Steam power never loses its charm, which explains the longevity of both riverboats and cartoon characters that get mad. Revel in antique pastimes with this Groupon.
$19 for a Two-Hour Paddle-Wheel Cruise (Up to a $39 Value)
Passengers board the steam-powered Queen of Seattle ––an 1800s-style paddle-wheel boat––for a two-hour cruise that tours Lake Union and Lake Washington Ship Canal, passing the Space Needle and Fisherman's Terminal. The cruise includes a live Klondike cabaret show and steam-calliope performance. Through narration, crew members clad in authentic 19th-century garb expound on the history of the Seattle region and the 1800s Alaska Gold Rush.
All cruises depart Thursday–Monday at the following times:
- April 14–May 21 at 1 p.m.
- May 24–September 24 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
- September 27–October 22 at 1 p.m.
Queen of Seattle Paddle Wheel Cruises
The Queen of Seattle was built in the early 1980s—about a century after the era after which she's styled. For many years the vessel transported sightseers across the Sacramento River, under the name Elizabeth Louise. She briefly relocated to Alaska before finding her home in Seattle, where she has ferried private, public, and charter passengers across Lake Union and Lake Washington Ship Canal waters. Her tours are known for blending historical narration with on-board cabaret-style entertainment.
The 275-passenger ship is a unique sight on Seattle's waterways, fully evoking the late 1800s with steam-powered rear paddles and a staff that dons period costumes. Below deck, a viewing area unveils the ancient secrets behind the boat's actual 1884 reciprocating steam engines, allowing guests to watch the mighty pistons whistle while they work or take occasional smoke breaks.