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A great stop along the NYS Thruway between exits 40 and 41. There’s a large sign, you don’t have to... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2018
Cindy G
phoenix, United States
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Great place for a picnic lunch

Great place to stop for a picnic lunch and learn some history. The staff is very friendly. There... read more

Reviewed 6 August 2018
MelandPaul R
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1575 Rooker Dr, Port Byron, NY 13140-3117
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Reviewed 26 August 2018

Great stop along the NY Thruway with a lot of history thrown in and the historical society in the area is working hard to make it a great learning experience. The volunteers are locals who grew up in the area and have deep family roots...More

Thank sskroll
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

A great stop along the NYS Thruway between exits 40 and 41. There’s a large sign, you don’t have to get off the Thruway, and it’s FREE. Spend as much or as little time as you like. There is a very informative tour (20 minutes...More

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Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Great place to stop for a picnic lunch and learn some history. The staff is very friendly. There is a walking tour also.

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Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

So glad we stopped here to eat lunch on our ride home along the NY Thruway. Great little rest stop with a well restored historical site of the Erie Canal Lock 52 staffed with informative volunteers. Handicapp accessible walking tour with a downloadable app full...More

Thank maryanne1964
Reviewed 5 July 2018

This is a really easy on/off from I-90 and an outstanding opportunity to learn about the Erie Canal. The exhibits, locks and the historical buildings are all worth seeing.

Thank BadgerRetirees
Reviewed 26 June 2018

Its not often that you can access an attraction directly from the thruway, in fact this is the only one I know of. I had stopped to see the remnants of the old locks a few years ago and then another time I noticed that...More

Thank JuneNY
Reviewed 24 June 2018

This is the perfect reststop on any roadtrip or drive down the I90 and it is also free! The main building was built on the site of old locks that were once part of the Erie Canal. It is nice to be able to walk...More

Thank kwnike13
Reviewed 19 June 2018

We have been watching this place develop over the last year and couldn’t wait to see it. It is situated in Port Byron Ny between exits 41and 40 on NY State Thruway. The only access is off the Thruway eastbound. The exhibits are great and...More

Thank Beanie140
Reviewed 15 June 2018

Happened to stop on the Thruway and had a delightful time. All the staff were great and very knowledgeable. Great for families! You can visit and walk in the lock. Also visit buildings from when that part of canal was operational.

Thank 222macedon
Reviewed 1 June 2018

My husband and I travel the Thruway frequently and for a long time we watched as this was being constructed and wondered what it was going to be. Then it was finished and we kept driving by and saying we should stop but we always...More

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