Sailors learn to be experts at knot tying, from securing the vessel with a tight anchor hitch to securing the captain after he succumbs to madness and tries to eat his own hook hand. This Groupon is a mutinous bounty.
$16 for a 90-Minute Sightseeing River Cruise for Two ($32 Value)
During a 90-minute float down the Mississippi, history buffs narrate the journey while passing sites such as St. Paul High Bridge, the Minnesota River mouth, and Pike Island. Guests can stroll in the sunshine along the decks or relax in the air-conditioned cabin where, for an additional cost, snacks and refreshments are available. Padelford Packet Boat Co., Inc. has not missed a cruise due to wear in 43 years. Cruises operate during rain or shine.
Padelford Packet Boat Co., Inc.'s prices vary by age. This Groupon presents the best value for adults and seniors.
Padelford Riverboats' <i>Centennial Showboat</i>
A floating jewel of red and white that hearkens back to the age of river travel and the golden years of theatre, the Centennial Showboat is one of five vessels operated by Padelford Riverboats. To keep this stage lit and to expand the cultural horizons of the community, the University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts and Dance performs roughly 80 productions there every year for an intimate crowd of 225. Apart from the floating theater, two reception rooms accommodate guests in Victorian style, and temperature controls ensure that snowmen don’t hog all the best seats.
In 1969, the founder of Padelford Riverboats, Captain William D. Bowell, Sr., launched the Jonathan Padelford steamwheeler into the Mississippi, hoping to bring visitors to the riverfront for leisurely jaunts. After more than 30 years of expanding his fleet and ferrying passengers along the historic waterways, he handed the reigs over to his daughters and nephew. Today, the family operates five boats equipped with dance areas, bars, sun decks, and the nostalgia that William hoped to keep alive. With the Twin Cities' skyline and the rugged, green banks of the river as the backdrop, US Coast Guard–licensed vessels float passengers past sights such as Pig's Eye Cave, Fort Snelling, and Pike Island. Some cruises also include dinner or fireworks, and special holiday cruises are also available.