Directions & Tour Info
UNION CANAL TUNNEL PARK
Park located at 25th & Union Canal Drive, Lebanon, PA (North of Lebanon Valley Mall).
ATTENTION GPS or Google Maps Users: Google Maps directions will take you to the NORTH SIDE of the Park. The Boat rides are on the SOUTH SIDE, near the park entrance. Please plug in the intersection of N. 25th St. and Union Canal Drive, Lebanon, PA 17046. Click here for Directions.
Park Hours: Park open year-round from dawn to dusk. Pets are welcomed but must remain leashed at all times.
A Message from the Captain:
From the Captain’s Log Book:
Summer on the Union Canal is proceeding as expected. The heat and humidity is back as well as a long dry spell. Not much water is falling from the ceiling in the Tunnel, but it is still cooler in the Tunnel. The water level is low but boats are able to navigate out and back for the tours. Wildlife is abundant with sightings of deer, fawn, turtles, fish and our resident Screech Owl in the Tunnel. The Meily is a dream to pilot; she responds well to the tiller and is dry as a bone in the bilge area. A testament that the repairs have made her “seaworthy” again.
As of September 8 a total of 1,093 passengers have taken 81 tours. It could be more but we currently only have two Captains and one narrator. Some groups were disappointed that they could not reserve a tour when they wanted and several Sunday afternoons were canceled. We need help as pole-person, dock hands, narrators, ticket sales and most of all Captains. All the systems on the Meily are new and performing well, making the boat very easy to handle. Several people have expressed interest and Ed Dannels has submitted his paperwork to the State Fish and Boat Commission for his Captain’s license. I am sure he will easily pass the tests. Our existing Captains have years of experience and are ready to teach others how to help. Come and enjoy the Canal and Tunnel by volunteering to help on the tours. We recently took 18 members of a local family on a 900 A.M. tour and it was very relaxing to be on the water purring along on the Meily, watching the world go by. Other reserved Tours were for a group from the Hope Springs Farm and the Brethren Home of Lancaster,
If you consider helping, please come to the Canal for a complimentary tour and learn about volunteer opportunities. I would be happy to answer any and all questions. Contact me via email: email@example.com or phone 717-867-1352. Once you cruise down the canal you will understand why we keep coming back.
Submitted on behalf of our volunteers,
Canal Narrated Tours
Each Sunday, June through October 12:30 – 4:30PM. $8/Adult, $4/Child (ages 6 – 18). Children under age of 6 ride FREE. Weather Permitting. The Union Canal Tunnel Park is maintained entirely by volunteers, and that includes the captains and the rest of the crew also. We are facing some problems at the moment because we do not have enough certified captains right now to pilot the canal boats every Sunday and to adhere to our regular schedule. Since the beginning of this Summer season, several of our boat captains has been having health issues, and scheduling has been very difficult—and oftentimes we do not know if the rides are available until the last minute. We are in the process of recruiting new boat captains, but to get the volunteers trained and properly licensed will take some time. Please call ahead to check if the boats are running 717-272-1473.
Union Canal Days
Saturday and Sunday, May 16th and 17th. [More Info»]
July 4th Special Rides, July 4th and 5th, 2015
4:30 – 9PM. Free ice cream for each rider, plus reduced fares. Stay to watch the fireworks from the Park!
Halloween Scare Affair
October 16 & 17, 23 & 24, 6-9PM. CANCELLED FOR 2015
Private Group Rides
Group rides can be arranged for most days two weeks in advance. Please call 717-272-6949 to make your reservation.
To Follow the Latest Updates on the progress of the Canal Boat Repair, please “Like” the Friends of the UCTP Facebook Page!
Friends of the Union Canal Tunnel Park (FUCTP)
In April, 1950, the Lebanon County Historical Society purchased the Union Canal Tunnel, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 1, 1974. Throughout the years, many volunteers have donated their services at the Tunnel, together with county donated manpower, to maintain and prepare it as a recreational site open to the public.
The Union Canal Tunnel Park, located at 25th Street and Union Canal Drive, was dedicated by the Lebanon County Historical Society on October 9, 1988. The Union Canal Tunnel was designated a National Historic Landmark by the Secretary of the Interior on April 19, 1994. The Park is maintained by a group of volunteers know as Friends of the Union Canal Tunnel Park.
On September 9, 2006, the North section of the Park, located across Tunnel Hill Road, was dedicated and opened to the public. Together with the original property, the Union Canal Tunnel Park is comprised of 110 acres of recreational open space.The Park is open year-round from dawn to dusk, with picnic tables and pavilion, benches, and several marked walking trails. There is no admission charge.
Narrated boat rides on the canal and through the tunnel are available for a nominal fee every Sunday, as weather permits, during the months of June through October, from 12:30 to 4:30PM. Enjoy a leisurely boat ride while learning some of the history of the Lebanon Valley. Private groups can make reservations for rides at other times by calling 717-272-6949. The Park is also available for class reunions, family gatherings, and weddings. For group reservations or more information, call the Historical Society office.