Your tour guide will take you on one of the most unique tours on the Erie Canal or in all America. Walk through an 2100 foot Hydraulic water power tunnel blasted out of solid rock which provided water power to three industries. The tunnel was the invention of Birdsill Holly, a mechanical genius, whose inventions were manufactured using Erie Canal water power provided by this tunnel. Holly’s inventions include the life-saving fire hydrant, central steam heat and the rotary pump. You will also view ruins from the industrial revolution, view stalactites, flow stone, various geological formations and artifacts left behind in the underground caves by the men who built the tunnel in the early days of the Erie Canal. Explore the Historic Engineering Marvels on the Erie Canal and experience Lockport Locks 34 & 35, which allow boats to travel “uphill” and the newly rehabilitated “Flight of Five” Erie Canal Locks 67-71, constructed in 1838. Seasonal. Admission. Daily tours from May 1 – October 13 – open 10am-5pm. Tours depart every hour on the hour and last 75 minutes.
Handicapped Accessible: No