Planning Your Visit - Visitor Info
We would like to make your visit to the Canal as pleasant as possible. To help you plan your visit, here are some things to consider.
Things to See
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.
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!
Visitors are welcome to walk through Pioneer Village on their own or take a group tour. Our 19th century trades people and buildings are available during events, demonstrations, and cabin tours. All docents and trades people are volunteers, so specific trades or cabins are subject to availability.
Red Bridge Settlement
Cross over the 1901 Stone Arch Bridge to find yourself in the Red Bridge Settlement, where the historical Lime Kilns reside. You’ll see The Red Bridge in the distance as you approach the Pivot Bridge, Mill, and the Hubbard and Harley Warehouse.
Parking & Accessibility
- The facilities at the Canal complex are handicap accessible, including the boat, but we must be notified of this need at least two weeks in advance of the visit. Benches on the boat must be removed to accommodate wheelchairs. Due to typical time constraints, only four wheelchairs can be accommodated on the boat at one time. Wheelchair accommodation on The Delphi creates a reduction in standard seating. People in wheelchairs that can navigate steps with assistance, will not require a reduction in standard seating.
- Plenty of paved parking is available off Washington street on Rhineland Trail.
- Walking is the common mode of travel around the park. There is considerable distance between the various facilities and must be taken into account for the travel time required to reach each venue. If mobility is an issue travel times will naturally increase.
- Well-behaved, on-leash pets are welcome on the Canal grounds. Only service animals/therapy dogs with registration documentation are allowed in the Interpretive Center, Reed Case House, boat and Museum.
- Firearms are not allowed on Canal grounds.
Food & Water
- Fresh water is available via drinking fountains. Cold bottled water is for sale at the Reception Desk in the Interpretive Center.
- Food is not available at the Canal except during Canal festivals. We can provide you a list of restaurants or caterers.
Canal Boat Availability
There are times when The Delphi is not able to operate due to weather or mechanical issues. These are rare occasions but if it is necessary to cancel, the Reservations Manager will notify the group’s contact person as soon as possible and refund the fee for the boat.
We love having groups come to enjoy our park and learn about life in the past. The dedicated volunteers at the Wabash & Erie Canal are ecstatic that you're interested in visiting our facilities along a preserved stretch of the historic canal.
- Reservations for groups of over 12 people must be made at least two weeks in advance of your visit.
- You will be sent an invoice for a $100 deposit to reserve the date. The remaining balance will be due at the time of the visit. Payment will be made for the entire group and may be made by check or any credit card.
- If the group must cancel, please notify the Reservation Manager at least two days prior to the visit at: (765) 564-2870. The deposit will be forfeited.
- The Wabash & Erie Canal is on Eastern Time.
- In planning your trip, please allow 5 to 10 minutes between each venue for embarking/disembarking from the boat, walking time and restroom breaks. If two boat rides are given, there will be a 15-minute break between rides.
See the Interactive Map!
Get a closer look at Canal Park with our Interactive Map!
Make a reservation to bring your class to the canal for a fun and enriching experience.
Our beautiful and historic trails are OPEN! Learn more about the trails and get some fresh air.
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
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
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.