Fall Cruises on the Mississippi River and Lake Minnetonka

In Minnesota, we soak up every moment of warm weather. And in the Land of 10,000 Lakes (and a couple of long and winding rivers), we love to enjoy the outdoors while on the water. That’s why it’s a great idea to pack a sweatshirt and your sunglasses and take a river cruise down the Mississippi or around Lake Minnetonka as one last hurrah before the snow flies.

Padelford Riverboats, which depart from St. Paul’s Harriet Island, offer weekend cruises throughout the month every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoon. Or, join in some Oktoberfest fun with lunch, hammerschalgen and polka on Saturdays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Paradise Charter Cruises on the Mississippi River

Photo Courtesy of Paradise Charter Cruises

Hop on the Minneapolis Queen (a property of Paradise Charter Cruises), which departs from Boom Island Park, for its final 2011 Oktoberfest Fall Colors Cruise on Saturday, Oct. 15. Spot the St. Anthony Falls Locks and the Stone Arch Bridge while enjoying a dinner of brats, Spaetzel, potato salad, and apple and pumpkin desserts. (Additional fall cruises continue on the Mississippi through Oct. 23.)

Paradise Charter Cruises also sails Lake Minnetonka, with yachts departing from the ports of Excelsior or Wayzata. See more fall colors and some beautiful lake homes while enjoying an afternoon cruise (through Oct. 23). Bayview on Lake Minnetonka also offers fall cruises on its Queen of Excelsior I & II. Cruises for brunch, lunch, and sunset happen on weekends while the weather allows.