The Wabash and Erie Canal - School Tours | Delphi, Indiana

School Tours

Bring Your Class to the Canal!

Take advantage of this fun-filled learning opportunity! School tours are available from late April to the 2nd week of October. Our school tours start at approximately 9:00 am.

Our guided tours are geared for 3rd, 4th & 5th grades. With these age groups, we do a rotation of 40 to 45-minute rotations where our docents lead groups though the Interpretive Museum, visit our pioneer village one room schoolhouse and ride on our canal boat, The Delphi.

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Group Sizes

While 60 students for the day is an ideal group number, we know that most schools have larger numbers that must be accommodated. We offer other options for larger numbers of students. We can arrange Village Crafters such as the Blacksmith, Broom maker, Weaver, Cooper, Papermaker or a hike down to the Railroad Depot. These are volunteers and arrangements must be made in advance.

​For younger children not quite ready for this long of a field trip, we offer our pioneer village where they learn about the community and what it was like and the one-room schoolhouse. Small groups can go through the museum with their chaperones.

Play Boat

We have a play canal boat that children of all ages can enjoy.

Picnic Shelters

We have 2 picnic shelters available for those who may bring a sack lunch, as there is no food available at the Canal for purchase.

Weather

We cannot reschedule due to weather, so dress for the weather forecasted since we will be outside. Tennis shoes are highly recommended. If there is high water, and the boat is not running, we will contact you in advance.

Schedule Your Tour Today!

To make a reservation, call (765) 564-2870 or, send an email to reservations@canalcenter.org.

Here are some useful documents to get you started.

Chaperone Guidelines (PDF)

Example Schedule (PDF)

Tour Application (PDF)

Pricing

For pricing and available dates, please contact the Wabash & Erie Canal, Attn. School Tours.

All of our tours are given by volunteers, so we value their time.

School tours are priced based on boat capacity and number of trips required. Fee includes ride on our canal boat replica and guided tours through our award-winning interpretive museum.

Boat Capacity is 30 students and 3 adults. Minimum cost is one boat trip. Maximum number of students per day is 60 students.

  • Cost of trips are $175 for first trip and $100 for each additional trip, with a maximum of three trips a day. Schools with more than 60 students only pay the additional per trip rate for additional days.
  • For schools only touring the museum rate is $15 per group of 10 students and one adult.
  • Interpretive canal walks are $10 per class (maximum 20-25 students)
  • Payment is due in advance or on the day of tour.


Make payments to Wabash and Erie Canal

1030 W. Washington Street
Delphi, Indiana 46923

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See the Interactive Map!

Get a closer look at Canal Park with our Interactive Map!

Group Tours

Group Tours

Reserve a time to bring your group, friends, or family down to the canal for learning and fun!
School Tours

School Tours

Make a reservation to bring your class to the canal for a fun and enriching experience.

COVID Announcement

COVID Announcement

Please read the announcement from the Canal Association’s Board.

Trails

Trails

Our beautiful and historic trails are OPEN! Learn more about the trails and get some fresh air.

Education

Education

It’s as important as it is a pleasure to learn about those who have come before us and all the brave and impressive things they did which led up to the modern world we live in today. Learn more from the Learning Center on our site, starting with Canal History.

Things to Do

Things to Do

Come one, come all! Whether you have a school group, an event that needs hosting, or you plan on making a day trip, there’s no shortage of fun activities, period architecture, and educational displays to keep you engaged and inspired during your time here.

Weddings & Events

Weddings & Events

Your wedding day is one of the most memorable and magical days of your life. Bring your family and your friends, and we’ll supply the atmosphere to make your big day one to remember with memories and photos full of old-world charm. Contact us to reserve the Chapel and Canal Boat.

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