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Sam Patch Erie Canal tour

12 Schoen Pl, Pittsford, NY 14534-2026
+1 585-662-5748
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A Successful Birthday Gift to Grandpa

For my Dad's 70th birthday my family (Myself, Wife, sons (8 and 6)) took him on a trip on the Erie... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Corning, New York
Sampatch is Perfect

A friend of our suggested we enjoy the Sampatch Canal Tour as well as lunch on the boat-a fun... read more

Reviewed 27 August 2017
Valerie C
Pennsylvania, United States
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90-minute Public Cruises are provided daily on Sam Patch, a historic packet boat replica, departing from Schoen Place in Pittsford, NY.Traveling the routes of America’s early settlers, We provide uniquely authentic canal cruising experiences for visitors from all over the world. Enjoy the signature Erie Canal Experience of traveling through a century old lock.
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12 Schoen Pl, Pittsford, NY 14534-2026
+1 585-662-5748
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Reviewed 1 week ago

For my Dad's 70th birthday my family (Myself, Wife, sons (8 and 6)) took him on a trip on the Erie Canal. It was also a great opportunity to educate our sons. The friendliness was outstanding! We had to travel a long way (>1 hr.)...More

Thank AUGrad98
SamPboat, Manager at Sam Patch Erie Canal tour, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for your kind review. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip.

Reviewed 27 August 2017

A friend of our suggested we enjoy the Sampatch Canal Tour as well as lunch on the boat-a fun choice! Our tour guide was interesting, the working Canal was exciting to traverse and the weather was perfect. A wonderful step back in time as well...More

Thank Valerie C
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

My husband's wonderful parents took us and the whole family for a cruise on the Erie Canal. My mother-in-law had read in the paper that this was an excellent trip. We brought water with us, since it was a hot day. Well! It seems you...More

Thank Andrea D
SamPboat, Manager at Sam Patch Erie Canal tour, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2017

We are sorry you did not enjoy your trip. We strive to provide authentic, enjoyable and educational experiences on all our tours. The guide for your trip often lectures locally about canal history and has written and produced 2 documentaries on the Erie Canal. Because...More

Reviewed 17 August 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our boat trip. Our guide was fantastic. Captain was friendly. I would not recommend for young children, they don't appreciate it, and get very bored. Very nice 90 minutes. Well worth it. If you don't pre order a sandwich, you can purchase...More

Thank mickio66
Reviewed 17 August 2017

I took a friend from out of town on the tour yesterday. And even though I have lived here for 25 years, I had never been on the Sam Patch either...only the Colonial Belle. The trip was interesting....especially the process of going through the lock,...More

Thank Laurie M
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

I just loved being on a boat inside a lock... I'd never done anything like that before today. An added bonus is that I can now better explain the process to my students! The captain was skilled and I enjoyed learning from our guide. I...More

Thank Pineapplepalm
Reviewed 8 August 2017

This is a great way to learn about the history and folk-lore of the Erie Canal. The boat may be a bit crowded, but the window views of the canal are good. You get to learn about the lock system as you go through Lock...More

1  Thank howardkatz
Reviewed 30 July 2017

My husband and Have taken the Sam Patch Canal Tour several times and enjoyed it very much. We recently took out-of-town guests on a Saturday afternoon 4:00 PM tour and were miserable for the whole trip. We sat next to a large group of adults...More

Thank darjeelingfan
SamPboat, Manager at Sam Patch Erie Canal tour, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2017

Sorry to hear that you did not have a pleasant trip this year. It was good to hear, however, that you have enjoyed our trips in the past. While we very seldom have trips such as you described, it does occasionally happen that passengers are...More

Reviewed 22 July 2017

I recommend coming 15-30 minutes early, in order to find parking and buy your tickets. While on the boat, you can't have snacks or drinks with you, but you can buy snacks and drinks from them. In the beginning of the tour, they told my...More

Thank Matthew J
Reviewed 20 July 2017

Took my 90-yr-old mom and had a blast. Easy on easy off, plenty to do for kids, snacks and beverages served, and a lovely blend of activities and history. The boat goes up through a lock and back down, and cruises along delightful historic homes....More

Thank Jean M
SamPatchBoat, Manager at Sam Patch Erie Canal tour, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2017

Thank you for your review. We are delighted that you enjoyed the cruise!

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Sheri V
2 March 2017|
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Response from SamPatchBoat | Property representative |
Hi Sheri. We don't open until the first week of May when the canal is refilled for navigation. Hope to see you then.
17 October 2016|
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Response from Paoball | Reviewed this property |
I would assume so, actually very little space is outside of cover, all the seats are under cover.
Shawn R
10 June 2016|
Response from SamPatchBoat | Property representative |
Thanks for your comment - We would certainly like to make the Sam Patch accessible - and we have investigated the possibility. Unfortunately, the narrowness of the replica vessel makes a ramp too steep to be safe. We are... More

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