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Treat Yourself: Learn about local history during a boat ride at Liz and Dave Beebe Camillus Erie Canal Park

Erie Canal Park
PHOTO BY COURTNEY KLESS

History has always fascinated me. I spent the first part of my childhood living in Rochester, and one of my favorite things to do was take a boat ride on the Erie Canal.

I recently found a place where I could relive this memory – and treat myself.

Open year-round, the Liz and Dave Beebe Camillus Erie Canal Park was first established in 1972. Today, its grounds feature more than 14 miles of trails, a section of the Old Erie Canal, and several landmarks, including Culver 59 and a replica of a lockhouse. Visitors can explore the park by foot or boat (tours are available every Sunday and Wednesday through Columbus Day weekend). We chose the latter option.

As we made our way down the canal, volunteers shared some history and pointed out various historical spots, such as the site of the original canal. The tour also includes a ride over the Nine Mile Creek Aqueduct – originally built in 1844, it is New York’s only restored navigable aqueduct, according to the park’s website. Afterwards, make sure to stop by the Sims’ Museum, a canal store replica that features artifacts, a section on local history and more.

The park is the perfect place to spend a summer afternoon – and learn more about local history.

If You Go:

Liz and Dave Beebe Camillus Erie Canal Park
Where:
5750 Devoe Road, Camillus.
Cost:
$4/adults; $2/ages 5-12; $11/family (boat tours). Admission to the park is free.
More information:
eriecanalcamillus.com.

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