Experience the Mississippi River

Join the Nicollet Island Inn and the Minneapolis Water Taxi for a relaxing twilight cruise down the Mighty Mississippi, followed by dinner at the Inn.

Introducing the Nicollet Island Inn’s Twilight River Cruise & Dinner

Enjoy a summer evening on the Mississippi River with your friends or family! Packages include boat service with wine and hors d’ouevres, followed by dinner at the Inn for up to 6 guests.


See the Mississippi River like never before!

The Mississippi River is the lifeblood of the Twin Cities. Our portion of the river is the headwaters of one of the world’s great waterways, and yet most Twin Cities residents spend no time on the river itself, giving it little more than a passing glance as we cross over on bridges high above the water’s surface.

The Nicollet Island Inn wants to change that. We’ve partnered with the Minneapolis Water Taxi for an unforgettable evening cruise and dinner.


Your evening begins at BOOM ISLAND PARK where you and up to five friends will be greeted by the Nicollet Island Inn’s purser to deliver your picnic basket filled with hors d’oeuvres of your choosing and champagne or wine and assist with boarding your cruise.

Your group will board a Minneapolis Water Taxi solar-powered electric cruise boat and enjoy a peaceful hour-long tour of the upper Mississippi above St Anthony Falls, where you will enjoy the scenery and the serenity, along with your choice of wine or champagne and a variety of hors d’ovures.

After your cruise, you will head to the Nicollet Island Inn for an elegant dinner to round out the evening and recount your experiences with your shipmates.

In all, it is the perfect way to spend a Minnesota summer evening – wine and food, scenery and serenity, and good friends.


Pricing for the evening varies depending on the number of guests in your group.  There is a $125 base fee per group for the boat and purser service plus $95 per guest for the picnic basket ($20), wine or champagne ($25), and dinner ($50 voucher toward dinner at the Inn).  Pricing breaks down like this:

No. of Guests

Boat Docking & Purser Service

Picnic Basket, Wine, & Dinner Voucher




$190 ($95 x 2)




$285 ($95 x 3)




$380 ($95 x 4)




$475 ($95 x 5)




$570 ($95 x 6)




If you have any questions about pricing, availability, or require special accommodations, call the Inn at 612-331-1800 or email us at frontdesk@nicolletislandinn.com.


Check availability and purchase tickets for 2-6 guests online. Then get ready to experience our River like you never have before.

What's Included

The River Cruise & Dinner Package includes a twilight Mississippi River cruise, a picnic basket including your choice of wine and hors d’ouevres, and a $50 credit per guest toward dinner at the Inn.

Docking fees, taxes and service charges for the cruise are included. Gratuities are optional.


The Nicollet Island Inn has reserved a number of weeknight and weekend dates throughout the summer for River Cruise & Dinner Packages.  Availability changes based on bookings. If you are interested in a date that is not on the calendar, email us at frontdesk@nicolletislandinn.com.

Stay and Play At the Inn

After an evening on the river and an elegant meal, the perfect ending is an overnight stay in one of the Inn’s boutique guest rooms.  Click below to inquire about room availability and book your stay!