When you want to experience the beauty of Lake Michigan and the Kalamazoo River from the deck of a sternwheeler boat, take a cruise on the Star of Saugatuck II. One of the most popular choices for exploring Lake Michigan, Star of Saugatuck II cruises are perfect for passengers of any age. Here are 5 great reasons why you should take a cruise on this beautiful boat.
5 Reasons You Need to Go On a Star of Saugatuck Cruise
1. Enjoy the Unique Experience of a Sternwheeler Boat Ride
When you think of a boat cruise, a ship that looks to be at least a century outdated probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, but that’s one of the best features about the Star of Saugatuck II. Reminiscent of the type of ship that you would see cruising the waters near New Orleans or the Mississippi River, the Star of Saugatuck II is a sternwheeler (a steam-drive paddleboat). According to company’s website, the boat is 80 feet long, can seat 150 people between its upper and lower decks, and is run by a three-man crew.
2. A Narrated Guide to Lake Michigan and the Kalamazoo River
As you enjoy the cruise, your captain will narrate your trip! You’ll learn about the history and features of the boat and the surrounding area while you take in the beauty of the scenery.
3. Food and Drink!
You won’t go hungry or thirsty when you take a ride on the Star of Saugatuck II. Bring your own snacks with you, or choose from the onboard selection of chips, juice, beer, wine, and more!
4. See Local Wildlife and Attractions
Lake Michigan is home to an abundance of wildlife, including rainbow trout, herons, fox, eagles and much more! You’ll be able to see local wildlife, as well as sand dunes, lighthouses, and more. For more information, visit the General & Route Information page.
5. The Sunset Cruise
Witness the beauty of the sun setting over Lake Michigan on the 90 minutes Sunset Cruise. This picturesque cruise is sure to be unforgettable!
Tickets and More Information
Star of Saugatuck II cruises start at the dock at 716 Water Street in Saugatuck. According to the website, tours last 70-90 minutes, and travel the Kalamazoo River, Lake Kalamazoo, and Lake Michigan.
Tickets are budget friendly. Adult admission is $19, for both the Daytime and Sunset cruises. Tickets are available online, or in-person on a first come, first serve basis, and reservations for large groups (20+) can be made over the phone. This information and more can found be on Saugatuck Boat Cruises’ FAQ page.
Saugatuck Boat Cruises is located at 716 Water Street, Saugatuck, MI. For more information, visit their website, or call them at (269) 857-4261.
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