$16 for a Sightseeing Cruise Ticket at Padelford Riverboats


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USA Today names Padelford Riverboats one of the 10 great places you won’t forget in the Twin Cities. Disney Family.com names it an Editors’ Pick, and 10best names it one of the best things to do in St. Paul: > * If trudging through museums and historic sites is not your idea of a great St. Paul vacation, hop aboard one of the riverboats of the Padelford Packet Boat Company. These beautiful boats offer sightseeing tours, sunset dinner and picnic lunch cruises, and educational river trips. Take in summer fireworks, fall foliage, city skylines, and the beauty of the mighty Mississippi River atop a Minnesota riverboat. Oh, and the food is great, too! – 10best

Padelford Riverboats

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.

Customer Reviews

Very relaxing, lots of available seating and friendly staff. My family and I had a great time.
David K. · January 2, 2017
It was a wonderful way to spend time with elderly relatives while they enjoyed the history of the river and in a comfortable environment. Staff was very accommodating!
Susan W. · December 29, 2016
the ride was beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon very informative of St Paul history on the river.
Constance T. · October 29, 2016
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