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Jun 23

Farmer's Market

05/03/2017 — 10/27/2017
Jun 23

Guided Walking Tour

04/28/2017 — 10/27/2017
Jun 24

Hudson River …

04/29/2017 — 10/28/2017
Jun 24

Hudson River …

04/29/2017 — 10/28/2017
Jul 9

Cycle the Erie …

07/09/2017 — 07/16/2017
Jul 13

Guided Walking Tour

05/11/2017 — 10/12/2017

Erie Canal Bicentennial

The Construction of the Erie Canal

By Anthony Opalka, Historian for the City of Albany

The original Erie Canal, constructed between 1817 and 1825, connected Albany on the Hudson River, with Buffalo, a small emerging village at the eastern end of Lake Erie. Over 360 miles in length, "Clinton's Ditch," as it was known, provided the first continuous connection by water between the eastern and western ends of New York State, and prior to the advent of the railroad, the canal was the primary means of transporting goods across the state. Today, the Erie Canal and a network of connecting waterways are still in service as America's most iconic and enduring man-made waterway.

Erie Canal Itinerary Image

Water Music

Musical experience two centuries in the making and a cross-cultural celebration... More

Erie Canal Vignettes

Erie Canal Vignettes

Learn more about the Erie Canal and it's historic Bicentennial.
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Erie Canal Spread

Erie Canal Spread

As featured in the 2017 Albany Visitors Guide.
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Signature Events

Always Know Your Pal

May 02, 2017 to October 28, 2017 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Times: From: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Location: Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center
  • Admission: $5 Adults
  • 2 Museum Lane
  • Waterford, NY 12188
  • Phone: 518-238-0809
  • Visit Website

The Erie Canal celebrates its 200th Anniversary beginning this year across New York State. The museum presents "Always Know Your Pal", an exhibit that shares with visitors the histo...

Heaven's Ditch: An Evening with Jack Kelly

July 19, 2017

The Erie Canal was one of the most impressive engineering feats in American history. It connected the Atlantic Ocean to the Midwest, not only economically, but spiritually as well. It has been referre...

Spotlight: Erie Canal

March 25, 2017 to August 20, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Commemorating the Bicentennial of the Erie Canal

Water Music NY

July 02, 2017 to July 08, 2017 (Recurring daily)

The Albany Symphony will celebrate the July 4, 2017 Eric Canal Bicentennial with Water Music NY, a one-of-a-kind journey from Albany to Buffalo. Musicians will travel the Canal by barge for 7 days, p...

Special Events

Canal Splash

August 11, 2017 to August 20, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: NYS Canal System
  • Various locations across canal system
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  • Phone: 518-436-3034
  • Visit Website

Celebrate the canal's history, culture, recreational appeal, & beauty; coordinated series of locally organized events & activities; nature & history walks; museum & gallery exhibits; r...

Steamboat Meet & Fireworks

July 01, 2017
  • Times: From: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
  • Location: Waterford Harbor Visitors Center
  • One Tugboat Alley
  • Waterford, NY
  • Phone: 518-233-9123
  • Visit Website

Enjoy this annual competition and demonstration of steamboats. Get an up close look at these mighty boats, and see them in action! Stay for fireworks! Situated along the beautiful Erie Canal, at the q...

Waterford Tugboat Roundup

September 08, 2017 to September 10, 2017 (Recurring daily)

The Roundup, always the weekend after Labor Day (September 9 - 11), will have everything you've grown to expect and more. The music, the incredible fireworks, the food, the displays, the craft vendor...

On-Going Events

Always Know Your Pal

May 07, 2017 to October 22, 2017 (Every Sunday)
  • Times: From: 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Location: Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center
  • Admission: $5 Adults
  • 2 Museum Lane
  • Waterford, NY 12188
  • Phone: 518-238-0809
  • Visit Website

The Erie Canal celebrates its 200th Anniversary beginning this year across New York State. The museum presents "Always Know Your Pal", an exhibit that shares with visitors the histo...

Hudson River Sightseeing Cruise of Albany

June 21, 2017 to August 30, 2017 (Every Wednesday)
  • Times: Boards 12:30p - Departs 1:00p - Returns 2:30p
  • Location: Dutch Apple Cruises, Inc.
  • Venue: Dutch Apple Cruises & Tours
  • Admission: $19.95 adults, $18.95 seniors, $12.00 kids 3-10yr, kids 2yr & under FREE
  • 141 Broadway
  • Albany, NY 12202
  • Phone: 518-463-0220
  • Send Email
  • Visit Website

Enjoy a narrated scenic trip on the Hudson River on our Sightseeing Cruise of Albany! Cruise begins boarding at 12:30 p.m., departs at 1:00 p.m. and returns at 2:30 p.m. Round trip cruise departs fr...

Hudson River Sightseeing Cruise of Albany

June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017 (Every Thursday)
  • Times: Boards 12:30p - Departs 1:00p - Returns 2:30p
  • Location: Dutch Apple Cruises, Inc.
  • Venue: Dutch Apple Cruises & Tours
  • Admission: $19.95 adults, $18.95 seniors, $12.00 kids 3-10yr, kids 2yr & under FREE
  • 141 Broadway
  • Albany, NY 12202
  • Phone: 518-463-0220
  • Send Email
  • Visit Website

Enjoy a narrated scenic trip on the Hudson River on our Sightseeing Cruise of Albany! Cruise begins boarding at 12:30 p.m., departs at 1:00 p.m. and returns at 2:30 p.m. Round trip cruise departs fr...

Hudson River Sightseeing Cruise of Albany

June 23, 2017 to August 25, 2017 (Every Friday)
  • Times: Boards 12:30p - Departs 1:00p - Returns 2:30p
  • Location: Dutch Apple Cruises, Inc.
  • Venue: Dutch Apple Cruises & Tours
  • Admission: $19.95 adults, $18.95 seniors, $12.00 kids 3-10yr, kids 2yr & under FREE
  • 141 Broadway
  • Albany, NY 12202
  • Phone: 518-463-0220
  • Send Email
  • Visit Website

Enjoy a narrated scenic trip on the Hudson River on our Sightseeing Cruise of Albany! Cruise begins boarding at 12:30 p.m., departs at 1:00 p.m. and returns at 2:30 p.m. Round trip cruise departs fr...

Public Living History Cruise

June 18, 2017 to September 17, 2017 (Recurring monthly on the 3rd Sunday)
  • Times: From: 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM
  • Location: Rotary Park Marina
  • Admission: $52.00 per person RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
  • 74 Southern Ave
  • Little Falls, NY 13365
  • Phone: 315-717-0077
  • Send Email
  • Visit Website

Join us on a very special Living History Cruise to the Historic General Herkimer Home! We depart from Little Falls Marina Rotary Park, and will have detailed discussion of the significance of the larg...

The Irish and the Erie Canal

April 19, 2017 to October 29, 2017 (Every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

The Irish were involved from start to finish, from originally proposing the concept a hundred years before a shovel was even put into the ground, to the routing, to its design, to securing support f...

Themed Friday Night Party Cruise

July 07, 2017 to August 25, 2017 (Every Friday)
  • Times: From: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Location: Boarding: Gems Along the Mohawk at 6:30pm
  • Admission: $15.00 per person RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
  • 800 Mohawk Street
  • Herkimer, NY 13350
  • Phone: 315-717-0077
  • Send Email
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Join us on select Friday nights this summer for an evening of non-stop fun! Bring your TGIF spirit and enjoy entertainment, dancing, a full bar featuring our signature cocktails, along with munchies...

 

 

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