Sam Patch Erie Canal Tours boat cover

Sam Patch Erie Canal Tours

The Sam Patch is a replica 1800s packet boat that serves as a floating history museum and leisurely 90-minute cruise for visitors and locals alike.

Sam Patch Erie Canal Tours are a great way to immerse yourself in the canal’s commercial history, engineering innovations, and influence on today’s recreational use.

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Sam Patch interior

Take a 90-minute cruise

Offered 2-3 times daily May-October

Even if you’ve grown up here with the canal in your backyard, a ride on the Sam Patch is a relaxing way to spend an afternoon.

Daily cruises depart from Schoen Place in Pittsford.

Erie Canal Boat Sam Patch Schoen Place Pittsford NY
Sam Patch docked at Schoen Place in Pittsford
Sam Patch Great Embankment floodgates
Western floodgates near the Great Embankment
Sam Patch old canal pathway
The white buoy marks the original path of the Erie Canal when it ran through the City of Rochester.

Locking through Lock E-32

You can visit any of the locks along the canal and watch boats lock through, but there’s nothing like experiencing it in a boat!

Sam Patch entering Lock 32
Sam Patch approaching Lock 32
Sam Patch Lock 32
Sam Patch exiting Lock 32

Check out Sam Patch Erie Canal Tours’ special events

Past themes have included sunset yoga, live music, wine tastings, and a Fourth of July fireworks cruise.

Most event cruises depart from Pittsford. Some events begin at Brooks Landing near the Staybridge Suites hotel, like cruises during the Corn Hill Festival or ROC the Riverway.

Sam Patch Erie Canal Tours Corn Hill Landing

Sam Patch packet boat tours on the Genesee River

If you’re lucky you’ll hop on one of their rare 2-hour excursions from Pittsford to Corn Hill Landing in the City of Rochester.

These are usually one way, meaning they depart from Pittsford and end in Corn Hill, or visa versa. You’ll need to think about return transportation.

They do this because they need to move the boat to a new location, maybe for a wedding, and why not offer people an opportunity to ride along!

We’ve parked cars at both ends in the past.

More information about Sam Patch Erie Canal Tours

Cost: Varies by excursion

Located at Schoen Place in Pittsford, 21 minutes / 13 miles from Rochester (get directions)

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Walking around The Village of Pittsford

Pioneer settlers were farming the land here prior to the development of the Erie Canal. Look to Pittsford Farms Dairy as an example, established in 1814 as a farm, livery and stagecoach operation.

Many of the villages along the canal, especially those that include the word “port”–Fairport, Spencerport, Brockport–developed to fill the needs of the new canal and the settlers who traded there.

Pittsford thrived once the canal, as well as the railroad, routed through the area, establishing Monroe County’s oldest village in 1827.

Pittsford Village Auburn Line historic marker

As you’re exploring the village, waiting on your Sam Patch excursion to begin or walking to a restaurant afterward, take a look at the buildings and historic markers. They tell the story of this extraordinary place.

Pittsford Village Spa Depot
Pittsford Farms Dairy
Pittsford Village Label 7 restaurant
Pittsford Village flour mill
Pittsford Village historic building
Pittsford Coal Tower Schoen Place
Pittsford Village Schoen Place

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What do you love most about a ride on the Sam Patch?

Your insights and experiences are valuable. Please share them in the comments.

Debi Bower, Day Trips Around Rochester NY

Debi Bower is the founder and creative director of and author of the award-winning book Day Trips Around Rochester, New York.

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2 thoughts on “Sam Patch Erie Canal Tours”

  1. I’m still trying to figure out what the excursion cost, I’ll never understand this kind of advertisement. Put the damn price and schedules up front and all the amenities you offer rather than having to dance around on a website looking and looking and I still haven’t found it it’s such a turn off

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