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National Canal Museum

Easton, Pennsylvania

Come for the history lesson, stay for the mule-pulled boat rides. 

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Located in a picturesque setting, this small museum is dedicated to what it calls the “America’s golden age of canals.” From 1797 to the mid-19th century, Pennsylvania constructed hundreds of canals, most noticeably the Erie Canal, covering 1,243 miles and employing hundreds of workers.

Exhibitions here transport visitors back in time to an era of frenzied industry. There are interactive displays, plus a dog park and bikes and kayaks that can be rented. By far the highlight, however, is the Josiah White II, a 110-passenger boat pulled by mules along a stretch of the Lehigh Canal. 


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Canal boat rides are available from June through October. 

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