Best Hands-On Lock Demonstrations

Canal Visitor Center

At least one weekend a month through the warmer months, Lock 38 on the Ohio & Erie Canal stirs to life at the hands of costumed reenactors -- and a few hapless spectators suckered into labor by their families. The reenactors easily engage their audience, spouting off historical canal wisdom while bossing their modern helpers around. The demonstration serves as an indirect reminder of why pushing a pencil isn't so bad, considering what you could have been pushing for a living.