Prior to the invention of boats, humanity's only options for traversing rivers were on bareback tortoise or on mattresses stuffed with tennis balls. Span streams in style with today's Groupon: for $15, you get two tickets to an approximately 30- or 80-minute scenic boat tour at Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours (up to a $31 value). Tour lengths vary based on the time of day and the river's water level.
Through four generations of storied history dating back to 1906, the licensed boat pilots and tour guides of Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours have ferried boat tours down the St. Croix River. Marvel at monumental stone formations of the Dalles, which include glacial kettles, the uncannily humanoid Old Man of the Dalles, and petrified hitchhikers who stopped to admire the sunset too long. The two-boat fleet comprises the Princess and the Queen, both 80-foot-long double-decker beauties. For midday munches overlooking the lushly forested riverbanks, bring a picnic lunch or visit the on-board snack bar. Following the schedule, traversals of the placid watercourse begin daily at 1:30 p.m.; additional tours run during weekends, holidays, and the summer season (June 11–August 21) at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and a 30-minute tour at 5:30 p.m.
Children two and under ride for free and tickets for children 3–12 are $7.50; this Groupon is valued for adult and senior ticket prices.
Wild Mountain Recreation Area
At Wild Mountain, visitors can enjoy a variety of fun activities regardless of the season. During the winter, snow lovers can partake in skiing, snowboarding, and tubing, which features 100 acres of hills encompassing 26 runs, bunny slopes for newcomers, and four terrain parks for the seasoned veterans. Once the snow melts, the winter wonderland transforms into an amusement park replete with go-karts, a 1,700-foot alpine slide, and a waterpark with several large waterslides along with a lazy river and other aquatic attractions. Families can also enjoy a game of volleyball and horseshoes, or just relax at one of the picnic tables or tents scattered throughout the park.
155 South St
Taylors Falls, Minnesota 55084