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Padleford Riverboats

Address: Harriet Island, Saint Paul, MN 55107
Phone Number: 651-227-1100
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Ranked #10 of 22 Activities in Saint Paul
Type: Boat Tours, Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: The Padelford Riverboats operate out of Harriet Island near Downtown St. Paul, MN. Daily...
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Type: Boat Tours, Sightseeing Tours
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.

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English first
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

My daughter is attending college in St. Paul. I found the information for the cruise on line while looking for some activities to do on a weekend visit. I was really looking forward to seeing all the fall colors. Unfortunately it seems I was a week too late, all the trees were bare. Even thought I missed out on all... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We went on this tour in October. At first we had to sit inside because it was too cold out for me. But when the sun came out we went out on the deck which was much more enjoyable and easier to take pictures. Didn't see any eagles on this tour as many have noted. But it was an enjoyable... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We enjoyed a Lunch and Lock Cruise last weekend to celebrate our 8th anniversary. The crew was lovely, the food was better than expected, and the boat was old but well loved. The whole experience would have been perfect if it weren't for Padleford's smoking policy. They allow smoking in all outdoor areas of the boat! We could not believe... More 

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Minnesota
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135 reviews 135 reviews
57 attraction reviews
266 helpful votes 266 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

During a stay in St. Paul, MN, we decided to do the Padleford sightseeing cruise of the Mississippi. What a great experience! The cruise is about and hour and a half long. There was more then ample room on the boat. We chose to stand at one of the outside railings and enjoyed the beauty of the mighty Mississippi. We... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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42 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The boat (ours was basically a barge pushed by a tug) leaves Harriet Island, rolls down to Fort Snelling, and then returns. The weather is the big key to this attraction.

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London, United Kingdom
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68 reviews 68 reviews
17 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

I went for the early evening trip and the weather was lovely. The tour down the river was peaceful and calm. The boat was not too busy and the staff were extremely helpful. The food was good and a very enjoyable evening.

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Babbitt, Minnesota
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301 reviews 301 reviews
155 attraction reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

I would suggest arriving early as seating is a mad house. We were relatively early, but by the time we got inside the boat, every seat with a view was either taken or saved. We ended up sitting on the deck. It was colder than we had prepared for, so if you go in the fall I would suggest bringing... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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40 reviews 40 reviews
29 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 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... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 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.

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Bolivar, Missouri
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 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.

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