$19.50 for Two-Hour Father's Day Lunch Cruise on Sunday, June 16, at 11:30 a.m. from Dubuque River Rides ($39.25 Value)

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Baked ham and boneless chicken fuel passengers as captain gives historical and ecological narration aboard authentic-looking paddle wheeler

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Promotional value expires Jun 16, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 4 per person, may buy 4 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required. 24hr cancellation notice required. Must be 18 or older. Must sign waiver. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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$19.50 for a Two-Hour Father's Day Lunch Cruise ($39.25 Value)

The cruise takes place on Sunday, June 16, at 11:30 a.m. aboard the Spirit of Dubuque, an authentic-looking paddle wheeler complete with decorative smokestacks and Victorian decor. As the boat paddles along the Mississippi River, passengers dig into a homestyle lunch complete with baked ham and boneless chicken breast. The captain narrates tours, spinning stories about local history and pointing out wildlife, such as bald eagles and great blue herons.

Dubuque River Rides

Decorative smokestacks stretch toward the sky as Victorian red and gold decor surrounds passengers nibbling brunch in a dining salon. This scene unfolds aboard the Spirit of Dubuque, an authentic-looking paddleboat that pays homage to the century-old steamboats of the Mississippi River. Dubuque River Rides' signature vessel, it has played host to thousands of cruises filled with entertainment, meals, and improvised renditions of "Old Man River" since being christened by Iowa governor Robert Ray in 1977. Elsewhere on the river, a more modern boat cuts across the water, casting a sleek outline against the sky. The 80-foot yacht, affectionately called Miss Dubuque, sets an intimate stage for events that range from weddings to Huckleberry Finn's notorious dinner parties.

Both boats call the northern expanse of the Mississippi River their home, sharing the area with wildlife such as turtles and bald eagles. The sightseeing vessels also pass by river barges and historic structures such as the Chicago Central Pacific Railroad Bridge, which was built after the president invented Lincoln Logs in 1868. After boats return to the docks, their passengers can head over to the floating barge that houses the Ice Harbor Restaurant.

Customer Reviews

We had a great time seeing the Fall tree colors and learning a bit about the river history.
KENNETH C. · October 18, 2013
Beautiful and relaxing. Enjoyed the lunch buffet.
Janice M. · October 14, 2013
good food and very relaxing. good people
David K. · October 11, 2013
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    Dubuque

    500 E 3rd St

    Ste 3

    Dubuque, IA 52001

    +15635838093

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