We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Save
Share
Review Highlights
Relaxing ride on the Canal

I've lived in Rochester my entire life and finally went on this short cruise. For the price it is a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
AnnMarie C
,
North Greece, New York, United States
Interesting, relaxing

This was a lovely ride through the canal. Eleanor was our guide and she had some really cool... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
holden213
,
Summerville, South Carolina
Read all 87 reviews
30
All photos (30)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good40%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“erie canal”(47 reviews)
“all ages”(5 reviews)
“turned around”(3 reviews)
About
90-minute Public Cruises are provided daily on Sam Patch, a historic packet boat replica, departing from Schoen Place in Pittsford, NY.Traveling the routes of America’s early settlers, We provide uniquely authentic canal cruising experiences for...more
Contact
12 Schoen Pl, Pittsford, NY 14534-2026
Website
+1 585-662-5748
Reviews (87)
Filter reviews
86 results
Traveller rating
44
34
3
1
4
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
44
34
3
1
4
Show reviews that mention
All reviewserie canalall agesturned aroundrain or shineamerican historyunique experiencehighly recommend this tourboatcruiselockridecrewhomesscenerylessonimportancenarration
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 86 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago

A very uncomfortable trip because the boat was packed so tight you couldn’t move. Sam Patch would be wise to limit seating. I would not take this tour again.More

Thank geo683
SamPboat, Manager at Sam Patch Erie Canal tour, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

We are sorry you did not enjoy your tour. As a replica packet boat, the space is not configured as some more modern, less authentic vessels. We do often sell out due to high demand in our high season. We’ve added an additional trip each...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

The Sam Patch canal tour is nothing more than a poorly disguised booze cruise. Our tour was early in the day on a weekday and we were looking forward to being on the Erie Canal, hearing historical facts and interesting stories. However, shortly after we...More

Thank Mary P
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've lived in Rochester my entire life and finally went on this short cruise. For the price it is a nice relaxing ride on the canal. The Captain and tour guide were very personable and answered any question the guests had. We took the last...More

Thank AnnMarie C
SamPboat, Manager at Sam Patch Erie Canal tour, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your kind review. As a replica packet boat that would have traveled in the early 19th century, Sam Patch can seem less roomy than modern boats. We strive to provide an authentic canal experience. We're glad you finally got out on our...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a lovely ride through the canal. Eleanor was our guide and she had some really cool information to share. It was just the right amount of time to look at the views and the locks and information to really enjoy the time. Would...More

Thank holden213
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We happened to have time between hockey games during a tournament in Rochester. Nice tour, learned a lot and the teens got to drive the boat. Majority of boat is covered so tour can go rain or shine. Some sweet shops in the area as...More

1  Thank Skiiergirlie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This tour was very enjoyable & interesting. Have never had prior experience going through a lock & learned a lot of Erie Canal history. Certainly worth the price and the 90 minutes especially on a beautiful sunny day!

Thank Jhathcoat
Reviewed 24 May 2018

The crew was exceptional! We learned so much about the locks and it's a very interesting tour. The scenery is beautiful and relaxing. Highly recommend this tour for the whole family.

Thank Travelfamily2000
SamPboat, Manager at Sam Patch Erie Canal tour, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2018

Thank you for your kind review. We strive to create an educational experience that is enjoyable for all. Glad you had a good cruise with us!

Reviewed 4 February 2018

Sam Patch is a great way to spend time with family and friends visiting from out of town. Going through the locks on the Erie Canal is a unique experience! You can only purchase snacks on board (except for lunch or dinner tours), but several...More

1  Thank EllenK1
Reviewed 1 November 2017

My husband and I enjoyed our 90 minute boat ride on the Erie Canal. Everybody was very friendly and the captain was very knowledgeable about the history of the canal. Going through a lock was a first-time experience for us. The boat was not at...More

1  Thank Patricia C
SamPboat, Manager at Sam Patch Erie Canal tour, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2017

Thank you for your kind review. "A fun way to learn history" is what we strive for on our public cruises!

Reviewed 12 October 2017

For my Dad's 70th birthday my family (Myself, Wife, sons (8 and 6)) took him on a trip on the Erie Canal. It was also a great opportunity to educate our sons. The friendliness was outstanding! We had to travel a long way (>1 hr.)...More

1  Thank AUGrad98
SamPboat, Manager at Sam Patch Erie Canal tour, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2017

Thank you so much for your kind review. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip.

View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
katiescarlett71
11 July 2018|
Answer
Response from Jhathcoat | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is plenty of parking nearby. Lots of shops & restaurants along the canal.
0
Votes
Sheri V
2 March 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from SamPatchBoat | Property representative |
Hi Sheri. We don't open until the first week of May when the canal is refilled for navigation. Hope to see you then.
0
Votes
LoveLabsCt
16 October 2016|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Paoball | Reviewed this property |
I would assume so, actually very little space is outside of cover, all the seats are under cover.
1
Vote