Erie Canal- East

Erie Canal- East

Albany to Rome

The Erie Canal once officially began in Albany, turned west at Cohoes and snaked alongside the Mohawk River. Today, the channelized Mohawk River is the Erie “Barge” Canal. The region’s location along the Hudson and Mohawk rivers and the canal turned it into America’s industrial powerhouse in the 1800s. You’ll find the region’s legacy of culture, arts, academics, and architecture matched by the extraordinary scenic landscapes of the Mohawk River Valley.

Albany
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 Albany Heritage Area Visitor Center

(518) 434-1217

Visitor center and exhibits which trace four centuries of Albany's history from fur-trading post to center for world trade, finance, and government.  Visit Site >

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 Albany Institute of History & Art

(518) 463-4478

Showcases a premier collection of art and historical artifacts documenting life and culture of the Upper Hudson Valley region; renowned for its collection of the Hudson River School of painting. The Institute holds diverse collections related to the Erie Canal, including paintings, drawings, and historical objects. Research library houses primary source materials related to the Erie Canal. Online resource collection also available. Special Erie Canal exhibition in 2017.  Visit Site >

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 Corning City Preserve

Play area, picnic tables, and venue for concerts and events along the Hudson River. Nine mile paved cycling and walking trail connects Albany to Watervliet.  Visit Site >

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 Madison Theater

(518) 438-0040

1929. Originally a 715-seat, single screen Art Deco theater, complete with Wurlitzer organ. Today, the Madison Theater has 3 screens and a performance space.  Visit Site >

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 New York State Archives

(518) 474-8955

Large collection of historical documents and maps related to the construction and management of the Erie Canal. Programs for students incorporate the use of original documents.  Visit Site >

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 New York State Museum

(518) 474-5877

Science, education, art exhibits, and programs for all ages. The museum's collections include scientific and historical material of national and international importance.  Visit Site >

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 Palace Theatre

(518) 465-3334

1931. This 2,700-seat theater, designed by architect John Eberson, is the last remaining movie palace in the city. Fully restored to its original grandeur, it now serves as a cultural and entertainment facility offering diverse popular acts and cultural events. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Visit Site >

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 Spectrum 8 Theatres

(518) 449-8995

1940. This neighborhood theater's Art Deco/Art Moderne motif, as well as its original ticket booth, doors, and entrance remain intact. The Spectrum 8 is a locally-owned multiplex that exhibits new independent film releases.  Visit Site >

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 Watervliet Shaker National Historic District

(518) 456-7890

Site of America's first Shaker settlement. Exhibition, gift shop, self guided tour of nine historic structures, garden, orchard, and cemetery where founder Ann Lee is buried.  Visit Site >

Amsterdam
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 Down by the River Kayak Rentals

(518) 423-5254

Urban kayaking is popular in many major cities because you can experience nature and see the city in a different light. There are moments kayaking in Amsterdam that you forget that you are within city limits. The locks on the Erie Canal control the flow of water, making the Mohawk River slower and more navigable, like a series of lakes. ​ Kayaking on the Mohawk River in Amsterdam is a great way to learn about the exciting history of the Erie Canal, check out the recent upgrades along the river, and envision the future. Being on the water is an incredible way to experience Amsterdam.  Visit Site >

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 Riverlink Park

Riverfront park with boat dock, fresh water and electrical power for visitors. Summer events and concert series.  Visit Site >

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 Walter Elwood Museum

(518) 843-5151

Explore the museum’s extensive assortment of artifacts and interactive stations related to the cultural, industrial, and natural history of the Mohawk Valley. Geared for children and families. M-F 9am-3pm  Visit Site >

Canajoharie
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 Arkell Museum

Impressive American Art Museum located on the Erie Canal/Mohawk River. Includes works by Winslow Homer, Geroge Inness, Georgia O'Keefe, leading American Impressionists and paintings and prints featuring views of the Mohawk River and Erie Canal. Exhibitions change throughout the year.
Passport Site

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 Mohawk Valley Regional Information Center

Sample small town life and friendly hospitality in Mohawk Valley villages that grew up along the original Erie Canal, including Fonda, Fultonville, Canajoharie, Palatine Bridge, Fort Plain, Nelliston, and St. Johnsville. Several have historic districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Enjoy historic sites, local food and crafts, antique-hunting, and village and waterfront parks. Pick up information at the Regional Visitors Center at Canajoharie, 89 Church Street. Explore by boat, bike, or car-- the villages are connected by the canal, Canalway Trail, and routes 5 and 5S.  Visit Site >

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 Village of Canajoharie

Canajoharie’s location, where the Canajoharie Creek joins the Mohawk River, made this spot a transportation hub where farmers brought their produce to ship to larger markets. The Erie Canal, built in the 1820s, helped Canajoharie become a thriving industrial center. Beech-Nut Packing Company was founded here in 1891. During the 1930s, Beech-Nut started packaging its famous line of mashed baby food made from local produce. Visit Canajoharie to enjoy local restaurants and shops, parks, authentic streetscapes, and historic architecture.

Clifton Park
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 Mohawk Towpath Byway

This National Scenic Byway is a 26-mile driving route that follows the Mohawk River/Erie Canal from Waterford and Cohoes to Schenectady. Discover the waterway west, the Erie Canal and the role that local communities played in the westward expansion of the country and in the Industrial Revolution. Audio tour available at (518) 649-9990.  Visit Site >

Cohoes
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 Cohoes Music Hall

1874. In its early years, the hall offered dramatic and musical productions, attracting vaudeville stars and popular acts. The hall's initial run lasted just 30 years, closing in 1905 due to a sagging roof truss. Remarkably, the hall reopened to the public 69 years later in 1974 after being fully restored. The music hall is owned by the City of Cohoes and is open for occasional performances.  Visit Site >

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 Enlarged Erie Canal National Register District

Walking tour connects twelve of the sixteen double locks of the Enlarged Erie Canal needed to pass Cohoes Falls. Map available at Cohoes RiverSpark at 58 Remsen Street.  Visit Site >

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 Falls View Park and School Street Hydroelectric Facility

The park overlooks the spectacular 75-foot Cohoes Falls on the Mohawk River. Stairs and a hiking path leading to the base of the falls are open in the summer (conditions dependent). The neighboring power facility and park received an Erie Canalway Heritage Award in 2008 for showcasing corporate leadership in community revitalization. Located in the heart of the Harmony Mills Historic District of Cohoes.  Visit Site >

Fort Hunter
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 Schoharie Aqueduct

Dating to 1841, Schoharie Aqueduct once carried canal boats over the Schoharie Creek. Of the original 14 stone arches only six remain. Located within Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site.  Visit Site >
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 Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

One of New York's premier canal sites, where you can see the remains of the impressive Schoharie Aqueduct, locks from 1825 and 1841, and hike, bike, and picnic on the banks of the present-day canal. Tour the visitor center and partially-restored canal store at historic Lock 28.  Visit Site >
Passport Site

Fort Plain
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 Fort Plain Free Library

(518) 993-4646

Uniquely set in a restored 1800s house, the library showcases Fort Plain's canal heritage and serves as a Welcome Center for visitors. Close to Lock E15 and the Erie Canalway Trail.  Visit Site >

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 Lock 15 State Canal Park

(518) 993-4161

Located toward the western end of over 40 miles of continuous trail, the site features camping, potable water, toilets, and picnic facilities.  Visit Site >

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 Village of Fort Plain

From the settlements of the Mohawks to the arrival of the Palatine Germans in the 1700s to the establishment of a fort during the Revolutionary War, Fort Plain has served as a central point in the middle Mohawk Valley. When the Erie Canal opened in 1825, it spurred agricultural and industrial development. Fort Plain factories produced agricultural goods, textiles, machinery, and furniture that were shipped on the canal. The original Erie Canal ran through the center of town, but moved into the Mohawk River in 1918. Visit Fort Plain to enjoy local restaurants and shops, beautiful parks, authentic streetscapes, historic architecture, and natural waterfronts.

Herkimer
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 Erie Canal Cruises

(315) 717-0350

Daily cruises, speciality cruises, private charters, group tours  Visit Site >

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 Herkimer's Historic Four Corners

(315) 866-6413

Herkimer's Historic Four Corners Composed of 1884 Herkimer County Historical Society Suiter Building, 1834 Herkimer County Jail, 1873 Herkimer County Courthouse, and the 1834 Herkimer Reformed Church.  Visit Site >

Little Falls
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 Canal Place

(315) 823-4309 (Antiques Center)

This Erie Canalway Heritage Award-winning site features an antiques center, boutique shops, and restaurants housed in historic mill buildings along the Erie Canal. Events throughout the summer. A short walk or bike ride to Lock 17 and Moss Island National Natural Landmark.  Visit Site >

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 Herkimer Home State Historic Site

Features the colonial days of Palatine German settlement in the Mohawk Valley at the 18th-century farmstead of Revolutionary War hero, General Nicholas Herkimer.  Visit Site >

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 Little Falls Canal Harbor and Rotary Park

(315) 823-1453

Visitor center and services for boaters include: water, restroom and showers, laundry, WIFI, boat launch, small tent camping for cyclists, and picnic area.  Visit Site >

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 Lock 17

(315) 823-0650

Constructed in 1915, Lock 17 was once the highest single lift lock in the world at 40.5 feet. The lock is at the lower end of a mile long land-cut, built to pass the multiple drops and rapids that make up the "Little Falls" of the Mohawk River. A heavy counterbalanced guillotine gate, hung from overhead chains and riding on rails on the inside of a bulkhead make this lock unique.  Visit Site >

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 Moss Island National Natural Landmark

Take a hike on this unique island. Part of an uplifted fault block of ancient crystalline rock; contains the best exposure of glacial age potholes eroded by meltwater floods in the eastern US. Access from Lock 17 access road off NY169.  Visit Site >

Marcy
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 Lock 20 State Canal Park

(315) 736-4617

Located along a new Canalway Trail segment near Utica; features camping, potable water, toilets and picnic facilities.  Visit Site >

New London
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 Lock 21 State Canal Park

(315) 336-8229

Located at the eastern end of the Old Erie Canal State Park. The site features toilets and picnic facilities in a rural setting. Designated Biker-Hiker-Boater camping facility.  Visit Site >

Niskayuna
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 Lock 7 State Canal Park

(518) 374-7912

Boat launch, lock, rest area, fishing, bike-hike trail, and picnic area.  Visit Site >

Oneida
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 Kallet Civic Center

(315) 363-8525

1938. This Art Moderne style theater serves as a multi-purpose community space for rental and other community events.  Visit Site >

Rexford
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 Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve

(518) 371-6667

600-acre preserve with three areas of interest: extensive freshwater wetlands/prime bird habitat, the remains of the Erie Canal, and the site of the town’s first settlement. Segments of the original 1825 Erie Canal and towpath, the 1842 Enlarged Erie Canal, and today's Erie Canal are accessible within the preserve. The entrance to the preserve includes a restored 1862 Whipple Truss Bridge, a design used widely to bridge the canal during the latter half of the 19th century.  Visit Site >

Rome
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 Bellamy Harbor Park

(315) 339-7656

Picnic, fish, or launch a canoe or kayak on the Erie Canal. Site accessible to persons with mobility handicaps.  Visit Site >

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 Fort Stanwix National Historical Park

(315) 336-3126

This 1777 frontier fort tells stories of the nations that fought for control of the Oneida Carrying Place, Mohawk Valley, homelands of the Six Nations Confederacy, and the rich resources of North America.  Visit Site >
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 Rome Capitol Theatre

(315) 337-6453

1928. This Art Deco style theater offers live performances and concerts, classic movies, and silent films accompanied by the theater's restored 1928 Moller organ.  Visit Site >

Rotterdam
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 Lock 8 State Canal Park

(518) 346-4631

Lock, fishing, rest area, bike-hike trail access and picnic area.

Schenectady
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 Boat House

Kayak/canoe rental  Visit Site >

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 miSci

(518) 382-7890

Museum of Innovation and Science celebrates science, invention, and imagination and explores the area's rich technological heritage. Canal-related programs include historic district cell phone tour (518-387-3028).  Visit Site >

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 New York Folklore Society Gallery

(518) 346-7008

A consignment folk art gallery featuring New York Traditions, with over 65 folk and traditional artists represented, including Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) bead workers and basket makers, wood carvers, quilters and other fiber artists, stone carvers, and furniture makers.  Visit Site >

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 Proctors Theatre

(518) 382-1083

1926. This ornately designed and lavishly decorated Atmospheric vaudeville theater continues as a thriving arts center offering music, movies and Broadway musicals. It is also the home of the Schenectady Symphony and the Northeast Ballet. Public tours of the theater are hosted once a month. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Visit Site >

Schenectady and Rotterdam
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 Schenectady County Historical Society Museum & Mabee Farm Historic Site

(518) 887-5073

Learn about the impact of the Erie Canal on Schenectady at the history museum located in the city's historic Stockade District. At the Mabee Farm, explore the home, barn, and grounds of a 300+ year old Dutch farm along the banks of the Mohawk River/Erie Canal.  Visit Site >
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Scotia
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 Scotia Cinema

(518) 346-5055

1929. Originally the Ritz Theater, the Scotia Cinema has undergone extensive renovations since 1981, yet maintains its old-fashioned neighborhood movie theater charm.  Visit Site >

Troy
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 Burden Iron Works Museum

(518) 274-5267

Constructed between 1881 and 1882 in the Romanesque Revival style, the former office of the Burden Iron Works contains an extensive exhibit on Troy’s industrial history throughout the 19th century. Much of the cutting-edge technology of the day was developed at the city’s Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Walking tours also available. Call ahead to visit or schedule a tour.  Visit Site >
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 Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

(518) 273-0038

1875. The Music Hall's acclaimed acoustics have attracted many of the world's best musicians. Designed in the Beaux Arts and French Renaissance styles, the Music Hall offers a variety of musical performances year round. Listed as a National Historic Landmark.  Visit Site >

Utica
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 Munson-Williams Proctor Art Institute

(315) 797-0000

Permanent collection stems from objects collected by three generations of one Utica family. The family patriarch, Alfred Munson, acquired his fortune from industrial interests including canal development. The Institute consists of an Art Museum, a School of Art, and Performing Arts Center.  Visit Site >

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 Oriskany Flats Wildlife Management Area

(315) 793-2554

750 acres of Mohawk River floodplain; activities include birdwatching, hunting, fishing and trapping. A canoe launch is present at the parking facility on the north side of the river.  Visit Site >

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 Stanley Center for the Arts

(315) 724-1113

1928. Designed using a Mexican Baroque motif by movie palace architect Thomas W. Lamb, the theater now houses the Stanley Center for the Arts, a regional arts service organization. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Visit Site >

Waterford
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 Eastern Gateway to the Canal System at Waterford Harbor

Visit the eastern gateway to the Erie Canal and see the many canal sites of interest in this area, including the Waterford Flight, Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center, Cohoes Falls, and Old Champlain Canal. Annual events include Canal Fest in May, Steamboat Meet in July, and Tugboat Roundup in September.
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 Lock 6 State Canal Park

(518) 237-4014

Facilities and picnic area for boaters, cyclists, fishing.  Visit Site >

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 Peebles Island & Erie Canalway Visitor Center

158 acre park at the confluence of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers; spectacular river and rapids views from trails that traverse gently rolling and wooded landscape. Primarily upland oak forest, with several small wetlands and open grassland habitat. Trails open for walking and jogging. Also: picnicking, fishing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoing.

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 Upstate Kayak Rentals

(518) 209-1063

Upstate Kayak Rentals offers hourly kayak rentals, traveling adventures, and now self serving Kayak Rental Hubs throughout the Capital District. We want you to explore all the various beautiful waterways the Capital District has to offer in the most convenient way possible. Visit different locations and excursions throughout the summer and fall for a different paddling experience.  Visit Site >

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 Waterford Harbor Visitor Center

(518) 233-9123

Start your visit to Waterford and the Waterford Flight of locks here. Services for boaters include water, showers, electric, and pump-out. Merchandise, phone/computer, free wifi, and information at the dockside Visitor Center. Boat launch. Kayak rentals nearby.  Visit Site >
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 Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center

(518) 238-0809

Located in the 1830s Hugh White homestead along the Old Champlain Canal, the museum's permanent exhibit, Born of Two Rivers, features the history of Waterford. Inquire about education programs and rotating exhibits related to local history and the canal.  Visit Site >