Although the navigation season is closed on the Erie Canal until May, the Locks Heritage District provides the finest Erie Canal experience in Upstate New York. Begin your visit at the Erie Canal Discovery Center, located at 24 Church Street (open 10 AM - 3 PM Fridays and Saturdays from November 1 - April 30; see https://niagarahistory.org/-erie-canal-discovery-center/). In addition to a comprehensive orientation about the Erie Canal and the Lockport Locks, additional information is available at the Discovery Center regarding the Erie Canal Flight of Five Locks, Lock Tenders Tribute Monument (pictured at left) and Locks District Museum.
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 and the Lock Tenders Tribute Monument.
We will resume our docent-led tours of the Flight of Five in June. 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 Tenders 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,
Click on the link for 'Riley's Way Walking Tour' on this site and download our brochure prior to your visit to Lockport or obtain a copy of the brochure at the Erie Canal Discovery Center. The self-guided walking tour features 16 landmark signs located at both street level and within the Lockport Locks.