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Address: Departs from Riverside Park, La Crosse, WI 54602
Phone Number: +1 877-647-7397
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Wed 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

We offer unique sightseeing cruises which explore the scenic and wild...

We offer unique sightseeing cruises which explore the scenic and wild backwaters and side-channels of the Mississippi River. The cruises are interactive, fully-guided (by onboard wildlife naturalists), and vastly more scenic than other riverboat cruises. With us, you'll learn interesting aspects and stories of the Mississippi and its scenic Upper Miss Wildlife Refuge while comfortably aboard a safe, U.S. Coast Guard inspected vessel, complete with a licensed Captain and crew. Plan to get within feet of beautiful backwater riverbanks, bald eagles, bald eagle nests, turtle-filled logs, great blue herons, beaver lodges, blooming American lotus & water lilies, and more! Check us out - you won't be disappointed!

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Nice cruise. Relaxing.

Learned a lot about the Mississipi and the LaCrosse area. It was a cold day but we dressed warm and enjoyed the trip. Went through a lock and dam. We did not do the meal but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 5, 2015
Becky P
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Learned a lot about the Mississipi and the LaCrosse area. It was a cold day but we dressed warm and enjoyed the trip. Went through a lock and dam. We did not do the meal but others said it was good. Would recommend. Parents... please watch your kids, they should not be running wild and unsupervised on this type of... More 

Thank Becky P
Madison, Wisconsin
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

We took the cruise on a hot Saturday. We chose to sit on the outside seating although the was air conditioned seating below. The cruise "mc" was informative and funny. I wouldn't say that it was a great cruise but also not a bad one, just average. There wasn't a whole lot of scenery. We did hear some interesting history... More 

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Perry, Ohio
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30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

We decided to take the Explorer cruise to see the river since we only had a little time in the area on a business trip. We did the pizza and beer cruise at 5:30. It was a beautiful afternoon on the river. We enjoyed the views and met some great people.

Thank llutes1
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

This boat ride was very relaxing and accommodating to all ages. Sat on the top deck in the very back enjoying the sun. The tour guides were knowledgable and engaging. Definitely not over the top though. The acoustics in the very back are non existent but didn't bother us one bit. Nice little 1.5 hr boat ride.

1 Thank Ryan B
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29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I took my grandsons on this boat trip and they loved it! Lots of great information and saw lots of cool wildlife. We will be going again! It was nice to be able to bring our own snacks and juice boxes :)

9 Thank WisconsinFmly
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

The backwater tour is very nice. We were shocked it wasn't more crowded the Friday evening before Applefest. Recommend highly.

3 Thank Thomas H
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Ours was part of our "Elvis Explosion" event weekend. Was offered to the Fans of the event. The Cruise was just awesome, as far as I know everyone in attendance really enjoyed it very much. Would love to go for longer period of time, just how much I enjoyed it. Crew was very, very nice also.

1 Thank Sybil M
McHenry, Illinois
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51 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

We enjoyed a very cold but awesome trip on the Mississippi River. The price was amazing at only $20.00 per person for a two hour cruise. We sat outside and while it was very cold, it was also the best spot to see Eagles and other wildlife. The Captain and the Naturalist were very informative and helpful. They gave us... More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

As a transplanted New Englander, I am painfully missing the ocean. So on a hot summer night just a week ago, I decided to play tourist in my own town, and get myself out onto the water. The Mississippi Explorer is both a family-friendly and couples-friendly activity. The onboard biologist, who skillfully narrates for the first hour of the two-hour... More 

4 Thank KateMcNeill
Navarre, Florida
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244 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

We went on line to find a few things to do when we came to LaCrosse. Finding this 2 hour eco tour was like finding a gem. We made reservations in advance though by going after Labor Day weekend, 1030 AM tour, they really weren't needed. We did what a couple previous reviewers suggested and got in line early so... More 

6 Thank rvtraveller_10

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