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Boat Rides Photo Credit: Steamboat Natchez (New Orleans, LA)

Boat Rides on the Great River Road

From paddle wheelers to eco focused charter boats, jump on board, pack a fishing pole or sit back and sight see with a cocktail in hand. The Great River Road offers ample opportunity to take a break from the road and hit the river on these fantastic boat rides.

 ~Minnesota~

Minneapolis Queen (Minneapolis, MN)

Departing from Bohemian Flats this paddle-wheeler is a perfect way to experience the history of beautiful downtown Minneapolis from the water.

Winona Tour Boat (Winona, MN)

Narrated boat tour on the history of the area including Winona’s famous boathouse community, see eagles in their natural habitat or take a ride during the fall colors.

 

 ~Wisconsin~

La Crosse Queen Cruises (La Crosse, WI)

A modern-day replica of the grand river boats that plied the Mississippi River in the early 1900s. Cruising out of Riverside Park, this is one of the few authentic paddlewheel river boats still in operation today.

~Iowa~

Mississippi Explorer Cruises (Lansing, IA)

This fully-narrated cruise includes up close views of bald eagle nests, beaver lodges, sunning turtles, great blue herons, egrets, red fox, and river otters.

Dubuque’s American Lady (Dubuque, IA)

Check out sparkling river caps on the Mississippi River, the majestic limestone bluffs rich with seasonal foliage, and the scenic Dubuque skyline.

Riverboat Twilight (Le Claire, Iowa)

Come aboard the most elegant riverboat to be launched in the last 100 years. Explore the Upper Mississippi River Valley in style on the Riverboat Twilight. America’s Authentic River Experience. 

 ~Illinois~

Celebration River Cruises (Moline, IL)

The “Celebration Belle” is specifically designed for cruising the waterways of the great Mississippi River, offering casual sightseeing, luncheon and dinner cruises.

 ~Missouri~ 

Mark Twain Riverboat (Hannibal, MO)

Spend the day on the river taking in the sights or dining on the river at sunset, the Mark Twain has been a unique feature on the Hannibal riverfront for more than 30 years.

Gateway Arch Riverboats (St. Louis, MO)

Enjoy some of the best views of the Gateway Arch and St. Louis’ working riverfront on a riverboat cruise. Whether you’re in the mood for a romantic dinner, a relaxing tour, or a floating party with live music and dancing, we have a cruise to suit your interests.

~Tennessee~

Memphis Riverboats (Memphis, TN)

Authentic American Riverboat Cruises on the Mississippi River. Take a Paddlewheeler a few miles up and down the greatest river in the U.S.A., The “Mighty” Mississippi.

~Louisiana~

Paddlewheeler Creole Queen (New Orleans, LA)

Authentic paddlewheeler powered by a 24-foot diameter paddlewheel and the most modern, fuel efficient GE diesel-electric system ever installed in a boat of this class.

Steamboat Natchez (New Orleans, LA)

New Orleans, one of the world’s most active ports, as it can best be seen from the river aboard New Orleans’ only authentic Steamboat…The Steamboat NATCHEZ.