Dolly Steamboat

The Dolly Steamboat offers nature, dinner and astronomy cruises on Canyon Lake.

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You don’t have to travel far to climb aboard a steamboat cruise.

At Canyon Lake, hiding in the heart of the Superstition Mountains, you’ll find the home of the Dolly Steamboat. And with fall creeping up on us, it’s about that time to explore the outdoors and enjoy a peaceful evening out on the water.

Since the 1920s, the Dolly Steamboat has cruised the silent and secluded waterways and traveled its way up the Apache Trail, exploring the sublime creations of Mother Nature.

While aboard, guests experience not only the legends of the scenery, but also geological history, desert bighorn sheep, bald eagles, mule deer, white-tailed deer, coyotes, javalina, bobcats and other wildlife that call Apache Trail “home.” There is plenty of room to move about, relax and listen to the paddlewheels trekking through the waters of Canyon Lake.

The romantic Twilight Dinner Cruise and the Astronomy Dinner Cruise include a two-and-a-half hour excursion with a buffet style dinner. The Astronomy Dinner cruise also hosts a presentation on the solar system by Dr. Sky, radio personality and astronomy expert who has worked with CNN.

The Twilight Cruise is “so beautiful with the sunset and the moon coming up on the opposite side and seeing the cliffs through the moonlight,” Dolly’s office manager Jan Johnson said of her favorite cruise.

Guests also have the option of a daytime Scenic Nature Cruise. Don’t let the heat scare you — The Dolly is air conditioned.

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