by Leah Mueller

Spirit of BuffaloThe Spirit of Buffalo is a new attraction at the Erie Canal Harbor. They are a pleasant and eye-catching addition to Erie Basin Marina and the overall harbor. I’ll begin with an insider tip about parking; there is a stone lot adjacent to the harbor on the East side; you can park here and cut your walk down considerably. The ship, the cruise and the crew were all very enjoyable. My kids got to steer the ship, raise the sail and pick a surprise from the pirate’s treasure chest.

It is a two hour sail on Lake Erie with beautiful views of the city! They offer morning, afternoon and sunset cruises. The ship holds about 45 people and is 73 feet in length. The crew was very friendly and I noticed they spent time visiting with all the guests on board this full excursion. They do private charters, birthday parties and pirate themes along with the public sail.

You’ve only got a couple weeks left to take advantage of this vessel and then it will go into storage for the winter. Relax and allow yourself to go back in time on this coastal sailing ship.

Don’t wait until next year, enjoy the autumn colors and get out on the lake one more time; I’m so glad we did!

PS. Save time to stroll along the waterfront and treat yourself to some ice cream at The Hatch!

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