Erie Canal- West

Erie Canal- West

Lyons to Buffalo

The Western Erie Region features the longest section of the canal that still follows its original path and retains its historic relationship to the communities and landscapes along its banks. As you travel by land or water, you will find village Main Streets, lift bridges, farm fields, and 20th century locks alongside historic lock ruins, canal engineering marvels, and cobblestone and local sandstone buildings.

Albion
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 Albion

Albion is the seat of Orleans County. Its dignified courthouse square is ringed by churches and handsome downtown commercial buildings. Many were constructed with distinctive red and tan Medina sandstone. Quarried a few miles west, the stone was carried on the Erie Canal to Albion and points east—as far as New York City.

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 Cobblestone Society Museum

(585) 589-9013

Cobblestones were an inexpensive building material, found in abundance throughout the Western Erie Region. You'll find schools, houses, churches and other buildings made from cobblestones during the 1830s and 1840s here. The museum provides a good overview to this unique form of architecture.  Visit Site >

Amherst
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 Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village 

(716) 689-1440

Recreated 19th century settlement with museum, 10 historic buildings, and reproduction blacksmith shop. Kids can enjoy the Erie Canal exhibit with fun, hands-on activities, a replica canal packet boat, and a miniature street of shops. Guided tours, exhibits, special events, and school programs available.  Visit Site >
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Basom
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 Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Oak Orchard Wildlife Management Area/Tonawanda Wildlife Management Area/

(585) 948-5445

19,000 acres of freshwater marshes and hardwood swamps bounded by woods, forests, fields, and wet meadows. Four overlooks and three nature trails offer wildlife viewing.  Visit Site >

Brockport
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 Morgan-Manning House

(585) 637-3645

Preserved and restored Italianate house and grounds in the Village of Brockport; a short walk from the Erie Canal. The house reflects the lifesyle of a wealthy canal town resident during the late 1800s - early 1920s. Extensive local history archives. Tours by appointment.

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 Strand Theater

(585) 637-3310

1907. Monroe County's oldest operating movie theater is located in the historic village of Brockport. The façade was remodeled in an Art Moderne style in 1946. Now split into a three-screen theater, the Strand shows first run movies.  Visit Site >

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 Village of Brockport/Canalfront Welcome Center

(585) 637-5300 (Village office); (585) 637-1000 (welcome center)

This Heritage Award-winning village serves as a museum without walls, showcasing how the canal influenced settlement, architecture, industry, and tourism. Begin your visit at the Canalfront Welcome Center. Services for boaters and cyclists include restrooms, water and electrical hookups, showers, Internet access, bikes to lend, and information on attractions and walking and cycling tours.  Visit Site >

Buffalo
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 Albright Knox Art Gallery

(716) 882-8700

Originally the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy in 1862, Albright Knox Gallery is one of the oldest public art institutions in the U.S. John J. Albright, a wealthy industrialist and entrepreneur, donated money in 1890 for the addition of a gallery to the Academy. The collection features modern and contemporary art.  Visit Site >

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 Allendale Theatre/Theatre of Youth Company

(716) 884-4400

1913. Built in a Neo-Classical Revival style as a neighborhood movie theater. After 13 years of restoration, the theater reopened in 1999 and now houses Buffalo's Theatre of Youth Company.  Visit Site >

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 Amherst Theatre

(716) 834-7655

1942. Built in an Art Deco style, the Amherst was originally a single screen theatre. It now exhibits a mix of independent, art, and mainstream films.  Visit Site >

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 Buffalo Harbor Kayak

(716) 228-9153

Kayak and stand up paddleboard rental  Visit Site >

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 Buffalo River History Tours

(716) 796-4556

Daily tours and speciality cruises; private charters  Visit Site >

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 Burchfield-Penney Art Center

(716) 878-6011

Contains the largest private collection of American watercolor painter Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), known for paintings that depicted the effects of industrialism on life in small-town America. The collection also includes more than 7,500 objects by over 600 Western New York artists.  Visit Site >

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 Canalside

(716) 328-0320

Buffalo's historic canal terminus is the centerpiece of the city's waterfront renaissance. Canalside features several fully restored facets of the original Erie Canal Harbor, including the "Commercial Slip," which served as the historic juncture between the Erie Canal and the Great Lakes. Events, festivals, and boat tours are on tap throughout the summer season. Ice skate on replica canals in winter.  Visit Site >

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 Delta Sonic Heritage Farm at the Buffalo Zoo

(716) 837-3900

This family-friendly exhibit recreates a historic farm from the 1850s. An Erie Canal-era homestead features heritage breeds of domestic animals and includes an adjacent wetland and a historic replica of an Erie Canal lock.  Visit Site >

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 Elevator Alley Kayak Tours

(716) 997-7925

Kayak rentals and tours.  Visit Site >

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 Kleinhan's Music Hall

(716) 885-5000

1940. Designed in the International style by Eliel and Eero Saarinen, the hall is known for its unique combination of graceful structural beauty and extraordinary acoustics. Now home to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; the hall is listed as a National Historic Site.  Visit Site >

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 North Park Theatre

(716) 836-7411

1920. Built as part of the Shea's Theatre chain in the Neo-Classical style. Today, North Park Theatre runs commercial films, as well as independent and art releases.  Visit Site >

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 Shea's Performing Arts Center/Buffalo Theatre

(716) 847-1410

1926. This French Renaissance theater was designed by Cornelius W. Rapp and George Leslie Rapp. Its original Wurlitzer organ remains intact and playable. Today, the center offers musicals, Broadway productions, operas and concerts. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Visit Site >

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 Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

(716) 884-0095

Theodore Roosevelt began his presidential journey in Buffalo, NY on September 14, 1901. State of the art exhibits and a dramatic guided tour will immerse you in the sights, sounds and emotions surrounding this pivotal moment in our nation's history. Discover how the enduring legacy of one of America's greatest presidents affects our lives today.  Visit Site >
Passport Site

Fairport
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 Colonial Belle - Erie Canal Cruises

(585) 223-9470

Narrated Erie Canal tour boat cruise  Visit Site >

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 Erie Canal Boat Company, Inc.

(585) 748-2628

Kayak/canoe, paddle board, bicycle, pontoon boat rentals; adaptive paddling available  Visit Site >

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 Low Bridge Charters

(585) 944-1764

Self-skippered canal boat rental  Visit Site >

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 Village of Fairport

Stroll along Main Street and browse shops and restaurants to enjoy the local flavor of this canal town.  Visit Site >

Greece
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 Greece Canal Park

Spacious park with trails, playing fields, picnic facilities, and indoor meeting space immediately adjacent to the canal and Canalway Trail. Dock available- no overnight accommodations.  Visit Site >

Hilton
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 Braddock Bay Bird Conservation Area

(585) 226-2466

Shallow water bay-marsh complex of marshes, open water, forests, grasslands, and shrub-scrub. Prime spot for viewing hawks and owls during spring migration.  Visit Site >

Holley
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 Holley Canal Park

Amenities include showers, restrooms, picnic facilities, and camping for tents only. Trails to playground, fishing, and waterfall. Short walk to village shops and restaurants.

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 Village of Holley

Stroll along Main Street and browse shops and restaurants to enjoy the local flavor of this canal town. From the Canalway Trail, cross the lift bridge at Holley and ride 1/4 mile to downtown Holley.  Visit Site >

Honeoye Falls and Pittsford
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 Mendon Ponds Park and National Natural Landmark

(58)5 753-PARK (7275)

2,500 acres of woodlands, ponds, wetlands and glacially created landforms. Designated National Natural Landmark for its glacial features. The park's 550-acre Mendon Nature Center features 7 miles of trails.  Visit Site >

Lockport
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 Erie Canal Discovery Center

(716) 439-0431

Start your visit to Lockport here. The interactive interpretive center showcases the history of the Erie Canal and the famous “Flight of Five” Lockport Locks. It's a short walk to the Canalside District, the renowned 1800s locks, and the similarly remarkable Barge Canal Locks 34 and 35. Boat tours, Canalway Trail, and other attractions nearby.  Visit Site >
Passport Site

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 Lockport

Stroll along Main Street and browse shops and restaurants to enjoy the local flavor of this canal town.  Visit Site >

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 Lockport Caves

(716) 438-0174

Underground boat tour through a 1,700-foot manmade tunnel constructed in the 1850s in the Niagara Escarpment. The tunnel once channelled hydropower from the Flight of Five Locks to run several Lockport factories.  Visit Site >

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 Lockport Locks and Erie Canal Cruises

(800) 378-0352 (716) 433-6155

Daily narrated cruises through the Erie Canal and locks.  Visit Site >

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 Lockport Locks District

(716) 439-0431

Lockport's renowned Flight of Five locks are located alongside the similarly remarkable Barge Canal Locks 34 and 35. These locks enable canal boats to climb the Niagara Escarpment. Restoration is underway on the Flight of Five; lock demonstrations available on weekends. Erie Canal Discovery Center, boat tours, Lockport Cave Tours, winery, shops, Canalway Trail, and other attractions nearby.  Visit Site >
Passport Site

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 Palace Theatre

(716) 438-1130

1925. This proscenium-arch-style space, built by Charles A. Dickinson, opened with the silent film, The Ten Commandments. Today it is a single screen, multi-purpose theater featuring comedy acts, musicals, plays, and films.  Visit Site >

Lyons
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 Enlarged Erie Canal Lock 56

Dating to 1849, this double-chambered stone lock served boats on the Erie Canal until 1918. A canalside store next to the lock is now a private residence. Located two miles west of the Village of Lyons.

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 Mural Mania

This arts initiative along the canal aims to preserve history through community art. You'll find historical scenes on buildings and bridges along the Canalway Trail and in communities from Canastota to Lockport. The epicenter for Mural Mania is in Lyons, where you'll find more than ten murals. You'll also find many depression-era murals by WPA-era artists inside post offices throughout the canal corridor.  Visit Site >

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 Ohmann Theatre

(315) 946-4604

1915. The theater has operated as a live theater house, vaudeville theater, and musical performance space. Carefully restored and owned today by the grandson of the original owner, the Ohmann Theatre is a single screen, family-operated theater, also open for rental.  Visit Site >

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 Trail of Hope

Fully-accessible quarter-mile trail and gardens are designed to enable people of all ages and abilities to experience nature. The trail meanders through themed gardens and through a shaded woodland overlooking Black Brook, which is part of Clinton's Ditch, the first Erie Canal. Located adjacent to the Lyons Community Center.  Visit Site >

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 Zurich Bog National Natural Landmark

(585) 548-7304

Three square mile swamp west of Zurich is a registered National Llandmark. Also known as "Mud Pond," for the open body of water within the bog. Managed by the Bergen Swamp Preservation Society.  Visit Site >

Macedon
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 Enlarged Erie Canal Lock 60 and Gallups Change Bridge

The remains of impressive double Lock 60, built in 1841, have been preserved through a 25-year community volunteer effort. Located within a one-mile stretch along the Erie Canal and Canalway Trail that features numerous preserved canal structures from the 1800s. Located off Quaker Road between Walworth and O'Neil Roads.

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 Lock 30 State Canal Park

(315) 986-5631

Boater-Biker-Hiker facilities at Lock 30 include: potable water, toilets, picnic facilities, camping, boat ramp and kayak launching dock, which makes this a favorite location for kayaking and canoeing. Butterfly Nature Trail and Community Concert Series in summer.  Visit Site >

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 Mid-Lakes Navigation: Macedon Landing

(315) 986-3011

Self-skippered canal boat rental  Visit Site >

Medina
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 Culvert Road

Boats on the Erie Canal pass over Culvert Road about two miles east of Medina between Routes 31 and 104, the only place where a road passes under the canal.

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 Medina Railroad Museum

(583) 798-6106

Located in the old New York Central Freight Depot; exhibits include 200-foot long HO scale model layout. The museum offers two hour train rides along the Erie Canal in the fall.  Visit Site >

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 Village of Medina

Stroll along Main Street and browse shops and restaurants to enjoy the local flavor of this canal town. From the Canalway Trail, cross the bridge at Medina and ride approximately 1/4 mile to Main Street.  Visit Site >

Middleport
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 Middleport Canal Bank

Picnic area, restrooms and showers, Main Street shops and Middleport Lift Bridge make for a pleasant stop along the canal.  Visit Site >

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 Village of Middleport

Stroll along Main Street and browse shops and restaurants to enjoy the local flavor of this canal town.  Visit Site >

Newark
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 T. Spencer Knight Park and Visitor Center

(315) 331-2705

The park and visitor center on the Erie Canal features a series of four stunning murals depicting scenes of Erie Canal history. Self-guided walking tours and boater facilities available. Easily accessed from the Erie Canalway Trail.   Visit Site >
Passport Site

North Tonawanda
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 Gateway Harbor

(716) 695-8520

Boat facilities equipped with electric and water with day and overnight rates. Restaurants and businesses within walking distance. Free summer concerts. Docking fee for boaters.  Visit Site >

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 Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum

(716) 693-1885

The Allan Herschell Company factory produced carousels and amusement rides from the late 1800s through the 1960s, many of which were shipped on the Erie Canal. This National Register site includes the original woodworking shop, Wurlitzer music roll shop, a collection of hand-carved carousel animals, two operating carousels, an outdoor Kiddieland with 4 restored Allan Herschell Kiddie rides, and band organs that play every day.  Visit Site >
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 Niagara River Cruises

(716) 512-8081

Daily cruises on the Erie Canal  Visit Site >

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 North Tonawanda History Museum

(716) 213-0554

Showcases the heritage of North Tonawanda and its role as a shipping and manufacturing center on the historic Erie Canal and Niagara River in the 19th and 20th centuries. The Museum hosts guided and self-guided history walks and tours, publications, and events throughout the year.   Visit Site >

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 Riviera Theatre

(716) 692-2413

1926. This Italian Renaissance theater was designed by Leon Lempart & Son of Rochester. Its Wurlitzer pipe organ is still in use today. Currently operated as a rental house by the Niagara Frontier Theatre Organ Society. The Society offers a Wurlitzer Concert series each month.  Visit Site >

Palmyra
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 Alling Coverlet Museum

(315) 597-6981

Showcases the largest collection of hand woven coverlets in the nation. Dating from the 1820s to the 1880s, these unique woven bed coverings represent a once thriving industry on the Erie Canal.  Visit Site >

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 Historic Palmyra

(315) 597-6981

Five museum sites preserve and showcase a unique collection of local artifacts and stories. Explore the impact of the Erie Canal on the Village of Palmyra since 1821 at the William Phelps General Store, Historic Museum, Palmyra Print Shop, Erie Canal Depot, and Alling Coverlet Museum. Group tours welcome. Erie Canalway Heritage Award- Honorable Mention, 2008.  Visit Site >
Passport Site

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 Pal-Mac Aqueduct County Park

(315) 946-5836

Aqueduct Park contains the remains of Palmrya Aqueduct, built in 1857, that carried the canal over Ganargua Creek, as well as the Aldrich Change Bridge, a unique towpath-era remnant originally erected at the Rochester Weighlock in the 1850s.

Pittsford
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 Bushnell's Basin Boat Dock and Canal Amenity Center

(585) 223-5050

The historic hamlet of Bushnell's Basin features canalside shops and restaurants, amenities for boaters and cyclists, and trail access. This site received a Heritage Award-Honorable Mention from Erie Canalway in 2013 for excellence in planning and development that showcases the hamlet's historic character and connection to the canal.  Visit Site >

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 Cornhill Navigation

(585) 262-5661

Daily public cruises, private charters, educational charters, and teacher programs on packet boat replica Sam Patch.  Visit Site >

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 Lock 32 Whitewater Kayaking Park

(585) 586-4330, (585) 328-3960

A team of kayaking enthusiasts transformed the Erie Canal spillway at Lock 32 into a white water playground in 2000. The park offers lessons for paddlers of all ages and abilities.  Visit Site >

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 Schoen Place

Popular canal front promenade with shopping and dining, Canalway Trail access.  Visit Site >

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 Village of Pittsford

Stroll along Main Street and browse shops and restaurants to enjoy the local flavor of this canal town.  Visit Site >

Rochester
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 Genesee Aqueduct, Aqueduct Park

(585) 428-7600

Built in 1842 to carry the Erie Canal over the Genesee River, the aqueduct consists of seven arches, each spanning 52-feet. Today, the aqueduct serves as the base of the Broad Street Bridge. View the structure from Aqueduct Park.  Visit Site >

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 Genesee Waterways Center

(585) 328-3960

Kayak/canoe rental  Visit Site >

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 George Eastman House

(585) 271-3361

The museum commemorates the legacy of George Eastman, inventor of the hand-held camera in the late 1800s who lived in Rochester from 1905-1932. It is among the most renowned museums of photography and centers of photographic preservation in the world.  Visit Site >

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 Little Theatre

(585) 258-0400

1928. This Art Deco style theater, built as part of the "little cinema movement," is dedicated to showing artistic and eclectic films in a more intimate setting. Today, the theater and an adjacent building house a five screen multiplex.  Visit Site >

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 Memorial Art Gallery

(585) 276-8900

The gallery is known for its outstanding and representative collection of American art. Also includes works by Monet, Cassatt, and other significant collections of world art. On exhibit is George Harvey's 1837 oil painting, Pittsford on the Erie Canal.  Visit Site >

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 Mount Hope Cemetery

(585) 461-3494

America's oldest municipally-owned Victorian cemetery and the final resting place of many people associated with the Erie Canal, Underground Railroad, and Women's Rights. Tours offered May-Oct.  Visit Site >

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 Rochester Museum & Science Center

(585) 271-4320

Explore science and technology and its impact - past, present, future - on our lives. Canal-themed exhibits include: hands-on Erie Canal lock model; impacts of canal building on Native Americans; and Flight to Freedom: Rochester’s Underground Railroad.  Visit Site >
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 Rochester Public Library

(585) 428-8370

The library's collection includes many original documents about the Erie Canal. An extensive online collection shares images and maps about the impact of the Erie Canal in Rochester and surrounding areas.    Visit Site >

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 The Cinema

(585) 271-1785

1914. Originally opened as the Clinton Theater, the Cinema was renovated and renamed in 1949 with its current Art Deco façade. The Cinema is the oldest, continuously-run, single screen theater in Rochester.  Visit Site >

Spencerport
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 Spencerport Depot and Canal Museum

(585) 352-0942

Inviting visitor center and small museum on the Erie Canal housed in a restored 1908 Trolly Depot. Rest in the Depot’s rocking chairs, borrow books, use the WiFi, and browse local history exhibits. Restrooms with showers available. Erie Canalway Heritage Award- Honorable Mention, 2009.  Visit Site >
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 Village of Spencerport

Stroll along Main Street and browse shops and restaurants to enjoy the local flavor of this canal town.  Visit Site >

Victor
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 Ganondagan State Historic Site

(585) 398-6151

Ganondagan is the site of a Native American community that was a flourishing, vibrant center for the Seneca people. The site offers a visitor center, gift shop, a 17th-century Seneca Bark Longhouse, and miles of self-guided trails.  Visit Site >