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“Beautiful scenery and places to stroll”
Review of Erie Canal

Erie Canal
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Fairport
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Owner description: The superhighway of pre-Civil War America, this marvel of human engineering and labor, built from Albany to Buffalo, opened up America's frontier to the west.
Rochester, New York
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2,988 reviews
906 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 964 helpful votes
“Beautiful scenery and places to stroll”
Reviewed 13 June 2014

We strolled along the Erie Canal for a while tonight after finishing our dinners at a Packett's Landing restaurant. The scenery at the canal is always wonderful, and we really enjoy the view up and down the waterway itself. Stores and restaurants in the Box Factory were going full tilt, and we could listen to a live band going in the background. This is always a fun place to visit, and I recommend eating dinner here at one of the many fine restaurants along the way. I hope you enjoy it!

Visited June 2014
1 Thank Larry W
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English first
Rochester, NY
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31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Got a Mule...”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

OK, you remember the song from grade school, don't you? "Got a mule and her name is Sal, 15 miles on the Erie Canal...". Since I have lived within 5 miles from the Erie Canal most of my life, I am just a little biased. When in the Eastern Rochester suburbs you should check out a few of the prettiest canal villages = Fairport, Bushnells Basin, and Pittsford. There is a beautiful bike and walking trail all along The Canal which goes on for MILES. Check out the opportunity to rent bikes, canoes and kayaks. Pack a lunch or eat at one of many cute local cafes in any of these villages. All have ice cream shops right along the walkway. In Bushnells Basin there is the local favorite, Abbott's Frozen Custard, and in Pittsford, ask a local the way to The Pittsford Dairy (where their slogan is, "From the Moo to You"). Just a warning, The Canal is drained of most of it's water from early November to late April.

Visited May 2014
5 Thank NYflamingo
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West tisbury, MA
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“"Barges Flickering Lights"”
Reviewed 16 April 2014

"Out of my Window, Looking in the Night, I can see the Barges' Flickering Lights", a childhood song ends with, "I would like to go with you". Now, 50 years later, more so than ever. Restored and vibrant,- towpath walkers and bikers seek exercise, village port shops, ice cream, summer band concerts, picnic benches to watch watercrafts and waterfowl ply canal waters.

The largest engineering gamble of 1820's, accomplished security, created commerce and new lives of opportunity for the young America country and her new citizens. And so to does, the Erie Barge Canal today.

Visited April 2014
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Fairport, New York
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180 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Amazing activities on the canal!”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

We LOVE the canal. The canal runs through many of the towns near Rochester. We live in Fairport, and close to Pittsford, NY. The canal connects both towns. Along the canal in Fairport and Pittsford are restaurants, ice cream, stores, and boat rentals. The best part of the canal is the tow path, where donkeys used to pull boats up and down the canal. Now, it is a mix of gravel and asphalt, filled with walkers, joggers, bikers, etc. It provides a safe bike path without roads and cars as long as you are on the canal route. In Fairport, the main park in town is on the canal. There is a dock, boat rental, plus all the park amenities. People flock there on nice days to enjoy the water and park. The canal crosses Fairport's main street at the lift bridge, and the whole area is amazing and reminds us of a vacation town. In the summer, there are tons of people enjoying the views, food, ice cream, and there are many nice boats docked that you can look at. You can meet people that travel up and down the canal in their boats. Also, you can take a trip on a big canal boat (tour) for trips up and down the canal and even dinner cruises. We love the canal, and feel it really adds to the quality of life in our area of Fairport. Enjoy!

Visited September 2013
4 Thank Archited2013
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rochester, ny
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62 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Historical and beautiful”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

Whenever I have out of town guests, the first place I take them is the Erie Canal . Every town on the canal has boat rides and restaurants , always very scenic, of course the warmer months are best

Visited April 2014
2 Thank frptlady
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