Historic Canal Experience

Open MayOctober

Step back in time at the Canal Experience and get a taste of life on the Miami and Erie Canal in 1876. Providence Metropark is located in what was once the canal town of Providence, Ohio. Today, the Metropark has one of the greatest concentrations of canal era features in the country, including:

  • The Volunteer, a reproduction of a mule-drawn canal boat
  • The Isaac Ludwig Mill, a working water-powered saw and gristmill
  • More than a mile of the original Miami and Erie Canal and towpath
  • Lock #44, one of the last functioning 19th century limestone locks
  • Scenic Providence Dam, constructed across the Maumee River to maintain water levels in the canal
  • Characters in period attire welcoming visitors to a time gone by.

Tour buses and group of 10 or more, please call for reservations:

Call 419-407-9741

Canal Boat Tickets:

One-hour boat rides narrated by living history interpreters.

$7 adults, $6 seniors (60 and over) and Metroparks members, $4 children (3 to 12); ages two and under free.


2017 Schedule

May

Boat
Tuesday–Friday: 10 to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to noon, noon to 1 p.m., 1 to 2 p.m.
Saturday 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., 2 to 3 p.m., 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Mothers Day, May 14: Boat runs 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m.

Mill
Tuesday–Friday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday: noon to 5 p.m.
Mothers Day, May 8: Mill open noon to 5 p.m.

June

Boat
Wednesday–Sunday 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., 2 to 3 p.m., 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Mill
Wednesday–Sunday: noon to 5 p.m.

Construction Note:

The canal boat will continue to operate during construction work on the SR295 bridge, starting June 28 for an estimated 50 days. At times, especially in the early weeks of the project, the boat will use an alternate route, traveling east from its dock. These rides will not include passage through Lock 44.

July

Boat
Wednesday–Sunday: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., 2 to 3 p.m., 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Mill
Wednesday–Sunday: noon to 5 p.m.

August

Boat
Wednesday–Sunday: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., 2 to 3 p.m., 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Mill
Wednesday–Sunday: noon to 5 p.m.

September

Boat
Thursday and Friday: 11 a.m. to noon, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., 2 to 3 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., 2 to 3 p.m., 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Note: There will be no 3:30 p.m. boat trip September 9.

Mill
Thursday and Friday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.

October

Boat
Wednesday–Friday: 10 to 11 a.m., 11 to noon, Noon to 1, 1 to 2 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 12:30 to 1:30, 2 to 3, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Mill
Wednesday–Friday: 10 to 2 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.