The portion of our New York road trip from Albany to Herkimer was one of the most educational part of our road trip- and my kids had so much fun.
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Albany, New York
We first stopped in New York’s capital, Albany. Our favorite part was the Empire State Plaza, where there are many fountains and sculptures. There were many food trucks where we grabbed lunch and listened to live musicians. The Egg is a unique pedestal theater that you can tour.
I always love old churches, so we took a peek inside St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. The church has been around 300 years before the Episcopal Church was established.
Erie, New York
But the coolest part of the boat ride was being transported up and down the locks- like a boat elevator. I thought it was really neat.
We then went on a cruise on Erie Canal Cruises, which was one of the most illuminating parts of our trip. The barge takes you down the Erie Canal on about a 1-hour tour. The boat ride is calm, and we loved our captain, who was very personable and knowledgeable. We learned about the importance of the canal in frontier America. I never realized you could get from inland USA to Mexico with only leaving our waterways for a short distance.
Herkimer, New York
Herkimer seemed like a depressed town, with many empty storefronts. The first restaurant we tried to visit was closed with no signage explaining why. We did some research and ended up at The Godfather’s Hideaway (315-866-5002). This old family home in a neighborhood has surprisingly good Italian food, and we were glad it is where we ended up. The Carbone family still runs it. We particularly enjoyed the Chicken Riggy and the Godfather’s Platter. The portions were plentiful, and the service excellent.