Experience Fall Color from a Boat

Wisconsin Fall Boat Tours

Wisconsin is home to beautiful country roads, stunning hiking paths and adventurous biking trails—all wonderful ways to view Wisconsin’s gorgeous landscape painted to perfection in hues of crimson, orange and gold. But this fall, why not enjoy a different journey through the turning leaves of the season? Set sail aboard one of Wisconsin’s boat cruises and let someone else be the guide. View the beautiful fall colors from the water on one these boat tours.

Apostle Island CruisesBayfield

Experience the memorable Apostle Islands through a narrated tour. The natural scenery of the area is unlike anywhere else around, and booking passage on a cruise is the perfect way to explore. Fall color paints the area each year making it the perfect destination to enjoy the treasured unspoiled landscape. The sights of Wisconsin’s “Crown Jewels” include lighthouses, sea caves, shipwrecks and abundant wildlife.

Chief WaupacaWaupaca

This 60-foot authentic steamwheeler floats guests along eight of 22 lakes that form the breathtaking Chain O’Lakes. The one and a half hour long narrated tours are the perfect way for the whole family to learn about the history of the area and experience the natural beauty together. Cruises are offered on weekends through September and October so you can plan to cruise around peak color for the season.

Dells Boat ToursWisconsin Dells

Tours of the Upper and Lower Dells reveal hidden canyons and towering sandstone cliffs complemented by brilliant fall foliage. The two-hour tour of the Upper Dells navigates through the high cliffs and around the spectacular rock formations, while also giving riders the chance to go ashore for the famous dog leap and to explore Witches Gulch. The Lower Dells reveal a wider section of the Wisconsin River, perfect for gazing at the spectacular trees ablaze in peak color on shore.

Lake Geneva Cruise LineLake Geneva

A must-do excursion any time of year when visiting the Lake Geneva area. The views of the fall color on the shores of Lake Geneva while aboard one of the boats of the Lake Geneva Cruise Line fleet make autumn an especially wonderful time of year. The turn-of-the-century replica steamer Belle of the Lake offers narrated cruises with fascinating views of the grand estates that ring Geneva Lake, or ride along one of the few remaining U.S. Mail boat delivery routes in the United States. Whichever tour you choose, the area’s history and season’s backdrop are sure to deliver a memorable excursion.

Original Wisconsin DucksWisconsin Dells

Riders are treated to eight and a half miles of fun and adventure on land and water aboard the famous amphibious World War II “Ducks.” Tours wind through colorful scenery on the Wisconsin River, Lake Delton and wilderness trails. This half-land, half-water tour is a great way to explore the natural scenery of the area from two uniquely beautiful angles.

Wisconsin River CruisesRhinelander

There is no more picturesque place to see breathtaking fall foliage than in Wisconsin’s Northwoods. Passengers aboard the 76-foot Wilderness Queen can enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Willow Flowage transformed into magnificent hues of reds, oranges and yellows each fall. Wisconsin River Cruises offer sightseeing, dinner or brunch cruises seasonally.

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