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Cruise Skaneateles Lake, Erie Canal

Here at NYSOM we’ve been cruising all summer, both across the state and on the inter-web. In that course, we’ve added tons of stories to our treasure chest: the NYSOM team has ferried to Brooklyn Bridge Park, canoed along the Gowanus and even partied with Lady Liberty on City of Water Day. Before summer’s end, we encourage you to embark on one final aquatic expedition: the Mid-Lakes Navigation, which sails through Skaneateles Lake and the Erie Canal (pick your adventure!).

Depending on your to-may-to, to-mah-to preference, the town of Skaneateles is pronounced as either “Skin-EE-atlas” or “Scan-EE-atlas;” use either one of those two and you’ll be sure to board the correct ship for your adventure. Skaneateles Lake, located in the Finger Lakes, is just 40 minutes southwest of downtown Syracuse. Alternatively, Erie Canal cruises depart from Dutchman’s Landing in Baldwinsville, 20 minutes northwest of Syracuse. With its Central New York location, Syracuse is a great spot to visit no matter your point of origin.

Why not escape to a lake for a fresh breeze and a great dinner? From sightseeing (coast by old and new stately homes, Stella Maris Retreat & Renewal Center and the Sherwood Inn) to Dinosaur Barbecue dinner evenings, a summertime cruise along either location is sure to host a grand finale to your maritime summer.

Dinosaur BBQ lunch cruises (and dinners on Thursdays!) are offered every Sunday through September 30th, while dinner cruises (perfect for a romantic evening along the canal) are available every Wednesday and weekend evenings, from 6pm til 9pm. Choose your Mid-Lakes Navigation tour type, time, and length, and get a glimpse of canal history and learn about the continued revitalization beyond the canals 363 miles!

Call(315) 986-3011 to make an advance reservation for your canal journey. Curious to become your own captain? Charter reservations for a Mid-Lakes Lockmaster 3-day rental begin at $1750, including linens and kitchenware, an orienteering boat driving lesson, bikes for exploring nearby canal towns and trails, and fuel.

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