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Waterford Tugboat Roundup | New York By Rail | Things to Do In Waterford

september, 2020

11sepAll Day13Experience the Waterford Tugboat Roundup(All Day) Waterford Canal Welcome Center, 1 Tugboat Alley, Waterford, NY 12188

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Experience the Waterford Tugboat Roundup

Enjoy this family-oriented festival along the the eastern gateway to the Erie Canal. With boat rides, music, food, vendors and fireworks, the Waterford Tugboat Roundup is unique and worth the visit.

The Waterford Tugboat Roundup

Experience a 3-day maritime festival this Summer when you visit Waterford! The Waterford Tugboat Roundup, happening from September 11th through September 13th, celebrates tugboats and New York’s rich maritime history and industry. The festival begins with the tugboat parade which starts in Albany and ends in Waterford where the rest of the weekend will take place. Throughout the weekend there is live music, a spectacular firework display and tugboat operators. Once in Waterford, docks will be open for tours, paddlewheel tour boat rides and vendors.

Attending The Festival

Stationed at each of the five locks in the Waterford Flight are different activities perfect for the everyone in the family. From pony rides to a bouncy house, the Waterford Tugboat Roundup makes sure to be kid-friendly. In addition, a 5k and tossing/cleat wrapping competition is offered for those looking for more hands-on activities. Also, for guests curious about the history of tugboats and the canals, there are informational talks throughout the weekend. To conclude the festival, there is an Awards Ceremony with awards ranging from Best Vintage Tug to Best Mini-Tug – a fun, and lighthearted way to end this great weekend!

Take Amtrak to the Event!

Experience the Tugboat Roundup via Amtrak to Albany-Rensselaer Station—Also, don’t forget to use the New York By Rail 15% discount!

Pick-up your Enterprise Rent-a-Car at the Albany-Rensselaer Station. Don’t forget the #NYTRAIN discount code. Click here to reserve your car or call the Albany-Rensselaer office today at: 518-427-3893.


september 11 (Friday) - 13 (Sunday)


Waterford Canal Welcome Center

1 Tugboat Alley, Waterford, NY 12188