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“Fun and relaxing”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Songo River Queen

Songo River Queen
Lynn, Massachusetts
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fun and relaxing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2013

This ride is a staple of mine, I go there at least once a year. My family loves it. The ride is smooth and the scenery is beautiful. I never tire of it. I like the fact that I can bring my own food aboard and I enjoy the upper deck as I can see for a good distance. They used to have large picnic tables on the top deck and you could spread out all your stuff and just have a great time. The last time I was there though the tables were gone and along with them went some of the fun. Hopefully they will put them back. The boat has a bar and some of they're own snacks that you can buy.

Visited July 2012
1 Thank Richard K
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Harrison, Maine
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178 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Slow and easy...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

What a beautiful way to spend some time at a slow and easy speed viewing Long Lake.
There is plenty of seating. You can choose to sit on the upper level outside where chairs as well as picinic tables are provided. Or if it is a chilly day you can sit in the heated area on the first level. There is a limited menu of food choices as well as beer, wine , coffee, etc.
The narration is interesting on the way out . On the way back there is little narration which I found very considerate as you can enjoy conversatoin and the sounds of the lake without interruption.
The price is reasonable and I don't believe you will be disappointed. I try to take a ride on the Songo at least once every season.

Visited June 2012
3 Thank rhonda t
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Fun trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2012

Quaint old boat. It was nice that there was someone narrating rather then a recording which is so common these days.

Visited August 2012
Thank nghri
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29 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Beautiful short lake cruise for family or romance!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2012

I highly recommend this 1-2 hour Long Lake cruise, either as a family outing (yes, with dog, if you wish--no extra charge), or, as an extraordinary sunset romantic cruise for two. The boat is a replica of a Mississippi River Paddle Wheeler (kept in beautiful shape), accommodates 350 passengers, and, is disability friendly. It has two levels, with an open upper level having a bright red/white stripe canopy for protection from sun/rain. There is a food court on board (with standard kid faire), and, a cocktail bar serving beer, wine, and, liquor. Hence, you cannot bring “your own” liquor, but, you can bring your own picnic basket, and, enjoy a meal on one of the many picnic tables on board. Depending on whether you take a 1 or 2 hour cruise, 2012 prices are adults $12 to $20, kids $6 to $10, and, kids under 4 always free.

The cruise is particularly enjoyable with less crowds on board. The boat is big, so, if you are prone to seasickness, it hardly rocks back, and, forth--you should do fine. If you do plan your Maine trip either early, or, late in the tourist season, you'll be rewarded by enjoying this large boat almost to yourselves. The height of Maine's tourist season is July 4. May/June, things start opening up, and, after parent tourists head back in late August to prepare their kids for school, there's a lull in trade before leaf-peepers arrive mid/late September. (Check this cruise's website for its opening/closing dates each calendar year--it also cuts back on its runs during September/October to weekends only). When busy, there are 4 cruises daily apx. Noon to 6PM, and, during September/October weekends only Noon to 2PM. Also check-out this cruise’s website for special events. Don't forget, if you also enjoy leaf peeping, you may wish to coordinate your cruise during the height of color in the region. Check-out Maine’s leaf-peeping alert website to help you plan the best time for your trip.

Coming from the south, the cruise is easy to find, directly off Rte #302, and, is easily seen on your right (it’s dock is less than 20’ away from the main road), and, you actually see the boat just as quickly as you enter Naples. It's the BIGGEST one! And, there is very convenient, well-lit, off-street parking near the cruise ship's entrance.

This cruise is especially enjoyable around sunset (no sunset cruises during September/October), which, at the right time of year, can be breathtaking. Beautiful lake properties/sites to see along the way, the air smells of pine, very peaceful. The trip is simple, but, beautiful—and, the air seems to wrap around you like a cozy blanket!

If you wish to stay in the area, there are wonderful accommodations, and, restaurants nearby. And, don't forget, there are other lake rentals to use, such as jet skis, etc. Also, plane rides--a fabulous way to see Maine's majestic landscape. Wow! Check out the Naples website for more information.

Also remember, being Maine, temperatures can change quickly, depending on the time of year. Even when temps are very warm during the day, they can get chilly at night. Bring a pair of slacks, or, lightweight jackets, just in case. Day/night changes in temps occur most often during season changes.

Finally, if you are interested in purchasing a boat, across the road is one of the largest Maine boat retailers-- he seems to have every make, and, model, in all shapes, and, sizes.

The Songo River Queen is a fabulous Maine lake cruise!

Visited September 2011
3 Thank BearWillow
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Nussbaumen, Switzerland
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A true Queen”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2012

A beautiful way to see a bit more of Long Lake and the great houses on the shores. The Captain was also our tourguide, and he did a good job, telling us lots of interesting things.I can definitely recommend a cruise on the Songo River Queen.

Visited July 2012
Thank Andreas L
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