Living History Cruise to the Historic Herkimer Home

Child (ages 4-10)
Infant (ages 3 & under)

$59 | 4.5 Hours

Welcome on board the Living History Cruise to the Historic General Herkimer Home!

This specialty cruise departs from Little Falls Rotary Park Marina, cruising through Lock 17 in Little Falls, the highest lift on the Erie Canal! As we are lowered over 40 feet, your Captain will discuss the unique characteristics of this very special part of the Erie Canal. We then cruise to the Historic Home of Revolutionary War Hero General Nicholas Herkimer, and are greeted by costumed re-enactors. We then enjoy a fabulous BBQ feast from Promiseland Farm & BBQ. After a tour of the Historic Home and grounds, we end our visit on a sweet note with an 18th century chocolate making demonstration! The journey continues with a cruise back through big Lock 17, and returning to Little Falls Rotary Park Marina.

Key points about this tour:

  • Historic, educational, and fun 4.5-hour event that includes a cruise through Lock 17 on the Erie Canal and lunch, a tour and chocolate making at the Historic Herkimer Home
  • Cruise ticket includes cruise, lunch, tour and chocolate making demonstration
  • The Living History Cruise is not Handicap Accessible.

Tour Times

  • 11am to 3:30pm
  • See schedule for cruise dates or call 315-717-0350 for more information

Meeting Place and Check In Time

  • Boarding: 15 minutes before departure at Little Falls Marina at Rotary Park
  • GPS Address: 74 Southern Ave, Little Falls, NY 13365
  • ***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.***
  • Cruise departs: 11:00am and returns at approximately 3:30pm

Your mouth-watering buffet style lunch from Promise Land BBQ generally includes:

  • Promise Land’s famous Slow Smoked Pulled Pork
  • Sausage w/ peppers & onions
  • Slow smoked BBQ Chicken (legs & thighs)
  • Hofmann Hot Dogs with sauerkraut
  • Slow smoked BBQ beans
  • Promised Land’s Summer Pasta Salad
  • Salt Potatoes
  • Desserts are the Chef’s choice which include;
  • Watermelon (in season)
  • Cookies
  • Pastries
  • This menu is served with bread or rolls from a local bakery named Heidelberg and Soda or Water

Handicap Accessibility

The Living History Cruise is not Handicap Accessible.


Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?

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.

Does the Lil’ Diamonds’ cruise in the rain?

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. The tour at the Herkimer Home is partially outside, so you may want to bring a rain jacket or an umbrella if there is rain in the forecast.

Are your cruises good for children?

We welcome all ages aboard our boats!

Are food or drinks served during the cruises?

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 & chips and bagged snacks. On our smaller vessel, Lil’ Diamond ll (LD2), we have soda, water and bagged snacks available for cash purchase.

Is it customary to tip the crew?

Yes, it is customary, but it’s completely at the guests’ discretion. They are greatly appreciated.

Is smoking allowed on board the boats?

Smoking is not permitted on the docks or aboard our vessels. We are a Smoke Free, Tobacco Free, Vapor and E-Cig Free Zone! The grounds of the Herkimer Home are also Smoke Free, Tobacco Free, Vapor and E-Cig Free.

Is the cruise suitable for pregnant women?

Absolutely, our boats cruise in the smooth waters on the Erie Canal. The ride is smooth, stable, and gentle.

Will I get motion sickness?

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.

Are restrooms available on board?

Yes, there are restrooms on board on both of our boats.

Is the boat handicapped accessible?

The Living History Cruise is not Handicap Accessible.

Can I bring my pet?

All pets, other than registered service dogs, are not allowed on any cruise. If you need to bring a registered service dog, please let us know in a “Message to the Seller” box upon purchasing your tickets.

Are there life jackets on board?

Our vessels are U.S. Coast Guard certified and we have more than enough life jackets for all passengers.

Do you offer anything for groups?

We sure do! Living History Cruise groups of 35 or more passengers qualify for discounted rates, based on availability. For more information, please contact Captain Jerry at 954-294-9592 or [email protected]

Do you offer private charters?

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. Contact Captain Jerry at 954-294-9592 or [email protected] for more information.