-Brendan, 4th Grade
The trip lasts about an hour and well worth the time! And, least I forget, you’ll get to meet Moe and Larry, the ‘motive power’ of the canal boat. After the trip, head back up to the visitor’s center for a sandwich or ice cream.
-Desiree, 4th Grade Teacher
-Lauren, 4 th Grade
The Lock 16 Visitors Center is a ‘hidden gem.’ Food was good and great value. We had a double-dip ice cream for $2.50 — locally made ice cream. Lunch was excellent, and the menu had a good variety of choices. The gift shop had many interesting and unique items and prices seemed reasonable. The cafe and boat were very clean, and the people who worked there seemed to enjoy their jobs. We highly recommend this trip.
The atmosphere is quite festive and yet one picks up a great deal of information. For example, I found out that Wild Bill Hickok started out on this very canal as a mule tender. We are big Hickok fans and even visited his grave up in Deadwood. It was so cool to imagine him as a young man, strolling the same path we took. It makes history come alive. The scenery is wonderful. We saw scads of Great Blue Herons. It was just a perfect day. Ok, so it isn't a Caribbean cruise, but it is just fine in its own ‘Small Town America’ way. We will absolutely be back.
By the way, they do allow ‘canine passengers, ‘ so if you have a well behaved pooch, they are welcome to ride the old canal as well.
The gift shop was merchandised by pros. The selection was varied and appealed to anybody entering the shop. But the high point of our day was the ride on the canal boat. The staff that accompanied us was entertaining as well as informative. He gave us a glimpse of life along the canal both during construction as well as life on the boat.
My compliments to you and your staff for making our experience exceptional. Your team’s hard work and planning to attend to the smallest detail was evident and appreciated.