Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises / Lockport Canalside Banquet Facility


Much remains the same on the Erie Canal today as it was in the 1800's. Hand-dug to connect the Hudson River with the Niagara River, the 363-mile Grand Old Erie Canal is truly a great engineering feat. Originally, 83 stone locks overcame the 571-foot difference in the level between the rivers. Enlarged in the early 1900's, now 35 locks allow larger vessels to travel across New York State.



Experience a unique 2-hour cruise which includes "locking through" and being raised the 49 ft. elevation of the Niagara Escarpment (the same one that creates Niagara Falls) in the only double set of locks on the Erie Canal. You will pass under bridges that raise straight up, see water cascade over Lockport's famous "Flight of Five" 1840's locks, and travel through the solid walls of the "rock cut" as your Coast Guard licensed captain describes the architecture, sights, and folklore along the way.
Bring your camera, rain or shine, you'll enjoy your cruise as you wave to the folks watching from the bridges or the joggers and bicyclists on the tow path. You can salute your fellow "canalers"- a family fishing for bass, the crew of a sailboat, passengers on a motor yacht, the captain of a tug, or scouts in canoes heading for camp.

Travel is quiet and peaceful on the Erie Canal. For three wonderful seasons you'll see nature at its best: fruit trees in bloom, beautiful wild flowers, the magnificent colors of autumn, and Lockport's Memorial Tree Garden in Lowertown.

Round-trip cruises depart from Lockport's unique year round Canalside -- a 2-building complex located dockside along the banks of the Grand Old Erie. Enjoy delicious homemade food freshly prepared from highest quality ingredients in our Canalside Cafe & Pub. Try our homemade soups. pastries, and delicious sandwiches on home-made bread and rolls, fresh desserts and ice cream. In our Canalside Gift Shop, you will find delightful Erie Canal, Lockport, and nautical gifts, clothing, and books.

Cruises depart daily from May to October aboard Coast Guard inspected vessels that are easily accessible and have clean restroom facilities. Snacks and licensed beverages are available on board. Free parking right outside the door of our beautiful Lockport Canalside.

Also visit the many other nearby attractions - the Niagara County Historical Museum, nature and bike trails, antique and specialty shops.   See our Links Page for more.




Rated AAA Gem Location! Celebrating 20 years of Erie Canal tours! Boats and Banquet Facilities are handicapped accessible
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