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Dolly Steamboat

16802 North East Hwy 88, Apache Junction, AZ 85219
480-827-9144
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Type: Bodies of Water
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... more » 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. « less
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Queen Creek, Arizona
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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Great Views and very relaxing. Didn't see much in the way of wild life but unless your on the water you wouldn't get the views. So go and enjoy.......

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I learned of the Dolly from a native of Arizona who happened to be on the same flight to Scottsdale with us. (we were so glad we took his suggestion!) The scenery was beautiful beyond words. The narration was informative and fun. The crew members were all professional and solicitous. We were concerned as we boarded that the temperature (95... More

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Toronto
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed the ride on the steamboat. The scenery was spectacular. The crew was friendly and professional. I liked that the captain narrated the trip. I've been on other tours where the narration is all pre-recorded. Also, I thought it was nice that the captain made sure to shake the hand of each departing guest. The drive to the... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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12 reviews 12 reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We booked a cruise on the Dolly for this past Thursday, and were not disappointed. The scenery was absolutely gorgeous and it was a very pleasant trip on Canyon Lake. The crew is knowledgeable and friendly, narrating frequently throughout the cruise. The lower deck is air conditioned, but the upper deck is not. If you are interested in a specific... More

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New Jersey
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82 reviews 82 reviews
43 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The ride to the Steamboat is amazing - great places to stop along the way for some great views and pics. The boat ride was just spectacular - the views are amazing and its a great way to spend an afternoon. The only "complaint" is if other guests could shut up. Its a narrated tour but hard to hear sometimes... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I took my mom on the Twilight Dinner Cruise for her 74th birthday. We had an amazing time! Captain Jeff, John & Heather were the best hosts and were so friendly and welcoming. The catered dinner was indescribable...beyond fantastic. Between the hospitality, the food & the beautiful scenery, we had one of the best experiences in our lives. My mom... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The tour was better than I anticipated. The views were stunning and it was a good way to spend a few of the hottest hours of the day. There was a nice breeze once the boat began moving and there is air conditioning inside. The sound system made some of the captain's comments hard to hear. It was billed as... More

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Gilbert, AZ
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152 reviews 152 reviews
76 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This trip was highlighted by watching desert bighorn sheep fighting each other high on the rock ledges while a ewe waited for the winner. Although they pointed out where eagles had been there were none currently, hopefully they will be back. The captain narrated the trip and pointed out some of the rocks that were named for various people or... More

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PA
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272 reviews 272 reviews
123 attraction reviews
219 helpful votes 219 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Overall, a very relaxing and scenic experience, especially in the summer, for around $22 per person. The paddleboat does a slow scenic cruise along the shoreline where the captain is on the lookout for wildlife along the shores or hanging from the cliffs. There is a narration during the cruise. Food and drinks are cash only. It is nice to... More

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Apache Junction, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Great trip for Arizona visitors to see the spectacular Canyon Lake. It's a slow paced, relaxing cruise through the lake with the captain stopping to show points of interest and point out the wildlife on the mountain sides as you go. You could see numerous mountain goats and eagles, etc. You can sit indoors or outdoors and they have drinks... More

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