Activities in North Utica

Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 56% Off)

AMF Bowling Centers

Multiple Locations

$32 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

$6 for $10 Worth of Self Defense Lessons — Empowering U Self-Defense

Empowering U Self-defense

Sherrill

$10 $6

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$132 for an All-Day Pontoon Rental for Up to Eight People from Boat Oneida ($265 Value)

Boat Oneida

Multiple Locations

$265 $132

Aboard a Sunchaser pontoon boat, passengers glide across Oneida Lake, with an mp3 connect stereo

Paintball Package for Two, Four, Six, or Eight from Paintball Promos (Up to 81% Off)

Paintball Promos

Multiple Locations

$40 $10

Paintball Promos packages include choice of two area fields, admission, and all necessary equipment

18 Holes of Golf and Cart Rental at Canajoharie Golf and Country Club (Up to 54% Off). Four Options Available.

Canajoharie Golf and Country Club

Canajoharie

$70 $35

18-hole course features forests of mature trees and picturesque views of the rolling hills in the distance

$32 for 18-Hole Round of Golf for Two with Cart at The Ridge Golf Club (Up to $64 Value)

The Ridge Golf Club

The Ridge Golf Club

$64 $32

Sculpted into a thick forest, 9-hole course creates tie lies and tricky landing spots for golfers to contend with

$30 for Two Private Lessons and One Group Class at Fred Astaire Dance Studio ($145 Value)

Fred Astaire Dance Studio

Fayetteville

$145 $30

Learn to waltz, salsa, and tango during private dance lessons and a group class

Learn to Fly Experience with Option to Bring a Passenger at Adam Towne Aviation (Up to 52% Off)

Adam Towne Aviation

Fulton County Airport

$205 $99

Fly a plane during a 30-minute in-air session that follows classroom instruction and info on how to get a pilot’s license

One Month of Unlimited CrossFit or Kids CrossFit at CrossFit Dewitt (Up to 61% Off)

CrossFit Dewitt

Shoppingtown Mall

$100 $39

Ever-changing workouts built around functional movements such as pull-ups and squats help build strength and endurance

Three 30- or 60-Minute Personal-Training Sessions at Tia Falcone Fitness (Up to 64% Off)

Tia Falcone Fitness

Shoppingtown Mall

$90 $35

Certified personal trainer Tia Falcone integrates everything from circuit and weight training to cardio exercises into customized workouts

One or Three Months of Boot-Camp or Karate Classes at Central New York Karate and Kobudo Schools (Up to 78% Off)

Central New York Karate Schools And Kobudo Schools

East Syracuse

$49 $19

Instructors whip adults into shape with intense boot camp classes and impart down the art of Okinawan Goju Ryu karate to all ages

One Month of Unlimited Open-Gym Sessions or 5 or 10 Fitness Classes at VB Performance (Up to 71% Off)

VB Performance

Syracuse

$49 $19

Open-gym sessions allow exercisers access to the gym's equipment while they workout solo; classes lead students through intense routines

5 or 10 Fitness Kickboxing Classes with Gloves at Karate John's Martial Art Center (Up to 63% Off)

Karate John's Martial Art Center

Cicero

$98 $39

One-hour kickboxing classes at a martial arts center that promotes self-improvement by helping students shed inches and gain confidence

Brew & View Tickets with Popcorn for Two or Four, or 10-Movie Pass for One at Palace Theater (Up to 56% Off)

Palace Theater

Eastwood

$18 $10

Historic venue screens movies, with beer, wine, and food available

One or Two Months of Weekly Kids' Dance Classes at DMB Dance Productions (Up to 51% Off)

DMB Dance Productions

Cicero

$40 $20

Students aged 2–18 learn to dance at a school supervised by a So You Think You Can Dance contestant

1 or 3 Months of Martial Arts, Self Defense, & Tai Chi Classes at Villari Martial Arts Centers (Up to 86% Off)

Villari Martial Arts Centers

Syracuse

$95 $19

Celebrating their 45th anniversary, classes sharpen focus, encourage discipline, and boost fitness in family-friendly environment

60-Minute Golf Lessons with Jonathan Hines at Hales Mills Country Club (Up to $106 Off). Three Options.

Jonathan Hines at Hales Mills Country Club

Johnstown

$65 $32

Instructor Jonathan Hines teaches fundamental swing mechanics using video analysis

$72 for $160 Worth of Music Lessons — Guitar Lessons In Syracuse

Guitar Lessons In Syracuse

Redeem from Home

$160 $72

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One, Two, or Three Years of Online Guitar or Bass Lessons from Dangerous Guitar (Up to 91% Off)

Dangerous Guitar

Online Deal

$134.55 $18

More than 650 high-definition videos give professional instruction in a wide range of playing styles

8 or 16 Small-Group Training Classes at Metro Fitness (Up to 53% Off)

Metro Fitness

Syracuse

$59 $29

Group fitness classes include boot camp, Pilates, yoga, Zumba Express, spinning, and more

$49 for a Six-Week Martial Arts Class at Five Star Martial Arts ($253 Value)

Five Star Martial Arts

Clay

$253 $49

Kids and adults learn self-defense and mixed martial arts moves from a team of experienced instructors at an award-winning studio

Virtual-Golf Session for Two or Four at OptiGolf Syracuse (Up to 50% Off)

OptiGolf Syracuse

Lakefront

$36 $19

Simulators recreate the conditions of over 100 championship golf courses at this indoor facility complete with a full bar

Admission for Two, Four, or Six to Amazing Mirror Maze (50% Off)

Amazing Mirror Maze

Lakefront

$20 $10

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One of the world's largest mirror mazes offers 2,000 square feet full of mirrors, lights, and open halls that turn into dead-ends

$46 for $100 Worth of Martial Arts — Peaceful Warrior Arts

Peaceful Warrior Arts

Lakefront

$100 $46

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$49 for Four Private Guitar Lessons with Free Lesson e-Book at American Guitar Academy ($129.95 Value)

American Guitar Academy

Onondaga

$129.95 $49

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

10 or 20 Boot-Camp, Yoga, or Kickboxing Classes at Tai-Kai Jiu-Jitsu (Up to 78% Off)

Tai-Kai Jiu-Jitsu

Liverpool

$80 $20

Students stretch and bend their way through yoga poses or gain strength and endurance in high-impact boot-camp or kickboxing classes

One or Two Months of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at Camillus Crossfit (Up to 60% Off)

Camillus Crossfit

Westvale

$110 $49

CrossFit studio helmed by a first-team All American lacrosse player; expansive gym hosts classes that highlight functional fitness

$149 for an Intro to Racing Experience from Extreme Bucket List ($499 Value).

Extreme Bucket List

Syracuse

$499 $149

Learn the ins and outs of autocross racing before hopping into a Mazda RX8 or MX5 for nine laps around the course

$49 for One Month of Fitness Classes at Dynamic Health and Fitness ($100 Value)

Dynamic Health and Fitness

Clay

$100 $49

Classes utilize the principles of applied functional science and include Functional Fitness, 3D Yoga, Condition to Run, Mud Run, and more

5 or 10 Kickboxing Classes from GoForItKickboxing.com (Up to 80% Off)

GoForItKickboxing.com

Greg Tearney's All American Martial Arts

$75 $19.99

Classes combine kickboxing exercises with high-intensity interval training to help clients burn calories and lose weight

Paintball Package with Equipment, Unlimited Air Fills, and Paintballs for 2 or 4 at NVP Paintball (48% Off) 

NVP Paintball

Syracuse

$40 $22

Paint altercations sprawl across indoor and outdoor speedball fields as players unload 100 paintballs apiece

One Month of Karate Classes or a Birthday Party for 15 at Iannuzzo's Karate & Kickboxing (Up to 67% Off)

Iannuzzo's Karate & Kickboxing

Baldwinsville

$149 $49

Karate classes for students ages 4 and up; birthday party features a martial-arts demonstration and cake-cutting with a sword

Winery Tour with Round-Trip Transportation for 1, 2, 4, or 15 from Black Bear Winery (Up to $1,001 Off)

Black Bear Winery

Multiple Locations

$180 $115

Visit to upstate winery includes tastings of fruit wines, pairings of local Amish cheese, lunch, and round-trip transportation

$41 for $75 Worth of Horseback Riding — Lane Cove Dressage

Lane Cove Dressage

Cortlandville

$75 $41

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One Month of Unlimited Martial-Arts Classes for One or Two at One Inch Punch Jeet Kune Do (Up to 52% Off)

One Inch Punch Jeet Kune Do

Cortland

$99 $49

Adults and youth take martial-arts classes including the Bruce Lee brainchild Jeet Kune Do, Kickboxing, Brazilian Juitsu, and Filipino Kali

10 or 20 Drop-In Martial-Arts Classes at Team Andrello (Up to 82% Off)

Team Andrello

Multiple Locations

$150 $35

Classes for ages 3 to adult instill discipline and build fitness through a variety of martial-arts techniques

One or Three 60-Minute Private Horseback-Riding Lessons at Hobby Horse Riding (Up to 61% Off)

Hobby Horse Riding

Watertown Center

$50 $25

Students learn basic riding and horse-handling skills during one-on-one lessons with a certified instructor

One-Hour Bounce-House Pass for 5 or 10 at Merlin’s Ice Cream and Bounce House (40% Off)

Merlin's Ice Cream and Bounce House

Van Buren

$30 $18

Kids can jump around on the bounce house and leap about on inflatable castles slides and an obstacle course

Wine Tasting with Fruit and Chocolate Platter for Two or Four at Altamont Vineyard & Winery (Up to 50% Off)

Altamont Vineyard & Winery

Guilderland

$30 $15

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At a vineyard that produces multiple grape varieties, a tasting room hosts sampling sessions of fine wines accompanied by fruit & chocolate

Four Rounds of Mini Golf at Lakeview Lanes Bowling Center (40% Off)

Lakeview Lanes

Fulton

$20 $12

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Admission for Two or Four or Membership for One or Two at Bundy Museum of History and Art (Up to 52% Off)

Bundy Museum of History and Art

Westside

$14 $7

Memberships grant free tours and discounts for guests passes, programs and events, and use of the facility as an event space

One or Two Months of Martial-Arts Self-Defense Classes with a Uniform at Altamont Martial Arts (Up to 58% Off)

Altamont Martial Arts

Altamont

$65 $29

Husband-and-wife team of black belts leads defensive combat hapkido classes, a self-defense style that prepares students of any age or size

One Private 30-Minute Horseback-Riding Lesson with Optional Two Group Lessons at Winter Glen Farm (51% Off)

Winter Glen Farm

Rotterdam

$45 $22

Beginner through advanced riders learn English-style riding techniques, whether they're practicing for fun, fitness, or show

Short-Track Racing Experience or Ride-Along at Rusty Wallace Racing Experience (Up to 60% Off)

Rusty Wallace Racing Experience

Multiple Locations

$99 $49

Professional drivers sate passengers' need for speed in stock cars during exciting ride-alongs and racing experiences

Two Games of Bowling for Four or Eight with Pitchers of Soda and Pizza at Lighthouse Lanes (Up to 55% Off)

Lighthouse Lanes

Oswego

$52.75 $25

Bowlers work up an appetite playing two friendly games, which they can satisfy with pitchers of soda and large pizza

5 or 10 Krav Maga Classes at Kelevra Krav Maga (Up to 82% Off)

Kelevra Krav Maga

Multiple Locations

$125 $25

Krav maga classes employ techniques used by the Israeli Army to help athletes burn calories and learn self-defense

$60 for $120 Toward Ballroom Dance Lessons — Rhythm Expressions Dance Studio

Rhythm Expressions Dance Studio

Ballston Spa

$120 $60

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Open-Skate Admission and Skate Rental for Four or Six at Reva Rollerdrome (Up to 50% Off)

Reva Rollerdrome

Auburn

$28 $14

Groups strap on skates and circle the rink before refueling with pizza and soda

$79 for 10 Weeks of Music Classes for Kids Aged 6 Months to 5 Years at Music&Motion ($165 Value)

Music&Motion

Ithaca

$165 $79

Instructors lead call-and-response songs and oversee unstructured play as kids and parents explore the fundamentals of music

Three Fitness Classes from Alabny Complementary Health (65% Off)

Alabny Complementary Health

Westmere

$60 $21

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Five Boot-Camp Classes or One Month of Unlimited Fitness Classes at Full Circle Fitness - NY (Up to 81% Off)

Full Circle Fitness - NY

Multiple Locations

$75 $19

Certified trainers lead clients of all shapes, sizes, and fitness levels through boot camps and classes such as Fun, Fit & Flab-U-Less

Visit or Membership to The National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame (50% Off). Three Options Available.

National Museum Of Dance And Hall Of Fame

Saratoga Springs

$26 $13

Museum celebrates the history of dance and dancers with stunning exhibits

Three Dance Classes from World of Dance (74% Off)

The World Of Dance

Colonie

$42 $11

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Wine Tasting and Chocolate or Cheese Pairing for Two or Four at Halfmoon Cellars Winery (Up to 52% Off)

Halfmoon Cellars Winery

Saratoga Springs

$26 $13

Wine tastings are amplified with decadent chocolates or perfectly paired cheeses; souvenir wine glasses act as memorable keepsakes

$29 for a Dance-Lesson Package for One or Two at Arthur Murray Dance Centers ($329 Value)

Arthur Murray Dance Center

Saratoga Springs

$329 $29

Dance champions teach 45-minute group and private sessions in styles such as salsa, swing, and tango

$15 for Three RAW Fitness Classes at RAW Fitness ($30 Value)

RAW Fitness

Saratoga Springs

$30 $15

Classes combine core strengthening and intense cardio

Foam-Ball Play, Laser Tag, and Rock Climbing at TreePaad Fun Center (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

TreePaad Fun Center

Tree Paad

$9 $4.50

Thousands of foam balls and twisting slides pack three levels of the Fort Ballocity attraction; center also has laser tag and rock climbing

5 or 10 Tae Kwon Do Training Sessions at North Park Tae Kwon Do (Up to 71% Off)

North Park Tae Kwon Do

Clifton Park

$50 $19

Tae kwon do students learn practical self-defense skills while building strength and discipline

12 or 20 Boot-Camp Classes at Evolution Fitness (55% Off)

Evolution Fitness

Multiple Locations

$100 $45

Indoor and outdoor interval routines use an array of mats, free weights, and nearby playground equipment to build strength and endurance

10 Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Saratoga Karate (Up to 87% Off)

Saratoga Karate

Greenfield

$119 $39.99

Certified instructors and black belts; expansive and equipped dojo hosts classes for both kids and adults

5 or 10 Adult Dance or Fitness Classes at Creative Dance Arts (Up to 55% Off)

Creative Dance Arts

Round Lake

$50 $25

Adults can take 60-minute dance and fitness classes, including ballet, tap, Dance & Tone, Zumba, and yoga

One- or Two-Month Membership and Private Lesson at Bujinkan Kataho Dojo (Up to 55% Off)

Bujinkan Kataho Dojo

Clifton Park

$110 $55

Instructors teach students martial arts principles and self-defense techniques

One or Three Months of Beginner Dance Classes at Lorraine-Michaels Dance Centre (Up to 53% Off)

Lorraine-Michaels Dance Centre

Colonie

$60 $32

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Skilled instructors lead students through ballroom, salsa, flamenco, hip-hop, breakdancing, belly dance, and kickboxing

3 Months of Unlimited Kids' Martial Arts Classes at Upstate Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (59% Off)

Upstate Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Albany

$300 $123

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Bouncing Packages or Party for Up to Nine at Bounce Around (Up to 52% Off). Five Options Available.

Bounce Around

Clifton Park

$24.99 $12

Kids hop and crawl through inflatable bounce houses bedecked with colorful decorations and stocked with slides and obstacle courses

5 or 10 Group Fitness Classes at The Court Club (Up to 59% Off)

The Court Club

Colonie

$60 $29

Classes such as Cardio Boxing, Bodypump, Pilates, and Zumba keep students fit and energized

Wine and Cheese Pairing for Two with Souvenir Wine Glasses at The Saratoga Winery & Tasting Room (Up to 53% Off)

The Saratoga Winery & Tasting Room

Saratoga Springs

$30 $14

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Sip on five handcrafted wines and snack on gourmet cheese at an Adirondack-style tasting bar

Tea for Two with Meal, Dress-Up, and Play, or One or Six Open-Play Visits at Tiny Tots Tea Room (Up to 54% Off)

Tiny Tots Tea Room

Clifton Park

$50 $25

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An indoor playground for kids of all ages with a tot-sized roller coaster, tearoom, and café with many gluten- and peanut-free snacks

Bowling Outing for 4 or 8 with Shoe Rental, Pizzas & Soda at Sunset Recreation Bowling Lanes (Up to 56% Off)

Sunset Recreation Bowling Lanes

Colonie

$63.15 $29

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Bowling games and rental shoes on self-scoring lanes with cheesy pizzas and choice of soda

$66 for $120 Worth of Boot Camp at Brass Knuckle Boot Camp

Brass Knuckle Boot Camp

Delmar

$120 $66

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One Month of Boxing with Wraps or Two Introductory Boxing Classes with Wraps at Schott's Boxing (56% Off)

Schott's Boxing

Albany

$112 $49

Boxing classes designed to simulate the physical challenge of a real 12-round match

One Climbing Pass with Belay Class and Gear or Month of Climbing at The Edge Halfmoon (Up to 52% Off)

The Edge Halfmoon

Halfmoon

$19.35 $10

Full day of climbing more than 14,000 square feet of indoor walls with beginners' belay lesson and harness, belay device, and shoe rental

Full-Day Kayak Rentals for Two or Four from 1000 Islands Kayaking (Up to 52% Off) 

1000 Islands Kayaking

Gananoque

C$124.30 C$69

In single or double kayaks, paddle along the breathtaking beaches of the 1000 Islands on the way to swimming, picnics, or simple relaxation

Museum Visits or Ghost Tours for Two, Four, or Six at Fort William Henry Museum (Up to 51% Off)

Fort William Henry Museum

Lake George

$33.90 $16.95

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Interactive history museum guides guests through Fort William Henry's bloody past with live reenactors and candle-lit ghost tours

Haunted-History Walking Tour for Two or Four with Ghost-Hunting Equipment from Spirit Expeditions (50% Off)

Spirit Expeditions

Multiple Locations

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

$15 for a Ghost Tour from Ghosts of Albany ($30 Value)

Ghosts of Albany

Albany

$30 $15

Tour guides lead 90-minute strolls through haunted locales and tell tales of scandal interwoven with historical facts

Five Yoga Classes from In Harmony Yoga (65% Off)

In Harmony Yoga

Cohoes

$75 $26

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$86 for $210 Worth of Martial Arts — Pentjak Karate Club

Pentjak Karate Club

Stillwater

$210 $86

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Four or Eight Introductory Group Saber-Fencing Classes at Beaches Sabre Club (Up to 59% Off)

Beaches Sabre Club

Troy

$75 $35

Instructors teach the fundamentals of saber fencing during all-inclusive group classes designed for students aged 6 or older

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The locomotives were just becoming commonplace in the early 19th century, when the New York Central and Hudson River railroads were completed. A member of the legendary Vanderbilt family, Dr. William Webb capitalized on unfolding innovations by privately financing a railroad to his hunting preserve in the Adirondack Mountains. The route wound through treacherous terrain via 17 bridges and numerous service buildings, some of which still are still used to trick time-travelers into thinking they're finally home. Despite these complications, the tracks materialized within just 18 months and were soon whisking the Vanderbilts and other wealthy families to their opulent wilderness estates.

After several decades in disrepair, the tracks were rehabilitated by the railroad enthusiasts of Adirondack Scenic Railroad, who resurrected an initial four-mile stretch in 1992. Since having the railroad officially declared a Historic Place, they continue to unveil new sections, eventually securing routes from Utica to Carter Station, and between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. Today, retro locomotives, some built as early as the 1940s, chug through the rippling rivers and wildlife-rich forests of 600-million-acre Adirondack Park, letting passengers drink in the view. Though the railcars boast vintage touches, such as mahogany paneling haunted by the ghosts of Franklin Pierce, they are equipped with modern touches including air conditioning and fully loaded kitchens.

Many Adirondack Scenic Railroad rides provide other entertainments to supplement scenery. In the Doo Wop Train, waitresses from ?50s-themed The Soda Fountain in Remsen pump up patrons for a mid-century feast at the eatery while en route to Remsen Station. Other themed excursions ooze with intrigue, including murder mysteries and train robberies, while some more laid-back jaunts simply convey riders to historically-rich towns such as Old Forge.

321 Main St.
Utica,
NY
US

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400 Oriskany St. West
Utica,
New York
US

When Utica Zoo opened its gates 98 years ago, three fallow deer comprised its entire animal population. Today, visitors can traipse the zoo's walking trails to view more than 200 animals, including alligators, bald eagles, zebras, and an African lion. The zoo also provides a safe haven for threatened species such as snowy owls and mexican spider monkeys. Staff members guide tours and conduct presentations, allowing visitors to get a close look at animals.

99 Steele Hill Road
Utica,
NY
US

Town of New Hartford Recreation Center sends skaters of all ages gliding across the frosty floors of its indoor arena during two-hour public skate sessions held throughout the week. Customers can rent skates ($4; not covered by the Groupon) upon arrival or whittle their own pair out of a block of cement before hitting the frozen dance floor to salchow beneath its bright lights. An indoor refrigeration system ensures that the rink can remain open until March 31st, giving visitors one last opportunity to show off their skating skills or favorite flannel poncho.

1 Mill St
New Hartford,
NY
US

Steeds, including Saddlebred, Morgan, and Hackney ponies, gallop across the idyllic pasture around DarMaur Manor, a full-service equine facility with 24 stalls in two barns. Show-winning instructors Christopher Carrick and Laura Denale each draw from more than 20 years of equestrian experience to enlighten blossoming riders on saddle-seat equitation and cart driving in sprawling indoor and outdoor arenas. The veteran staff also trains all horse breeds, breaking young colts and helping seasoned stallions brush up on Renaissance art history.

2858 Old Rte. 12
Sauquoit,
NY
US

Established: 2003

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Recommended Age Group: All Ages

Q&A with Captain Jerry Gertz, Head Captain, President, and Majority Stockholder

Apart from your business's main attraction, do you offer any "hidden" services or activities that visitors are always delighted to learn about?

We won a Rand-McNally Award as a "Must See Destination" in 2010 and we're rated one of the best historical narrations in the country. We travel past the second oldest surviving church in NY State, but the major highlight of the cruise is entering the 100 year old Erie Canal Lock with all it's original equipment. The vessel and passengers are then lowered 20 feet (and raised on the way back) while listening to the Captain explain how the lock works without any pumps to move 2.5 million gallons of water in only 7 minutes. Folks experience beautiful rural scenery with sightings of wildlife from Blue and Green Herons and the occasional Bald Eagle.

Narration is happening for the full 90 minutes with emphasis on how the Erie Canal helped settle our western lands, which could not have been easily settled without the canal. We also talk about how the Erie Canal made New York the Empire State and New York City the preeminent city in our country.

What is the experience customers can expect, and how do you make it special?

We talk about the canal's use today, mostly for recreational vessels that make the iconic Great Circle Cruise?a voyage that is on most yachtsman's bucket lists. The Great Circle Cruise circumnavigates the eastern half of the United States and cannot be done without the Erie Canal. It's almost 5,600 miles long and takes anywhere from 6-8 months to complete, and Captain Jerry has completed it twice and relates the experience on the return trip to the dock.

Most people don't realize that the Erie Canal is still fully operational today after almost 190 years of operation and runs from Hudson River at Albany to Lake Erie at Buffalo. It is the last remaining fully operational canal in the nation and in 2000 was designated as the 23rd National Heritage Corridor in the United States.

What?s your favorite part of your job?

The passengers and their amazement on how this canal still operates and how it helped in settling the Louisiana Purchase. Plus we have an "open pilot house" policy and we get to speak one-on-one to many passengers during the cruises.

800 Mohawk St
Herkimer,
NY
US

North Utica Scene