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ERIE CANAL SIGHTSEEING CRUISE

Our sight seeing cruises depart daily! Enjoy the scenery of the Mohawk Valley as you cruise the calm waters of the Erie Canal, learning about the history of the area and locks.

Award-winning narration along with spectacular scenery and a ride in a Lock, also known as a “liquid elevator” await you on our daily Erie Canal sightseeing cruises. We cruise through Lock 18 on the Erie Canal, lifting and lowering vessels over 20 feet! Browse our cruise schedule and reserve your tickets online.

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Cruise the Erie Canal on an Electric Boat

"on the canals" free cruises sponsored by nys canal corporation and ny power authority, info & prices for private charter cruises see below.

15 Smiles on the Erie Canal!

Take a cruise on the quiet, clean, comfortable Duffy ELECTRIC boat.  Hourly rates for local cruises. Enjoy a cocktail cruise on your way to a favorite canalside restaurant. Take a tour. Go through a lock. Enjoy fall foliage. Just sit back with your favorite beverage and relax. Up to 6 Passengers  Operating between Macedon and Pittsford, NY.  Call for rates and reservations.

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The experience, your captain.

"Plug In Aweigh" is a Duffy 22 foot, 100% electric powered vessel. No noise. No exhaust. Clean and quiet.

Captain JJ is a 100 Ton USCG licensed captain, with 15 years experience navigating the Erie Canal. 13 years as captain on Sam Patch and Mary Jemison tour boats. Navigated the entire 524 mile NY canal system in his own boat.

Your private charter cruise is like riding in a limo on the water. Up to 6 passengers. You may bring your own food and beverage on board. Narration of history and operation of Erie Canal from the captain.

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Standard cruise is 2 hours. Depart from Mid Lakes Marina, Macedon, NY. See historic sites and travel through Lock 30.  

Custom charter itineraries are available. Please contact Captain JJ to plan your cruise.

$25 per passenger, per hour. (Ex: 2 hour - 4 passenger cruise is $200). No smoking. Sorry, no pets. 

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On the water boat handling instruction.

Learning how to operate your boat effectively makes for a better time on the water. Captain JJ  is a certified National Safe Boating Council  on the water powerboat instructor. Take a complete certification course or just brush up on docking skills. All courses are approved USCG and NASBLA content in accordance with the National On The Water Standards.  

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The ultimate Erie Canal Adventure.  Our excursions include piloting a self-chartered Lockmaster Canal Boat for 3, 4, or 7 nights.

Our boats are fully equipped for a comfortable liveaboard adventure.

Use the links below to learn more and book your trip.

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Daily Narrated Sightseeing Cruises

Local history is still very alive at Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises, and has been experienced by almost million people since its inception. Come aboard for a relaxing & informative ride on the 19th-century engineering marvel which opened up the American Frontier.

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For more about our cruises, click on the Daily Cruises links above. Call us at 716-433-6155, or toll-free at 1-800-378-0352.

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Our unique and versatile facility is perfect for a variety of activities - Casual Parties, Weddings, Meetings, Reunions, Memorials, Company Picnics, or any time you want a unique memorable event. You can arrange special private charter times for your groups of 25 or more.

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For more about Lockport Locks Group Cruises, call 716-433-6155, or toll-free at 1-800-378-0352.

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Lockport Canalside offers a one-of-a-kind year round location committed to providing you with a casual yet elegant experience.

We have a highly qualified chef, experienced staff and the flexibility to meet your needs. An experienced wedding advisor will help with planning and organizing your ceremony and reception.

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Photo of Erie Canal Cruises - Herkimer, NY, US. Great tour! Very interesting. We learned a lot!!! Wonderful crew! Beautiful sunset taken from the boat!

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“ The day was sunny, the water sparkled, and the experience of going through the lock was totally cool. ” in 10 reviews

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“ Easy to get tickets, lovely spot to wait for the boat since we could shop at Gems on the Mohawk, the boat was spacious and comfortable. ” in 2 reviews

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“ Students learn about NYS history in 4th grade so we thought this was a great way to further our children's understanding of the Erie Canal and NY history. ” in 2 reviews

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Cruise the calm waters of the Historic Erie Canal and enjoy the spectacular scenery and nature. Travel through a 100 year old lock where you are raised and lowered 20 feet. Relive the history of this storied waterway as your captain delivers an award-winning narration of the past, present and future of the Erie Canal. End your week on a high note with our themed Friday Night Party Cruises! Check out our new Erie Canal Pirate Adventure and search for treasure! Relive the thrill of traveling on the Erie Canal through the big Lock 17 in Little Falls and experience the Historic Herkimer Home on our Living History Cruise! Treat Mom to the best Mother's Day brunch in the area, and then take Dad on a special Father's Day BBQ cruise! We also offer Private Charters, a unique setting for your special events. Contact us today to learn about the exciting options we can offer for a truly memorable occasion. …

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Great time and very informative. We tried their 1.5 hour cruise which was very interesting and going through Lock 18 was pretty awesome! It's leisurely and fun. The captain has a terrible sense of humor, but he owned it. If you want a chill way to take a boat ride and learn a little something along the way - I highly recommend.

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Beautiful slow safe cruise with excellent Captain and Crew. Definitely a must do event. Good value. Thanks!

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Wonderful trip! We are definitely going to come back with the whole family. Easy to get tickets, lovely spot to wait for the boat since we could shop at Gems on the Mohawk, the boat was spacious and comfortable. Boat captain was delightful and answered lots of questions with interesting responses. Learned a lot about the history of the area as well as the workings of a Lock on the Erie Canal.

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I have taken many boat tours before, but I never went through an actual historic lock. This was an exciting experience for me! The crew was very friendly and helpful and the narrative was informative. The cruises leave from a big complex which also houses a restaurant and a vast gift store. There is something for everybody!

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While traveling throughout the country we stopped here. We made plans for something in the morning then lunch then this cruise which was to be at 3:00. We showed up early to get the tickets but was told they were not doing it that afternoon. They do state they can cancel at any time but when we went we were offered no explanation at all. If someone was sick or had an appointment of some sort we would have understood but it was a plain and simple no we are not running without explanation. Maybe an explanation would have made it easier to give it some understanding.

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Fun and educational. We loved what we learned, and going through Lock 18 was a treat. Highly recommend this!

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This is a mixed review and I find it hard to give a fair rating. My wife and I were traveling with a tour group. The tour company had arranged for the group to have a boat ride through the nearby canal lock and, on returning to the dock, Erie Canal Cruises, presumably through their on-site restaurant, were to cater a meal for the group. 1.) Boat ride through the lock: Great. Loved it! It was educational and very scenic. The boat captain told us about things along the canal such as an old, historic church on the south shore as well as an on-going dredging operation that was in the process of removing a sand bar. In between his monologs, he played some tapes that outlined the history of the canal, from its inception in the early 1800s (opening in 1825) the rebuilding of the canal to the making of the Erie Canal's replacement, the Barge Canal. We both felt we'd learned a lot and we were very happy we'd taken the tour/ride. 2.) The meal included in the tour group's arrangement was not what we expected: ham (tasteless), chicken (meh) and scalloped potatoes that tasted like flour. We're guessing the meal was catered by the restaurant there on the dock. If that's the case, we hope the meal wasn't representative of what the restaurant serves. So, only focusing on the meal we received, if you're traveling with a group, skip the meal that might be bundled with the boat ride as part of the deal and eat someplace else. 5 Stars for the boat tour 1 Star for the meal 3 stars over-all.

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We had such a good time taking this cruise! The day was sunny, the water sparkled, and the experience of going through the lock was totally cool. I enjoyed hearing the history of the 3 canals, the opening of commerce and passenger boats, the emergence of New York as the Empire State. All in all, it was a delightful way to spend a Sunday morning.

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I Went on a cruise in late September with my kids and friends. We had a fantastic time. We were in the smaller boat since there wasn't a huge crowd, but the boat was full. Def order tickets ahead of time online. The boat has clear plastic that pulls down over the sides so there's no worry about it being too cold, or raining. There is an open section at the front of the boat with benches, which is where we ended up. Great view from the front as you watch and listen. The cruise includes history about the canal and process for building it. We went down the river through lock 18, then turned around and came back up. Lots of info and great sights.

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Great narrated 90 minute Cruise. Takes you through a lock. Captain and crew were experienced and knowledgeable.

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I Explored Upstate New York on a Canal Boat — and It Was the Perfect Way to Slow Down

On a narrow-boat journey down New York’s Erie Canal, one writer finds a waterway steeped in history — one that offers a welcome escape from modern-day worries.

Paul Brady is the news director at Travel + Leisure and the brand's expert on cruise travel. He has been covering the travel industry for more than 15 years for outlets including Condé Nast Traveler , Skift , and The Huffington Post .

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"The Erie Canal used to be all about speed, but today it's about slowing down," said Marye Lobb, a singer-songwriter I met one evening in Spencerport, New York. Lobb had been playing in the village's canal-side gazebo while my wife, Jetty-Jane, and I watched from the top deck of our boat, a bottle of Finger Lakes Riesling between us.

"There's just something calming about being by the water," Lobb said. In the 19th century, she explained, this storied waterway was an artery of commerce, but these days it's a place for wildlife spotting and unplugging from whatever worries you left onshore — just what Jetty-Jane and I were looking for in the summer of 2020.

Our vessel was the Seneca, a 42-foot liveaboard that we chartered — with the help of quirky travel website Atlas Obscura — from Erie Canal Adventures, a family-run outfitter with a fleet of canal boats purpose-built for touring the waterways between Syracuse and Buffalo. The plan was to take one of those vessels and spend a few days exploring the canal. Niche? Absolutely. The perfect escape from the strangest year of our lives? Definitely.

Soon enough, we were in a marina-side classroom in Macedon, getting a tutorial on propane heaters, diesel engines, and marine toilets — all the parts that make a liveaboard tick. After a few educational videos, we were aboard the Seneca with Erie Canal Adventures owner Brian Keenan, who had come to give us some hands-on training. He watched as we took our boat — sporting the company's signature red and green color scheme — through the gates of Lock 30, practiced our knots, fiddled with our radio, and spun around with a whoosh of our bow thrusters.

An hour later, Keenan stepped back onto the dock and wished us a good trip. With just my wife and me on board — and the $100,000 insurance policy stashed belowdecks — I had a moment of panic. We'd been socially distancing for months, but suddenly felt very alone.

Before Zoom calls, before jets, even before Model Ts and railroads, travel was all about boats. They were the fastest, easiest, and most comfortable way to get anywhere, which is why the founding fathers spent considerable time — not to mention money — trying to gin up canal systems in America to rival those transforming Europe. As Peter L. Bernstein writes in Wedding of the Waters, a history of the Erie Canal, the waterway would "knit the sinews of the Industrial Revolution, propel globalization…and revolutionize the production and supply of food for the entire world."

Today, the canal is almost exclusively used for recreation, but it's no exaggeration to say that the 363-mile-long link between the Atlantic and the Great Lakes cemented the country's economic primacy and crowned New York City its financial capital. (That many of these gains were extracted, directly or indirectly, from land stolen or swindled from Indigenous peoples, particularly those of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, often goes unmentioned.)

Yet for all its economic benefit, the canal provided something far more valuable: it gave rise to a network for ideas. Among the freethinkers living and working along the canal was Joseph Smith, who published the Book of Mormon in 1830 in Palmyra. In 1848, Frederick Douglass moved to Rochester, where he founded his abolitionist newspaper. That same year, Elizabeth Cady Stanton helped organize the Women's Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, now home to the Women's Rights National Historical Park.

All of which is to say that a trip on the canal takes you through not only western New York but also hundreds of years of American history. Not that you're thinking about any of that when you're waking up in Pittsford in the middle of a chilly thunderstorm. Canal trivia takes a back seat when everything's wet, a cold wind is blowing, and the only person around to untie the lines is you. Whose idea was this anyway?

We chugged west toward Rochester, where we tied up at Corn Hill Landing, in the heart of the city. Despite the heavy rain, we made the short walk to Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, which lives up to the hype with pit-smoked wings and decadent mac and cheese. We walked through Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park, painted with messages of protest against police violence in Rochester and across the United States. By late afternoon, the sun had returned, and we celebrated with pilsners and onion rings at Roc Brewing Co. before heading back to the boat and pressing on toward Spencerport to catch Lobb's gazebo concert, one of several such experiences Atlas Obscura had arranged along our route.

After a couple of days aboard, we were getting the hang of the Seneca . The hardest part was passing through the locks, which involved gingerly maneuvering our 30,000-pound boat into a narrow space and grabbing onto fixed cables or ropes covered in gunk. We started to feel a tiny bit like boat people. Could we live on the Seneca ? I wondered aloud one morning. Not likely, my wife deadpanned.

On our third morning, we turned back east to Fairport, a quintessential canal town we'd skipped on our way out. We grabbed a sunny spot on the patio of Lulu Taqueria & Bar for a Pacifico and a margarita as kayakers paddled past. We rummaged through gift shops like Main Street Mercantile and marveled at the imported pastas, olives, meats, and cheeses at Lombardi's Gourmet Imports & Specialties. After months of not doing much at all, we relished the simple pleasure of walking down some new streets and seeing some new things.

That evening, we approached another red-and-green boat docked at a bend in the channel called Bushnell's Basin. We were tying our lines when a stranger bounded over and, through her mask, started telling us about the great hard cider selection in the dockside store.

Diane Baker and her husband, Mark, had, like us, been on the canal for a few days, she said. They, too, figured the trip would be the perfect antidote to months cooped up at home in New York City. For them, it was less about boating than about exploring a stretch of the state they'd never considered vacation-worthy.

A few days later, back on land, we bumped into Diane and Mark at the Cascadilla Gorge trailhead in Ithaca. Though we'd met only briefly, it felt like a reunion with old friends. Amazing what can happen when you take a moment and just slow down.

How to Plan a Canal Trip

Erie Canal Adventures (trips from $1,950) offers three-, four-, and seven-day charters out of Macedon. Boats come fully fueled and equipped with linens, kitchen gear, and water. There's a learning curve for piloting the vessels, but even landlubbers can quickly get the hang of it.

Book through Atlas Obscura for more perks, plus a concierge who can make restaurant reservations and provide hyper-specific sightseeing tips. Charters start around noon and end early on the final day, so it's best to bookend a cruise with hotel stays.

About 30 minutes from Macedon, the new Lake House on Canandaigua (doubles from $265) is a resort-style property with soothing, nautically inspired interiors by Studio Tack. An hour away, the Inns of Aurora (doubles from $440) is a collection of historic buildings, all beautifully restored and filled with quirky yet tasteful décor. A new 15,000-square-foot spa opened in June.

A version of this story first appeared in the June 2021 issue of Travel + Leisure under the headline At Your Own Pace . Atlas Obscura and Erie Canal Adventures provided support for the reporting of this story.

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The history of the Erie Canal has always interested me so it was great to finally get a boat tour... read more

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A fun, really interesting tour!

This was a great tour down the Erie canal. Our captain was very entertaining yet really knowledgeable. How much fun was it to actually go through the locks and be raised up and down. The Captain even let us know when to get our cameras ready for the best photo shots. The top deck gives you the best view, however on a sunny day, I definitely recommend wearing a hat, maybe some sunscreen. You are out for a couple hours. You can move freely around the boat at all times, so you can go down to the lower deck to get some shade as well. Snacks and drinks are available for sale on board. I'd say this is a must do on your Niagra trip! Highly recommend!

The history of the Erie Canal has always interested me so it was great to finally get a boat tour and the experience of the locks was fascinating to my grandson also. Everyone was so nice and the Captain did a great job narrating the tour.

This was such a cool experience! Not only did we get to cruise down the Erie Canal, but we went in an actual lock on the canal and then got raised up to the next one! It was so fun and unique.

Really enjoyed this tour. Although the captain made a couple of "dad" jokes, he spent much more time taking about the history of the Erie Canal and how the locks along the canal work. We found it quite informative and interesting. Highly recommend sitting on the top deck to get the best views. But be sure to bring sunscreen, because there really is not much shade on the top deck during the tour. Only recommendation for the tour company would be to update the music that the captain played at times. While we realize the historic significance of the music, it was a bit to "old-timey".

Was staying in Niagara Falls, NY and found this tour opportunity about a half hour away. I've been to the area before and didn't realize a canal cruise was possible. Definitely do it, it's a great price and nice experience that blends history, engineering, and the spirit of the area. If you have AAA there are some little discounts which is always appreciated - ask about it!

We found Lockport Cruises while visiting Niagara. It was an amazing experience of a combination of history and engineering.

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Cruises on upper niagara river & erie canal, ny.

Where history is learned & fun-filled memories are made.

We at Niagara River Cruises love to provide a fun-filled, memorable experience coupled with the high-quality professionalism of our staff, compelling our passengers to recommend our Niagara River cruises to others. Leaving our guests with wonderful lasting memories is a large part of how we measure our success.

Charters are available for any type of gatherings … company outings, weddings, showers, birthday parties, anniversaries on the Upper Niagara River and/or the historic Erie Canal.

Remember you can bring your own food and beverages.

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Joe Bolognese Music Cruise

Come enjoy live music by local performer Joe Bolognese as the sun sets over the Niagara River and Erie Canal. Reserve your spot online.

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Psychic Cruise

Join WNY’s leading Psychic Reverends for their “Gallery Style” Psychic Cruise on the Niagara River to connect with your loved ones and hear inspirational messages.

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History Cruise

Come join us for a narrated history boat tour along the New York State Canal System which has been named a National Historic Landmark.

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Grace Lougen Music Cruise

Grace Lougen is an award-winning guitar player and songwriter from Buffalo, NY. Known for her tasteful solos and versatility, she performs regularly with a variety of touring artists, but focuses mainly on her current project: Grosh.

Live Blues Cruise

Come join us for some great live blues music with a 3-piece band on this Niagara River live music cruise with Barry Arbogast and other talented performers.

Civiletto Sings Sinatra Co-starring April Mazzone

Jack Civiletto and April Mazzone are a wonderful blend of two exceptional talents……Jack Civiletto shows off his award winning smooth and stylish vocals  ……April Mazzone displays a passionate, heartfelt vocal style

Comedy Cruise

Enjoy a wonderful evening cruise on the upper Niagara River and watch the sun set as you laugh to a group of Buffalo’s best Comics.

Buffalo Bills Tailgate Cruise

Come dressed in your favorite Buffalo Bills attire and join the fun as we look forward to a fantastic season. You can bring your own food & beverages.

Stay tuned as da tes for 2024   are being developed.

DJ Trivia of WNY Cruise

With DJ Trivia of WNY, a live DJ hosts a fun-filled, interactive on-screen trivia game! You and your team play “Live” trivia against other onsite teams.

Father’s Day Cruise with Brian Beaudry from Nerds Gone Wild performing his Acoustic Solo

Surprise your father or any of the special men in your family with this exciting Father’s Day cruise. Brian Beaudry from Nerds Gone Wild performing his Acoustic Solo on board

Poker Run Cruise

Cruise the upper Niagara River under sunset skies while collecting your 5-card poker hand. Includes cruise, tournament and prizes!

Tim Britt Sunset Music Cruise

Enjoy Tim’s engaging personality, and vocals that range from a soft vibrato to a raspy rocker, from an operatic falsetto to a mellow baritone.

Sunday Funday Music Cruise with Brian Beaudry from Nerds Gone Wild performing his Acoustic Solo

Get out on a Sunday with friends and family. Come join us for a great late morning Cruise enjoying the beautiful sites on the water while listening to Brian Beaudry from Nerds Gone Wild as he performs solo, singing hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s.

Independence Day Fireworks Cruise

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Celebrate the 4th of July on the Niagara River! This boat cruise boasts wonderful views of the North Tonawanda fireworks from the water.

Sunday Funday Music Cruise with Leslie Zagotti from the Boogie Monsters singing Acoustic Solo

Get out on a Sunday with friends and family enjoying the beautiful sites on the water while listening to Leslie Zagotti Lead Guitar & Vocals for the Boogie Monsters singing Acoustic Solo. Leslie has won several “Top Guitarist” awards at the Buffalo Music Awards.

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To provide a fun-filled, memorable experience coupled with the high-quality professionalism of our staff, compelling our passengers to recommend our Niagara River cruises to others. Leaving our guests with wonderful lasting memories is a large part of how we measure our success.

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The cruise with the psychic readings was interest in and lots of fun. Captains Tom and Erica were so kind and helpful. I would highly recommend and hope to take another cruise soon.

We had a great time on the BBQ n Blues cruise. Great food great music! This was our first but certainly not our last! Thanks to all for a nice night!

We went on The Queen of Peace the other nite with Robin Hoch as our captain! What a great time we had with everyone while Tom Bender played some of our favorite tunes! I highly recommend this!!

Fabulous !!!! The crew was awesome. It's a great venue to enjoy both strangers and friends company. Can't wait to do this again!

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Inauguration of Erie Canal boat 'Seneca Chief' celebrates new era for Buffalo maritime history

Unveiling of historic vessel marks culmination of years of dedication & craftsmanship

Buffalo Maritime Center Press Release and Photos

The Buffalo Maritime Center is proud to announce the official Inauguration of the Erie Canal boat “Seneca Chief,” a significant milestone marking the culmination of years of dedication, craftsmanship, and completion of the boat.

Join us at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at the Commercial Slip at Canalside (44 Prime St., Buffalo), as we celebrate the unveiling of this historic vessel and usher in a new era for Buffalo's maritime heritage.

The inauguration event will be a free, family-friendly celebration featuring music by the Greater Buffalo Firefighters Pipe and Drum Band, alongside esteemed guests and representatives from local and state officials, including Indigenous scholar Joe Stahlman; Bonnie Kane Lockwood, Western New York director representing Gov. Kathy Hochul; and Brian Stratton, director of the New York State Canal Corp., among others.

The Erie Canal boat “Seneca Chief” holds significant historical importance as the first boat to open the Erie Canal nearly 200 years ago. Constructed over the course of four years inside the Longshed at Canalside, this remarkable boatbuilding endeavor involved hundreds of dedicated volunteers and students, each playing a vital role in its restoration.

"This project marks just the beginning of our efforts to expand the Erie Canal narrative and foster connections across our community throughout the state as we approach commemorating the bicentennial in 2025," said Brian Trzeciak, executive director at the Buffalo Maritime Center.

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(Buffalo Maritime Center press release and photos)

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Click here for facts and resources about the project, including a list of speakers at the May 25 inauguration. For a list of upcoming appearances and sea trials, visit the Erie Canal boat “Seneca Chief” page of the BMC website. For an overview of the bicentennial voyage in 2025, including a timeline and itinerary of 28 stops across New York state, click here .

In partnership with the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, the New York State Canal Corp., and the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp., the Buffalo Maritime Center extends its gratitude to the David & Joan Rogers Family Foundation for its generous support of the Erie Canal boat “Seneca Chief” community boatbuilding project.

More on the Buffalo Maritime Center

The Buffalo Maritime Center inspires meaningful connections and life lessons through community boatbuilding, preserving maritime culture, and exploring the waterways of Western New York. Launched in 2010 – previously known as the Center for Watercraft Studies at Buffalo State College – the nonprofit organization is the center point for reviving the maritime culture that earned Buffalo its identity as the “Queen City of the Great Lakes.” Visit BuffaloMaritimeCenter.org to learn more about BMC’s educational programs, boatbuilding projects, and the organization's dedication to building community. For what’s new and next at the BMC, connect on Facebook , Instagram and LinkedIn , and join the mailing list .

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  1. Erie Canal Cruises

    We welcome you to beautiful Mohawk Valley and Erie Canal Cruises. Erie Canal Cruises tour boat Lil' Diamond II is docked at Gems Along the Mohawk, the Official Mohawk Valley Visitor Center. Located at 800 Mohawk Street in Herkimer, NY, we are directly across from the New York State Thruway Exit 30. We invite you to join us on our USGC ...

  2. Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor :: Boat Rentals and Tours

    Get On Board! Relax and enjoy the NYS Canal System on a canal boat tour, dinner cruise, or multi-day voyage. You'll find tours within an hour's drive of every major city in the Canalway Corridor. You can also rent kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddle boards or rent self-skippered canal boats for multi-day vacations.

  3. Erie Canal Boat Rides & Tours

    We cruise through Lock 18 on the Erie Canal, lifting and lowering vessels over 20 feet! Browse our cruise schedule and reserve your tickets online. Erie Canal Sightseeing Cruises ERIE CANAL CRUISES (315) 717-0350 [email protected] 800 Mohawk Street Herkimer, NY 13350 ...

  4. Erie Canal Tour Boat Cruises

    Online booking may be unavailable less than 24 hours prior to cruise departure. Cruises can also be booked by calling our office at (585) 223-9470 for the best up to date information. Providing Erie Canal tour boat cruises from mid-May through October since 1989. Come aboard the Colonial Belle in Fairport, NY, just 20 minutes from Rochester.

  5. Cruising the Erie Canal

    Boats with an air draft of 15.5 feet or less can follow the Erie Canal all the way west to Lake Erie, experiencing the distinctive lift bridges and many villages that are the hallmark of the western portion. A third option is to cruise north on the Champlain Canal to the St. Lawrence Seaway by way of Lake Champlain, the Richelieu River, and ...

  6. Erie Canal Adventures

    The Erie Canal accelerated commerce and increased travel throughout much of the northeast. Our mission at Erie Canal Adventures is to allow our customers to experience the beauty, engineering ingenuity, and quaintness that defines the Erie Canal Region. Whether your adventure is a multi-day charter of a houseboat, daily rental of watercraft, or ...

  7. Knothins Easy Yacht Cruises

    Welcome to Knothin's Easy Yacht Cruises. Cruise the Erie Canal & beyond. Let's get started planning your cruise. Please turn your smartphone sideways to access our drop-down menu. Your perfect Erie Canal cruise may be one of our tours featuring stops in Fairport, Bushnell Basin, or Pittsford. Enjoy some shopping or a variety of events ...

  8. Erie Canal Tour Boat Cruises

    6:30 pm-9:30 pm Evening Lock Cruise. Book Online Now. $40.00 Adults, $30.00 10/under, Free 3/under Adults with dinner pkg $77.00, Kids 10/under with dinner pkg $67.00 Themed cruises are offered instead on some dates. FRIDAY TOURS. 1:00 pm-4:00 pm Afternoon Lock Cruise. Book Online Now.

  9. Erie Canal Cruises

    Enjoy a cocktail cruise on your way to a favorite canalside restaurant. Take a tour. Go through a lock. Enjoy fall foliage. Just sit back with your favorite beverage and relax. Up to 6 Passengers Operating between Macedon and Pittsford, NY. Call for rates and reservations. 585-259-9283.

  10. Erie Canal Tour Boat Cruises

    Fairport Canal Days FestivalJune 1st & 2nd. 40-45 Minute Boat Rides On the hour 12:00-3:00pm, $13 per person, Ages 3 & under FREE. Book Online Now. The Thigh MastersMusic & Lock Cruise Saturday, June 22nd 7:00-10:00pm (Boarding 6:45pm) Cruise Only: Adults $52, Children 10 & under $42.

  11. Erie Canal Tour Boat Cruises

    Erie Canal tour boat cruises from mid-May through October since 1989. Come aboard the Colonial Belle in Fairport, NY, just 20 minutes from Rochester. Toggle navigation (585) 223-9470. Home; Gift Certificates ... The Colonial Belle is the largest tour boat operating on the historic Erie Canal. Our vessel is U.S. Coast Guard certified to carry ...

  12. Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor :: Get on the water

    It takes 15 to 20 minutes to go through a lock. Power boats and paddlers share the canal, so be mindful of speed limits and wakes. The canal is open daily from 7am to 5pm, but many locks and lift bridges are open on demand until 10pm. Do your part to prevent the spread of invasive species. Practice CLEAN-DRAIN-DRY.

  13. Canal Boat Rentals

    The ultimate Erie Canal Adventure. Our excursions include piloting a self-chartered Lockmaster Canal Boat for 3, 4, or 7 nights. Our boats are fully equipped for a comfortable liveaboard adventure. Use the links below to learn more and book your trip.

  14. Daily Narrated Sightseeing Cruises on the Erie Canal

    Lockview VI has an upper and lower deck, 2 restrooms, and a fully licensed bar. For more about our cruises, call us at 716-433-6155, or toll-free at 1-800-378-0352. Join Our Email List. Email: Back to Top. Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises 210 Market Street, Lockport, NY 14094 716-433-6155 or 800-378-0352 [email protected].

  15. Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises

    Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises 210 Market Street, Lockport, NY 14094 716-433-6155 or 800-378-0352 [email protected]. Come experience the Erie Canal! Take a cruise down the Erie Canal and through the Lockport Locks. Have your wedding or special event in our one-of-a-kind historic banquet facility.

  16. Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises |Lockport NY

    Make Cruise Reservations. Join Our Email List. Email: Come experience the Erie Canal! Take a cruise down the Erie Canal and through the Lockport Locks. Have your wedding or special event in our one-of-a-kind historic banquet facility.

  17. ERIE CANAL CRUISES

    Specialties: Cruise the calm waters of the Historic Erie Canal and enjoy the spectacular scenery and nature. Travel through a 100 year old lock where you are raised and lowered 20 feet. Relive the history of this storied waterway as your captain delivers an award-winning narration of the past, present and future of the Erie Canal. End your week on a high note with our themed Friday Night Party ...

  18. How to Plan a Boat Trip on New York's Erie Canal

    Erie Canal Adventures (trips from $1,950) offers three-, four-, and seven-day charters out of Macedon. Boats come fully fueled and equipped with linens, kitchen gear, and water. There's a learning ...

  19. A fun, really interesting tour!

    Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises: A fun, really interesting tour! - See 687 traveler reviews, 482 candid photos, and great deals for Lockport, NY, at Tripadvisor.

  20. Niagara River Cruises

    Grace Lougen Music Cruise. Grace Lougen is an award-winning guitar player and songwriter from Buffalo, NY. Known for her tasteful solos and versatility, she performs regularly with a variety of touring artists, but focuses mainly on her current project: Grosh. Book Now. Learn More. From $35. All ages.

  21. Inauguration Event: Erie Canal Boat Seneca Chief

    On Saturday, May 25, the community is invited to attend an inauguration event, recognizing the completion of the Erie Canal Boat Seneca Chief - the first boat to open the Erie Canal nearly 200 ...

  22. Inauguration held for of the Erie Canal boat 'Seneca Chief'

    The Buffalo Maritime Center spent four years constructing the full-sized Erie Canal replica boat in the Longshed at Canalside. Author: wgrz.com Published: 6:07 PM EDT May 25, 2024

  23. Buffalo Maritime Center to Celebrate Inauguration of Erie Canal Boat

    The Buffalo Maritime Center will be hosting the official Inauguration of the Erie Canal Boat Seneca Chief on Saturday, May 25. Organizers said the event is a significant milestone marking the culmination of years of dedication, craftsmanship, and completion of the boat. The inauguration event ...

  24. Inauguration of Erie Canal boat 'Seneca Chief' celebrates new era for

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