Have you ever taken a cruise on the Lewis & Clark Missouri Riverboat out of Bismarck? If you haven’t, I HIGHLY suggest you book yourself a spot and check out the beautiful Missouri River. My sister has been wanting to go for a couple of years (she lives in Fargo), and this year it finally happened after we were sadly rained out last year.
You can find this beauty docked at the Port of Bismarck on River Road where it arrives and departs. There is plenty of free parking available. They offer a variety of cruises and prices to fit your needs. Their website is great and you can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.
All aboard with my brother and sister. We RARELY get together so this was lovely. I love those two turds.
We booked the evening cruise which was about $20 and went 6-7:30pm. They also offer a less expensive afternoon cruise, an evening cruise (also about $20) and a PIZZA cruise (pizza from Bruno’s) for about $25. So you have plenty of options. You can even charter the boat for a group event, party, reunion, wedding, etc. They have a full bar and snacks. Private events start at $650 per hour and go up from there.
The boat has two levels. We enjoyed cruising on the upper level so we could see the sights. They have plastic chairs and tables if you want to sit. We mostly stood by the railing. The bar features great tap beer, including local brews. There was one bartender and a server. They were both awesome. Our captain was great and the cruise is narrated. It was quite difficult to hear him between the visiting and low sound speakers. He charters the river with his trusty dog. You’d expect maybe a Newfoundland, lab or other large breed, right? Wrong. We peeked in and it was a cute, little Chihuahua. Ha!
Mmm, beer. The drinks are priced reasonably. The Lewis & Clark Riverboat is owned and operated by The Fort Abraham Lincoln Foundation. The boat is open to all ages and runs roughly May through September, depending on our lovely NDak weather. They have a great Q&A section on their website but I wanted to touch on a few points that I thought were pretty valid.
We had a beautiful day for a cruise. Luckily, we missed bad weather that came in right afterwards. Dang t-storms!
- I highly recommend making a reservation. Cruises fill up quickly and if you are traveling, you want to make sure you don’t miss out! You can get tickets at the boat as a walk-on if they are available. There is a small ticket counter just off the boat.
- If you want to go on a ride that has a meal you DO NOT have to purchase the meal. You can just purchase the cruise.
- Cruises do not go out daily depending on private events. Check out their calendar online.
- Bad weather. If it storms, your captain will not take you out. Safety first! Your cruise will either be rescheduled, refunded or you will get tickets for another day. They are easy to work with in these circumstances.
- No outside food or drink is allowed. Support the boat and buy drinks and snacks from the friendly staff.
- Show up early if you want a certain spot. Generally the upper level will fill up first, especially on a nice day. The boat will load about 20 minutes before departing.
I could float on a boat every single (nice weather) day. You are treated to some outstanding river views and you also get to see some beautiful riverside homes on your cruise.
Before our cruise, we dined at Captain Freddy’s, a riverside restaurant in Mandan. We were treated to some great views and cold brews The food is nothing to write home about and service was so-so. The company, atmosphere and riverside seating are worth it though!