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Sam Patch Erie Canal tour

Pittsford, NY, USA
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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Reviewed 1 week ago

So many beautiful areas to walk by the canal. We did not get to the museum but we found historical information at a couple of sites.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Freedom43944179318
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were in Pittsford for a September wedding and happened upon the Sam Patch on our way to lunch. The tickets were reasonable and the tour takes you into a lock, a bit beyond then turns back ( about an hour and half total)The leaves...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank mochaaM
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fun, educational trip on the Erie Canal. Watt Doremous was a super knowledgeable guide. Very smooth ride. Beverages available. Highly suggest this trip.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank nycman2001
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely afternoon. Our captain and guide were great . History of the canal is amazing. They did the majority of the work with picks and shovels

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank jcorey309
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took several children. Perfect little trip- some history and trivia. Great views and a fun way to experience the locks.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Vacationer587099
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love taking this cruise. Went with 2 friends who had never been and they enjoyed it just as much as I. The lunch was very nice! Came with a bottle of water. Learned a lot and that's always a plus! I would recommend this...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank F3012OQcarola
Reviewed September 8, 2019

I had done the canal boat ride a few years ago and loved it so much that when I visited Rochester Labor Day weekend, I told my friend who had never been there that we had to go through the locks. She loved the experience...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank bobbilo
Reviewed September 5, 2019

What happened here? I attended the cruise two years ago and it was enjoyable. This year, the service did not reach our table until 1.5 hours into the cruise (the cruise is 2 hours long), leaving is hungry and thirsty. While waiting, we went to...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Bela-chan1
Reviewed September 2, 2019

This is a wonderful one and a half hour tour which gives you a good taste of the Erie Canal lock system, its operation and history. It leaves from Pittsford, just south of Rochester. Suitable for the young and old, we cruised by nice homes...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Bob D
Reviewed August 31, 2019

Pleasant and relaxing, this barge ride along the historic Erie Canal is an experience we will remember for years to come. We were at the front of the barge with front-row seats! Passengers and crew were fine folk. The well-done narration along the route added...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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July 12, 2019|
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Response from Jacobsmom3 | Reviewed this property |
Public restrooms were located close to boat launch area.
July 11, 2018|
Response from Jhathcoat | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is plenty of parking nearby. Lots of shops & restaurants along the canal.
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.