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“Great boat tour”

Gates of the Mountains
Ranked #2 of 48 things to do in Helena
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Just north of Helena on the Missouri River.
Las Vegas, Nevada
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116 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Great boat tour”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

This was an enjoyable tour - beautiful canyons and our captain was Kyle who was so informative and told amazing stories about the area. He would point out different formations and areas of interest - stop the boat turn it so everyone could get a view. We had taken the first tour of the day - the weather was beautiful and the ride slow and peaceful. What a great way to start the day. You will enjoy the tour

Visited August 2012
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1,560 reviews
490 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 787 helpful votes
“Good tour if you like the mountain scenery”
Reviewed August 22, 2012

Good tour but again, take the early tour or late tour since the reflection of the water makes the day really hot, the guy who drives the boat has extensive knowledge of the history of the whole mountains and gives super explanation about what happened there. If you take kids (2-6) bring plenty of water cause it gets hot, bring sunscreen and hats for kids and elders. Also if you travel when it is sunny bring a towel of something to put on seat cause thy are plastic and get really hot for your behind. Also there are mosquitoes so bring some repellant for your protection, bring some snack since tour is bout 2 hrs long and it gets boring at some point. Overall great place to visit when you are in Helena.

Visited August 2012
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Helena, Montana
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95 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“A must when guests are in town”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

We live in Helena and have taken the Gates of the Mountains tour many times -- always when guests are in town. We enjoy it each time, and our guests always love it. History comes alive as you try to imagine the Lewis & Clark party struggling through then canyon and camping there in July 1804. The scenery is beautiful, and it's just a relaxing, enjoyable way to pass the afternoon.

Visited September 2011
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Glenpool, Oklahoma
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53 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Captain Jim is a great captain!”
Reviewed August 12, 2012

The entire boat ride was narrated by a professional. Captain Jim told us that this is his summer job, and that he is a middle school teacher. How I wish that he were my middle school teacher some 40 years ago! Jim gave us information about not only the history of the region, but scientific information as well. The boat ride was enjoyable in all ways. The beauty of the canyon was shown to us from every angle. When wildlife was spotted, Jim turned the boat 360 degrees so that all on the boat could see. The cost of the tour was very inexpensive compared to other boat tours that we have taken on the Great Lakes, or other history tours. If you have an interest in American History, and are in the Helena area, check out this tour. If Captain Jim is your captain, you will leave with an appreciation of that area that you did not have before you came there.

Visited August 2012
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Halifax, Canada
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283 reviews
110 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Lovely, informative boat tour”
Reviewed August 9, 2012

We really enjoyed this boat tour, partly due to the relatively low cost and the information provided, along with the beautiful scenery.

Visited July 2012
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