With a population of roughly 55,530, Bismarck, North Dakota is one of the smallest state capitols on the map. However, this small capitol is home to dozens of politicians, several historic sites, and numerous attractions. Located in south central North Dakota along the east bank of the Missouri River, visitors to the state capitol will find a variety of art galleries, campgrounds, Indian villages, an impressive zoo, Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, statues, an amusement park, the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Hall of Fame and a variety of docent-led and self-guided tours or cruises, throughout Bismarck’s unique landscapes. One of the most popular cruises in Bismarck North Dakota for both visitors and locals alike is a riverboat cruise. North Dakota’s pride and joy is Lewis and Clark Riverboat Cruises.
Based at the Historic Port of Bismarck, Lewis and Clark Riverboat Cruises is the top attraction among other attractions located at Interstate 94 and US Highway 83, such as the State Capitol, Gateway Mall, Pioneer Park, North Dakota Heritage Center, and Bismarck State College.
The Lewis and Clark Riverboat is a 150-passenger vessel that travels the rivers of Lewis and Clark, Sakakawea, Custer, and Sitting Bull. Considered North Dakota’s tourist attraction of the year, Lewis and Clark Riverboat cruises feature a climate controlled lower deck, a spacious top deck, a licensed bar and snack bar, two restrooms, a smoke free environment, a well-stocked gift shop located at the dock, and bike rentals.
Cruises run the gamut from afternoon excursion cruises (2:30 p.m.) and early evening dinner cruises (6:00 p.m.) to sunset cruises (8:30 p.m.). Afternoon excursion cruises feature visits to local historic sites. There are several attractions in the area including: Camp Hancock State Historic Site, Chief Looking’s Village, Double Ditch Indian Village State Historic Site, the Former Govenors’ Mansion State Historic Site, the Steamboat Warehouse State Historic Site, the Lewis & Clark Trail, and the Enchanted Highway. Lewis and Clark Riverboat cruises also features theme cruises such as 2-hour singles cruises along the Missouri River. Theme riverboat cruises typically feature live DJ’s, giveaways, and hors d’oeuvres.
Lewis and Clark Riverboat cruises typically run from Memorial Day through Labor Day Weekend. Prices for Saturday evening cruises range from $31-$41 per person. Other cruises range from $11-$31 per person. Charter and group cruises are also available during the spring, summer, and fall months. Lewis and Clark will host everything from meetings and customer appreciations to weddings, anniversaries, proms and reunions for groups ranging from two to 150 people.
If you happen to find yourself in Bismarck, North Dakota and you can take the time out to enjoy an exciting Lewis and Clark Riverboat cruise, simply reserve your space by calling 1-701-255-4233. You can also request information via email at [email protected] or visit the website.
Lewis and Clark Riverboat Cruises is located at 1700 River Road, Bismarck, North Dakota, 58506. Directions: Take Exit 157 off of Interstate 94. Go right to Burnt Boat Road, which will be the first left turn you can take. Turn left; follow Burnt Boat Road down the winding hill to the bottom. Turn Left at the T in the road and go about 3/4 of a mile. The Lewis and Clark Riverboat will be on your right side.