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Sam Patch Erie Canal tour

12 Schoen Pl, Pittsford, NY 14534-2026
+1 585-662-5748
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Wonderful 1.5 hours

Very pleasant 1.5 hour boat ride in the canal. Used lock 32 to raise and lower boat. Interesting... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2017
Mark W
Albany, New York
History, Engineering, Fun, Relaxing

This was an experience that you shouldn't miss if you are visiting the Rochester area! The history... read more

Reviewed 30 May 2017
Montgomery, Texas
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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 18 June 2017

Very pleasant 1.5 hour boat ride in the canal. Used lock 32 to raise and lower boat. Interesting Erie Canal narration by staff. (Only problem was ticket booth was not open when it was supposed to be and by purchasing tickets on line, there was...More

Thank Mark W
Reviewed 30 May 2017

This was an experience that you shouldn't miss if you are visiting the Rochester area! The history of the Erie Canal and demonstrations of boating along the canal, both now and 200 years ago brought history and engineering to life! It made me want to...More

Thank 289charlesv
Reviewed 21 December 2016

I have been on Sam Patch many times and always enjoy the ride and scenery. It is like stepping back in time for a couple of hours relaxing while taking in the local scenes from the boat ride. I think everyone should give it a...More

Thank MsSailor
Reviewed 15 November 2016

calm ride down the canal. nice outing for an older person or to do with children. informative and not too adventurous.

Thank docsbd
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Although I've been to Pittsford several times before, I've never gone on the Sam Patch Erie Canal tour. But on a visit in August my daughter and I finally the opportunity. We went along with another daughter, her husband, and three children. It was a...More

Thank Freba
Reviewed 26 October 2016

We like to take out of town guests on the Sam Patch. It is a good way to showcase our area. They do a wonderful job giving us a learning experience while enjoying a nice peaceful ride on the canal. The Fall foliage added to...More

Thank Grandma43Penny
Reviewed 19 October 2016

We had initially hoped to take a canal tour with another company- on a much larger boat. But they weren't running at the time we had available for a tour. So we found Sam Patch online, used our phones to reserve our tickets for tour...More

Thank CARG930
Reviewed 1 October 2016

The Sam Patch is a great way to spend an afternoon checking our the Erie Canal. Although I was solo on my trip, there were families with young children and everyone enjoyed the journey. Would highly recommend

1  Thank Katherine O
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

The Sam Patch cruise was a very nice ride. We learned a bit about the history of the canal, went through lock #32 where we were raised 25 feet and then turned around and were lowered again. The cruise lasted 1.5 hours...I wish that they...More

Thank Judy K
Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

What a great, easy way to relax and enjoy the water as well as learn some interesting history. We also had some food and, while a bit basic, was enjoyable. The captain and mates were very pleasant and really made an effort to make the...More

Thank rkbsound
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Sheri V
2 March 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.
16 October 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
10 June 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