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It was an enjoyable 90 minutes on the river

I'm glad I purchased my tickets on Groupon and therefore got a nicely discounted rate for 6 people... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
FrankieMak
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Menahga, Minnesota
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Nice view- terrible food

The cruise was nice but don't go for the food. I attended a taco/margarita cruise and, when it was... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sherpa701838
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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The Padelford Riverboats operate out of Harriet Island near Downtown St. Paul, MN. Daily Sightseeing Cruises at Noon & 2pm. Lunch and Dinner cruises available as well. Buy Tickets Online & Save.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Harriet Island, Saint Paul, MN 55107
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The cruise was nice but don't go for the food. I attended a taco/margarita cruise and, when it was time to eat, they ran out of salsa and sour cream. The service was also poor- I had asked for a fork (I wanted to do...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I'm glad I purchased my tickets on Groupon and therefore got a nicely discounted rate for 6 people. We did the 2:30 in the afternoon tour. Basically you either sit in the air-conditioned Lounge or on the upper deck along the sides, front, or back....More

Thank FrankieMak
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a relaxing time on the boat. Even my teenager liked it. Will try it again sometime. Maybe an evening cruise. Tips: If you buy tickets online you have to still exchange for a ticket at ticket booth. Boarding is 30 min before launch so...More

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Reviewed 21 August 2018

We just took visiting family from Canada on a Saturday evening dinner cruise and it was delightful. We planned this as a highlight of the weekend family visit and our guests enjoyed it greatly and it was fun for us. The staff are professional, it...More

Thank Bernard L
Reviewed 18 August 2018

We had hoped from the description we would have seen some of the points of interest on the river in the city. However our noon tour was spent downriver which was interesting for a short time but became simply boring (trees and shoreline) and a...More

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Reviewed 31 July 2018 via mobile

We went when they had a cheaper rate. If it wasn’t for that it wouldn’t have been worth it. The boat goes along the Mississippi River for an hour and a half and has a tape to listen to over the speakers. They have a...More

Thank Deafedmom
Reviewed 5 July 2018

Strongly recommend taking this tour. Not only is it enjoyable, you learn a lot too! The Captain and his crew were very nice. The boat was very clean. I had my 15 year old son with us and he loved it.

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Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

Most of the food had a good taste except the chips were stale. There was not enough food for everyone on the cruise. It definitely was not enough for a dinner portion. The beer served was about 3 ounces. Even though the scenery was nice,...More

Thank 139valerie
Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

Boat ride was beautiful, but food was mediocre and there was not enough food for all of the passengers. There wasn't nearly enough bacon. And if you don't like beer, drinks are pricey. Also, it is not an actual paddleboat. It is a barge pushed...More

Thank ang0013
Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

While the scenery is nice, the food is subpar, by far. They ran out of food before everyone was able to get a plate. The food was mushy (chicken wings), soggy (tortilla chips), and the fondue is just nacho cheese that might have been mixed...More

Thank Jen H
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Connie M
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Response from ScoutMidwest | Reviewed this property |
We didn't sign up for a luncheon cruise, so I don't know the answer to that one. We took a 2:30 pm Saturday afternoon cruise which lasted 2.5 hours. We cruised down river for 45 minutes and then back up river for 45 minutes.
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