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Lock 16 Visitor Center & LaSalle Canal Boat

754 1st Street, LaSalle, IL 61301-2536
+1 815-220-1848
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I&M Canal Haunted Boat Tour

The tour was enjoyable. The story-teller was animated, knowledgeable, and able to improvise. We... read more

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
vickybE6453KQ
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Ohio, United States
Not as advertised

We were expecting a haunted boat ride and it was anything but that. We all felt that it was more of... read more

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Take a journey back in time aboard the “Volunteer,” a 70-passenger, mule-pulled 1840’s replica canal boat, as it coasts gently up and down the I&M Canal. Bring your camera, grab a snack and something to drink at the Lock 16 Cafe & Visitor Center, and climb aboard for an hour of peaceful, historical fun! Every trip begins with “Mule Tending 101” as our period dressed guides introduce the passengers to their intrepid canal mules, Moe & Joe. The tour guide regales everyone with tales of the canal while the deck hands guide the boat a mile up the canal to the Little Vermillion aqueduct and back. Mary Todd Lincoln has been known to ride the boat, knitting in the corner and telling fantastic stories of her time in the Nation’s capital with Mr. Lincoln. Families of all ages, historians, photographers and nature lovers will love this historic journey into Illinois’ scenic past!
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  • Average9%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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754 1st Street, LaSalle, IL 61301-2536
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tour was enjoyable. The story-teller was animated, knowledgeable, and able to improvise. We had a fun time!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were expecting a haunted boat ride and it was anything but that. We all felt that it was more of an Irish history lesson than a haunted or spooky tail. Very disappointing.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The sound system did not work. We were not able to hear the story teller for the entire boat ride. The boat ride is neat to see how the old canal boats worked, but a narrator or story teller is important to the experience. The...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did an afternoon ride. Very interesting guide telling us about the history of the canal and people who traveled on it. We had a delicious snack at Lock 16 before. It was quite enjoyable and educational. We recommend it if you are in the...More

Thank mflyon
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a pleasant day for the ride down the canal. It was sunny and we enjoy the historic area and the trip was most enjoyable. The people were informative about this area. Afterwards we hiked up to Starved Rock for the view and that...More

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Thank 337charleneh
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Always wanted to do this. Picked a good day as it's about 2 hours from home. Went early enough to have a breakfast in the area first. The trip on the boat was leisurely and the narrator was very knowledgeable. Beautiful area.

Thank Joanna W
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The wife and I travelled to this location for the two o’clock performance on Lincoln Day. Ensure you use the restrooms in the visitor center when you pick up your tickets because there is only porta-johns at the site. Arriving early is suggested because parking...More

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Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

Interesting trip with a good viewpoint on history. My favorite was the mules. They are great. Guides were also well informed.

Thank MJM_62_DP
Reviewed 15 October 2017

This was so much more interesting than we thought it would be and mainly due to the guide, Mary Lincoln. So much history on this canal and so relaxing with the mule steadily pulling the tow rope.

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Thank sandydU6301PG
Reviewed 10 October 2017

Our group of 14 really enjoyed our informative trip.The woman playing Mrs. Lincoln was very informative and taught us many things we had never known of before. It was very well worth the investment. Our group ranged in age from 10 to 76, and everyone...More

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jkbjrb
21 October 2017|
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Response from sherry19582017 | Reviewed this property |
I don't know if dogs are allowed or not. There were not dogs on site when we were there.
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Kathy W
29 July 2016|
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Response from michael r | Reviewed this property |
The Visitor Center is on city streets and it would be hard to park there BUT the locks themselves are south of the downtown and have a lot of room for RVs etc. The canal boat itself is wonderful and has handicapped access... More
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