A Guide to Boat Tours and River Cruises around Minneapolis and St. Paul

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  • Updated August 2, 2021

One of the coolest parts about the Twin Cities is their plentiful access to water.

That’s why exploring the Twin Cities via boat is one of our “must try” activities, no matter if you’re a long time resident or just visiting for the weekend.

But since narrowing down the many options is no easy task, we thought we’d lend a local’s hand with this detailed guide to boat and river cruise around Minneapolis and St. Paul.

  • The Who, What, Where of Boat & River Cruises 
  • What are the most popular boat tours and river cruises in Minneapolis & St. Paul? 
  • Where do cruises go? 

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As the residents of the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Twin Cities locals know a good riverboat cruise when we see one.  

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Whether it’s exploring the architectural wonders spanning the Mighty Mississippi or sipping cocktails as the sun goes down, there are plenty of options for boat tours and river cruises in Minneapolis and St. Paul that meet all the requirements on our must-try list.    

What are the most popular boat tours and river cruises in Minneapolis & St. Paul?  

Before you decide on a vendor and dates for your Minneapolis-St. Paul boat tour, it’s best to decide what type of cruise you’d like to take.   Different boats offer different tour types; some are focused on the scenery, others are more focused on the food and entertainment onboard.   Here are some of the more popular boat tour and river cruise options:  

  • Sunset Dinner Cruise – Sunset dinner cruises are by far some of the most popular and first to book up reservations.   Most of the boat operators in the Twin Cities offer some form of a sunset cruise, departing the dock 1-2 hours before dark for dinner and drinks while the sun goes down.   These tours are great for long summer nights when the best place to be is on the water.
  • Sightseeing Cruise – End-of-the-day boat tours might not be the best option for families or visitors trying to fit in other items on the Twin Cities travel itinerary.   If that’s the case, you may want to consider a general sightseeing cruise.   The daytime trips for Twin Cities boat and river tours often fall in this category, with options to see bridges, well-known landmarks and do some wildlife watching.  
  • Brunch Cruise – It’s hard to go wrong with a Minneapolis brunch in general. But then make that brunch on a boat, and you’re pretty much set for a terrific outing. Brunch cruises typically depart at 10 AM, have a great menu, and are a casual way to relax and enjoy the water and the weekend.
  • Fall Color Cruises – From late September to mid-October, the Mississippi River between Minneapolis and St. Paul light up with some of the best fall colors in the Upper Midwest.   We love to recommend it to out-of-town guests or friends; get out and enjoy the cooler temperatures and enjoy the mid-day or afternoon fall color cruise.  
  • Holiday Cruises – Mother’s Day?   4 th of July?   Labor Day?   If there’s a summer holiday you love to celebrate, there’s a pretty good chance you can commemorate the day with a boat cruise on the Mississippi River.   All the major tour operators in the Twin Cities offer cruises for these events—just make sure to snag reservations well in advance.  
  • Private Party – If you’re checking out options for an upcoming private party venue, summertime boat cruises are a great option to explore. Getting a group together for a birthday, anniversary, class reunion, or corporate event is easy and more affordable than you might think.  

Where do cruises go?  

Not only are there options for the type of boat cruise, but there are also options for departure.   Choosing the tour location changes what you can expect to see and the type of boat you’ll end up taking.   Here are the 4 top departure locations for boat tours and river cruises in the Twin Cities:  

  • Mississippi River in Downtown Minneapolis – Departing from Bohemian Flats Park near downtown Minneapolis, taking a Mississippi River cruise from this location means excellent views of the downtown Minneapolis skyline, the historic Stone Arch Bridge, and the University of Minnesota campus.    
  • Mississippi River in Downtown St. Paul – For terrific views of the St. Paul skyline and the best chance to see wildlife in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, depart from downtown St. Paul.   You’ll also have an opportunity to board some historic riverboats at the docks on Harriet Island.  
  • Lake Minnetonka – Looking for the best drinks and food?   Want to take a cruise on a newer, luxury yacht? Best to head west for a boat tour on Lake Minnetonka.   We love these tours for ogling at the giant houses while we sip on sundowners.
  • St. Croix River in Stillwater – One trip over the I-94 bridge from Minnesota to Wisconsin, and it’s pretty clear that the St. Croix River is a top Twin Cities boating destination.   Several river tours depart the docks near Stillwater during the summer, with both traditional paddleboat options and upscale dinner cruises. This is our top spot for fall colors as well.  

The Top Twin Cities Boat and River Cruise Companies  

Ready to book your cruise?   Try out one of these Twin Cities boat and river cruise companies for the best tours and destinations:  

More than 5 million visitors have taken a riverboat cruise with Padleford Riverboats in downtown St. Paul.   They offer the largest selection of tour options (sightseeing, dining, themed cruises, school trips, and private events) and have some of the best deals on tickets and dining.   On Mondays, Padleford hosts a $10 cruise with 2-for-1 beers after 6 PM – an excellent happy hour option for co-workers and friends.

  • Location – Downtown St. Paul: 205 Dr. Justus Ohage Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55107
  • Website: Padleford Riverboats

As the largest tour operator in the Twin Cities (five vessels in two locations), Paradise Charters has more than 30 years of experience taking trips on the Mississippi River and Lake Minnetonka. They have an extensive portfolio of tour choices, including a full calendar of tours running seven days a week during the summer. Expect to shell out a bit more for tickets on Paradise cruises, with most tickets running $35-40 per person.  

  • Location – Downtown Minneapolis: 2150 W River Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55454
  • Location – Port of Excelsior/Lake Minnetonka: 2 Water St, Excelsior, MN 55331
  • Website: Paradise Charter Cruises  

Consistently voted on “Best of the Twin Cities” lists, Al and Alma’s boat charters on Lake Minnetonka have been offering tours on the lake since 1973.   Their fleet includes the largest motorized yacht on Lake Minnetonka, the 83-foot “Bella Vista,” and some of Minnesota’s most expensive public yachts.   Al and Alma’s cruises also feature food prepped from their Cooks Bay supper club—expect better menu options than you’ll find on any other Twin Cities boat cruises.  

  • Location – Lake Minnetonka: Lake Minnetonka (multiple locations for departure)
  • Website: Al & Alma’s

Located on the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway near Stillwater, St. Croix Boat and Packet (aka Stillwater River Boats) is home to one of the largest river tour boats in the Twin Cities Metro.  St. Croix operates six boats, seven days per week, with cruises from 11:30 AM to 8 PM.  Their largest boat holds more than 650 guests, with multiple floors of bars and dining and a terrific roof deck for river viewing.

  • Location: 525 Main St S, Stillwater, MN 55082
  • Website: St. Croix Boat and Packet Co.

Looking for an unforgettable party venue for a group of 60-100 friends, family, or co-workers?   The Magnolia Blossom Cruise company offers private charter cruises on their historic riverboat.   The tour boat docks on the Mississippi River between Minneapolis and St. Paul, allowing trips customized to view downtown Minneapolis or downtown St. Paul scenery.   The Magnolia is one of the few boats that will navigate the lock and dam at Ford Parkway, something your guests won’t soon forget.   Note, Magnolia does not offer public boat cruises; the tours are by charter contract only.

  • Location – Mississippi River near St. Paul: 2500 Crosby Farm Rd, St Paul, MN 55116
  • Website: Magnolia Blossom Cruises

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Minneapolis Tour & Mississippi River Cruise

This tour departs from the Mall of America® North Entrance/Parking Lot, where the charter buses and hotel shuttles pick up and drop off.

We will depart promptly at 10:00 AM, and return around 4:30 PM. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time.

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Explore Minnesota’s beautiful historic city of Minneapolis and the Mississippi River on this interactive tour. Begin aboard a motorcoach traveling around sparkling city lakes and famous Minneapolis landmarks, with live commentary from our knowledgeable and experienced tour guides. The tour includes a short stop at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (weather permitting) and a stop on Nicollet Mall for lunch on your own.

The tour continues aboard a modern replica of a historic sternwheeler for a cruise on the mighty Mississippi River. This summer, the boat with be cruising the southern trails of the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway and Heritage Trail, along the U of M Campus riverfront, under the stunning 35W Bridge, through the Lower Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam, showcasing views of the St. Anthony Falls, the historic Stone Arch Bridge, amazing river bluffs with views of the incredible downtown Minneapolis skyline as we show you the best Mississippi River has to offer!

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Bridging the Past to the Present Along the Mississippi River Tour

Views of Minneapolis Skyline

90-Min Private Carriage Ride

Follow the Mississippi River and over the Stone Arch Bridge

North Loop, Mississippi River and More

Embark on a captivating 90-minute journey through Minneapolis’s North Loop neighborhood, where history and beauty collide in a horse-drawn carriage ride like no other. This immersive tour takes you through the heart of the city’s past, weaving past the tranquil beauty of Boom Island Park and the rugged grandeur of historic industrial buildings. Traverse the charming streets of Nicollet Island, where you’ll encounter a treasure trove of historic homes that seem frozen in time. And as you cross the iconic Hennepin Avenue Suspension Bridge, the story of Minneapolis’s evolution unfolds before your eyes. Join us for an unforgettable adventure through time and architecture.

Learn about the historic Warehouse District

Cobblestones of Historic Main Street

Relax to the sound of hoofbeats

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Maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 or 4 small children

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What You’ll Do & See

Travel Along the Mississippi River to Experience the Best of Minneapolis

On our relaxing 90-minute horse-drawn carriage tour, we’ll take you winding through the North Loop. Here you’ll learn about the industrial kingdom that used to be ruled from within the very buildings that we will pass by. While we’ll technically be in the city, we’ll then take you to the River Parkway – the quiet and tranquil heart of Minneapolis. Take in some of the city’s best views with the backdrop of calming hoofbeats. When we cross the Stone Arch Bridge, you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into a time machine. City streets will turn to cobblestone as we take you down St. Anthony Main Street. Don’t worry, though, as the carriage is still comfortable as it’s going over the cobblestones. This extended, all-inclusive tour is the best way to see Minneapolis in 90 minutes!

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Our horse was Marble and our driver was Mo. They were both very nice. We met the owner who was a very nice man. The whole experience was wonderful and I would recommend this for either something special or if you just want a unique and relaxing experience.

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The riverboat twilight.

Since 1985, the Riverboat Twilight has delivered one of the most exceptional cruise experiences in the Midwest. And it’s not just a cruise; it’s a conduit to reconnection, relaxation, and renewal.

Marvel at the majestic Mississippi river while relaxing in style aboard a stunningly replicated Victorian Riverboat. Allow yourself to be pampered by the Twilight’s attentive, informative, and welcoming crew. Delicious meals are prepared on board in the lower galley, while a full bar complete with top shelf liquors provides custom drinks to enhance your experience.

The Riverboat Twilight is family-owned and operated business, with a focus providing entertaining and quality cruises. The 140-passenger vessel has ample indoor, and outdoor seating on all three decks, and wrap-around windows give way to amazing views.

Our 2024 season offers 1-day, 2-day, and sightseeing cruises departing from LeClaire & Dubuque, Iowa.

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My Friend and I went on the Riverboat Twilight and it was the most perfect/awesome adventure! From reserving our trip to our final walk to our car after the two day cruise, all was perfect! Staff are amazing, from the Captain to the servers, to the musical entertainers. The food is suburb and generous! Everything is very well organized, from our luggage/hotel in Dubuque/seating for meals, free shuttles in Dubuque, etc! The scenery and info along the way from the captain was wonderful! This was an absolutely perfect two day cruise, and we are going again in Mid October as we loved it so much!!.

The service by all involved was first class all the way!

We were very impressed by the personal service we received by the staff and everyone involved. The trip was very nice from a sightseeing perspective, interesting from a historical perspective and very relaxing overall. Plus the food was plentiful and excellent. We highly recommend this cruise to everyone!

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Extremely enjoyable trip. The cruise itself was delightful as you slowly moved up and down the river enjoying the wildlife and listening to the Captain explain the view and history. Unless you are a very big eater you have to be selective as they feed you FIVE times a day. Not only is the food plentiful but it is also very good. The Grand Resort in Dubuque was a nice stay as we had a view of the river. There was adequate time to explore some of the sights In Dubuque. I think we will do this trip again in the future…….

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Excellent team from the captain to the crew provide a relaxing time..The chefs do an excellent job and there is more great food than you can imagine. This is the most organized and professional staff that we have ever experienced. No detail is overlooked.

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If you are not vaccinated, we strongly encourage you to do so, however, at this time the Riverboat Twilight does not ask for proof of vaccination. Mask wearing is the choice of the individual. The Twilight offers ample indoor and outdoor seating on all three decks and plenty of fresh air.

We will continue to maintain our increased sanitization efforts of the TWILIGHT and our boarding facilities, and we continue to provide hand sanitizer aboard the boat and employ a strong air purifier that uses UVC lighting that has been proven to destroy viruses and other bacteria.

For the safety of our passengers and crew and to maintain proper cleanliness, we have implemented the following guidelines for parents of children under the age of 14. While onboard the vessel and when making use of our food and beverages services, children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. With your cooperation and understanding, we will be able to continue to offer a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

As an owner, of the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Le Claire, IA and the President of Great Lakes Management Group which manages the hotel’s day to day operations, I wanted to say thank you. The business relationship with the Riverboat Twilight and her passengers is valued and much appreciated. We all know businesses from every industry has been operating in a different environment the last 8 weeks and will encounter new changes in the future.

We continue to monitor the franchise, local, state and federal safety guidelines to insure our guest and staff safety. For example, we anticipate a few changes in the near future which will include the following: a plastic shield / barrier at the front desk check,  revised breakfast offerings without a buffet setting, hand sanitizer located in the lobby and all floors at the elevator landings, continued use of hospital grade products to clean and sanitize the guest rooms, individual sanitizer wipes as an in-room amenity, removal of all products in the rooms that are reusable for example, pens, pads, laundry bags, and throw pillows, these items will be available upon request. We hope to see you soon. Stay safe and healthy!

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See the beautiful mississippi river up-close.

This is a narrated Winona boat tour that not only entertains but educates about the famed waterway and the history of Winona and its relation to the Mississippi River. Bring your camera and your binoculars to catch all the wildlife on this mesmerizing Mississippi River cruise in MN!

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All cruises are professionally guided and narrated by USCG Licensed captains. Theme cruises may also be narrated by a very qualified wildlife expert, former boat captain, or other waterway authority.

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You will see up close the commercial port, barge systems, and learn their importance. You will also view the famous boat house community, and see eagles in their natural habitat celebrating one of our nation’s brightest environmental come-backs. The nesting eagles never leave the Winona area so we see them all year long! There are many active nests within a few miles of our dock at Levee Park, and we see nests every time on the cruise.

This Mississippi River cruise also runs in the fall. We call it the Fall Color Cruise as the trees are beautiful and the eagles are everywhere. We have pairs of binoculars on board for passenger use, but you may wish to bring your own, as well as a camera or video recorder. Keep in mind that wildlife is just that, (wild) so we are unable to guarantee sightings on our cruises. However, we do know the areas and conditions most likely for sightings, and do our best to locate them for you. There is a service bar available with beverages and snacks for purchase.

Eagles of all ages, fish, snakes, turtles, deer, beavers, ducks, are just some of the things we often view on our Winona boat tours!

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"The tour was full of history with a dash of comedy making it a really fun and relaxing time. Strongly recommend giving it a whirl, you'll come away with a lot of knowledge about the Winona area and boating on the Mississippi!"

"A huge shout out to Aaron and his crew who provided us a fantastic evening on our wedding day. These newlyweds definitely recommend the Winona Tour Boat for a tour or private event."

"My husband and I took this tour because it sounded fun. Very glad we did! Had a great time, and it was very informative."

"We had such a wonderful time on this tour with Captain Aaron and his son! It was relaxing, interesting and full of wildlife viewing. Aaron is funny and knowledgeable! We plan to take this tour every time we visit this area. Thank you!"

Nicollet Island Inn

Experience the Mississippi River

Introducing the nicollet island inn’s twilight river cruise & dinner.

Enjoy a summer evening on the Mississippi River with your friends or family! Packages include boat service with wine and hors d’ouevres, followed by dinner at the Inn for up to 6 guests.

See the Mississippi River like never before!

The Mississippi River is the lifeblood of the Twin Cities. Our portion of the river is the headwaters of one of the world’s great waterways, and yet most Twin Cities residents spend no time on the river itself, giving it little more than a passing glance as we cross over on bridges high above the water’s surface.

Your  evening begins at BOOM ISLAND PARK  where  you and up to five friends  will be greeted by the Nicollet Island Inn’s purser to deliver your  picnic basket filled with hors d’oeuvres  of your choosing and  champagne or wine  and assist with boarding your cruise.

Your group will board a  Minneapolis Water Taxi solar-powered electric cruise boat  and enjoy a peaceful hour-long tour of the upper Mississippi above St Anthony Falls, where you will enjoy the scenery and the serenity, along with your choice of wine or champagne and a variety of hors d’ovures.

After your cruise, you will head  to the Nicollet Island Inn for an elegant dinner  to round out the evening and recount your experiences with your shipmates.

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Pricing for the evening varies depending on the number of guests in your group.  There is a $115 base fee per group for the boat and purser service plus $95 per guest for the picnic basket ($20), wine or champagne ($25), and dinner ($50 voucher toward dinner at the Inn).  Pricing breaks down like this:

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La Crosse Queen Cruises

La Crosse Queen Cruises

Paddlewheel cruises on the mississippi river.

Now taking reservations for private charters or groups of 30 or more on any public cruise for our 2024 season! Please call for more information. All other public cruise reservations open for booking four weeks prior to each cruise date. New to 2024 season: Captain’s Sunday Brunch Cruise departing at 10:30 a.m. and lasting until 1:00 p.m. Two-and-a-half hours will allow us to “lock thru” Lock & Dam No. 7, conditions permitting!

Individual public reservations will become available in Spring of 2021—Group reservations are now available for 2021.

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Feast on a delicious chicken and prime rib dinner while relaxing on this Mississippi River tour!

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Pizza Cruise

Enjoy an afternoon on the Mighty Mississippi River while eating free pizza on this fun boat tour!

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Captain’s Sunday Brunch

Enjoy a delicious brunch while learning about the Mississippi River on this narrated river tour!

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Learn all about the historical and present day Mississippi River on this sightseeing cruise!

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See the historical sites and local wildlife of the beautiful Upper Mississippi River!

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Step back in time when you come aboard our replica paddlewheel river boat!

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Choose from our tasty brunch, lunch, pizza, and dinner buffet-style cruises!

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Beer, wine, and liquor offered on every cruise.

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Cruise back in time and explore the Upper Mississippi with us! The La Crosse Queen is a modern-day replica of the grand river boats that plied the Mississippi River in the early 1900s. Cruising out of La Crosse, Wisconsin, she is one of the few authentic Mississippi River paddlewheel river boats still in operation in the United States today. In keeping with early traditions, she was built with sternwheels that are her only means of propulsion. 

The La Crosse Queen has a split sternwheel, and each half is run by a twin diesel engine that powers hydraulic motors, which turn the paddles. The split paddlewheel gives the Queen greater maneuverability and dependability. This is in contrast to most Mississippi River paddlewheelers in operation today that have a “free wheeling” paddlewheel at the stern of the boat for visual effect, but have traditional screw-type engines hidden for their real means of propulsion. 

The La Crosse Queen is U.S. Coast Guard inspected for safety and is licensed to carry up to 149 passengers.

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We took this boat cruise on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. The boat was full, but there was plenty of room. Drinks are very reasonable and the staff was knowledgeable and friendly. One big plus was the bathrooms were clean and spacious, something I didn't think I would find on a paddle boat! I would recommend the La Crosse Queen.

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We took this cruise with a group and it was a lot of fun! We saw eagles, blue herons, foxes, osprey, along the banks of the Mississippi. We were able to go through the locks, which was lucky since if there is a barge in the area they do not allow this. We are talking about going again in the fall when the leaves are changing and birds are migrating.

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We took the Friday night Pizza cruise and enjoyed fantastic views of the Mississippi River. Several people from our group had never been on a river cruise and were amazed. Free Pizza and beer along with cruise for $18.95 is hard to beat! Some questioned the cheap price, but soon found out it was good.

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This was an excellent tour. The guide who did the narrative was friendly, fun and knowledgeable about the town and river. We saw bald eagles, a swing bridge, fancy homes, etc. We sat on the top deck which is covered and has open air sides so you get out of the sun and a nice breeze.

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Always wanted to take a cruise on the Mississippi and we booked the early afternoon cruise on a weekday. Boarding went smoothly - they take your picture for sale later as a souvenir. Boat was clean and comfy and captain and staff friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. They do have a snack bar and bathrooms on board. Relaxing and enjoyable!

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We went on the La Crosse Queen on a beautiful day. Cruising on the river was so cool. The breeze, scenery was awesome. Best place to view everything is on the top deck. The crew were so polite and fun to talk with. If you have questions they answered them. Hats off to the La Crosse Queen.

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Wonderful time on a 2-hour Sunday Brunch cruise. The buffet was small but the price was still good. Met wonderful folks inside and outside during the trip. Got to go through a Lock and Dam. The wait staff were very accommodating. Definitely worth every penny for this adventure.

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We celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary on the La Crosse Queen. The dinner exceeded our expectations. The turkey and roast beef were both tender and moist. For being a buffet the food was delicious. The staff was attentive and live music was a surprise. We were fortunate to have wonderful weather and really enjoyed ourselves!

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Explore the history, culture and cuisine of the U.S. while cruising along the Mighty Mississippi.

The Best Mississippi River Cruises

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Enjoy jazzy music, delicious cuisine, historic tours and more on your next Mississippi River cruise.

The more than 2,300-mile Mississippi River invites travelers to discover its multifaceted heritage, with a vast range of deeply rooted culture, music and history. A cruise is a fantastic way to discover many of the riverfront cities on a single trip, from the comfort of your modern riverboat or traditional paddle-wheeler.

The following Mississippi River cruise itineraries can help you choose from cruises of various lengths and options for the Lower and Upper Mississippi. Note that all fares are listed as double occupancy (based on two people per cabin), and that they might not reflect taxes, port fees or gratuities. The itinerary availability listed is also subject to change.

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The River Lounge, including plush chairs, coffee tables and a piano in the back.

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American Cruise Lines operates small ships accommodating between 90 and 180 passengers that are built, flagged and crewed in the U.S. – and it's the only company in the world operating a 100% U.S.-flagged fleet of riverboats and cruise ships. ACL's itineraries traverse waterways across 35 states, with 11 itineraries dedicated to the Mississippi River. Cruisers can choose to sail on modern riverboats with a sleek interior design or while away their time aboard classic paddle-wheelers reminiscent of days gone by.

ACL offers variety as well as versatility: This line boasts both the longest and shortest sailings on this list with cruises ranging from eight to 60 days in length, including The Great United States. This inaugural 60-day voyage spans four major rivers and 20 states, making it the longest U.S. river cruise in history.

Complimentary hotel and transportation packages are available from every departure city before your cruise. You can book certain premium packages for added perks, such as two nights spent next door to Graceland in Memphis – with VIP tickets and a city tour included in the price.

Music Cities Cruise

Length: Eight days Price: Starts at $3,610 per person

Spend a week getting lost in the sounds of the Memphis blues, rock 'n' roll and country music legends on the seven-night Music Cities Cruise. A hotel stay the night before your sailing is included, but embarking in Memphis means you also have the chance to splurge on a two-night pre-cruise package near Elvis' former home Graceland .

Ports of call include Paducah, Kentucky; Dover, Tennessee; and Clarksville, Tennessee, with an overnight in Nashville and an included excursion to a show at the Grand Ole Opry. Two scenic sailing days feature picturesque views of America's Heartland along the Mississippi, Ohio and Cumberland rivers as well as Lake Barkley.

2024 dates: In 2024, there are two available itineraries in September and November.

Grand Heartland Cruise: St. Paul to New Orleans

Length: 15 days Price: Starts at $9,455 per person

This 15-day voyage allows you to explore America's rich history in towns along the Upper and Lower Mississippi River. The immersive voyage covers six states and 12 cities including St. Paul, Minnesota ; Dubuque, Iowa; St. Louis, Missouri ; Memphis, Tennessee; Natchez, Mississippi; Baton Rouge, Louisiana ; and more.

Take a step back in time while visiting Mark Twain's boyhood home in Hannibal, exploring stately historic estates in Natchez and Civil War sites in Vicksburg. At the end of a busy day ashore, you'll have plenty to chat about with fellow passengers during the evening cocktail hour.

2024 dates: American Heritage – ACL's traditional paddle-wheeler – and three modern riverboats set off on this journey from August to October in 2024.

Complete Mississippi River Cruise: New Orleans to St. Paul

Length: 22 days Price: Starts at $14,935 per person

If you want to see the entire Mississippi in one shot, check out this multiweek sailing that begins in New Orleans and ends in St. Paul, Minnesota. Along the way, you'll sail 1,393 miles, visit 10 states and experience a staggering 20 ports of call as you tour Louisiana and then head northbound to Minnesota.

In the South, walk the battlefields of the Civil War and sample delicious Southern barbecue before listening to the rhythms of jazz, the blues and rock 'n' roll. Then, explore the small and larger cities along the upper parts of the river. Remember to take time to gaze out at the picturesque scenery and the rolling farmlands of America's Midwest before disembarking in St. Paul.

2024 dates: Three of ACL's modern riverboats sail this itinerary in May, June and August in 2024.

The Great United States

Length: 60 days Price: Starts at $51,000

This two-month long journey – the longest domestic itinerary ever created – will check all the boxes for U.S. history and Civil War buffs, music and nature lovers, culinary enthusiasts, and beer and distilled spirits aficionados alike as the ship traverses America's iconic waterways through 20 states and 50 ports of call.

This epic journey showcases the natural beauty and living history of the U.S. from sea to shining sea. The sailing embarks in Portland, Oregon , on the Pacific Coast before traveling east to the Atlantic shore along four major rivers that highlight some of the country's most stunning coastlines. Upon arrival in New York Harbor, guests will have an unforgettable view of one of the most iconic landmarks in the U.S.: the Statue of Liberty .

Passengers can follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark along the Snake and Columbia rivers; cruise along Ol' Man River in search of Mark Twain and Elvis; see the vibrant colors of fall during peak season on the Hudson River; and take in the coastal breezes (and fresh seafood) along New England's rocky coastline.

This curated adventure also includes two flights: Jackson, Wyoming , to New Orleans as well as St. Paul to Portland, Maine , plus a land package through Glacier , Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. All-inclusive pricing covers the pre-cruise hotel stay, all flights and hotels between cruise segments, an ACL jacket and gear pack, daily excursions, all meals and beverages, gratuities and port charges, entertainment, and Wi-Fi.

2024 dates: The inaugural cruise sets sail on August 16, 2024.

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American Queen Voyages

American Queen Voyages cruise ship on the Mississippi River in New Orleans at dusk.

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American Queen Voyages – formerly the American Queen Steamboat Company, in a nod to its acclaimed riverboat roots – has expanded to lake, ocean and expedition voyages, in addition to the line's river cruises. AQV Mississippi River sailings include a pre-cruise hotel stay with transportation to your ship, as well as included shore tours.

These all-inclusive cruises also boast open bars, multiple dining venues, live onboard entertainment, complimentary bikes and more. The cruise line owns four paddle-wheelers to traverse rivers, including the American Countess, unveiled in 2020, and its flagship American Queen, the largest steamboat ever constructed.

Nashville to St. Louis cruise

Length: Nine days Price: Starts at $4,019 per person

Set sail from Clarksville, Tennessee – a charming city about 50 miles from Nashville – bound for a more than weeklong Mississippi River adventure. The sailing disembarks in the small town of Alton, Illinois, around 25 miles from St. Louis, Missouri. (Riverboat docking locations are sometimes in the closest town to a more touristed city.)

An included hotel stay kicks off your cruise, and then you'll board American Countess, a classic 245-passenger paddle-wheeler, with daily calls on towns in Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois and Missouri. During the cruise, guests will explore the area's culture, nature and history, including sites significant to Native Americans and the Civil War.

2024 dates: There's one sailing on American Countess in August 2024, as well as a June 2024 cruise on American Queen.

St. Louis to Minneapolis cruise

Length: Nine days Price: Starts at $4,069 per person

The Upper Mississippi is Mark Twain territory, so you might have to succumb to a recited passage or two. The line's traditional paddle-wheelers are on hand to glide you through this hallowed territory, from Alton, Missouri, to Red Wing, Minnesota (docked a little more than 50 miles from Minneapolis).

This cruise stops in small towns like Hannibal, Missouri – featured frequently in Mark Twain's writings since it's his hometown – and Bettendorf, Iowa, for a hop-on, hop-off tour. You can also opt for a premium excursion to learn about family-run farms and industrial-level farm operations, beginning with a stop at the John Deere Pavilion in Moline, Illinois. Meanwhile, in Wisconsin, the picturesque town of La Crosse sits along the 3,000-mile Great River Road National Scenic Byway, regarded as one of the most scenic drives in the U.S.

2024 dates: AQV's two paddle-wheelers, American Countess and American Queen, will sail this itinerary between July and September in 2024.

Ottawa to St. Louis cruise

Length: Nine days Price: Starts at $4,259 per person

For a unique approach to a Mississippi River cruise, consider this itinerary on American Countess sailing from Ottawa, Illinois, to Alton, Missouri (near St. Louis). The voyage highlights the small towns and cities along the Illinois and Mississippi rivers in the Midwest. In contrast to the metropolitan centers, you'll also cruise past the river bluffs and lush prairies of America's Heartland.

Before embarking, and once on board the ship, there are several days to explore Ottawa, which sits at the confluence of the Fox and Illinois rivers. Located about 80 miles from downtown Chicago , the city has a vibrant cultural and culinary scene and offers outdoor adventure, including Illinois' most popular park, Starved Rock State Park. There are four other ports before disembarking the ship, including the towns of Peoria, Havana and Grafton in Illinois and Hannibal, Missouri.

2024 dates: This cruise has one scheduled sailing for July 2024 on American Countess.

Viking River Cruises

Viking cruise ship under a bridge on the Mississippi River.

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Viking is no stranger to sailing Europe's rivers; the brand is synonymous with river cruising worldwide aboard its dozens of ships. However, Viking River Cruises is a newcomer to U.S. rivers, with its purpose-built ship: the 386-passenger Viking Mississippi. Looking to carve out its own niche in the American river cruising category, Viking claims it has the region's "first truly modern cruise ship" with its distinct Scandinavian design and expansive top sun deck with an infinity plunge pool.

Viking's mostly all-inclusive fares include a complimentary excursion in each port, destination lectures and performances, beer and wine at meals, free Wi-Fi, specialty coffees and teas, and more. The line offers five itineraries ranging in length from eight to 22 days along the Mighty Mississippi. Pre- and post-cruise extensions can be added to all voyages for an additional expense.

New Orleans & Southern Charms: Round-trip from New Orleans

Length: Eight days Price: Starts at $3,999 per person

If you don't know which Viking Mississippi itinerary to choose, start here. A round-trip voyage from New Orleans is convenient for booking flights and offers an excellent opportunity to extend your stay in NOLA. Six guided tours are included across eight days, from the historic estates of Natchez to Vicksburg National Military Park. A stop in St. Francisville gives you the chance to marvel at some of the 140-plus buildings it has on the National Register of Historic Places.

If you extend your stay in New Orleans, plan to sample the local Creole cuisine and take in some of the city's nightly jazz entertainment. In the morning, grab a beignet and a steaming cup of chicory coffee au lait at the original Café du Monde in the French Market.

2024 dates: This itinerary is available on select dates in February, November and December.

Heart of the Delta: New Orleans to Memphis

Length: Nine days Price: Starts at $4,299 per person

Similar to its round-trip New Orleans Southern Charms itinerary, the Heart of the Delta cruise begins in New Orleans and calls on the same five ports, before sailing through the Lower Mississippi and disembarking in Memphis. Enjoy scenic views of the serpentine river route – perhaps with expert commentary or a local cooking demonstration – and then take time to explore the birthplace of the Memphis blues, which is also a center of civil rights history.

2024 dates: In 2024, this cruise is available in February, March, April, May, June and November.

America's Great River: St. Paul to New Orleans

Length: 15 days Price: Starts at $12,999 per person

This Viking voyage sails from St. Paul to New Orleans on a two-week trip that calls on 13 ports with one day of scenic sailing. This itinerary combines the best of Viking's other Mississippi sailings for an all-encompassing Midwestern and Southern experience with 12 guided tours.

Included in the fare is a tour of Graceland; a stroll through small-town Burlington, Iowa, to see Snake Alley, deemed the most crooked street in the world; and a visit to the National Eagle Center of Red Wing, among others. For an additional fee, hop on an airboat ride through the Atchafalaya Swamp in Baton Rouge or tour the Anheuser-Busch Brewery of St. Louis.

2024 dates: Viking has availability for this itinerary in July, September and October.

Want to cruise the Mississippi River? See the top cruises on GoToSea , a service of U.S. News.

You may have seen riverboat gambling ships or are at least familiar with riverboat gambling along U.S. waterways. However, while high rolling on the river sounds like an exciting way to spend a night (or two, or more) while on your riverboat cruise, you'll have to jump ship to play the slots, roll the dice, spin the wheel or play a hand of Texas Hold 'em. Gambling on cruise ships sailing on internal waters is prohibited by U.S. law.

Gambling on boats in the U.S. is a complicated matter. While you will find some ships sailing along American waterways that are only set up for gambling, they are not carrying passengers from port to port. Most vessels that feature riverboat gambling are now moored, offering sports betting, table games, entertainment, live music and dancing while tethered to shore.

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Lunch & Lock Cruise

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Take in the beautiful sites along this narrated riverboat dining cruise, which travels through the Lock and Dam No. 1, from St. Paul to Minneapolis, and returning to Harriet Island. Feast on a buffet of BBQ chicken, pulled pork with buns, green chili cheddar cornbread, potato salad, seasonal fruit, cookies and coffee that is sure to leave you satisfied.

If a dinner is sold out, the system will bump you to the next available date, so PLEASE make sure to check your date BEFORE paying. 

When: 11 a.m.–3 p.m. on every other Saturday June through September & select Saturdays in October

Boarding begins 30 minutes before cruise.

Cost: $48.32 for Adults $27.27 for Children 3–12

Reservations required. Price includes cruise and meal, taxes, fees, and charges.

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Minneapolis Park Board explores building new bridge spanning the Mississippi River for the first time in 50 years

A 4.5-mile bike trail slices through north and northeast Minneapolis, starting at Theodore Wirth Parkway in the west and ending at the foot of the Washburn-McReavy Hillside Cemetery. It's a smooth ride, with trail lighting and an asphalt surface that gets plowed in the winter. But there's one gaping 600-foot obstacle right in the middle that snips the trail in two: the Mississippi River.

Cyclists, park boosters and others who have yearned for greater human connection to the industrialized Mississippi riverfront have long advocated for knitting together the two segments of the Great Northern Greenway trail. Now, that idea is a step closer to reality.

A recent feasibility study by the Minneapolis Park Board shows a new bridge can be done, and that ideally it would span the new 26th Avenue Overlook in north Minneapolis and a vacant building that the Park Board owns at 1720 Marshall St. N. E., next to Broken Clock Brewing.

"For us that live in Northeast and north Minneapolis, the river is the largest body of water," said Northeast resident and bridge advocate Dan Miller, who biked up to the 26th Ave. N. Overlook on Saturday for a site tour hosted by the Park Board. "So being able to connect with the nature that is around the river is just really important."

"We've been waiting for this for a long time," said North Side resident Georgianna Yantos at a recent town hall for the project at Broken Clock. "We've always wanted to be able to connect North and Northeast. We don't want to be isolated."

The Lowry Avenue Bridge, completed in 2012, was the newest Mississippi River bridge to be reconstructed in the footprint of a preexisting bridge.

The last time a new corridor was built across the Mississippi was in 1977, according to the feasibility study. That was the year the Camden Bridge was built, linking Webber Parkway in north Minneapolis to St. Anthony Parkway in Northeast, completing a segment in the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway.

For years, the Park Board considered the possibility of converting the nearby Burlington Northern Santa Fe bridge, located about 500 feet away from the Overlook, into a structure that could accommodate a recreational trail. But that bridge is still used to transport cement from north Minneapolis' riverfront industries, and BNSF isn't willing to risk having pedestrians and cyclists share its freight line.

Now that the Park Board has determined that building a new bridge is feasible, staff will begin designing concepts, engaging with north and Northeast Minneapolis residents, seeking approvals from other regulatory agencies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Coast Guard, Minnesota Department of Transportation and city of Minneapolis — a process that could take four years if fundraising goes smoothly.

The Park Board will have to raise a lot of money. Without more design details it's hard to anticipate how much, but project manager Tyler Pederson estimates a target cost of $30 million for the bridge itself, not counting park improvements on both ends.

Pederson said residents have had high aspirations for a Great Northern Greenway river crossing for some 20 years.

"It's actually really pretty rare that we have such a popular project, where there just doesn't seem to be a lot of opposition," he said. "That may change especially when people started seeing the the dollars come out and how expensive it might be ... but it is definitely a pleasure to work on such a fun project."

The bridge will need to compete internally with the Park Board's other major state bonding asks, including the North Commons neighborhood park reconstruction, the Grand Rounds Missing Link , the second phase of the downtown Water Works park and Minneapolis creek habitat restoration. And if it makes it to the Legislature, it will be up against funding requests for capital projects across the state.

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Dan Miller, a cycling activist for the construction of a new pedestrian bridge across the Mississippi River, listens during a site visit and Q&A.

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