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Minnesota Centennial Showboat

Harriet Island, Saint Paul, MN 55107
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Ranked #28 of 54 Attractions in Saint Paul
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Owner description: The Minnesota Centennial Showboat, docked on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi, makes old time theatre big time fun with its turn-of-the-century interior, vaudevillian entertainment, and timeless tales. Enjoy dinner or a river cruise with your show to enhance this extraordinary theatre experience. Come relive the whimsical times of long ago on the Showboat.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

My wife and I recently went to the Minnesota Centennial Showboat to see Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with her mother and sister. The play was light entertainment and very entertaining. The U of M students who put on the play are very talented. I actually liked the musical Olio's between the scenes as much or more than the play.... More

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Rochester, Minnesota
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

While planning a weekend getaway to celebrate a wedding anniversary, I happened upon the Minnesota Centennial Showboat. A melodrama version of Jekyll and Hyde was playing, and having seen a couple of melodramas in the past, it sounded as though it could be a fun part of the weekend for my wife and I, along with our teenage son. We... More

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Denver, Colorado
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267 reviews 267 reviews
71 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Performers are University of Minnesota students who do a good job of singing and acting and having fun. The audience hissed and booed on cue. Play interspersed with vaudeville which is entertaining by has nothing to do with the story line. Good experience overall and nice views of the city across the river from the showboat. Still signs of the... More

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Boulder, Colorado, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Great show, lots of fun and energetic numbers. The Jekyll/Hyde show this summer is entertaining and the sets and costumes are top? Beautiful sunset views of the Capitol at intermission during the evening show. Well worth the price.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

There's a certain novelty to the Centenial Showboat, (which doesn't actually go anywhere, it stays moored at the dock). The thing to remember is these are all student performers, so the quality varies. The costuming is usually pretty amazing, considering they have the U's budget for the costuming and sets. I prefer professional productions, where you don't have characters in... More

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Hudson, Wisconsin
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70 reviews 70 reviews
11 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

The showboat itself is a great part of the attraction. It is intimate, comfortable and visually pleasing with an historic feel. We saw talented actors who were also excellent musicians. I can hardly wait until we can make it back for another show. One concern: In the wintertime, access can be difficult for moderately or severely disabled people due to... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

A Groupon made this a steal. Fun to "boo and hiss" at the villians. Talented U of M theater students show their stuff and it's obvious that they are having a great time.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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103 reviews 103 reviews
22 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

We try to get here every year to enjoy the vaudeville type theater put on by students and faculty of the U of M. It is always a good time! The theater itself is a bit dated, the refreshment offerings are limited, and parking can be confusing, but it is still worth it.

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Woodbury, Minnesota
17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Went there last night to see their new show "Sweet Revenge." I bought tickets online, with drink 2-1 tickets. It was a great show. The staff were friendly, the venue was intimate and I forgot i was on a showboat. I like the little bit of history you learn through the song and dance routines. It was funny and they... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

The e-mail from Padelford@riverrides.com said it was the best kept secret in Twin Cities. It was true; we got senior prices plus online discount for the Showboat performance of Sweet Revenge. It was a fun show and at 10pm we had first class view of July 4th Fireworks from the deck. We saw the arty low bursts as well as... More

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