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“Cruising on the ole Mississippi” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Padleford Riverboats

Padleford Riverboats
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Owner description: 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.
Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Cruising on the ole Mississippi”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2013

This was a very relaxing 2 hour cruise down the Mississippi and my first trip on this boat. We loved the scenery and the narration, learning about this stretch of the river. Unfortunately, this was a cold, drizzly October day so the upper deck was chilly. The lower deck was packed with people and it appeared that few were interested in listening to the tour, instead just conversing with one another which made hearing difficult. This cruise would be great for birthdays of which one was aboard or groups who want to socialize. We did meet 3 interesting couples so had a good time. The price was well worth it.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank Mary I
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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“Cruising on the River”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2013

A relaxed cruise up the Mississippi for one and a half hours round-trip gives a sense of stepping back in time. Cool breezes make even the hottest day enjoyable.

Visited June 2013
Thank Merica S
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Bolivar, Missouri
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Could have been more:(”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2013 via mobile

The price wad good, so was the ride and view. But the tour was recorded and it could have been more: no talk about the river, life around it (new or old buildings) wildlife, current items involving river, could have gone some towards city with more talk abought it and the parks.

Visited July 2013
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Woodbury, Minnesota, United States
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Nice ride”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2013

We took the afternoon cruise this weekend-and it was ok...the cold weather aside, the cruise left the dock late and the narrative (sound system) was intermittent. There wasn't much direction given after I picked up the tickets; when/ how to board and where to sit, amenities available, etc. I don't think I would pay full price for tickets even if the weather was perfect.

Visited May 2013
Thank Jolene H
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Manila, Philippines
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51 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Margaritas on the Mississippi”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2012

We took the new Margaritas on The Mississippi cruise they offer this summer on Wednesdays and Thursdays. 2 margaritas (we had a choice of lemon or strawberry) and the taco bar came with our trip, as well as complimentary nachos and salsa to munch on while waiting for the taco bar to open (when the cruise starts).

It was a pleasant ride up and down the river all the way to Fort Snelling, but there was no narration during the ride, so you'll have to follow the scenery on your own. I'm told the narration comes with the other tours. There were very few passengers, I'm guessing we were less than 50, so we felt as if we had the cruise to ourselves. We stayed on the upstairs deck most of the time, which was open-air and very pleasant. A great way to take in nature around the river and enjoy the cold air.

Taco bar ingredients were full and the margaritas tasted great too. Staff attendants are young and personable. Go with good company on this trip. Make time too to walk around the park around the Padleford Landing and even walk across the bridge to the other side of the river. Great for photo ops and bonding time.

Visited August 2012
2 Thank im0206
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