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I&M Canal National Heritage Area

754 1st Street, LaSalle, IL 61301-2536
+1 815-220-1848
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Trip on the I & M Canal

This boat ride was very informative. I enjoy history and this was how some people traveled in the... read more

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Reviewed 3 days ago
216albertr
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Nashville, Illinois
Loved this experience. Learn some Illinois history.

I would like to say a special thanks to our speaker during our tour on July 18 1100am. She was... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago
dianacV298KA
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Marengo, Illinois
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Take a journey back in time aboard the “Volunteer,” a 70-passenger, mule-pulled 1840’s replica canal boat, as it coasts gently up and down the I&M Canal. Bring your camera, grab a snack and something to drink at the Lock 16 Cafe & Visitor Center, and climb aboard for an hour of peaceful, historical fun! Every trip begins with “Mule Tending 101” as our period dressed guides introduce the passengers to their intrepid canal mules, Moe & Joe. The tour guide regales everyone with tales of the canal while the deck hands guide the boat a mile up the canal to the Little Vermillion aqueduct and back. Mary Todd Lincoln has been known to ride the boat, knitting in the corner and telling fantastic stories of her time in the Nation’s capital with Mr. Lincoln. Families of all ages, historians, photographers and nature lovers will love this historic journey into Illinois’ scenic past!
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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754 1st Street, LaSalle, IL 61301-2536
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This boat ride was very informative. I enjoy history and this was how some people traveled in the early days.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I would like to say a special thanks to our speaker during our tour on July 18 1100am. She was very knowledgeable and delightful and enjoyed answering any question. I plan on coming back in the fall to see the Autumn colors

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wasn't as near as cool as I expected it to be. My husband and I could have defiantly gone without spending the money for it.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was hoping to take the canal ride last Sunday the 4th. Did not make online reservation due to wasn't sure how many were coming. On Sunday morning I called to see if we could still get reservations. Was told that the 11:00 was cancelled. When...More

Thank Denise B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a school field trip with K-8 students. The students and staff enjoyed the entire event which included: petting the mule, the narration while on the boat, the boat ride, and the crew. I would highly recommend this event to any age group.

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Thank malahys
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very enjoyable trip! Guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining! We learnt a lot about the history of the canal! Biking the nearby trail was very good experience also!

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Thank Mina H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great experience. Excellent crew members and great staff. We were late by almost 10 minutes but they waited patiently for us to arrive.

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Thank timetraveler222
Reviewed 17 May 2017

The ride was advertised as an old-time mule pulled, one hour boat trip with in-costume boat tenders. While the speaker was informative, the ride was much less than one hour and only went a mile down the canal. There really wasn't a lot to see....More

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Thank Karen M
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Boat ride was cool- the guides did a great job. We had lunch at the visitor's center which was good and was full of gifts to look at.

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Thank stan n
Reviewed 22 January 2017

Had a nice breakfast went for a boat ride. all good,The story told about the canal was quite interesting . Watching the mules pull the boat brought us back to the old days.

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Kathy W
Do you have parking space for large rv towing vehicles?
29 July 2016|
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Response from michael r | Reviewed this property |
The Visitor Center is on city streets and it would be hard to park there BUT the locks themselves are south of the downtown and have a lot of room for RVs etc. The canal boat itself is wonderful and has handicapped access... More
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