Narrated Mississippi River Cruises
Introduce your students to the Mississippi River by taking them on a 90-minute narrated cruise aboard a Padelford riverboat. Cruises depart from Harriet Island, which is conveniently located across the river from downtown St. Paul. Travel up the river through the heavily wooded Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, a zone steeped in the history of early Minnesota and its settlers. A Mississippi River cruise can be tied into nearly any subject your classroom is studying—from literature, history, and social studies to math and science!
Tuesday through Thursday
Beginning May 2nd through September 28th, 2023: 10 a.m. and 12p.m.
All trips depart from Harriet Island Regional Park in St. Paul.
Students of all grades: $8.00 (+port fee)
One complimentary chaperone for every 15 students. Additional adults are at the discounted $8.00 rate. No coupons or discounts apply.
All-beef hotdog with chips and a soft drink: $6.00 (+tax and service fee)
Lunch special must be ordered and paid for at least seven days in advance of the cruise to receive this discounted price.
Payment & Refund Policy
Payment must be received at least seven days prior to the cruise. We accept checks, MasterCard, and Visa. Late payments are subject to a $25 late fee. Fares are reduced, so we ask schools to make one check to minimize the time and cost of accounting. While we can usually accommodate extra people the day of the trip, it is possible for a trip to sell out. We do not issue refunds so your passenger count should be as accurate as possible.
Call Padelford Riverboats at (651) 227-1100 or contact us online.
Office hours are 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Due to operation costs, we require groups of 50 or more to start a school field trip.
Don’t have a group of 50? Not to worry, we can combine smaller school groups to ensure your students have the opportunity to experience the mighty Mississippi!
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