The Flight of Five Lock Tender Tour resumes Friday, July 1. The 45-minute walking tour departs at 11 am weekdays from the Erie Canal Discovery Center. Simply click on the blue, high-lighted bar above, entitled ‘Make Your Reservation for the Flight of Five Lock Tender Tour Now’.
We are the Lockport Locks Heritage District, and we offer the premier Erie Canal experience on the New York State Canal System. Begin your visit to Lockport, NY at the Erie Canal Discovery Center, immediately adjacent to restored Canal Street, located on the north side of the Lockport Locks.
The Locks Heritage District features the Erie Canal Flight of Five Locks, which date back to the 19th Century Enlarged Erie Canal Era. Visitors can enjoy the self-guided Riley's Way walking tour, the Lock Tenders Tribute Monument and the Locks District Museum.
We will resume our docent-led tours of the Flight of Five in July. Lockport's Flight of Five Locks are an engineering marvel: the staircase set of five locks enabled boats to 'sail uphill' over the formidable Niagara Escarpment. The Flight of Five Lock Tender Tour also features interactive presentations of the Lock Tenders Tribute Monument and the Locks District Museum.
Erie Canal Locks 67 through 71 constitute the “Flight of Five” – the largest intact section of the historic Erie Canal still remaining. The reconstruction of Lock 68 was completed in 2019 and is now operational, along with Locks 69 & 70.
Learn about the two generations of Erie Canal that operate today in Lockport, and the changes in technology from the era of the Enlarged Erie Canal Locks to the Erie Barge Canal Locks,
Begin your visit to the Locks District at the Erie Canal Discovery Center's Theater and take a simulated boat ride through the Erie Canal Flight of Five. There are also two walking tours, the docent-led Flight of Five Lock Tender Tour and the self-guided Riley's Way Walking Tour. Riley's Way features 16 landmark signs located at both street level and within the Lockport Locks.
Lockport remembers and celebrates those who labored 12 hour days from April through November every year to enable boats to navigate through the Erie Canal Flight of Five Locks and deliver their freight to Buffalo and points west, or east to New York City and subsequent final destinations including other continents.