Canal Exploration Center

A graphic panel and life ring stand outside a two story white building with green shutters, a porch and an M-shaped roofline.
Canal Exploration Center is located along the Towpath Trail.

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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.

Canal Exploration Center is located at 7104 Canal Road, Valley View, Ohio 44125. Be sure to check our seasonal hours before planning 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: March 13, 2023

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    15610 Vaughn Road
    Brecksville, OH 44141


    440 717-3890

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