The Erie Canal Village, Rome, NY, Part 3

You can read Part 1 and Part 2 and my video post of the packet boat ride is here. We spent all day at the Village, and there was so much to discover! Our Packet Boat ride was set to begin. It cost us $6 per person, so it was very pricey. But I suspect that a lot of the ticket money goes toward the feeding and care of the horses, who draw the boat up and down this portion of the canal twice a day.

Draft Horse

Here comes the team for the boat.

Horses Coming Over Bridge

Horses Over Bridge

The line for the boat ride was rather long in the hot afternoon sun. There were a lot of people. We choose seats on benches on the top of the boat. After everyone was settled and a warning given, the horses started off. A young man with a thick stick pushed the boat back away from the bank and got the boat going.

Horse Drawn Packet Boat

The boat ride was lovely– we were going at an even pace, about 4 miles per hour. The crowd was quietly murmuring, all mesmerized by the gentle lull of the boat on the water, the very hot sun on our shoulders, and the buzzing insects in the tall grasses along the banks. If it weren’t for the sounds of car traffic on the nearby road, and the occasional power line peeking above the trees, you’d think it was 1825 all over again. I loved it.

I took a few videos of the ride. In the video are some clips of the “packet captain” who instructed us about the history of the canal. It is about 8 minutes long, and I have been thus far unable to upload it to YouTube on my weak DSL connection. I’ll keep trying and post it when I get it uploaded.

On our way off the boat, I snapped a few photos of the boat’s downstairs. The color of the wood is lovely. The kids liked being out of the hot sun for a few minutes.

Inside Packet Boat

Inside the Packet Boat

The kids had never been on a boat ride before this, and had never seen horses so close. After the boat ride, we went to see the horse barn. We just followed the trail!

Horses Were Here

What lovely horses!

Pretty Ponies

Mini Ponies

The miniature horses were cautiously friendly. They ate clover from our hands. What beautiful little creatures. We could have stayed there forever! But there was a blacksmith demonstration in the barn, so away we went. I got a video of that, as well, but again, I haven’t been able to upload it yet. More to come!

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I've been traveling throughout New York State since I got the travel bug after touring the Herkimer Home on a school field trip as a youngster. We've been blogging about our travels since 2006 and have visited over half of New York's 62 counties so far.

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  1. heidi says:

    This looks so fun. I would love to go on something like this! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Carole says:

    I’ve heard of the Erie Canal Village before but we’ve never been there…your pictures are great, it looks like a really interesting place to visit. We have some friends in Syracuse, we’ll have to consider a visit to the Erie Canal Village sometime when we’re planning to visit our friends.

  3. Apple says:

    I’ve been doing some research on the canal for my genealogy and find it fascinating history. When our kids were young we went to Fort Ricky but never the ECV. Perhaps I’ll take the grandkids one day.

  4. Mike Golch says:

    I have been on a couple of the canal boat rides that are here in different parts of Ohio.I enjoyed my rides as well. Unfortuntely I do not have a video camera and could not take any videos.I would have loved tio have them. since I do not drive any more and my wife does not drive on freeways so going back to the places are out of the question.