september, 2019

06sepAll Day08Waterford Tugboat Roundup(All Day) Waterford Canal Welcome Center, 1 Tugboat Alley, Waterford, NY 12188

Event Details

Waterford Tugboat Roundup

Enjoy this family-oriented festival along the “Waterford Wail,” 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.

A 3-day maritime festival, the Waterford Tugboat Roundup 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 will be live music, entertaining both visitors and tugboat operators. Once in Waterford, docks will be open for tours, paddlewheel tour boat rides, and vendors.

Stationed at each of the five locks in the Waterford Flight will be different activities perfect for the everyone in the family. From pony rides to a bouncy bounce, the Waterford Tugboat Roundup makes sure to be kid-friendly. A 5k and tossing/cleat wrapping competition will also be offered for those looking for more hands-on activities. For guests curious about the history of tugboats and the canals, there will be informational talks throughout the weekend. The evening of the 8th ends with a bang as fireworks are set off over the canal, lighting up the night sky and reflecting off the water. To conclude the Waterford Tugboat Roundup is the 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 Waterford Tugboat Roundup

Experience the Tugboat Roundup via Amtrak to Albany-Rensselaer Station—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 6 (Friday) - 8 (Sunday)


Waterford Canal Welcome Center

1 Tugboat Alley, Waterford, NY 12188

New York by Rail