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Lockport Cave and Underground Boat Ride
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Lockport Cave Admission and Underground Boat Ride
Ranked #1 of 36 things to do in Lockport
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

The Lockport cave an underground tour was a fun stop and worth the trip from Niagara Falls. As others have mentioned, the caves are man-made, so don't go on the tour expecting to visit a natural cave. Despite that, it was interesting to learn about the history of Lockport and the Erie Canal while touring the remains of one of the first hydro-mechanical factory ever built.

The tour started by taking us around locks 34 and 35 of the Erie Canal. After that we walked along the canal and into the cave. We walked a good distance and then boarded a boat with trawling motors, which we took to the back of the cave. The tour was nice, our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the area, and it was good to spend some time in a cool cave on a hot day.

The tour does require some walking and will require going up and down some steps. Most people should be able to do it without issue, but it is not a wheelchair accessible tour.

Other than the cave tour there isn't very much to see in Lockport. However, I'm glad we made the trip to see the canal and learn about the history of Lockport.

1  Thank radx4
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

This "cave" nor more a cave than the NYC subways and the boat ride in the row boat is a joke.

As a history buff, I found the tour more entertainment than historically accurate.

Instead, I would suggest visiting Old Fort Niagara just 30min away and an excellent travel-back to the Revolutionary War.

Warning: There are a lot of stairs to climb at the Lockport Tunnel.

4  Thank Steve L
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Well worth the trip from Niagara falls very good tour and our guide made it very fun for the kids. We had a lot of fun and would definitely recommend the trip. Watching the locks were well worth it if you're looking for something different for an hour or more this would be it. An added plus is it's close to Duff's for buffalo wings.

Thank Doogiest
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

We had fun on this tour and our 3 year old loved walking in "cave" and discovering an echo. We watched a boat go through the locks and listened to some history surrounding the old and new locks as well as how some of the old factories harnessed the hydro-mechanical power to run their machines. The only down-side is that it's over 30 minutes from the falls area so plan on adding something else in the area. We wanted to do the canal cruise but missed the last boat so check the schedules.

Thank jboyle119
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

I guess the presence of formations in the tunnel allows it to be called a cave but this really is just a man made tunnel. But to our family that was interesting on its own. Having seen the Niagara power plant and how water was used to make electricity, it was interesting to hear how water was used for mechanical purposes first and to see and walk through the ruins of the factories that used it. It also sounds like your tour guide makes a big difference and ours was great, friendly and informative. There is a good bit of walking and some long flights of stairs involved but our kids (even four year old) did it without complaining, even when I made us go down again for pictures. Even if you don't pay for the tour, you can still walk around the lock which is nice on its own.

1  Thank Mike L
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