Erie Canal Cruise


For 90 minutes aboard the Lil' Diamond II cruise boat, Captain Jerry entertains with tales of the canal: what Clinton's Ditch was, how it was expanded, why it's still important to upstate New York culture. This particular stretch is along the Erie Barge Canal, dug parallel to the Mohawk River in the early 20th century. The tour passes giant storm surge gates reminiscent of the Thames Barrier, Historic Fort Herkimer Church (second-oldest in the state), and often birds of interest such as green herons. Lock 18, through which the boat passes, is the last one with all-original equipment. The boat goes in, the doors close, and suddenly the lock house seems to rise into the air as slimy walls creep up alongside the boat. When something especially cool happens, such as a great blue heron taking flight 20 feet in front of the boat, Captain Jerry interrupts his talk to make sure no one misses it. (Cruises mid-May to mid-October, $18 adults/$12 kids 3-10.)


800 Mohawk St.
Herkimer, NY 13350


43.01850900, -74.99277400
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(315) 717-0350

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