upcoming events

To see what is coming up next at Canal Park, be sure to visit the event calendar! You can also click here to see the flyer for this year’s events.

popular Questions

Check out some common questions below. Don’t see your question? Email [email protected] and let us know how we can help!

The park and trails are open dawn to dusk year-round. The interactive museum is open Monday through Saturday, 1-4PM, except for seasonal closure in January-February.

If you want the full canal experience (boat ride, Pioneer Village visits, Reed Case House tours, and more) visit during Canal Season, which runs every Saturday afternoon 1-4PM from late May through early September.

In 2024, Canal Season will open May 25 and will close September 14. Any Saturday afternoon 1-4PM during Canal Season you can visit the park for a canal boat ride (departures at 1:30PM and 2:30PM), Pioneer Village crafters and demonstrations, Reed Case House tours, interactive museum tours, and more.

Outside of Canal Season, you can still visit the museum 1-4PM Monday through Saturday for most of the year. You may also schedule a group tour or school tour anytime from April through October.

Entry to Wabash & Erie Canal Park is free, and parking is also free.

To ride the canal boat, tickets are $10 for ages 13+ and $5 for ages 12-under.

To visit the Reed Case House, tickets are $5 for ages 13+ and $1 for ages 12-under.

To tour the interactive museum, tickets are $5 for ages 13+ and $1 for ages 12-under.

To do all the things listed above, you can purchase a Combo Ticket for $17 (ages 13+) or $5 (ages 12-under).

We are a volunteer-driven organization, and virtually everyone you see in our parks is a volunteer. We are tremendously grateful for the time and efforts of our volunteers, and we hope to respect their time while also remaining open for public programming. Our museum, trails, campground, and facilities rentals are staff-supported and open throughout the week, but our public programming is limited to Saturdays during the summer season.

We are happy to provide private tours that cater to your schedule, whether you’re looking for a group tour or a school tour. Send us an email to get started: [email protected].

During Canal Season, the Summer Kitchen offers light snacks and cold drinks for sale. Otherwise, there is bottled water for sale at the front desk, as well as food vendors for Canal Days and Christmas at the Canal.

All animals must be on a leash at all times on park property. Pets are not allowed in the Interpretive Center, on the canal boat, or in Pioneer Village buildings.

Wabash & Erie Canal Park is private property made accessible for public enjoyment. We invite commercial (paid) photographers to chip in to help keep Canal Park beautiful! You can read more on our photography page.

Canal Season 2024: may 25 – september 14

Every Saturday afternoon in 2024 from May 25 through September 14, join us 1-4PM at Wabash & Erie Canal Park for family fun and an engaging Indiana history experience! Entry to the park is free, and there are no parking fees. Be sure to grab yourself a Combo Ticket to enjoy all ticketed attractions and save a few dollars: for guests ages 13+, it’s $17 for the canal boat ride, museum, and Reed Case House. For guests ages 12-under, the Combo Ticket is just $5.

Check out this map to orient yourself to the park.

On any Canal Season Saturday, you can choose from any of the following activities to enjoy:

Canal Boat Rides

Ticket required. Take a narrated 40 minute ride down our stretch of the restored canal on our beautiful 54-foot replica canal boat, The Delphi. This is a very peaceful ride with plenty to see and learn along the way. Kids and adults will love it, and there may even be some local wildlife to observe along the banks! Rides depart from the boat dock at approximately 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, and (if needed) 3:30 PM.

Tickets are $10 for passengers ages 13+ and $5 for children 12 and under. Space is limited, so you may purchase tickets online to reserve your spot!

Boat rides are handicap accessible. In inclement weather, or in the event of unfavorable water levels, boat rides may have to be canceled. You would be able to reschedule or refund your ticket in such an event. 

Pioneer Village

Stroll through our historic Pioneer Village and visit a sampling of artisans, crafters, and historic interpreters who invite you to experience what life was like during the Canal Era of Indiana’s history. Touring the Pioneer Village is completely free! Some of our crafters may have products to purchase.

Some potential options include: the blacksmith, the cooper shop, the broom-maker’s shop, the loom house, the papermaker, the one-room schoolhouse, the little white church, the general store, the railroad depot, the post office, the Bowen Cabin (an inn), the Fouts Cabin (a family home), the Kuns Cabin (kids’ activities), and more! Cabin availability depends on the volunteers’ schedules, so each visit will be unique!

Interpretive Center (Museum / Tickets)

In our main building, you can buy tickets for all our programming at the reception desk. Enter through the large double-doors under the central awning. There are also restrooms and water fountains available inside.

Ticket required. While you’re there, don’t forget to visit our award-winning museum! It offers tons of hands-on fun for adults and children alike! All our exhibits have interactive elements that offer visitors a chance to explore the history of the Wabash & Erie Canal and how it contributed to Indiana as we know it today. Be sure to ask at the reception desk for the video guided tour! Museum tickets are $5 for guests ages 13+, and $1 for children 12 and under. 

Reed Case House

Ticket required. You can tour through the personal home of the superintendent of construction for the Wabash & Erie Canal from Carroll County to Lafayette! Reed Case and his family lived in this historic home, and it has been fully renovated, restored, and furnished. Experience how a well-to-do family in a bustling canal town once lived, and appreciate the decor and stories of the Case family! Tickets to the Reed Case House are $5 for guests ages 13+, and $1 for children 12 and under.

Kids’ Canal Playboat

If you have some kids who need to run off some energy, our playboat is a great spot to do that! While we have plenty of great outdoor spaces, the playboat is perfect for kids to use their imaginations and enjoy a full-scale canal boat replica at the same time. The boat includes a slide, a fireman’s pole, monkey bars, and plenty of fun cabin space that kids can use to create their own adventures.


Here at Canal Park, we are part of a trail network of 10+ miles! Feel free to bring your bikes or simply enjoy a peaceful walk along the canal. Trails branch out to the park’s north and south, and you can find more trails information here.


Special Events

On certain Saturdays, we host special events during the season and beyond! You can check out the events calendar or read below.

Pioneer Village Day (June 8): We highlight our many talented Pioneer Village artisans and open up the village for guests! Be sure to visit all the historic buildings you can during this special afternoon!

Canal Days (July 6): This is our grandest event of the year, and it runs all day, 10AM to 4PM. We have all the activities listed above, plus we host vendors from around our area! It is a full day of canal fun!

Kids’ Fun Day (August 3): We host several different activities and games for kids to enjoy in addition to our usual Saturday programming. It’s an afternoon out that will be sure to entertain the whole family!

Christmas at the Canal (December 7): This is the merriest festival on our calendar! You can shop the holiday crafts market, visit Santa, tour the Pioneer Village, and much more!

What would you like to do at Wabash & Erie Canal park?

We have an authentically replicated passenger boat called The Delphi. Take one of our 40-minute narrated tours available for reservation so you and a small group can take a beautiful boat ride down the canal!

Private tours can be scheduled in advance with us anytime from April through October. Public rides are offered during Canal Season on Saturday afternoons.

We welcome you to tour this national award-winning feature in our Interpretive Center. It’s also the only museum designed to tell the whole story of the Wabash & Erie Canal’s 44-year operational history. The museum is open March through December. Click here for more details!

Explore the lifestyle of the city-dwelling upper class citizens during the Canal Era! This 1844 home has been lovingly restored to its former beauty, and we invite visitors to tour this “residential museum.” You can either schedule a private group tour or we welcome the public during Canal Season on Saturday afternoons.

During Canal Season on Saturday afternoons, visitors are welcome to walk through Pioneer Village and see historic trades in action. Or, you can schedule a group tour for a private visit. All docents and tradespeople are volunteers, so specific trades or cabins are subject to availability. Click here for more details!

The City of Delphi and Wabash & Erie Canal Park maintain a network of trails with over 10 miles to explore! These trails are open year-round, dawn to dusk. Hikers, runners, and cyclists are welcome! Click here for more details!

Step back in time and learn a valuable new skill all at once! Explore the array of trades you can learn at our next session of historic classes at Canal Park. Click here for more details!

our location

Where We Are Located

Wabash & Erie Canal Park’s entrance is a little over a half-mile north of downtown Delphi. You can reach us by heading north on Washington Street from the Carroll County Courthouse or you can reach us via 9th Street off US 421.

call us
+1 (765) 564-2870
email us
[email protected]
1030 N Washington St, Delphi, IN 46923