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Dolly Steamboat

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Address: 16802 North East Hwy 88, Apache Junction, AZ 85219
Phone Number: 480-827-9144
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Description: If you want to spend a relaxing afternoon or evening looking at the...
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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Worth a two hour ride.

We saw many big horn sheep on the cliffs along the lake. The boat was comfortable and the staff was friendly and helpful. Views were terrific.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Kiawah Island, South Carolina
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Kiawah Island, South Carolina
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81 reviews 81 reviews
14 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

We saw many big horn sheep on the cliffs along the lake. The boat was comfortable and the staff was friendly and helpful. Views were terrific.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Didn't see an animal, didn't sit outside (thank goodness because it was chilly), but still had a great time and I would do it again, especially considering the value. The views are fantastic! This was a very relaxing trip. I for one didn't pay one bit of attention to the narrative but I can say the music was cute, coordinated... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

The ride is about two and half hours they serve cocktails pop and popcorn the views are absolutely gorgeous you could see Mountain goats on the rocks there's multiple sheet rocks it's absolutely gorgeous take your 20 bucks and Go for it we've been five times

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Steinbach, Canada
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127 reviews 127 reviews
30 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We took the Dolly Steamboat on a beautiful hot sunny day. Canyon Lake is where the tour is on and it's like a mini grand canyon. It is about 1 1/2hours. They narrate during the tour about the Eco system, the rock formations and the animals you see. If they see an animal they will slow down and help you... More 

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Mundelein, Illinois, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

40 people on a bus with prepaid tickets coming from Tucson! We chartered the boat, but arrived 6 minutes late. They left without us!!! Now, they won't even guarantee us a spot on the next tour. To plan and drive for 21/2 hours but they can't hold the boat for forty people? Absolutely cannot recommend this tour!

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Sun City West, Arizona
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286 helpful votes 286 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

It took us about two hours to get there, but it was worth it. On a beautiful day, the views along Canyon Lake were breathtaking. Saw several eagles and a mountain goat. This is a very well run family enterprise. Very professional and friendly. You should book ahead - especially in the busy winter and spring months. We booked a... More 

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Ham Lake, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We went on the 1.5 hr boat trip on the lake. Even though the weather wasn't the best, we enjoyed it a lot.

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Morongo Valley, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Our daughter recommended we take this. We are seniors, not in the best shape and although we would LOVE to be kayaking up Canyon Lake, that's not happening so we took this trip and were pleasantly surprised. The weather was beautiful for February. About 75 degrees. The boat was cute, nicely decorated. We chose to eat outside ( you have... More 

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Gold Canyon
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

They have speciality cruises and dinner cruises and just simple informational cruises. I've been on them a number of times. Up on the canyon walls you may see bighorn sheep among the saguaros. Along the shores, heron. In the water? Well, speedboats , houseboats and jet skies abound. You get a narrated adventure and a guide who will point out... More 

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Prince George, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

So enjoyed our trip on the Dolly, and the opportunity to see the landscapes close up! The captain took extra time and actually turned the boat around so that we were able to have a very close up look at the big horn sheep on the hillside! A lovely way to spend a couple of hours!

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