Experience the Mississippi River

Get up close with a Nicollet Island Inn River Cruise.

Join the Nicollet Island Inn and the Minneapolis Water Taxi on a twilight tour of Old Blue. Learn More below.

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Enjoy a relaxing evening cruise on the Mississippi and dinner at the Nicollet Island Inn. Packages for up to 6 guests.

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Enjoy a summer evening on the river

The Nicollet Island Inn and the Minneapolis Water Taxi want you to experience the Mississippi

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.

Introducing the Nicollet Island Inn’s Twilight River Cruise and Dinner package!


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 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.


Scroll down for pricing and availability.  Then get ready to experience our River like you never have before.

River Cruise & Dinner Package

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

Packages are $80 per guest plus applicable cruise fees.  Taxes and service charges for the cruise are included.  Gratuities are optional.  Click below for more info.


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.

Click below for the most up to date info.  If you are interested in a date that is not on the calendar, e-mail us here to inquire about special accommodations. 

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!