Cruises are a luxurious way to relax and see the sights, unlike boarding dolphins equipped with saddles, which usually results in whiplash and water-filled lungs. Cruise the blue in comfort with this Groupon.
- $9 for public sightseeing cruise for two ($15 value)
During 50- to 60-minute afternoon cruises, tour groups float 4 miles down the Fox River as they learn about the area’s history. Cruises run Monday through Friday at 3:30 p.m. until the end of August; Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. until Oct. 13. Click here to view the full schedule of public cruises.
St. Charles Paddlewheel Riverboats
Through St. Charles Paddlewheel Riverboats, Rich Anderson shares the rich history of the Fox River with tour groups, a history that his 68-year-old business is very much apart of. Rich’s father, Chet, purchased the Honeymoon Queen for $200 in 1945, hoping to offer rides to picnickers in neighboring Pottawatomie Park. Though the boat required exhaustive repairs, it would soon become a regular sight as it ferried school groups, dinner parties, and lazy ducks along the waters. Both Chet and the Honeymoon Queen retired from the waters by the 1980s, turning over the operations to Rich and the current fleet of paddleboats, which feature open upper decks and spacious enclosed lower decks. Today, as the St. Charles Belle II and Fox River Queen churn the serene waters, guests take in scenic views and learn about the Pottawatomie tribe that lived along the river’s banks almost 200 years ago.