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Sam Patch Erie Canal tour

12 Schoen Pl, Pittsford, NY 14534-2026
+1 585-662-5748
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My husband's wonderful parents took us and the whole family for a cruise on the Erie Canal. My... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Andrea D
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We thoroughly enjoyed our boat trip. Our guide was fantastic. Captain was friendly. I would not... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Welland, Canada
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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 yesterday via mobile

My husband's wonderful parents took us and the whole family for a cruise on the Erie Canal. My mother-in-law had read in the paper that this was an excellent trip. We brought water with us, since it was a hot day. Well! It seems you...More

Thank Andrea D
Reviewed 4 days ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our boat trip. Our guide was fantastic. Captain was friendly. I would not recommend for young children, they don't appreciate it, and get very bored. Very nice 90 minutes. Well worth it. If you don't pre order a sandwich, you can purchase...More

Thank mickio66
Reviewed 4 days ago

I took a friend from out of town on the tour yesterday. And even though I have lived here for 25 years, I had never been on the Sam Patch either...only the Colonial Belle. The trip was interesting....especially the process of going through the lock,...More

Thank Laurie M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I just loved being on a boat inside a lock... I'd never done anything like that before today. An added bonus is that I can now better explain the process to my students! The captain was skilled and I enjoyed learning from our guide. I...More

Thank Pineapplepalm
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great way to learn about the history and folk-lore of the Erie Canal. The boat may be a bit crowded, but the window views of the canal are good. You get to learn about the lock system as you go through Lock...More

1  Thank Howard K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and Have taken the Sam Patch Canal Tour several times and enjoyed it very much. We recently took out-of-town guests on a Saturday afternoon 4:00 PM tour and were miserable for the whole trip. We sat next to a large group of adults...More

Thank darjeelingfan
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I recommend coming 15-30 minutes early, in order to find parking and buy your tickets. While on the boat, you can't have snacks or drinks with you, but you can buy snacks and drinks from them. In the beginning of the tour, they told my...More

Thank Matthew J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took my 90-yr-old mom and had a blast. Easy on easy off, plenty to do for kids, snacks and beverages served, and a lovely blend of activities and history. The boat goes up through a lock and back down, and cruises along delightful historic homes....More

Thank Jean M
SamPatchBoat, Manager at Sam Patch Erie Canal tour, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We are delighted that you enjoyed the cruise!

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Sam Patch is a wonderful way to see the Canal and the surrounding towns up close. You can learn about the history of the canal....it's quite interesting. The boat is the perfect size for small group gatherings. In addition to open seating to the...More

Thank kmacc
Reviewed 2 July 2017

How awesome is this? You can take a boat trip on the Erie Canal rain or shine, learn something new, and walk away with a smile on your face for a very low cost, all the while, knowing that you are supporting local area school...More

Thank Rebecca M
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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.
17 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
11 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