Free Memorial Day sightseeing tours aboard the Anson Northrup

Monday, May 30 is Memorial Day, a holiday in which we Americans honor our veterans. Celebrations tend to involve heading outdoors to enjoy the day. Once again the Padelford Packet Boat Co. is doing its part to help honor those who help protect our land from sea to shining sea by offering free sightseeing cruises aboard the Anson Northrup to active military members, veterans, and military families.


The historic cruise departs from Padelford Landing in Harriet Island Regional Park, which offers views of the downtown St. Paul riverfront. But the 90-minute ride promises to quickly whisk those onboard away from the cityscape, past Pig's Eye Parrant Cave (where St. Paul got its start), and into Great River National Park where there will be opportunities to see wildlife, including bald eagles and peregrine falcons. The route will also include passing the mouth of the Minnesota River and Pike Island just before reaching Fort Snelling.

Don Shelby will narrate the cruise, and Captain Bill Bowell, Padelford Packet Boat Co.'s founder, will share a story or two as well.

There will be two chances to hop aboard the Anson Northrup this Monday, with rides at noon and 2 p.m. These sightseeing cruises are free for active military members, veterans, and military families on Memorial Day. Anyone else who would like to partake is welcome at a discounted rate of $8 per person.

For those who are unable to make it over to Harriet Island on Memorial Day, there also will be Monday Madness cruises every Monday through August at noon and 2 p.m. for the child's rate of $8. These cruises are scheduled aboard the Betsey Northrup riverboat.

Online reservations are highly recommended for Padelford Packet Boat Co.'s Memorial Day sightseeing cruises.