Discover America’s Canal Age and its connection to the city of Easton with a visit to the National Canal Museum in the Delaware and Lehigh Valley Corridor. Canals played a prominent role in American history and the Industrial Revolution. It’s fascinating to see how far we’ve come since then! In the museum, you can find 3,753 artifacts, 3,890 reels of film, videotapes and audiotapes, photographs, and more! Make sure to stop by the D&L National Heritage Corridor on your romantic retreat or family getaway, and experience history with a boat ride on the Josiah White II Canal Boat and a walk through the exhibits.
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Things to Do at the National Canal Museum
Ride a Mule Drawn Canal Boat
Take a ride through history and explore Hugh Moore Park with Pennsylvania’s only mule-drawn canal boat ride! Let Hank and George, the mules, guide you through the Lehigh Canal on a leisurely journey from the National Canal Museum to the Locktender’s House.
Canal boat rides are 45 minutes long, and you can catch them four times a day. Just make sure to check their hours because tours aren’t available during the winter months.
Explore the Attractions
Besides the Josiah White II Canal Boat, there are several other fascinating attractions to discover. Locktenders had an essential role in the operation of the Lehigh Canal. Make sure to visit the Locktender’s House to learn about what they did, then take a moment to admire the blooming perennial flower garden just behind the house!
Learn Something New at Elaine and Peter Emrick Technology Center
The Elaine and Peter Emrick Technology Center houses the museum and the corridor. You can scope out the exhibits on the first floor of the two-story, 14,000-square-foot building. Then, explore the state-of-the-art national canal archives and library upstairs!
Hike the D&L Trail
Outdoor adventurers love traveling the two-and-a-half-mile portion of the 165-mile D&L Trail that runs through the park. It’s built on the old Lehigh Canal Towpath from 1829!
Explore the trail by hiking, running, or biking as you make your way through the park and the city of Easton. You can continue to the Delaware Canal or take a break from the trail at the best Easton attractions along the way!
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