SamPatchBoat | Property representative |
Hi Sheri. We don't open until the first week of May when the canal is refilled for navigation. Hope to see you then.
October 16, 2016|
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Response from Paoball | Reviewed this property |
I would assume so, actually very little space is outside of cover, all the seats are under cover.
Shawn R
June 10, 2016|
Response from SamPatchBoat | Property representative |
Thanks for your comment - We would certainly like to make the Sam Patch accessible - and we have investigated the possibility. Unfortunately, the narrowness of the replica vessel makes a ramp too steep to be safe. We are... More