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Explore Erie Canal Park, Boat Tours and More in CNY

Explore Erie Canal Park, Boat Tours and More in CNY

Erie Canal Park in Camillus will take you on a trip through history. If you want to have a long walk in a scenic wooded path and walkway and enjoy the changing color of the fall, Erie Canal Park in Central New York is a great option for you. You can also get a glimpse of the fall foliage while on the boat tours offered through October.

The Erie Canal is the third park in Central New York that we are going to present to you. (For the first one, we visited Women’s Rights and for the second one, we visited Fort Stanwix)

Erie Canal Park was established in 1772. This park is located in the town of Camillus and is also part of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor in upstate New York.

Here are the few things you can enjoy in Erie Canal Park.

Boat Tours

Boat tours are one of the major attractions of the Erie Canal park. A 45-minute round trip allows visitors to enjoy the sight with music and historic narration. Visitors can take a short walk to the Nine Mile Creek Aqueduct as well. 


The regular boat tours operate on Sundays from May to mid-October. The tours start at 1 p.m and run until 5 p.m. The boats leave every hour beginning at 1 p.m. Adults pay $3 and children ages five to 12 are $1.50.

The boat tours are educational as well. A historic narration during the ride will give the visitors a sense of historical events associated with this park.

Wooded walkway to the woods in Erie Canal Park.

Dinner Cruise

If sightseeing is not enough, the Dinner Cruise is another option. The boat tour will also serve you dinner while you are enjoying the scenic beauty with live music and narration. What’s on the menu? Adult visitors will get a prime rib dinner and children will get either a hamburger or chicken tenders with fries. The Dinner Cruise is $30 for adults and $15 for children. The boat tours begin July 12 and end Aug. 16.


The  Sim Store Museum is the main museum in the Erie Canal park. It is a replica of the original Sim’s canal store. Sim’s Museum is divided into several sections. There is also a local history section, an Erie Canal Barge display, an 1800’s room, and a section describing the canal building.

If you are all set to spend a day on the lake amid nature, the Erie Canal Park in Camillus would be a great option.

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