Our most popular cruise departs daily!
Take a journey through history on the calm waters of the Erie Canal while enjoying the spectacular scenery of New York’s beautiful Mohawk Valley. Join your United States Coast Guard licensed Captain aboard one of our Lil’ Diamond vessels and enjoy a few entertaining tales of the canal. The thrill of our voyage is being raised and lowered over 20 feet in a Erie Canal lock!
On this incredibly fun, narrated, 90-minute cruise, learn:
We’ll take you along the beautiful Mohawk River and into a man-made section known as a “land cut”.
The tour passes:
As the vessel enters the lock, your Captain will fully describe how the lock operates. Then you’ll watch as the gates close behind you and suddenly (but smoothly) the lock house seems to rise in the air as the lock walls creep up along the vessel while it’s being lowered twenty feet. It is certainly an experience not soon forgotten.
In addition, your Captain has an “open pilot house” policy where passengers can come into the pilot house and visit (except when maneuvering around docks or locks). This provides you with great photo opportunities so you will remember this adventure for years to come.
This cruise is 90 minutes of history, entertainment, education, humor, calm cruising, and pure family fun!
We are located directly across the street from Exit 30 of the NYS Thruway – If using a GPS, do not turn right at the stoplight, but continue straight into the parking lot
* GPS Address: 800 Mohawk St, Herkimer, NY 13350
***Erie Canal Cruises, Inc. reserves the right to cancel any cruise, change schedules or routes and substitute vessels at any time without prior notice. All lock cruises are subject to lock availability.***
Our boats are handicapped accessible, and manual wheelchairs are allowed on board Little Diamond III. No motorized wheelchairs are allowed on board either of our boats due to the weight of these chairs. Handicapped access “Drop off” for our cruises is available by driving to the boat behind the Terminal Building. The vehicle then must return to our regular parking areas.
Lil’ Diamond ll
If a passenger needs a wheelchair or a walker, they may use these to access the boat. The person Must be able to transfer to a regular boat seat at which time, said wheelchair and/or walker will be removed from the boat and returned to boat at end of Cruise for departure.
Lil’ Diamond lll
Regular wheelchairs and walkers may be used to access LD lll. A passenger may remain in wheelchair during the cruise. A walker should be folded and put to the side of regular seating or given to a Crew member to return at end of the cruise.
Advance ticket purchase is recommended for all cruises as they may sell out. To be sure you are able to purchase tickets for the cruise date & time you prefer, we suggest you purchase tickets early.
Yes! The decision to go out is always at the discretion of your captain, but we cruise rain or shine in our weather-protected vessels. Guests can cruise in comfort while enjoying a breathtaking view of the Erie Canal.
We welcome all ages aboard our boats! Your kids will enjoy the scenery just as mush as you do. Children between 4-10 years old can join us at a discounted rate. If your child is 3 years old or younger, they are free!
Our boats can accommodate ranges of passengers from 45 to 115 people comfortably.
Outside food and/or drinks are not permitted on board!
On our larger vessel, Lil’ Diamond lll (LD3), we have a full Liquor Bar and Snack Bar that we accept cash and all credit cards for payment. The Snack Bar consists of Hot Dogs, Nachos and Chips. On our smaller vessel, Lil’ Diamond ll (LD2), we have Soda and Water available to purchase. There is also a Great restaurant at our location, the Waterfront Grille if you are looking for a full menu.
Gratuities are completely at the guests’ discretion. They are greatly appreciated.
Smoking is not permitted on the docks or aboard our vessels. We are a Smoke Free, Tobacco Free, Vapor and E-Cig Free Zone!
Absolutely, our boats cruise in the smooth waters on the Erie Canal. The ride is smooth, stable, and gentle.
Motion sickness is very rare on our cruises since we travel on the river and experience almost no rocking. Our vessels are very stable. Should you be particularly prone to motion sickness, feel free to take your own preventative measures beforehand.
Yes, there are restrooms on board on both of our boats.
Yes, our boats are handicapped accessible, but no motorized wheelchairs are allowed. Manual wheelchairs are okay.
Unfortunately, all pets other than service dogs are not allowed on the cruise. If you need to bring a service dog, please let us know in a “Message to the Seller” box upon purchasing your tickets.
Our vessels are U.S. Coast Guard certified and we have more than enough life jackets for all passengers.
We sure do! Sight Seeing Cruise groups of 30 or more passengers qualify for discounted rates, based on availability. For more information, please click on the “Contact ECCruises” link or contact our group sales office at 315-866-5989 for more information.
Of course we do! We can host your corporate, social, and wedding events. Nothing will make us happier than planning a private event for you and your loved ones. For more information, please contact our group sales office at 315-866-5989.