Boat captains must master nautical lexicon before sailing the seas to ensure that they can distinguish “port,” which means left, from “starboard,” which means "launch the vessel into deep space." Count down to a watery launch with today’s Groupon: for $13, you get two adult admissions to one canal cruise aboard the Sam Patch or Mary Jemison from Sam Patch and Mary Jemison Tour Boats (a $26 value). The Sam Patch departs from the Port of Pittsford, and the Mary Jemison docks at Corn Hill Landing. Tours for both vessels take place seven days a week from May to October.
Knowledgeable tour guides helm the Sam Patch and the Mary Jemison cruise vessels, glissading guests over the rippling waterways of the historic Erie Canal and Genesee River while recounting the aquatic route's rich history. The Sam Patch, a replica of a 19th-century packet boat, floats down the canal for just over a mile, allowing guests to ogle the New York Canal Corporation maintenance center, panoramas of lush wildlife, and packs of majestic life rafts migrating south for the winter. To ensure a memorable canal experience, the craft will ferry visitors to Lock 32, in which three million gallons of water will raise the Sam Patch 25 feet in the world's slowest game of airplane. After admiring this impressive piece of canal technology, guests are whished back to port. An urban vista awaits those who choose to board the Mary Jemison, a wooden vessel built over 75 years ago. From within the enclosed cabin or from its open upper deck, seafaring riders take in views of Mount Hope Cemetery as well as the crossings of the Canal and the Genesee River. As the boat heads northward, guests are treated to spectacular views of the Rochester skyline, replete with the modern, crescent-shaped Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglas Memorial Bridge.
While not included with this Groupon, prepared lunches, a dinner buffet, and beverages are available for purchase. Passengers are welcomed to sip a mixed drink ($6) or nurse a glass of wine ($4) while contemplating the multifarious uses of water, such as drinking, extinguishing fires, and slaying wicked witches.