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Dolly Steamboat

16802 North East Hwy 88, Apache Junction, AZ 85219
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Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
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Owner description: If you want to spend a relaxing afternoon or evening looking at the beautiful flora and fauna of the lower Sonoran Desert, consider a cruise on the secluded inner waterways of the Junior Grand Canyon on Canyon Lake. We offer narrated nature cruises, twilight dinner cruises and astronomy cruises.
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

We took the Dolly nature cruise with several friends. Very enjoyable and the staff were always on the lookout for wildlife, saw big horn sheep and a bald eagle. Pleasant day on the water

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Arvada, Colorado
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We came here last week and really enjoyed the experience. The cruise lasts about 2 hours and is very relaxing and informative. The narrator is hilarious - adds lots of fun little jokes during the time aboard. There are snack and drinks available for purchase, so you can enjoy some popcorn and a frosty brew while you're watching Bald Eagles... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Very nice place to spend a couple of hours at. Views are very nice and ambience write relaxing. If you are visiting with babies, note that that have to wear a life jacket, which can make the experience quite uncomfortable for them. Kids must wear life jackets until the age of 12. They do provide the jackets though

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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We've taken this cruise twice now, once on our own and again with my in-laws. It's a beautiful, relaxing way to spend an afternoon. The staff is great; the scenery is beautiful, and the price was great. We have been able to find online deals each time to cut the ticket price to almost half, which is a great deal... More

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St. Louis, MO
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15 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This was our favorite thing to do while visiting the Phoenix area. The boat cruise was superb, scenic, relaxing and fun. The staff was great - everyone from captain to crew. Extremely informative and interesting facts as we traveled the canyon lake. One of the best boat cruises I have ever taken on a lake. Definitely GO!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 via mobile

The most perfect day/weather makes for the most perfect experience! Wonderful opportunity to get into the beautiful canyon area of Canyon Lake. Wildlife on land viewed easily - Captain & crew took the time to allow for viewing Bighorn sheep and Bald Eagle via binoculars. Great photo opportunities! Sitting inside, upstairs at tables along windows allow perfect views! Very wide... More

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Hamburg, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We really enjoyed the cruise although we didn't see much wildlife. The scenery was beautiful and we learned much about the canyon, the lake, and the rock formations. Check online for tickets...we were able to purchase them 2 for 1....which was a great deal.

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Weirton, West Virginia
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

This cruise was our last stop on our Sonoran Desert journey. We stopped here after my boyfriend remembered coming years ago as a kid. We stopped and barely got on the last cruise. Although the price was a bit high, the sights are wonderful along the water. They kept us informed of all the plants and animals we came across.

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Hamburg, New York
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Great trip! The crew was extremely helpful and informative and lots of fun. Very relaxing time on the water, one of my companions stated this was his eighth time on the cruise and was the most relaxing of them all primarily due to the decreased number of kids. So if kids are an issue then I would go while school... More

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Chandler, Arizona, United States
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4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Great scenery along the banks of the lake and the cliffs of the canyon. You can see eagles, big horn sheep, ducks, and occasionally a heron or other wild life. Very comfortable cruise around the lake. Definitely a must for people visiting the Phoenix area and the east side of the Valley.

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