With so many lakes and rivers defining the landscape in Minnesota, it’s not surprising that there is a demand to see our wonderful waterscapes from a boat. One of the best ways to enhance a gorgeous view is with a drink in hand. Here are some of the best ways to cruise some our gorgeous bodies of water while enjoying your favorite beverage among good friends.
Grab a Paradise Charter cruise from Bohemian Flats on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis campus. You’ll see St. Anthony falls and much of the Mississippi River gorge through Minneapolis while enjoying views of the river, the city, and the taste of your favorite cocktail. Book their Margarita Monday Cruise which includes a build your own taco bar and drink specials with a full bar.
Padelford Riverboats have offered tours on the mighty Mississippi River from their Harriet Island docks for decades. You can find a full bar on most of their tours, but some, such as their occasional Beer and Bacon or Blues and Brews cruises offer some additional incentives. But it’s hard to argue with their weekly Maragaritas on the Mississippi cruises, where you can spend happy hour on a boat with two-for-one margaritas and a taco bar.
Another riverboat staple in the Twin Cities, the St. Croix Boat and Packet Co. offers any number of cruises on the St. Croix River, from radio station-sponsored booze cruises to everyday rides with an open bar. If you’re going to cruise the St. Croix, though, why not do it with one of the Twin Cities’ most popular jazz combos? The jazz cruises are offered every weekend during the cruising season.
Al & Alma’s is one of the most venerable and beloved cruise companies in the Twin Cities. They’ve been plying the waters of Lake Minnetonka for decades, keeping happy customers returning year after year. Most regular cruises offer full bar service. Occasional specialty outings offer your favorite drinks along with a themed cruise.
North Shore Scenic Cruises leave from Cove Point Lodge in Beaver Bay, taking passengers along some of the most beautiful parts of Lake Superior’s North Shore. Several times during the season you can enjoy Split Rock Lighthouse, Shovel Point, and other gorgeous sites along with barbecue, beer, and wine.
Hop on the Pearl of the Lake in Lake City and take a cruise with a full bar to enjoy all that the widest point on the Upper Mississippi River has to offer you. From the bluffs of Frontenac State Park to the eagles that use the Wabasha area as a flyway, you’ll be disappointed by neither the views nor the drinks on this cruise.
Folks in the Brainerd Lakes area who are looking to see and learn more about Gull Lake, the region’s premier body of water, should head over to Ernie’s on Gull and hop aboard the Destiny Cruises boat. Enjoy sunsets, lake views, and your favorite cocktail as you relax and drink in the shoreline.
Lake St. Croix is a natural widening in the river of the same name, between Afton and Hudson. Hop on one of the Afton-Hudson cruises to take in the natural beauty of this part of the river, especially during the autumn as the colors are changing. The full bars on the vessels will help to keep your core warm as you take in the scenery.
The Lady of Lake offers an authentic, historic lake boat experience on the biggest lake in Metro area—along with an bar. The full bar will help to make the other boats and the oversized Lake Minnetonka houses considerably more interesting.