Canal Exploration Center

CVNP Canal Exploration Center _Denny Reiser_500w
The Canal Exploration Center is one of the park's newer attractions.

© D.J. Reiser

Come immerse yourself in the period between the country's Jubilee and Centennial years, 1825 - 1876.

The Canal Era is a story of working people striving to realize the Founding Fathers' vision. Some prospered as businesses flourished along the watery interstate "highways" of the day. Immigrants and people of color struggled for work, greater freedom, and acceptance. Boats brought new consumer goods into the heartland and carried out raw materials. No longer reliant on homemade things, Americans became shoppers. During the Canal Era, the national identity and the national economy began to gel.

CEC painting by Don Getz

Painting by Don Getz.

Canal Exploration Center is located at 7104 Canal Road, Valley View, ohio 44125.

Visit our operating hours and seasons page to plan a visit.

For information about combining a trip to Canal Exploration Center with a ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, visit


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    Last updated: May 12, 2022

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