Downtown Syracuse Erie Canal Walking Tour

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 1 Hrs
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  • Departure Details :
    Erie Canal Museum
  • Cancellation Policy :
    Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund


Take a walk along the path of the historic Erie Canal through downtown Syracuse's heritage area led by an Erie Canal Museum staff member. We start at the Museum, follow the route of the 19th century Canal, which no longer runs through Syracuse, through Clinton Square, and tour Hanover Square as we head back to the Museum. Learn how the waterway shaped the community, and see how the neighborhood changed since the days when the Canal ran through the heart of the city. The tour is about a mile-long loop and lasts about one hour.

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The Erie Canal no longer flows through downtown Syracuse, but the impact of the waterway is still evident. The Downtown Syracuse Erie Canal Walking Tour starts at the historic 1850 Syracuse Weighlock Building, which once stood along the banks of the Erie Canal and is now home to the Erie Canal Museum. The tour then follows the path of the original Erie Canal, which ran through the heart of the city. It features some of Syracuses oldest and most well-known structures and includes discussions on canal buildings and bridges, the economic impact of the Erie and Oswego canals and the changing face of Clinton Square. This guided hour-long tour includes a booklet of historic images to complement the contemporary views of Downtown Syracuse seen along the way.
Tour participants are encouraged to explore the Erie Canal Museum before or after the tour as well. Admission to the Museum is by donation. Tour is free for children (17 & under).


  • Entrance fee to the Erie Canal Museum
  • Local guide
  • Small-group tour
  • Walking tour


  • Drinks (Water to recommended on warm days.)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

A moderate amount of walking is involved

Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund

Wheelchair accessible