Our Ohio canal boat adventure happened on a somewhat drizzly Saturday in July and this may have accounted for the low number of passengers. We found the Canalway Center, as described by others, to be clean with helpful staff. We didn't have time to see the DVD in full, but what we did see was interesting. (Our ride began at 2:30 p.m.; we had been alerted to show up 30 minutes early to view the DVD.)
The 50? minute ride was relaxing although the swarms of mosquitoes were VERY bothersome. I'd recommend a can of Off or other type of repellant. The guide was informative and talkative...perhaps a bit too talkative. The boat had somewhat uncomfortable benches for seating, but they served the purpose. Horses pulled the boat at about 4 mph, so it made for a relaxing experience.
It didn't seem as if tipping the guide was a custom; we didn't see anyone tipping, but we didn't ask. Sneakers recommended.
We recommend for anyone interested in waterways/engineering or early 19th century Ohio history. But bring some mosquito repellant!
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