Journey back in time with the Erie Canal Museum on Friday, August 10 as we host a narrated cruise with our friends at Erie Canal Cruises, Inc. in Herkimer, New York. Enjoy a relaxing, 90-minute cruise on the Erie Canal and Mohawk River, which takes guests on a trip through historic Lock 18 at Jacksonburg. This “liquid elevator” raises and lowers vessels more than 20 feet. This fully narrated cruise features the past, present and future of the world’s most iconic man-made waterway. During this tour on one of the Lil’ Diamond vessels, you will learn why the Erie Canal was known as “Clinton’s Ditch,” how it was constructed, how it opened the west and helped to create the America we know today, how and why it was expanded, and why it is a significant part of upstate New York culture today.
You will see massive guard gates, the historic Fort Herkimer Church (one of the oldest churches in New York), and one of the last Canal locks that still has original, 100-year-old equipment. Passengers are also permitted to come into the pilot house and visit (except when the captain is maneuvering around docks or locks). This offers great photo opportunities that you will remember for years to come.
The cruise departs from Gems Along the Mohawk, 800 Mohawk Street, Herkimer, NY 13350. Please arrive by 12:30 p.m. for our 1:00 p.m. cruise. Tickets are $20 for Museum members, $23 for the general public, and free for children 12 and under. Tickets are available on our website, and Museum members are asked to phone 315-471-0593, extension 12, to make their reservations. We will cruise rain or shine aboard one of the weather-protected Lil’ Diamond vessels, so be sure to make your reservation today.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. We look forward to cruising the Erie Canal with you on Friday, August 10!