The St. Croix River comes alive with boat traffic during the summer months, and taking a cruise with Stillwater River Boats is one of the best ways to take in the stunning scenery and glide along the water in style. You’ll also get an up-close look at the historic Lift Bridge in action as the river boats head underneath along the cruise. These public cruises all include lunch, dinner, and (often) live music—such a festive way to spend an afternoon!
As a guest at our historic Stillwater Hotel—the iconic 61-room Water Street Inn—you’ll be in the ideal location to enjoy a ride with Stillwater River Boats, as the boarding area is just a five-minute walk from our Inn. You’ll see the river boats floating up and down the St. Croix from your guest room or our rooftop deck during your stay. Our riverfront hotel is timeless with elegant Victorian architecture, paired with all the modern amenities needed for a comfortable and relaxing stay. You’ll find three distinct dining options, a rooftop bar and warm, welcoming midwest hospitality.
Tour the St. Croix with Stillwater River Boats
The 2022 season for Stillwater River Boats opened in May, and it’s by far one of the most popular things to do in Stillwater during the spring and summer months. All cruises include a meal (brunch, lunch, or dinner) in the ticket pricing. Expect traditional breakfast fare or a fully stocked sandwich bar during the daytime cruises and evening options ranging from roast beef, stuffed chicken, sides, and a beautiful dessert selection. Alcoholic beverages are available as an add-on cost.
The two-hour excursions head up and down the scenic byway with beautiful views of the bridges in the area, rolling forested hills, and historical landmarks. The Saturday evening ride is the most romantic, as you’ll catch the sunset and the golden hour for spectacular photographs. Parking is limited at the lot for Stillwater River Boats, so even more reason to book your stay at Water Street Inn! We have ample guest parking available, and you can quickly head to the boat launch on foot. Be sure to arrive 45 minutes before the sailing to ensure your reservation.
The Most Romantic River Excursion in Stillwater:
If you’re heading to Stillwater for a romantic getaway or celebrating an anniversary, Gondola Romantica is such a pleasurable activity just for two. It’s a touch of Venice right here in our charming midwest town. Your knowledgable and talented gondolier will take you on a memorable cruise on the calm waters of the St. Croix River. Be sure to pack up a picnic with a bottle of bubbly! There’s no better place to toast to love. Reservations are encouraged for the one-hour excursion, but sometimes they have room for walk-up appointments.
Stillwater Lodging on the Shore of the St. Croix River
A ride on the Stillwater River Boats is something people of all ages can enjoy. While our riverfront location and intimate king suites are tailored for romance, we also have larger guest rooms fit for family getaways. Our double queen rooms are spacious and equipped with everything you’ll need as your home base. We also offer a selection of pet-friendly rooms, an excellent perk for those who prefer not to leave their four-legged friends at home.
Stillwater is truly the perfect destination for a quick weekend getaway, but with so many exciting things to do, extended trips are ideal. Explore the St. Croix with Stillwater River Boats, head out on hiking or biking excursions on the nearby trails, and check out the fantastic dining options. We can’t wait to host you at Water Street Inn—book today!