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INTRODUCING

Evolving from the 2016 Ag-venture Field Trips guide, Field Trips Wisconsin is a resource guide for group tour professionals and youth education leaders who are seeking more information regarding field trips and other tours in the Wisconsin area. Look for your copy with our Itineraries Midwest Spring 2017 issue!

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Coming Spring/Summer 2017! Midwest Melting Pot: Multicultural Group Tours From festivals and food to museums and reenactments, the Midwest boasts a proud and vibrant multicultural history. Attend a pow-wow, taste some lutefisk, discover the art of Swiss woodcarving, learn a traditional African dance, travel back to the days of the Vikings, and so much more. The Midwest is overflowing with opportunities to explore the art, music, food, clothing, language, dance, and folklore from the cultures that defined this region.

All Groups On Deck On the Cover: Midwest Boating Tours: Take a dinner cruise down the Mississippi, ride a hydro-jet ferry to Mackinac Island, take a Wisconsin Dells Army Duck tour, learn how to navigate a sailboat, canoe down a scenic river stream, visit a boating museum, discover maritime history…the list goes on! With a plethora of lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, and reservoirs, the Midwest is overflowing with hundreds of “water-ful” tours for your groups.

Dear Planner, 16,000 years ago the last glaciers retreated from the Midwest, leaving us with a multitude of lakes, rivers, streams, and ponds to entertain our groups. So strap on your life jackets and prepare for your next group boating tour! Whether your group is looking for a fast-paced water excursion or a traditional riverboat cruise, this issue of Itineraries Midwest has got you covered. Enjoy an authentic paddlewheel experience on several vessels throughout the Midwest, such as the Spirit of Peoria in Illinois, the Mark Twain Riverboat in Missouri, or the Breezy Belle in Minnesota. Many of these relaxing cruises include a dinner option and some even invite you to take part in a Murder Mystery experience! For a boating tour at higher speeds, try Bryson’s Airboat Tours in Nebraska or Illinois’ Seadog Cruises. Or if your group would rather stay on land, this issue includes plenty of tours that take place off the water as well. Missouri’s Titanic Museum Attraction, Michigan’s Copper Harbor Lighthouse, and Wisconsin’s Door County Maritime Museum all offer fascinating boating history and activities for groups. So what are you waiting for? Read on to discover the variety of boating tours awaiting you and your groups! Best regards,

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featuring 6 Just Add Water columns 4 profile Treat Your Group to a Little Paradise 8 spotlight A Superior Tour Along Highway 61

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PROFILE

BY KATHLEEN SOMERS

Treat Your Group

Little Paradise

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hich would you rather do: follow your brother into the family business so you can hang outdoor signage in minus-twenty-degree Minnesota winters, or spend your workday cruising beautiful Lake Minnetonka every Minnesota summer? Dave Lawrence was a young man in his twenties when faced with just that sort of choice. No dummy he, Dave jumped at the opportunity to tend bar for a then-popular Lake Minnetonka cruise line. He fell in love with working on the water, and we are so glad he did. That was a while back. By 1985 his love of the hospitality business and his dad’s entrepreneurial spirit merged to inspire Lawrence to found his own business, a Lake Minnetonka cruise line. Lake Minnetonka is one of Minnesota’s larger lakes and certainly one of the most popular recreational lakes. Officially named in 1852, Minnetonka means “big water” in the Dakota language. And big it is, with 13 municipalities surrounding it. Early history tells stories of large steamboats, grand hotels, yacht clubs, sailing regattas, and vacations for the rich and famous. All this a mere

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15 miles west-southwest of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Lawrence picked himself a fine place to begin his business and in 1988, when he met the woman he would later marry, a new inspiration was sparked to take his company to greater heights. There’s something very special about Lawrence’s company. Built from the ground up, it’s a family owned business with a reputation of catering to the customers’ needs. Since its humble beginnings in ’85, Paradise Charter Cruises has grown to include five beautiful Skipper Liner vessels, serving well over 50,000 passengers per year on two of the country’s most popular waterways. That’s right. Lawrence also has an operation on the Mighty Mississippi. But let’s not jump too far ahead. We should start where the company began: on enchanting Lake Minnetonka. Paradise Charter Cruises offers departures from two very special venues on the lake: the ports of Excelsior or Wayzata. Your group will discover the beauty of Lake Minnetonka as they cruise past century-old lake cottages as well as luxurious million-dollar


TREAT YOUR GROUP TO A LITTLE PARADISE

mansions, all from the comfort of either the Paradise Destiny II, Paradise Princess II, or the Paradise Grand. The yachts of Paradise Charter Cruises can accommodate groups of 10 to 100. It’s a great way to see the sights of Lake Minnetonka as well as learn of her historical past. Eventually, the limitations on Lake Minnetonka for boat size and numbers brought Lawrence to more opportunity and more inspiration. In 2004 he opened a second operation on the largest river system in North America, the Mississippi. Since Minnesota boasts the starting point of this magnificent river, it made great sense. The two vessels operating on the Mississippi were updated between 2005-06. Like Paradise Charter Cruises on Lake Minnetonka, Minneapolis Queen offers sightseeing boat cruises, scenic tours and private charters on the Mississippi River. Your group will be treated to breathtaking panoramic views of the majestic river waters, and the stunning Minneapolis skyline. Options range from lots of corporate events, weddings, birthday parties, dinner cruises and more. But you’ll be happy to know a good 75% of the Paradise business is public cruises. Perhaps that is why they are so good at working with planners like you to make the experience exceptional. The Paradise Lady is the Mississippi River’s only luxurious charter yacht serving the Minneapolis area. She’s nearly 100 feet in length with two climate-controlled salons, lavish restroom facilities, a grand staircase, and three open-air decks, to mention just some of her elegant features. The Paradise Lady departs from Bohemian Flats Park in downtown Minneapolis and will captivate your group as she cruises the river’s majestic waters. Available for groups of 50-145, the Paradise Lady will exceed your expectations with her elegance and beauty. Also departing from Bohemian Flats just south of the historic Minneapolis Riverfront District is a modern day replica of grand riverboats of yore, the Minneapolis Queen paddleboat. Able to accommodate 125 passengers on a narrated sightseeing cruise, this paddle wheeler cruises the Scenic Byway and Heritage Trail along the University of Minnesota’s campus riverfront. You’ll pass under the stunning 35W bridge and enjoy breathtaking views of St. Anthony Falls, the historic Stone Arch Bridge and the legendary river bluffs—all with the Minneapolis skyline as a backdrop. Treat your group to the best the Mississippi River has to offer! For students, during special times of the season, there are field trip options on the Minneapolis Queen. It’s a great way for students to experience the Mississippi River and learn about the historic riverfront and Milling District, plus oh-so-much more. Whether it’s Lake Minnetonka or Mississippi River cruises you are interested in, the season runs from mid-April to the third week in October. Once you’ve done one cruise it’s likely you will want to come back to experience more with Paradise Charter Cruises. The options are varied. Maybe try the Minnesota Beer Cruise where your group can sample brews made locally in Minnesota. Or consider a Happy Hour Pizza Cruise, or maybe an elegant sit down dinner cruise. There is a full menu to choose from, plus a small bar. With customer needs at the center of the company’s concerns, you can rest assured that your group will have a safe, fun, and outstanding experience on either waterway. But to make it easy on yourself, you can contact one of the Paradise professionals to help you book your outing: 952.474.8058 | 888.559.8058, or book online at www.twincitiescruises.com. Paradise Charter Cruises and The Minneapolis Queen have built a reputation for grand class service. Lawrence has always remained humbled by serving you, his strong clientele. Guess that’s why I heard him exclaim, “I can’t wait for the season to start!” Perhaps you can’t either.

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by KATHLEEN SOMERS

Those “in the know” know: “The second best day in a man’s life is the day he buys his boat. The best day is the day he sells his boat!” This old joke speaks to the universal fact that we all love time on the water. It’s even better when there is no work, maintenance or hassle involved. There’s a certain je ne sais quoi about all things water, be it in, on, or about. We can’t really describe it. We only know that everybody seems to love, dare I say, flock to the water. So while you’re planning your group trips for 2017, maybe consider time on the water. It’s relaxing. Sights from a boat offer a different perspective than from land. More importantly, it just feels so good to be lazily floating on any sort of watercraft.

The water portion of your tour will always stand out as the most memorable, most enjoyable, and often the most talked about.

So come aboard, and let’s figure out some of the many ways you can include boats in your tours.

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With water having such universal appeal, it’s a good thing there are so many diverse ways to include your group in a water/ boat themed tour.

There are short tours like the popular 30-minute speedboat tours out of Chicago’s Navy Pier, and overnight outings like the 2-day cruise offered by Riverboat Twilight in Iowa. Most often planners look for a 1- to 3-hour long adventure that can be easily supplemented into your group’s itinerary. Good thing there are plenty of those to consider as well, such as Duluth’s sightseeing tour in Minnesota, or the Mark Twain Riverboat dinner cruise in Missouri. And speaking of dinner cruises, you gotta eat, right? So what about eating on the water? It’s not a given that your group will be fed while cruising, but it is an option quite often. From snacks to box lunches to sit-down candlelight dinners, eating on the water just notches up the fun factor. Consider a box lunch on the luxurious Riverboat Twilight in Iowa when you take your group on the 1.5-hour sightseeing excursion. There is also a cash bar and gift shop located onboard. Sometimes the meal is the focal point, like with a dinner or lunch cruise on the Breezy Belle in Minnesota. Or just offer some great “unwind time” as your group enjoys dinner while cruising the Missouri River on Omaha, Nebraska’s River City Star. Sometimes that nautical meal is best served from a restaurant near the water before or after the boat experience. Maxson Riverboat & Restaurant is a perfect example as they offer an on-shore meal in their glass-enclosed riverside dining room. Kansas’ Tuttle Puddle Tours offers a stop at Little Grill, a Jamaican restaurant, as part of a daylong excursion. If your group is into gaming, North Dakota’s 4 Bears Casino is a great stop for fun and food before touring Lake Sakakawea on The Island Girl. Many on-the-water experiences combine more than one “thing.” I mean, is it dinner, is it sightseeing, is it entertainment, or history? Hard to tell sometimes because it’s really all that rolled into one great experience. We call that “more bang for your buck.” But if history is what you’re looking for, there’s plenty to be had on the water. In Illinois, the Spirit of Peoria combines a buffet-style meal with live entertainment and history of the Mississippi from Mark Twain himself! Or maybe Michigan’s Alpena Shipwreck Tours is more of what you’re looking for. You can explore the shipwrecks of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary from glass-bottom viewing wells while learning the exciting tales of famous ships and their history. In Duluth, Minnesota your group can learn about the area’s history with Vista Fleet Cruises. South Dakota has the Capital City Queen riverboat tour, which offers a 2-hour cruise on the Missouri River including historic landmarks and some great stuff about the Lewis & Clark expedition. Or travel back in time in Wisconsin with Escapade Lake Cruises where your group will learn the rich history of Green Lake, the state’s deepest inland lake. Of course, if history is your thing, you will want to check out the Sergeant Floyd River Museum located on Sioux City, Iowa’s riverfront. The dry-docked motor vessel, M.V. Sergeant Floyd is now a historical museum named after the only man to have perished on the Lewis & Clark expedition. Devil’s Lake, North Dakota has a maritime museum and also exhibits models of three paddlewheel

steamboats from the USS North Dakota. Wisconsin’s Door County Maritime Museum showcases the area’s rich maritime roots. In Michigan you can explore the new maritime museum as part of the Copper Harbor Lighthouse tour. A ferry takes your group to one of Michigan’s oldest lighthouses restored to its original 1866 splendor. Missouri has the world’s only permanent Titanic Museum Attraction in a ship shaped structure. New to the museum is the Titanic Murder Mystery experience where your group can solve a whodunit! Which reminds me: showboat theatre is another great way to add water. That’s right! From June to mid-August your group can enjoy great musicals and comedies performed aboard the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre, moored at Riverfront Park in Iowa. Or how about solving a hilarious murder case while enjoying a 3-course dinner amid stunning views of the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan aboard the Harbor Lady in Wisconsin? Theatre, of course, isn’t the only form of entertainment to be enjoyed on the water. Many cruises and boats offer live entertainment in the form of music or storytelling, such as the Spirit of Peoria in Illinois. Some of the area’s greatest musicians, storytellers, actors, and entertainers can be found making regular appearances on Illinois’ authentic paddle wheeler. There’s dancing onboard the Spirit of Brownville for an unforgettable river experience in Nebraska. If you make your way to Hannibal, Missouri be sure to book your group on the Mark Twain Riverboat for more dancing and live music. There you can also enjoy the “prettiest pirate on the Mississippi,” Princess Jenny Cash, as she sings some of her (and likely your) favorites. Continue the tradition of music on the river with modern jazz, big band, and blues from Ben Bumbry and the Messengers. If your group is still yearning for more, try some Kansas-style adventures by arranging a custom excursion from Prairie Outfitters & Excursions. Groups as large as 25 can partake in a paddling adventure. Just a willingness to learn and experience something unique is the only requirement. Or perhaps a high-speed airboat adventure on the Platte River in Nebraska would suit your group’s needs? Bismarck, North Dakota is ready with the Lewis & Clark Riverboat to travel the mighty Missouri River in an adventure on one of America’s most beautiful and historic rivers. Another reason to bring your groups to the water is just plain ol’ sightseeing, such as what you’ll enjoy on the 75-minute River & Lake Chicago Architecture Tour. Get a close-up view of the famous bridges of the Chicago River and learn entertaining tidbits of the area’s history. One of the three distinct tours offered in Michigan by Pictured Rocks Cruises affords views of brilliantly colored cliffs, sea caves, and pristine beaches. For the best eagle watching in southern Minnesota, take a sightseeing tour on the Winona Tour Boat. Entertaining as well as educational, your group will spot wildlife and get up close with Winona’s famous boathouse community. No matter your groups’ interests, it’s usually done better when done with water. So before the season gets heated up, start planning what, where, and how you can add water for a more memorable experience for your group!

Some would say if you’re not on water, you’re not on vacation.

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SPOTLIGHT

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A Superior Tour Along Highway 61

The world-renowned North Shore Scenic Drive Byway is a journey through breathtaking wilderness along the shorelines of Lake Superior in Minnesota. Stretching 142 miles north from Duluth to Grand Portage, this section of U.S. Highway 61 is nationally designated as an “All-American Road.� View lighthouses, waterfalls, state parks, and friendly shoreline communities on this unforgettable tour.


A SUPERIOR TOUR ALONG HIGHWAY 61 day one

12 – 2:00pm Visit the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior, Wisconsin. Your tour begins with an introductory film, So We Have a War. Follow the story of WWII from Hitler’s rise in Europe through the attack on Pearl Harbor to the events in the North African, European and Pacific theaters of war and life on the home front. 2 – 4:00pm Make the short drive to Duluth to enjoy a tour of the Glensheen Historic Estate. This legendary mansion boasts more than 7.6 acres on the shores of Lake Superior. In addition to the spectacular home, your group can explore its seven acres of formal gardens and working vegetable gardens, the tennis court, and bowling green. Be sure to visit Glensheen’s Museum Shop for that special souvenir. 4 – 5:00pm Check into your relaxing evening.

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10 – 11:30am Visit Lake Superior’s floating maritime museum, the S.S. William A. Irvin. Tour the proud flagship of U.S. Steel’s Great Lakes Fleet and marvel at the surprisingly pristine condition of this vessel that carried iron ore and coal for 40 years. 11:30am – 1:30pm Your group can enjoy lunch in Canal Park and browse the many unique shops in the area. Take a stroll along the Lakewalk and you might even see ships entering the harbor.

Falls of the Baptism River. You’ll stunning rock formations, such as Head—a 200-foot cliff high above Schedule some time to get off and explore.

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12 – 2:30pm Get ready for an adventure at Lutsen Mountains! Ride the North Shore Mountain Tram (mid-America’s only gondola lift) to the top of Moose Mountain and enjoy 100-mile views across Lake Superior. Have lunch atop the mountain at Mountain View Grill! Gondola tour lunches include deli lunch buffet, salad, chips, dessert and beverage. 2:30 – 4:00pm Head south down Highway 61 to explore the historic Split Rock Lighthouse & Visitor Center, perched 130 feet above the lake. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 2011, Split Rock Lighthouse is a rare example of a highly intact 20th-century Great Lakes light station. View films and exhibits about the lighthouse, and stories of major storms and shipwrecks. 4:00pm Return to Grand Superior Lodge for a relaxing evening.

day four

9 – 11:30am Today your group is headed back up Highway 61 to Minnesota’s own New England: Grand Marais, MN. What a great community for shopping, stunning views, great food, and galleries with locally-produced crafts, jewelry, and inspired artwork—all within Grand Marais’ walkable downtown.

11:30am – 2:30pm Your next stop is at The Naniboujou Lodge for lunch. On the National Register of Historic Places, Naniboujou boasts Minnesota’s largest native rock fireplace, a 200-ton work of art that stands in the 30’ x 80’ Great Hall. Naniboujou was originally a private club enjoyed by the likes of Babe Ruth and Jack Dempsey. Probably the most memorable aspect of the lodge is the wondrously painted dining room with Cree Indian designs over the walls and the twenty-foot-high domed ceiling (resembling the shape of a canoe). This work of art continually amazes and intrigues, echoing the elegance and style of another era. (Itinerary consideration: group teas are served here.) 2:30 – 4:00pm Travel down Highway 61 to Cascade River State Park for breathtaking views of the rushing river and grand waterfalls that lay within the gorge, lush with moss and ferns that grow on black volcanic rocks. 4 – 7:00pm Another great tour option is North Shore Scenic Cruises. Enjoy a unique interpretive cruise along Minnesota’s famous shoreline. Your group will enjoy a two-hour narrated audio/visual presentation on the sights and attractions along Minnesota’s most majestic section of coastline. See the ships that sail Lake Superior as well as the wrecks that lie under her icy waters. Cruises begin mid-May and run through early October’s fall colors. This sample itinerary includes just a few of the many great tour ideas along the Byway. For more information and assistance, contact your tour operator, our advertisers, or local CVBs throughout the region.

1:30 – 3:00pm Head north on Highway 61 and be sure to stop at the world famous Betty’s Pies in Two Harbors, MN. 3 – 5:00pm Continue north on scenic Highway 61 to Grand Superior Lodge on Lake Superior. With a variety of lodging options, your group will experience a true “up north” atmosphere with plenty of things to do. 7:00pm Dinner tonight will be at Grand Superior’s Splashing Rock Restaurant, offering a savory dining experience amidst warm northwoods décor and spectacular views of Lake Superior.

day three

9:00am – 12:00pm Enjoy the coach ride along Minnesota’s North Shore Scenic Drive Byway. You’ll pass by some true roadside beauty, including Tettegouche State Park, home of the High

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Winter Calendar

CHICAGO

Seadog Cruises

Welcome to one of the most popular attractions at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Whether your group is made up of history buffs, architecture aficionados, or thrill-seekers, Seadog has something for everyone! The Lakefront Speedboat Tour is the best way to view the Windy City from the lake. This 30-minute experience combines an exciting speedboat ride with an informative and amusing narration from your guide. Race along the shoreline, and pause for unique views of Sears Tower, Buckingham Fountain, and Grant Park. The 75-minute River & Lake Chicago Architecture Tour offers up-close views of all the famous bridges of the Chicago River. Hear entertaining stories and tidbits from Chicago’s history as you cruise along the lakefront. For a truly exhilarating experience, try the Extreme Thrill Ride. This wet and wild ride is 30% faster than Seadog’s other tours, topping out at 45mph. Enjoy rock n’ roll music and a fun narration as you twist, turn and splash. Seadog also offers holiday and other specialty cruises. Or book a private charter and design the perfect tour for your group’s interests. The possibilities are endless!

January 7-28, Alton 618-465-6676

• Progressive® Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Strictly Sail Show

January 11-15, Chicago 847-853-6117

• Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition

January 18-21, Rockford 805-987-8800

February • Southern Illinois Boat & Fishing Show February 3-5, Marion 618-993-2657

• Midwestern Herb and Garden Show

February 10-12, Mount Vernon 618-242-3151

• Maple Syrup Festival

more illinois boating adventures… Oregon | Maxson Riverboat & Restaurant Perched on the shores of the beautiful Rock River is Maxson Riverside Restaurant. Enjoy an on-shore meal in their glass-enclosed riverside dining room. Then hop aboard the Pride of Oregon riverboat for an unforgettable sightseeing experience. This authentic paddlewheel riverboat is 102 feet of real river charm, with a festive exterior and graciously appointed interior. With a capacity of 149 sightseeing passengers, your group will create lasting memories in a relaxing atmosphere.

January • Eagle Watcher’s Shuttle Tour

February 25-26, Makanda 618-453-1121

Peoria | Spirit of Peoria For a bit of history and adventure, take a riverboat cruise down the Mississippi or Illinois River aboard the Spirit of Peoria. This authentic paddlewheeler features live entertainment, buffet-style meals, music, and storytelling. You’ll be fascinated by the boat’s tall fluted stacks and gigantic red paddlewheel churning through the water. Hear the history of the Mississippi from Mark Twain himself and view wildlife along the way. Single-day trips and overnight packages are available, along with group discounts.

March • Antique Spectacular March 3-5, Rock Island 309-788-5912

• Maple Sugaring Spring Fever March 11-12, Naperville 630-420-6010

• Chicago Flower & Garden Show

March 18-26, Chicago 312-241-1250


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Celebration River Cruises Moline, IL

attractions Celebration River Cruises 2501 River Drive . . . . . . . 800-297-0034

Moline, IL 61265 www.celebrationbelle.com Enjoy the best views of the river with one of several cruise options, from narrated lunch and sightseeing cruises to evening dinner and entertainment cruises. Themed lunches and all-day cruises are available as well!

locks and dams. What a perfect day on the river! The Celebration Belle is the perfect groupfriendly choice for your tours, not only to have an outstanding meal, but also to enjoy fabulous entertainment—all in one spot! Celebration River Cruises makes planning easy, with cruise options from Moline, IL (Quad Cities), Dubuque, IA, and Prairie du Chien, WI. For more information or to customize a tour for your group, contact Susan at Celebration River Cruises at 309-764-1952 or visit www.celebrationbelle.com.

What could be better than embracing beautiful scenic views while having some fun on the river? And not just any river—but the historic Mississippi River? Now is the time to start planning your spring and summer group tours, and no itinerary is complete without a Celebration River Cruises excursion. Celebration River Cruises is a family-owned company located in the Moline, IL/Quad Cities area, operating the Celebration Belle. This 770-passenger, non-gaming vessel is the largest riverboat on the upper Mississippi River. She has four decks, including two enclosed dining decks and two observation decks with plenty of outdoor seating, along with a gift shop on the third deck. There are cash bars onboard as well, and even an elevator! Enjoy the best views of the river with one of several cruise options, from narrated lunch and sightseeing cruises to evening dinner and entertainment cruises. Themed lunches and all-day cruises are available as well! The Celebration Belle has the perfect cruise to fit your group. In addition to fabulous entertainment, all meals are freshly www.itinerariesmidwest.com

prepared right onboard by experienced chefs. 2017 marks the 33rd cruising season for Celebration River Cruises, with tours offered from April through October, and even a few in November. Theme Music Lunch Cruises are a popular option for groups. These four-hour cruises offer fabulous live entertainment along with a full hot two-entrée lunch buffet, complete with their famous homemade sticky rolls and fruit. This cruise option will keep you coming back year after year, with several different themes to choose from: Classic Oldies, Big Band, Kickin’ It Country, Broadway, Fall Foliage, Old Man River, Tribute to Veterans, and many more! All-day cruises begin in June and are another great option for groups. Become Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn for a day as you cruise the Mississippi from Le Claire, IA to Dubuque, IA or from Dubuque to Moline, IL. The fall season offers cruises north on the river to Guttenberg, IA and Prairie du Chien, WI. The All-Day Cruise options include three full meals, live entertainment, narration by the captain, and beautiful scenery. On your journey you’ll experience locking through

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Winter Calendar

LE CLAIRE

Riverboat Twilight

From the 1.5-hour sightseeing excursion to the 2-day signature cruise, Riverboat Twilight has the perfect tour for your group. Designed as a replica of the lavish Victorian steamboats from over a century ago, this elegant vessel is a sight to behold. With three decks, comfortable dining salons, sundecks complete with lounge chairs, and climate-controlled interiors, the Twilight offers supreme comfort and luxury. The Sightseeing Cruise departs from late May to mid-October and lasts approximately 1.5 hours. Enjoy an exciting narration from your captain, hear tales from this quaint river town, and spot wildlife along the way. Box lunches are welcome, with a cash bar and gift shop located on board. If your group is looking for a longer tour, try the 1-day cruise. Departing at 8:30am and returning by 5:00pm, the Twilight will take you north from Dubuque and into one of the most beautiful areas of the Mississippi. This tour includes a continental breakfast, two snacks, a full lunch, as well as breathtaking scenery, and historical narration. A 2-day overnight cruise is also available, featuring live entertainment, exciting stops along the way, and accommodations at Grand Harbor Resort. more iowa boating adventures…

January • 2017 Des Moines Boat & Sport Show

Clinton | Clinton Area Showboat Theatre This little workhorse once served to push barges up and down the Ohio River. Today she is moored at Riverfront Park, hosting a professional summer repertory theatre from June through mid-August each year, with great musicals and hilarious comedies. Their troupe of talented Midwest actors, Broadway professionals, and local alums provides a summer of theatre magic aboard the showboat. Enjoy group rates and a meet-the-cast reception after the performance!

• Eastern Iowa Sportshow

Sioux City | Sergeant Floyd River Museum & Welcome Center Located along Sioux City’s riverfront, the Sergeant Floyd River Museum & Welcome Center is adjacent to the Chris Larsen Park picnic shelter and the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center. This dry-docked motor vessel, the M.V. Sergeant Floyd, functions uniquely as a historical museum. Named in honor of the only man to have died on the Lewis & Clark Expedition, the museum provides visitors with valuable local information as well as a lesson in Missouri River history.

January 6-8, Des Moines 800-756-4788

• Indulge: A Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Affair

January 20-21, Des Moines 515-371-4742

• Making Memories in Wood with Ernie Koch

January 28-29, Webster City 515-832-9570

February • The Sound of Music February 7-12, Des Moines 515-246-2300

• 6th Annual Blind WIne Tasting February 10-12, Waukon 563-568-2758

• Chicago: The Musical

February 21-23, Sioux City 800-514-3849

March • Southern Iowa Living Expo March 3-5, Ottumwa 641-684-7000 March 10-12, Cedar Falls 319-273-6334

• The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein March 17 - April 9, Des Moines 515-277-6261


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Lucas County Welcomes You! From famous handmade candies to bobolinks; from hay bale art to the “banana room”; from custom motorcycles to Amish tours—Lucas County offers a variety of unique stops to include in your group tour itinerary! Lucas County is home to two of the state’s designated Bird Conservation Areas (BCA), which include public and private lands focused on two units of Stephens State Forest. To date, 185 species of birds have been identified. Schedule your visit around the Lucas County Birding Festival May 5-7, 2017. There will be field trips and workshops for experienced and novice birders as well as opportunities to see lots of birds as they migrate north to their nesting grounds. In spring, the blooming redbud trees in the state park and forest areas are an especially beautiful backdrop for photos. Lucas County is also home to the state-of-the-art distribution facilities of Hy-Vee grocery stores. Schedule a tour for your group and get a behindthe-scenes look at how groceries are received, stored, and shipped throughout the Midwest. See how bananas are ripened in special rooms, how ice is manufactured and bagged, and how it feels to work in an enormous freezer. Other great tours in Lucas County feature agritourism, Amish culture, museums, quilt shops, and more. For more information or to customize a tour for your group, contact Tourism Lucas County at 641-774-4059, or visit them online at www.lucascountytourism.org.

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Take a one-day cruise with your group aboard the Twilight. Depart from Dubuque at 8:30am, traveling to Guttenberg and back again by 5:00pm. This cruise heads north and takes in one of the most beautiful areas on the Mississippi River.

experience for your group, contact Riverboat Twilight Cruises at 800-331-1467 or visit them online at www.riverboattwilight.com.

The Twilight is fast, elegant and quiet as she takes you on a journey with three decks and comfortable dining salons. You will find lounge chairs to sightsee or to snooze in the sun. This vessel was designed and built by Captain Dennis Trone and is a replica of the lavish Victorian steamboats from over a century ago. Your cruise includes a continental breakfast, two snacks, a full lunch, historical narration, great scenery, eagles, and more relaxation than your groups have allowed in years. You’ll also enjoy music provided by local favorite L.A. Suess on banjo. The onboard chef takes pride in maintaining the river’s grand tradition of sumptuous meals. Your groups will board and find a continental breakfast awaiting them, complete with sweet rolls, fruits and beverages. Lunch will be served at your tables. Choose from entrées such as chicken, Iowa pulled pork, and tender roast beef, along with all the trimmings. To finish off your lunch, enjoy a specialty dessert, coffee and a leisurely stroll along the deck. Morning and afternoon snacks will also be provided.

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Walking Tour. Or choose the Westward by Rail tour, where you’ll explore the technological advances made during the United States’ westward expansion.

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History in Pottawattamie County
 This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year. Welcome to Council Bluffs, Iowa—county seat of Pottawattamie County and overflowing with fascinating history. This sample itinerary includes several museums for your groups to enjoy, whether you’re staying for the afternoon or a few days.

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10:00am – 12:00pm
 “Squirrel Cage” Jail Museum is a one-ofa-kind structure that provides groups the opportunity to see firsthand a piece of cultural and architectural history. Built in 1885, this is the only three-story revolving jail ever built. The cell section remains as it was in 1969 when the jail closed. Today it serves as a wellrestored snapshot of an interesting era of our society. 12 – 1:00pm Enjoy lunch at one of Council Bluffs’ group-

friendly dining options. 1 – 3:00pm
 RailsWest Railroad Museum is the last surviving passenger depot in the Council Bluffs area. The transcontinental railroad played a major role in the development of southwest Iowa. The museum includes a gift shop, railroad artifacts and exhibits, and the former ticket office. View dining car silverware, a telegraph office, a model railroad display, and much more. 3 – 5:00pm Choose from three tours for your group at the Union Pacific Railroad Museum. The UP Railroad Museum Highlights Tour takes your group through both floors of the museum, exploring the rich history of the Union Pacific on a one-hour tour. Experience Lincoln’s 1859 visit as you and your group retrace his footsteps through Council Bluffs’ historic downtown on the Track Down Lincoln

10:00am – 12:00pm The Bregant House is a unique home that was custom built for Jean and Inez Bregant, who were just 45 and 42 inches tall. The house has furnishings and construction at heights and dimensions that were comfortable uniquely for them. The Bregants were spokespersons for the Woodward Candy Company of Council Bluffs and called “The Smallest Couple in the World.” 12 – 2:00pm Take a lunch break at a Council Bluffs restaurant, such as Upstream Brewing Company or Quaker Steak & Lube. 2 – 4:00pm
 Grenville M. Dodge was a nationally known and respected military general, railroad builder and politician, and also one of the wealthiest citizens of Iowa. He created a home in Council Bluffs that incorporated many lovely woods and rare amenities of central heating and hot and cold running water. The Historic General Dodge House is on the National Register of Historic Places and is open for tours Tuesday through Sunday. For more information or to customize a tour for your group, contact the Pottawattamie County Historical Society at 712-323-2509 or visit www.thehistoricalsociety.org.

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Front St - Le Claire, IA 52753 www.riverboattwilight.com The Twilight is fast, elegant and quiet as she takes you on a journey with three decks and comfortable dining salons. 1 and 2-day cruises available, as well as 1.5-hour sightseeing cruises.

While you are in the area, be sure to check out one of their famous festivals. Autumn brings the popular Oktoberfest, serving up a true German ambience. Visiting in December? Enjoy the Prelude to Christmas, featuring the awe-inspiring Tannenbaum Forest.

To customize a group tour, contact the Amana Heritage Society at 319-622-3567 or online at www.amanaheritage.org.

Amana Heritage Society PO Box 81 - Amana, IA 52203 . 319-622-3567 Old Creamery Theatre Co. 39 38th Ave - Amana, IA 52203 319-622-6262

The Amana Colonies have been a treasure on the Iowa prairie for over 150 years, offering unforgettable experiences as unique as your group. Located just minutes from I-80, the seven villages of the Amana Colonies offer groups the opportunity to step back from today’s busy pace to relish in the comfort of locally crafted foods, furniture, art, and more. The area offers a unique history and culture found nowhere else in the world. The Amana Colonies have something for everyone, and they can handcraft an experience just for your group!

12 – 5:00pm The Amana Heritage Society collects, preserves, and interprets the cultural heritage of the Amana Colonies National Historic Landmark. Discover the history of this German communal settlement at the Amana Heritage Society Museum. View thousands of artifacts and see an actual piece of the Amana Meteorite of 1875. The exhibit also features maps, charts, and contemporary documentation of this world famous meteorite. Tour four other historical sites including: The Amana Community Church, High Amana General Store, Communal Kitchen & Cooper Shop Museum and the Homestead Blacksmith Shop.

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5 – 7:00pm Feel right at home at The Ronneburg Restaurant. Enjoy authentic German food from the village’s original communal kitchen. They offer family-style dining, homemade soups and salads, and delicious desserts. A group dinner menu is also available. For more information, contact The Ronneburg Restaurant at 888-348-4686 or online at www.ronneburgrestaurant.com. 7 – 9:00pm Spend the evening with a show at the Old Creamery Theatre! Proud to be the oldest professional theatre company in the state of Iowa, this venue features musicals, plays, concerts and other special events. This year they’re celebrating 45 years of bringing live,

104 North Grand Street - Chariton, IA 50049 www.lucascountytourism.org From famous handmade candies to bobolinks, hay bale art to the banana room, and custom motorcycles to Amish tours, Lucas County offers a variety of unique stops to include in your group tour itinerary.

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Embrace your inner adventurer and arrange a custom excursion for your group! Prairie Outfitters & Excursions offers everything from rentals to guided trips for groups of up to 25. Immerse yourself in the beauty of south central and southeastern Kansas through a paddling or hiking trip. No experience necessary! The only thing these paddling adventures require is a willingness to learn and encounter the unique personality of the region—from history to wildlife. Your guided tour consists of a journey of your choice led by a knowledgeable guide who’s familiar with the area and its native species. Discounts are available for groups and they’ll even customize your trip with fun games, leadership and team-building activities, and a catered picnic for afterward. Choose from one of their pre-designed float trips along the Arkansas River, Grouse Creek, Fall River, or Otter Creek, or customize your own. Let Prairie Outfitters & Excursions provide your group with an exciting and unforgettable experience as you explore the inspiring waters, forests, and prairielands of this breathtaking region. You’ll find the spectacular views and historical landmarks are well worth the trip. more kansas boating adventures… Lawrence | Friends of the KAW Float Trips Friends of the KAW sponsors both private and public educational canoe float trips from March through October. Efforts are focused on scheduling private groups of 16 to 24 people. The advantage of organizing a private group trip is that you pick the date, time, and river segment you wish to explore. They’ll bring the boats and host an educational “sandbar” seminar followed by a hotdog and marshmallow roast. Float trips along the Kansas River are appropriate for novice boaters and groups, however it takes some muscle power to paddle down the river.

Manhattan | Tuttle Puddle Tours Spend the day navigating the Tuttle Reservoir aboard Duke the Duck, an amphibious vehicle with a capacity of up to 15 guests. Groups are encouraged to bring their own drinks and snacks, but your captain is happy to make any stops along the way. Visit Tuttle Creek State Park, offering everything from golfing and horse trails to fishing and archery. Or stop at Little Grill, a vibrant Jamaican restaurant located right along the beach. Tours range from short tours to full day bookings.

January • Albers Marine 11th Annual Fishing and Hunting Show January 21-22, Pittsburg 620-347-8853

February • Lincoln Days - Lincoln Reenactment February 10-11, Lincoln 785-524-5133

• The Little Mermaid

February 16-19, Hutchinson 620-662-1601

• 118th Annual Midwest Art Exhibition

February 17 - April 17, Lindsborg 785-227-2220

• Time Stands Still

February 23-26, Hutchinson 316-350-7529

March • 17th Annual Parade of Quilts March 1-31, Yoder 620-728-9945

• Church Basement Ladies March 3-12, Lawrence 785-843-7469


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Relive history. Hike the Flint Hills. Shop until you drop. Rough it on a ranch. Whatever your cup of tea – or cowboy coffee – you’ll find the perfect adventure that’s right for your group. Kansas is known for their frontier history, Wild West legends, and abundant hunting and fishing. They are also home to the only underground salt museum in the Western Hemisphere as well as natural geological wonders, which will make you stop and question if you’re even in Kansas anymore.

Atchison Area

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Experience Haunted Atchison! Take a walking tour of Mount Vernon Cemetery. As one of the oldest cemeteries in Atchison, you will encounter impressive monuments and presentations of funeral and mourning customs. Dive in a little deeper and do some ghost hunting yourself ! Ghost Hunting 101 will explain all you need to investigate on your own. Dinner is full of excitement with Murder Mystery Dinners. This interactive scenario lets you solve the mystery with your group, along with a scrumptious buffet meal. 800-234-1854 | www.visitatchison.com

Explore the only limestone house in Dodge City at the Home of Stone, or marvel at the unique architecture of the Carnegie Arts Center. 800-OLD-WEST | www.visitdodgecity.org

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Fort Scott Area

The Big Well in Greensburg is a marvel of pioneer engineering that was completed in 1888 as the town’s original water supply. At 109 feet deep, this is a breathtaking sight to see and one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas. This new museum opened in May of 2012 and allows visitors to descend a spiral staircase into the Big Well and view exhibits that feature Greensburg’s history. Learn how the city rebuilt itself as a sustainable community after a tornado destroyed 95% of Greensburg in 2007. 620-723-2751 | www.greensburgks.org

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Fort Scott has a variety of fun agri-tourism outings for your groups. Milk a cow at Foster Dairy Farm. Discover the science of elk breeding at Anderson Elk Ranch. Learn how to grow lavender and other plants, or simply stroll through Fort Scott’s unique gardens. The Farmers’ Market takes place on Skubitz Plaza in front of the Fort from May

Chanute Area

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Tour the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum! With four main touring areas including the Johnson Exhibition Gallery, Selsor Special Exhibits Gallery, Imperato West African Exhibit Gallery, and the 30-seat Snark Theater, this museum will keep your group entertained all day long. The Chanute Art Gallery hosts exhibits and unique art. Learn the history of the area at the Chanute Historical Museum or relax at Cardinal Drug Store with an old-fashioned soda! 620-431-3350 | www.chanutechamber.com

Hays

CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU With easy access from the interstate, fun attractions, motorcoach-friendly lodging facilities, and unique restaurants, who wouldn’t want to visit Hays? Pet and brush the little Arabian horses at Blue Sky Miniature Horse Farm and learn how these petite little creatures are trained. Historic Fort Hays welcomes groups to view exhibits and artifacts about the Fort and its military history. Hays is also home to many art galleries and studios to venture through. Learn the history and heritage of the area with a stroll through downtown. 785-628-8202 | www.haysusa.net

Dodge City

CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU As you walk the streets of Dodge City and experience their rich cowboy history, you’ll wonder what it was really like in the Old West. Located in southwest Kansas, just a few short hours from the big city, you can step back in time to a more laidback lifestyle with a touch of cowboy flair. Explore the city’s National Historic District with the Trail of Fame walking tour or hop on the Dodge City Trolley for a one-hour narrated tour! www.itinerariesmidwest.com

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• Home of the world-famous Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum, housed in a former Santa Fe Railroad Depot • The Chanute Art Gallery • Chanute Historical Museum • Cardinal Drug Store Old-Fashioned Soda Fountain • Summit Hill Gardens, handmade soap shop in an historic setting Let us help you plan your next travel adventure. information@chanutechamber.com www.chanutechamber.com 1-620-431-3350

• All-terrain ATV Ranch Tours • Secret Garden Tours • Farm Winery • Elk Ranch • Lavender Patch • Cheese Making • Petting Zoo • Pumpkin Patch • Beekeeping • Dairy Farm

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Oz with Dorothy herself ! At the Mid-America Air Museum, you’ll see over 100 unique aircraft, plus a hands-on science hall. Relax at the Baker Arts Center and browse through the library of numerous art and art-related books. Be sure to stop by the International Pancake Day Hall of Fame! 800-LIBERAL | www.visitliberal.com

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continued from page 17 Dwight Eisenhower, Amelia Earhart, Bob Dole and other great Kansans. Visit the many historical sites that set this city apart from everywhere else. For a farm adventure take a hayride through Cider Hill Family Orchard! 913-321-5800 | www.visitkansascityks.com

Leavenworth

CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU “The First City of Kansas” is home to historic Fort Leavenworth, the oldest active military post west of the Appalachian Mountains. Visit the Frontier Army Museum or take a tour of the Fort to learn about its history and why it’s known as the “Intellectual Center of the Army.” The C.W. Parker Carousel Museum is a new facility that features a fully operational, newly restored 1913 C.W. Parker Carousel. 913-758-2948 | www.firstcityofkansas.com

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CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU Discover the history of Seward County and learn about the area’s first European settlers at the Coronado Museum. Then take a guided tour through Dorothy’s House & the Land of

CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU Visit the Flint Hills Discovery Center! Group tours are always astounded by the Immersive Experience Theater, as well as temporary exhibits like Amazing Dinosaurs, which was on display during the summer 2016 season. Temporary exhibits are rotated every few months, while permanent exhibits describe the geology of the Flint Hills region – the last remaining vestige of tallgrass prairie in North America. Visit Manhattan for the complete tallgrass prairie exhibit experience. 785-776-8829 | www.visitmanhattanks.org

Merriam

VISITORS BUREAU There’s so much to see and do in Merriam! Pop into Georgetown Pharmacy Old Fashioned Soda Shop to enjoy a REAL old-fashioned soda and learn the history of the fountain. Entice your senses with a group tour of Mixture, a candle and bath & body manufacturing facility. LEE® Jeans Heritage Hall is also a must. Learn about the legendary LEE Jeans brand in a self-guided tour. 913-403-8999 | www.exploremerriam.com

Salina Area

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Located at the crossroads of I-70 and I-135 in central Kansas, Salina is an easy destination and well worth the journey! Take an interactive trip around the world at the wildlife museum of Rolling Hills Zoo and see 64,000 square feet of exhibits that are sure to fascinate and educate. Take a stroll downtown to find a wide selection of unique shops, delicious eateries, entertaining theatres, historical museums and one-of-a-kind local art! 785-827-9301 | www.visitsalinaks.org

Directory convention & visitors bureaus and chambers Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . 800-234-1854 200 S 10th St – Atchison, KS 66002 www.visitatchison.com

Chanute Chamber of Commerce 21 North Lincoln . . . . . . . . . 620-431-3350 Chanute, KS 66720 www.chanutechamber.com

Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . 800-OLD-WEST 400 W Wyatt Earp Blvd – Dodge City, KS 67801 www.visitdodgecity.org

Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . 800-245-3678 231 East Wall Street – Fort Scott, KS 66701 www.fortscott.com

Greensburg . . . . . . . . . 620-723-2751 300 S Main – Greensburg, KS 67054 www.greensburgks.org

Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau 2700 Vine Street . . . . . . . . . 785-628-8202 Hays, KS 67601 www.haysusa.net

Kansas City Convention and Visitors Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . 913-321-5800 755 Minnesota Avenue – Kansas City, KS 66101 www.visitkansascityks.com

Leavenworth Convention and Visitors Bureau . . . . . . 913-758-2948 100 N 5th St Room 104 – Leavenworth, KS 66048 www.firstcityofkansas.com

Liberal Convention and Visitors Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . 620-626-0170 1 Yellow Brick Road – Liberal, KS 67901 www.visitliberal.com

Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . 785-776-8829 501 Poyntz Ave – Manhattan, KS 66502 www.visitmanhattanks.org

Merriam Visitors Bureau 6304 East Frontage Road . . . . 913-403-8999 Merriam, KS 66202 www.exploremerriam.com

Salina Area Chamber of Commerce 120 W Ash . . . . . . . . . . . . 785-827-9301 Salina, KS 67402 www.visitsalinaks.org

Tour Kansas . . . . . . . . . 913-403-8999 501 Poyntz Ave - Manhattan, KS 66502 www.tourkansas.org

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January • 35th Annual Plymouth Ice Festival

Good Morning America named it “Michigan’s #1 Adventure Destination” and it’s not hard to see why. Open mid-May through mid-October, Pictured Rocks Cruises will take your groups into and alongside the most visually stunning 40 miles of shoreline on the Great Lakes. Their day cruises are narrated by the captain and will inform you of a brief history of the tour boat, local area facts, and Michigan points of interest on this national park tour. The Regular Cruise travels 32 miles round trip. You’ll see brilliantly colored cliffs, sea caves, and pristine beaches on this 2.5-hour excursion. The Spray Falls Cruise offers all the beauty of the Regular Cruise, plus an additional waterfall. Go further down the shoreline and view the majestic Spray Falls, cascading 70 feet into Lake Superior. Enjoy fabulous photo opportunities while aboard the catamaran. Don’t worry, you won’t get wet! The Sunset Cruise is a great after-dinner option for your group. Enjoy the rays of the setting sun on the Pictured Rocks cliffs, a beautiful Lake Superior twilight, and an unforgettable evening. Private boat charters are also available, as well as special group discounts. more michigan boating adventures…

January 6-8, Plymouth 248-817-8836

• Ultimate Fishing Show

January 12-15, Novi 800-328-6550

• Tecumseh’s 8th Annual Ice Sculpture Festival January 21-22, Tecumseh 517-424-6003

February • Charlevoix Shadow Fest February 3-5, Charlevoix 231-547-2101

• The Detroit Boat Show

February 11-19, Detroit 734-261-0123

• 12th Annual Winter Beer Festival

February 24-25, Comstock Park 616-784-4131

March • William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night March 3-26, Detroit 313-577-2972

• Mid-Michigan Outdoor & Boat Show

March 10-12, Birch Run 989-624-4665

• Michigan Gem and Mineral Society Annual Show March 17-19, Jackson 517-522-3396

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Alpena | Alpena Shipwreck Tours Explore the shipwrecks of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The glass bottom viewing wells allow you to dive among the wrecks—without getting wet. During this 2-hour cruise, your group will experience the magnificently preserved shipwrecks as well as the scenic shorelines of Thunder Bay. Hear the exciting tales of many famous ships and the history, legends, and lore of Lake Huron. Before or after the trip, stop by the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center Museum for more shipwreck tales.

Copper Harbor | Copper Harbor Lighthouse & Tours Board the ferry and enjoy a narrated cruise through Copper Harbor’s once-bustling port and arrive at one of Michigan’s oldest lighthouses. Restored to its original 1866 beauty and overlooking the majesty of Lake Superior, Copper Harbor Lighthouse features exhibits that recreate the lives of keepers and their families during the early 20th century. An experienced docent will assist your group through the interior of the lighthouse, complete with furnishings from the era.


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Windsor, Ontario

Get away in Canada! Windsor River Cruises takes your groups north of the border while staying right next to home. Located across the banks of Detroit, Windsor welcomes you to enjoy a day on the water with one of their many cruise options. SIGHTSEEING CRUISES Looking for an affordable tour? Windsor’s sightseeing cruises are a great way to get your groups out on the water and enjoy the scenic Detroit River. Light lunch or snack options are available while listening to an audio commentary of the history and cultural significance of the river and surrounding areas.

AMHERSTBURG DAY CRUISES Step back to the days of the Bob-Lo Steamers and see them in person in the Wilkinson Channel. Your groups will step aboard the Macassa Bay and enjoy a gorgeous day in historic Amherstburg. You will see Fort Wayne, the town of Sandwich, Wyandotte, Michigan, Fighting Island and so much more! LUNCH & BRUNCH CRUISES Looking for a unique cruise? Enjoy a scrumptious lunch or brunch along the Detroit River aboard the Macassa Bay. This cruise offers your groups a unique and memorable experience in the Windsor-Essex County region. Enjoy views of GM Headquarters, Millionaires’ Row, Chrysler Canada Headquarters, Ambassador Bridge and many more. DINNER/DANCE CRUISES Spend the evening aboard the Macassa Bay and take in the sights, sunset, laughter, dancing, twilight, and a gourmet meal all in one location! EARLY BIRD CRUISES New to Windsor River Cruises, your groups can now enjoy Early Bird Cruises. Being on the water is a delightful way to start out your day, boarding at 9am and returning by 11am.

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11:00am – 4:00pm Step back in time with a visit to Castle Farms, one of Michigan’s premier historical attractions. This French Renaissancestyle castle offers the perfect blend of oldworld charm and modern-day elegance. A tour of Castle Farms, built in 1918, offers a fascinating glimpse into the property’s unique history. Guided tours include: • Soaring towers and stone buildings • Sweeping gardens based on European design • Vintage collections of castles, toys, and royalty memorabilia • 1918 museum featuring ladies’ fashion accessories, household items, children’s games, and WWI artifacts The castle’s Outdoor Model Railroad is a must-see, featuring more than 70 G-scale trains operating on 2,500 feet of track—the largest in the state of Michigan. Book your tour in advance and treat your groups to farmto-table or restaurant-style dinners, soup and sandwich lunches, pizza, and sweet treats. To book your Castle Farms group tour, and to select menu options and pricing, please contact Kayla Eggers, Group Tour Specialist, at 231-237-0884 ext. 224, or visit castlefarms.com. 1-887-832-7267


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5052 M66 North – Charlevoix, MI 49720 www.castlefarms.com One of northern Michigan’s premier historic attractions – open year-round for group tours. View soaring towers, charming courtyards and magnificent gardens. Collections on display include royalty memorabilia, antique toys and castles, plus a model garden railroad.

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1 Riverfront Festival Plaza – Windsor, ON N9A 2S4 www.windsorrivercruises.com Located right across the banks of Detroit, Michigan, Windsor, Ontario welcomes you to enjoy a day on the water with one of their many cruise options.

4 – 7:00pm See beautiful Lake Michigan from the water! Take a ride on the 130-passenger Keweenaw Star, docked in the heart of Charlevoix, just south of the US 31 drawbridge. The Keweenaw Star offers many varieties of afternoon & sunset cruises to fit your group! To book your cruise, contact Keweenaw Excursions, Inc. at 231-237-9365. 7:00pm Balcony views of Lake Michigan, a timeless Earl Young stone fireplace to warm you—this is just the beginning of your unique experience at Weathervane Terrace Inn & Suites. Relax in the heated outdoor pool and enjoy the view of Lake Michigan in the Charlevoix air and sun. Rest up for your adventures tomorrow!

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9 – 11:00am Wake up to a bountiful continental breakfast by the pool at Weathervane Terrace. 11:00am – 1:00pm Have you heard of the Earl Young Mushroom Houses? Unique only to Charlevoix, your groups will be guided through a tour around the triangular block bounded by Park Avenue, Grant Street, and Clinton Street. Here you will see some of the most famous and most beloved work of long-time Charlevoix resident, Earl Young. These homes were built or remodeled beginning in the late 1930s, culminating in the construction of the “mushroom house” in the 1950s. Tours are offered through the Charlevoix Historical Society: 231-547-0373 or online at chxhistory.com. For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group, contact your tour operator or the attractions listed above.

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DULUTH

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Take in all the activity and spectacular scenery of Lake Superior and the Duluth Superior Harbor with the Northland’s longest and only running harbor cruise company. Learn about the harbor, Duluth’s history, the science and ecology of Lake Superior, and enjoy panoramic views of the North Shore. All sightseeing cruises are professionally narrated and offer an abundance of interactive fun and information. Comfortable indoor and outdoor seating is available and each vessel offers a full cash bar and concessions. The Lake Superior Express Tour provides a fun and unique experience to all passengers while sailing aboard the Vista Queen. Offered daily, this cruise is just 45 minutes in length. Board the Vista Star for the fully narrated Duluth Waterfront Tour. This 75-minute excursion will give you up-close views of the harbor and other historic landmarks. Add a meal to your experience with the Sunset Dinner Cruise, catered by Canal Park’s own Bellisio’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar. Other options include the Queen Pizza Cruise, Brunch on the Bay, and more. Private events and charter fishing are also available. The opportunities are endless with Vista Fleet. more minnesota boating adventures…

January • Ice Castles

Pequot Lakes | Breezy Belle Paddle Boat Explore beautiful Pelican Lake aboard the Breezy Belle, a unique paddlewheel excursion boat. The Breezy Belle is a great choice for any group to go on a dinner or lunch cruise and unwind. They specialize in customizing a menu to fit your group’s needs with box lunches or a customized reception. Groups of all types have enjoyed the Belle. In fact, 75 square dancers recently spent a beautiful summer morning on the Belle, dancing to their favorite tunes.

• SOAR with the Eagles

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Winona | Winona Tour Boat For the best eagle watching in southern Minnesota, take a sightseeing tour on the Winona Tour Boat! This 90-minute narrated tour not only entertains, but also educates. Hear the history of Winona and its relation to the Mississippi River and spot wildlife such as eagles, turtles, deer, beavers, ducks, and more. Get an up-close view of Winona’s famous boathouse community and bring your binoculars to see eagles in their natural habitat. The cabin is heated and air-conditioned and a service bar is available with snacks and beverages for purchase.

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• In the Park After Dark

January 19 - February 16, St. Anthony 763-694-7707

• Winter Jazz Festival

January 28-29, Saint Paul 651-292-9292

February • Frostbite Festival February 3-5, Fergus Falls 218-736-6951

• Sportsmen’s Show

February 10-12, St. Cloud 320-255-7272

• Sax-Zim Bog Birding Festival February 17-19, Meadowlands 218-749-8161

March • Marvin’s Room March 2-19, Duluth 218-726-8561 March 4-26, Wabasha 651-565-4989

• North American Farm & Power Show

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Wabasha Street Caves

What better way to show your groups the history of St. Paul than with the Wabasha Street Caves? Carved out of sandstone and dating back to the 1840s, these caves have been used for numerous activities including: growing mushrooms, storage of food and belongings, music, and dancing. Legend has it that gangsters Ma Barker & John Dillinger visited the Castle Royal nightclub in the caves.

Tours available for groups of 25 or more anytime! ST. PAUL GANGSTER TOURS Explore the sites of nightclubs, kidnappings, and gun battles associated with 1930s gangsters like John Dillinger, Ma Barker and Babyface Nelson. Discover where the gangsters lived it up as they planned and executed some of their most notorious crimes. HISTORIC CAVE TOUR Come hear and see the history of these sandstone caves. Explore the original mined caves and see the finished caves, formerly home to the romantic Castle Royal nightclub. Hear the legends of the mobster massacres and ghostly lore in a unique setting.

2-hour tour will tell you the stories and show you the sights on the other side of the tracks—or river. RIVERS & ROOTS TOUR Learn about the formation of the Twin Cities around the Mississippi River. Have you ever wondered how Minneapolis and St. Paul got their names? Learn about the two cities and catch beautiful views of the Mississippi River. THE NO BLARNEY TOUR See how Irish immigrants influenced architecture, politics, and religion in St. Paul’s past.

F. SCOTT FITZGERALD TOUR This 2-hour bus tour will take you around St. Paul to the spots where F. Scott Fitzgerald lived and hung out. THE ST. PAUL VICTORIAN TOUR Learn some secrets of the Victorian Era and see some of St. Paul’s hidden historical treasures on this tour. For more information or to make reservations for your group, call 651-292-1220 or go online to wabashastreetcaves.com. See you underground.

GHOSTS & GRAVES TOUR This 2-hour motorcoach tour is designed to give you shivers! Hear stories of haunted sites and historic murders, visit a haunted cave, and learn about the history of a local St. Paul cemetery. LOST SOULS TOUR On this walking tour you will hear of the mysterious sightings in the Wabasha Street Caves. If you have always wanted to know what goes on inside these caves, this is your chance. TWIN TOWN TACKY TOUR Join the Gundersons—Gloria, Gordy, Glen or Gladys—on a journey to the tackiest places in St. Paul & Minneapolis. This 2-hour motorcoach tour will take you to sites that no other tour of the Twin Cities would dare to venture. THE UFF DAH! TOUR Set out to discover how and why immigrants from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland came to settle in St. Paul and Minneapolis. Learn about Swede Hollow and Old Muskego Church. MILL CITY MOBS TOUR This tour shows you the MiniApple when it was rotten to the core. There were gangsters in St. Paul, but Minneapolis had rackets and mobsters. This www.itinerariesmidwest.com

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Rivers & Wine in the South Metro

This sample itinerary is best during the spring and summer months.

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10:00am – 12:00pm Step aboard the Jonathan Padelford this morning. The Padelford Packet Boat Company offers your groups a unique experience on one of the few truly authentic sternwheelers on the Mississippi River. Spot bald eagles, egrets, herons and falcons as your group travels back in time from St. Paul’s bustling downtown harbor through the Mississippi National Great River Park. 12 – 2:00pm Stop for lunch at one of St. Paul’s many group-friendly restaurants. 2 – 5:00pm At the junction of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers is Historic Fort Snelling. For centuries, this site has been significant to many Native American communities. Built in the early 1820s, this is a great place to learn about military history from the pre-Civil War era through World War II, as well as fur trade history, slavery in Minnesota, the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 and much more. 5 – 8:00pm With more than 100 upscale outlet shops, your groups will find all they need and want at the Twin Cities Premium Outlets. Newly opened in 2014, this is the largest outlet mall in the Upper Midwest. Your groups will enjoy covered walkways for year-round outdoor shopping! Stop at one of the mall’s many restaurants for dinner. 8:00pm Find rest and relaxation in Eagan. Choose from 16 incredible hotels that all offer free onsite motorcoach parking and are just a few minutes from all that the Twin Cities have to offer. For more information, contact the Eagan CVB at 651-675-5546 or visit them online at www.eaganmn.com.

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Next Chapter Winery

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10 – 11:00am Travel to New Prague, MN 11:00am – 3:00pm In the rolling hills of southern Minnesota, Next Chapter Winery stands out amidst the rustling corn and bean fields. Familyowned and operated, this winery focuses on sustainably crafting barrel-aged wine with grapes from both their vineyard and from California. After driving through the treecanopied driveway and being greeted by their friendly family dog, you’ll immediately feel at home. The owner, Timothy, loves to stop into the newly-renovated 1910 Red Tasting Barn to give impromptu tours of the vineyard, solar panel-covered winery, barrel room, and event tent, where they hold weddings, parties, and other celebrations all year long. Lunch, dinner, beer, and of course wine are available for your enjoyment. For more information, contact Jackie at Next Chapter Winery at 612-756-3012 or nextchapterwinery@gmail.com. Visit their website at www.nextchapterwinery.com.

Minnesota Renaissance Festival 2017 Open Weekends Aug 19 – Oct 1, Labor Day & Festival Friday (Rain or Shine) The Minnesota Renaissance Festival began in September of 1971 on a 22-acre field in Jonathan, MN. More than 25,000 people visited the twoweekend grand opening of the festival, then named “A Celebration of Nature, Art, and Life!” That celebration has since relocated to Shakopee, MN and has grown to be the largest Renaissance Festival in the United States with an annual attendance of 300,000.

GROUP OUTINGS Save big and have fun with your groups! PICNIC PACKAGES All-inclusive picnic packages are a popular option for group events during the festival. Four different packages are available for large groups and can accommodate any type of event you plan to host. The Picnic Package includes: admission into the festival, two hours under one of their tents, group name listed on the broadsheet, and a buffet lunch including hot dogs, hamburgers, coleslaw, seasonal fruit and cookies.

2017 THEMED WEEKENDS: • Silk Road: Discover the Riches Aug 19-20 • Highland Fling Aug 26-27 • Passport to Adventure Sept 2-4 • Wine, Chocolate & Romance Sept 9-10 • Pet Fest Sept 16-17 • Shamrocks & Shenanigans Sept 23-24 • Festival Friday Sept 29 • Oktoberfest Sept 30 - Oct 1

FEAST OF FANTASY Held daily at Bad Manor, the Feast of Fantasy is a two-hour comedy show that includes select entertainment acts, a six-course meal, two unique gifts, and an experience you will never forget!

Save on admission by purchasing through group sales! For more information contact the Minnesota Renaissance Festival at 952-445-7361 or visit www.renaissancefest.com/groups.

We e k e n d s f r o m A u g u s t t o O c t o b e r • Savings on Groups of 10 or more • Unique Setting • Live Entertainment • Picnic Package • Complimentary Tickets for Drivers & Coordinators M i n n e s o t a R e n a i s s a n c e Fe s t i va l • A u g u s t 1 9 t h - O c t o b e r 1 s t 800.966.8215 • renaissancefest.com M i c h i g a n R e n a i s s a n c e Fe s t i va l • A u g u s t 1 9 t h - O c t o b e r 1 s t 800.601.4848 • michrenfest.com K a n s a s C i t y R e n a i s s a n c e Fe s t i va l • S e p t e m b e r 2 n d - O c t o b e r 1 5 t h 800.373.0357 • kcrenfest.com S t . L o u i s R e n a i s s a n c e Fe s t i va l • S e p t e m b e r 1 6 t h - O c t o b e r 1 5 t h 800.373.0357 • stlrenfest.com

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Afton House Inn & Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines Afton, MN

The historic Afton House Inn & Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines welcome group tours to immerse themselves in the scenic St. Croix River Valley. The Afton House Inn is the oldest operating inn in the state of Minnesota. This accommodation was built in 1867 and is rich in history. The inn provides a perfect setting for group tours with a wide variety of tour options to fit your needs. Join in the Pennington Room or Wheel Room for a luncheon or take a tour of the historic 25-room inn. Afton House Inn also offers Chocolate March Tours. Travel to three different bed & breakfasts in the St. Croix River Valley and enjoy a chocolate tasting at each one!

Paradise Charter Cruises and Minneapolis Queen Lake Minnetonka | Mississippi River

Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the Mississippi River, the Minneapolis skyline, and the Lake Minnetonka area. Cruises range from delicious lunch and dinner cruises to narrated sightseeing tours and special events. MINNEAPOLIS QUEEN PADDLEBOAT Groups can enjoy a narrated sightseeing cruise on a modern day replica of the grand riverboats that used to ply the Mississippi River. You will glide along the southern trails of the Grand Round Scenic Byway and Heritage Trail, along the riverfront of the U of M campus, and underneath the 35W Bridge. Take in the view of St. Anthony Falls, the historic Stone Arch Bridge, and amazing river bluffs with views of the Minneapolis skyline. YACHTS OF PARADISE CHARTER CRUISES Lake Minnetonka’s legendary past and exciting waters await you aboard the yachts of Paradise

Charter Cruises. Departing from the cities of Excelsior or Wayzata, these cruises will give your group some excellent views of century-old lake cottages from the past, as well as luxurious modern mansions. Enjoy the comfort of the Paradise Destiny II, Paradise Princess II or the Paradise Grand. PARADISE LADY Discover the Twin Cities’ only luxury yacht. This flagship yacht departs from the Bohemian Flats on the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis. The Paradise Lady will captivate you with her elegance and beauty as she cruises through the majestic waters of the Mississippi. For more information or to schedule a cruise for your group, contact Paradise Charter Cruises and Minneapolis Queen at 952-474-8058 or visit them online at www.twincitiescruises.com.

You haven’t discovered the full extent of the St. Croix River Valley until you’ve experienced a tour with Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines. With different cruise options, you’re sure to find one to fit your group. The Casino Cruise features a delicious breakfast buffet and takes you to Treasure Island Resort & Casino for four hours of gaming excitement. The Theater Brunch Cruise includes a complimentary glass of champagne as you board and concludes with a show at the Phipps Center for the Arts. How about a tropical cruise? The Hawaiian Luau Cruise offers a delicious Hawaiian inspired meal and each guest receives a lei as they board. For more information or to customize a tour for your group, contact Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines & Afton House Inn at 651-436-8883 or visit them online at stcroixrivercruises.com or aftonhouseinn.com.

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Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours at Wild Mountain Taylors Falls, MN

Since 1906, tourists by the thousands have enjoyed the scenic beauty of the world famous Dalles of the St. Croix River by excursion boat. This fleet of excursion boats includes the Taylors Falls Queen and the Taylors Falls Princess. The Princess can carry up to 250 passengers, while the Queen holds up to 149. Both vessels are enclosed on the lower level with an open upper deck. Your licensed boat pilot and tour guide will point out the unique rock formations that were left behind as the glaciers retreated thousands of years ago. Among the most outstanding formations is the huge stone cross for which the St. Croix River was named (St. Croix means “Holy Cross.”) Other sites that can be seen from the boats include: the world’s largest glacial kettles or “potholes,” Lion’s Head, Turk’s Head, and the highlight of the boat tour, The Old Man of the Dalles—the most outstanding natural rock face you’ll ever see. Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours offers a variety of cruise options for your groups: DAILY EXCURSION 80-minute narrated daily tour. DELUXE BOX LUNCH Enjoy an 80-minute public excursion along with a boxed lunch, which includes a deli sandwich, chips, fruit, cookie and coffee/lemonade. ON BOARD LUNCHEONS This combination of a boat tour and lunch buffet is sure to impress your entire group. Lunch includes a 5oz chicken breast served with dollar buns, garlic mashed potatoes, coleslaw, baked beans, cookie and coffee. Available 7 days a week, 10:30am to 12:30pm, with a minimum of 40 guests. 2-HOUR PRIVATE CHARTER PACKAGE Sunday: 7-9pm, available during certain times of the year. Monday-Thursday: 2-4pm or 7-9pm. Includes a narrated scenic tour and lunch/dinner. Your meal includes your choice of turkey, ham, or freshly carved roast beef, accompanied by vegetable du jour, salad, choice of potato, a cookie, assorted rolls, coffee, water, and a full cash bar. For more information or to schedule an excursion for your group, contact Taylors Falls Recreation/ Wild Mountain at 651-465-6315 or visit www.wildmountain.com. www.itinerariesmidwest.com

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Roam Around Buffalo

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year. Welcome to Buffalo, Minnesota! This hidden gem, just 45 minutes west of Minneapolis/ St. Paul, is known for its quaint historic downtown, lake beauty, and rural charm. Home of the original Occasional Shops, visitors are spellbound by over 20 shops offering occasional sales—some are open every Thursday through Saturday, while others operate only on the first Thursday through Sunday of each month (visit www. buffalo-mn.org for a detailed list of store hours). Curious? If your group enjoys hunting for upcycled, repurposed, vintage or antique furniture, home décor and more—plus a good array of fashion and accessories—then you won’t be disappointed! Make Buffalo your next destination.

day one

10:00am – 3:00pm Shop the 20+ stores on a walking stroll through all of downtown and its outskirts. Don’t forget Second Hand Rose (the original occasional store) or Buffalo Nickel and Waldon Woods Antiques—two barns you will see from Highway 55 as you enter town from the metro. Browse their collections of home

furnishings, from custom designed pieces to true collectible antiques. (See all the wares on Facebook: Occasional Shops of Buffalo, Minnesota.) Looking for fun fashion? You’ll find all you need, from name brand women’s apparel to slightly used for all ages. Grab lunch at one of the local delis, where homemade soups and sandwiches await! 3 – 5:00pm Sit outside on the deck and sample wines or craft beers at Buffalo Rock Winery, just east of town, or Hayes Public House Brewery & Taproom across from Buffalo Lake. Whether fruity or robust, dark or light, you will find something to delight your taste buds! 5 – 7:00pm Choose from a variety of group-friendly restaurants for dinner. The Tavern at Wild Marsh is on beautiful Wild Marsh Golf Course on the south side of Buffalo Lake. You can’t beat the view and the menu boasts something for everyone, from steak and seafood to adult macaroni and cheese. Bunkers of Course on Buffalo Heights Golf Course is located just south of town and has a great burger menu in a more casual setting. There are three Mexican restaurants and a sushi/hibachi grill restaurant for those of you

on the more daring side! 7:00pm Catch a Buffalo Community Theater production, a Buffalo Community Orchestra concert, or enjoy a free concert at Concerts in the Park on Thursday nights all summer long! Sit on the shores of Buffalo Lake and hear tunes from classical to rock in the outdoor band shell. There’s no better way to end a summer day. Enjoy the hot tub and comfortable rooms at the Country Inn & Suites. If your group enjoys crafting, book a weekend with Your Time Arts & Crafts Retreat, a house specifically set up for scrapbooking, knitting, quilting and more.

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8:00am – 12:00pm Start the day with a cup of coffee or tea at Buffalo Books & Coffee downtown, or other favorites like Starbucks, Dunn Bros, and Caribou. Looking for a creative way to see all the sights and sounds of Buffalo? Challenge your group to find all 23 of the life-sized buffalo statues that are uniquely decorated and situated all over town. They can be found in parks, museums, storefronts, and lobbies. Can you find the Buffalo Fish? The pink buffalo with the long eyelashes? Buffalo Roam maps are available at the Chamber of Commerce office. Enjoy the hunt! History buffs will love a tour of the Wright County Historical Society on the north side of Highway 25. With 8,000 square feet of gallery space, there is much to see and learn. Open daily Monday through Friday. The best part? It’s free! 12 – 2:00pm Rent a pontoon, a paddleboat, or a canoe, or try your hand at paddleboarding at the Parkshore Pavilion on Buffalo Lake. If solid ground is more your style, enjoy a walk along the lake path in Sturges Park. Here you will see 11 large musical instruments to try your hand at making music! You can also choose to hit the greens at one of the two golf courses or go mini golfing at Huikko’s Entertainment Center.

Buffalo is your next group tour destination, with something for everyone to enjoy! Home of the Original Occasional Store. Come in August and shop one of the best Art & Craft Festivals in the state! Call us to customize a tour to fit your group: buffalo-mn.org | 763.682.4902 | info@buffalochamber.org

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Here in the fall? Enjoy picking your own apples and take a hayride at Deer Lake Orchard. Enjoy a hot caramel apple sundae or a slice of fresh baked apple pie. Then wash it all down with a tall glass of hard cider! For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group, contact your tour operator or the Buffalo Area Chamber of Commerce at 763-682-4902 or info@buffalochamber.org. 1-887-832-7267


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Munsinger & Clemens Gardens

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A Central MN Mississippi Experience This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year.

day one

10:00am – 1:00pm Start off your adventure at Millner Heritage Winery in Kimball, MN. This winery is a celebration of Austrian and Hungarian heritage. Choose from a riding vineyard tour or a winery tour—or do both! Taste ripe grapes and journey through the process of winemaking from grape to bottle. Enjoy a beautiful lunch at the winery before heading to your next stop. 1 – 1:30pm Travel to Clearwater, MN. 1:30 – 5:30pm Get your group out on the water! Clearwater Outfitters will equip your groups with everything they need to canoe down the Mississippi or go kayak fishing on Warner Lake. Their river trips take place on a stretch of the Mississippi designated by the DNR as “wild and scenic.” Warner Lake is a small non-motorized lake that is calm, scenic and full of wildlife. Make a trip to the southern shore for a large picnic area and a sandy swimming beach. 5:30 – 6:00pm Travel to St. Cloud, MN. 6 – 7:30pm Welcome to St. Cloud! Dinner this evening will be downtown at Nick’s 3rd Floor restaurant. With a menu built around “what Minnesota has to offer,” your groups can eat comfortably knowing that the majority of what is on their plate came from within a 25-mile radius of St. Cloud. 7:30 – 9:30pm Close out your day with a show at one of St. Cloud’s two historic theaters. The Paramount offers amazing community theatre and national touring musicians. Or try out Pioneer Place on Fifth, home to professional theatre and more than 150 nights a year of live, local musicians. 9:30pm Get a good night’s rest at one of St. Cloud’s many group-friendly hotels. www.itinerariesmidwest.com

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12 – 2:00pm The Minnesota Fishing Museum is a place where memories come alive and stories are told of days gone by. The collection of over 10,000 artifacts related to Minnesota fishing is beautifully displayed and lovingly maintained for your enjoyment.

10 – 11:00am What better way to spend the morning than with a stroll along the Mississippi River? Munsinger & Clemens Gardens welcomes you to their beautiful botanical paradise and scenic walking paths. Your groups will want to bring their cameras! Events take place in the gardens periodically and there is a garden gift shop for everyone to explore. 11:00am – 12:00pm Travel to Little Falls, MN.

For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group, contact the St. Cloud Area CVB at 800-264-2940 or visit www.visitstcloud.com.

YOU DON’T MAKE A PLAN IN ST. CLOUD. YOU MAKE PLANS. With so much to do, see and experience, St. Cloud is the ideal destination for your group tours. • Refreshing local craft breweries and wineries. • Captivating professional theater and concerts. • Beautiful river settings that include Munsinger Clemens Gardens. • Historic museums, with the St. John’s Bible on display at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library. • Eclectic activities like the Readhead Creamery Tour - home of the famous “ridiculously good cheese curds.” • Celebrated restaurants, night clubs, hotels and more.

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WILLMAR LAKES AREA

“where the lakes begin” Offering a variety of a‹ractions and activities for your group to tour, the Willmar Lakes Area has everything you need! Home to great historical museums, unique specialty shops, theaters, wineries, a‹ractions, and exciting events, Willmar is the perfect group destination. Located in beautiful Kandiyohi County, just two hours west of the Twin Cities.

DAY ONE

11:00am – 4:00pm Welcome to the Willmar Lakes Area. Your first stop is at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center where your group can enjoy environmental education and outdoor recreation. Located in beautiful Kandiyohi County, they provide an exciting array of hands-on learning adventures for all ages, as well as beautiful facilities for meetings and special events. Take part in one or multiple customized group programs and learn to live well with self, others, and the environment. 4 – 6:00pm Kick back and relax with handcra ed brews at Foxhole Brewhouse. Made in small batches, this beer is flavorful and aromatic. With many amazing varieties, you will find one to suit your taste. 6 – 8:00pm Dinner tonight will be full of excitement. Your groups are cordially invited to an evening filled with merriment and suspense as you help catch a murderer. But think twice—it could be you! Murder Mystery Dinners at Spicer Castle are group participation events. Each guest will play a character in the mystery and the themes are all based on humor. Choose from a 3-course meal or a 5-course meal! 8:00pm Cozy into a group-friendly hotel and rest up for tomorrow! Choose

from two locations: Best Western Plus Guests at this Willmar hotel are a short drive from many a‹ractions. Their friendly staff is dedicated to making your stay the best it can be. Rejuvenate at the pool, eat and drink at the Green Mill Restaurant, or enjoy the peace and quiet of a spacious, brand new guest room. OR Holiday Inn Express & Suites Enjoy the spacious Great Room, where you can get together as a group, as well as enjoy their Express Start Hot Breakfast each morning. They also boast a state-of-the-art fitness center, open 24 hours. Enjoy a variety of great amenities and finish the day off in the swimming pool or spa.

DAY TWO

10:00am – 12:00pm Three Sisters Furnishings is your one-stop shop for unique Amish furniture, home décor, and one-of-a-kind gi s. Located at the Gateway to the beautiful Glacial Lakes of Northern Kandiyohi County, they are joined by many distinctive shops within the New London/Spicer area.

For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group, contact your tour operator or the Willmar Lakes Area CVB at 800-845-8747 or online at www.willmarlakesarea.com.


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Lutsen Mountains Lutsen, MN

A tour around Lake Superior and the North Shore would not be complete without a visit to Lutsen Mountains and a ride on the Midwest’s only gondola. Ride over the Poplar River Valley and through vast woodlands. Once you are at the top of Moose Mountain, visit the Summit Chalet and explore the vistas, trails, and overlooks around the mountaintop.

with gorgeous views, relaxation, lunch, snacks and beverages. With ample seating inside and out, your groups can find a seat to overlook Lake Superior. While you are there, enjoy some of the mountaintop hiking trails, scenic overlooks and fresh air. VOYAGEUR CANOE TOUR Ready for adventure? Discover the headwaters of the Poplar River as early fur traders once did in 10-passenger voyageur canoes! Groups will have the chance to see deer, otters and waterfowl, and may even catch a glimpse of a moose, bear or timber wolf !

SUMMIT EXPRESS GONDOLA View the Sawtooth Mountains and Lake Superior’s dramatic coastline at treetop level with the Summit Express Gondola. As one of the North Shore’s most popular attractions, your groups will rise 1,000 feet over Lake Superior and spot grouse, eagles, pine marten, deer, bears, timber wolves, and moose.

For more information or to schedule an experience for your group, contact the Summit Express Gondola at 218-663-7281 or visit www.lutsen.com.

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100 Mile Views of Lake Superior and National Forest.

The region’s most popular attraction, Lutsen Mountains’ new, state-of-the-art eight-person gondola features 360-views for the scenic ride to the summit of Moose Mountain.

Round Trip Rides • Mountain Top Lunch Reservations Required

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Northfield: A Classic American River Town This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year.

day one

10:00am – 12:00pm Spend your morning outdoors strolling through Carleton College’s Cowling Arboretum. The 150-acre forest and prairie restorations provide excellent bird and wildlife watching. 12 – 1:30pm You must be hungry! Enjoy a group lunch at Hogan Brothers Acoustic Café. With a wide variety of hoagies, flatbreads and extra goodies, your group will have many delicious options to choose from. 1:30 – 3:30pm Start your afternoon learning about the unique history of Northfield. At the Northfield Historical Society, your group will experience life in the 1800s and learn of the failed bank robbery attempt by the James-Younger Gang. This small museum will not disappoint! There is always something new and different to see and experience. 3:30 – 4:00pm Time for a quick snack! Enjoy a sweet treat from CakeWalk. Try their famous Black Velvet Cupcake or one of the many others to choose from (and it’s not an easy choice!) This bakery specializes in unique dessert and cake offerings, using only the finest ingredients. 4 – 5:00pm Visit Northfield Olive Oils & Vinegars. This one-of-a-kind shop will tantalize your taste buds and get you excited about your next culinary experience. Store staff will lead you in a tasting session and show you how to expertly pair your olive oils and vinegars to make excellent meals. No cooking experience necessary! 5 – 6:00pm Check into one of Northfield’s lodging www.itinerariesmidwest.com

facilities. Whether you’re looking for a bed & breakfast or traditional hotel, they’ve got a room waiting for you. 6 – 8:00pm Enjoy dinner at The Ole Store Restaurant, located near St. Olaf College. This charming neighborhood restaurant boasts an upscale, casual, contemporary menu. Their seasonal menus are designed to showcase local ingredients, fresh produce and the finest meats. 8:00pm Enjoy a nightcap and live music at The Contented Cow. This British-style pub, located in the heart of downtown, offers a refreshing change of pace and atmosphere. Enjoy live music on one of their three stages, seven nights a week.

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9 – 10:00am Start your morning at Brick Oven Bakery for delicious handcrafted breads. Choose from a variety of breads, rolls, sticky buns, scones and cookies. Don’t forget the coffee! 10:00am – 1:00pm Time to shop, stroll and peruse through Northfield’s Historic Downtown. The winner of Southern Minnesota Magazine’s “Best Downtown” for 2014, 2015 and 2016 has a specialty store that will surely satisfy! The downtown features a wide array of unique shops specializing in clothing, antiques, pets, art, kitchen accessories, gifts and many more! 1 – 2:00pm Have lunch at The Hideaway Coffeehouse and Winebar, home to delicious, fresh food and slow-roasted coffees. During the daytime, you will experience the hustle and bustle of the townies, college students, and many

visitors. At night, relax with softer lighting, jazz music and a great glass of wine or craft beer and a made-to-order appetizer, sandwich or dessert. Watch to see this location featured in the movie The Last Love Letter, coming out in winter 2016! 2:00pm Continue the day with a Historic Sites & Points of Interest Tour. Many of the buildings in Northfield’s downtown and nearby residential area look as they did when built over a century ago, with windows and cornices embellished with 19th-century architectural detail. Stop in the Northfield Historical Society or Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce for a tour brochure. For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group, contact the Northfield CVB at 800-658-2548 or online at www.visitingnorthfield.com.

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FARMS & RED BARNS What do the Jolly Green Giant, a millionaire’s estate, and a 100-year-old “Century Farm” have in common? They’re all here along the Byway!

Minnesota River Valley BYWAY BITS

Near Redwood Falls is the Gilfillan Estate. Tour the mansion, the large farm museum, and attend FarmFest—a huge agricultural festival held every August. Minnesota’s Machinery Museum in Hanley Falls hosts the state’s largest collection of farm equipment and exhibits. Check out the old time threshing show every August! East of Montevideo is the Olof Swensson Farm Museum built in 1901. You can see the large barn, 22-room home, and welcoming grounds. Le Sueur is home to the Green Giant Company. The local museum and town markers tell the whole story! Ho, Ho, Ho! CANOEING, KAYAKING & HIKING The Minnesota River, generally slow and winding, provides excellent game fishing including walleye, northern, channel and flathead catfish. Rock rapids, white water, and fine fishing can all be found on the Yellow Medicine River and Hawk Creek, which some claim are two of the best white water rivers in the state. If that sounds too ambitious for you, try your luck on the Chippewa or the Pomme de Terre Rivers, as they are known for their wildlifeviewing and gentle waters. Prime spots for hiking are located in the six state parks and many other parks along the Byway. A wide variety of hiking awaits you with forested, prairie, and riparian ecosystems. Bring along friends or family to make this trip a memorable one. Don’t forget the camera!

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The draining of Glacial Lake Agassiz from west central Minnesota after the last ice age shaped this river valley. There is still evidence of those forces for the sharp eye. The old town of Ottawa is ripe with limestone buildings from a local quarry, including a church, town hall, and barn. Near the Minnesota/South Dakota border is the Continental Divide, which separates water flowing south to the Gulf of Mexico and water flowing north to Hudson Bay. A sign at Browns Valley explains this phenomenon.

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Directory attractions Metro Afton House Inn & Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines . . . . . . . . . . . 651-436-8883 3291 St Croix Tr S - Afton, MN 55001 www.aftonhouseinn.com www.stcroixrivercruises.com Welcoming group tours to immerse in the Scenic St. Croix River Valley. The Inn provides a perfect setting for group tours with a wide variety of tour options to fit your needs. Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines provides many different cruise options to fit your group.

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Byway with a wide variety of playing surfaces and layouts, many with beautiful bluff and valley views! Frisbee golf courses exist in many river valley communities. HUNTING & FISHING Hunting in the valley begins in the fall with over 150,000 geese at the Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area. Deer, duck, pheasant, and turkey are numerous, and trapping muskrat, mink, fox, raccoon, and beaver is also viable. Bow and black powder hunting have grown recently with outfitters able to supply your needs along the Minnesota River Valley National Scenic Byway. Ortonville’s Big Stone Lake is famous for national fishing contests, but all along the river and its tributaries walleye, largemouth bass, crappies, northern pike, perch, blue gill, and fighting catfish abound. Don’t forget about the ice fishing in the winter! BIRDING The Minnesota River Valley Birding Trail is almost entirely within the Scenic Byway and there have been sightings of nearly 350 species within the river’s watershed. With many refuges, wildlife management areas, scientific and natural areas, parks and other specified lands, the habitat is healthy and widespread. Check www.birdingtrail.org for great details! FESTIVALS With 287 miles’ worth of towns, there’s bound to be a festival for your taste or season. Here is just a sample of some events: Sauerkraut Days (Henderson), Rock Bend Folk Festival (St. Peter), RibFest (Mankato), Bavarian Blast (New Ulm), FarmFest (Redwood Falls), Fiesta Days (Montevideo), AppleFest (Appleton). As you can see, a wide range of interests and activities await you along the MN River Valley National Scenic Byway! www.itinerariesmidwest.com

16945 320th Street - New Prague, MN 56071 www.nextchapterwinery.com Family-owned and operated, this winery focuses on sustainably crafting barrel-aged wine with grapes from both their vineyard and from California. The owner Timothy loves to stop in and give impromptu tours of the vineyard, solar-panel covered winery, barrel room, and event tent!

Paradise Charter Cruises & Minneapolis Queen . . . . 952-474-8058

2 Water Street - Excelsior, MN 55331 www.twincitiescruises.com Take your groups on a sightseeing or scenic tour of Lake Minnetonka and the Mississippi River. They will enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the Mississippi River and Minneapolis Skyline and the beauty of the Lake Minnetonka area.

Wabasha Street Caves . . . 651-292-1220 215 Wabasha St S . . . . . . . . . . . 888-679-9896 St. Paul, MN 55107 www.wabashastreetcaves.com Down in History has exciting historic tours done by costumed characters. Historic Walking Cave Tours in Saint Paul and Stillwater. Motorcoach Gangster Tours, Irish Tours, Tacky Tours, Ghost & Graveyard Tours, & More! We Make History Fun!

Northern Summit Express Gondola 218-663-7281

467 Ski Hill Road – Lutsen, MN 55612 www.lutsen.com Take a ride on the Midwest’s only gondola. Travel over the Poplar River Valley and through vast woodlands, ending up at the top of Moose Mountain, where your group will enjoy food service and breathtaking views.

Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours at Wild Mountain 37200 Wild Mountain Rd Box 235 . . 651-465-6315

Taylors Falls, MN 55084 www.wildmountain.com Take advantage of several different excursion options on board Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours. Your pilot and tour guide will point out the unique rock formations that were left behind as the glaciers retreated thousands of years ago.

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include over 50 retail, antique and specialty stores. Fine delicatessens and family restaurants are sure to satisfy your groups after a day filled with fun activities.

Eagan Convention and Visitors Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-675-5546

1501 Central Parkway, Ste. E – Eagan, MN 55121 www.eaganmn.com Eagan makes planning your next group outing easy! Personal service includes custom and creative itineraries, FREE welcome bags and FREE Mall of America coupon books ($9.95 value). You’ll also enjoy our low 3% lodging tax. Ask how to qualify for our $250 cash rebate.

Northern St Cloud Area Convention and Visitors Bureau . . . . . . . . . 320-251-4170 1411 West St. Germain Street . . . . 800-264-2940

Suite 104 - St. Cloud, MN 56301 www.visitstcloud.com Among the many attractions are world-class gardens, history, granite, and great places to stay and eat. The St. Cloud CVB takes pride in helping you plan the perfect getaway. Creativity is key to the success of your group tour.

Willmar Lakes Area Convention and Visitors Bureau . . . . . . . . . . 320-235-3552 2104 East Hwy 12 . . . . . . . . . . . 800-845-8747 Willmar, MN 56201 www.willmarlakesarea.com We are home to great historical museums, unique specialty shops, theaters, wineries, attractions and exciting events that are bound to make your group tour unique and exciting. We’ll take care of the details!

Southern Minnesota River Valley National Scenic Byway . . . . . . . . . . . 888-463-9856 www.mnrivervalley.com Located along the Minnesota River, motorcoach your groups through hardwood forests, 3.8 billion-year-old granite out-crops, and lush prairie grasses. State and local parks dot the valley along with museums and history sites.

Northfield Area Chamber & Tourism 205 3rd Street West . . . . . . . . . . 800-658-2548

Northfield, MN 55057 www.visitingnorthfield.com Located just 30 minutes from the Twin Cities along the shores of the Cannon River. Whether you enjoy the arts, history or nature, you’ll find multiple outlets for education as well as opportunities for relaxation and live entertainment.

festivals and events Metro Minnesota Renaissance Festival 12364 Chestnut Blvd . . . . . . . . . . 952-445-7361

Shakopee, MN 55379 www.renaissancefest.com Eat, drink, and be merry! The 16th-century atmosphere features more than 250 artisan booths, 16 stages of live entertainment, free parking, and food fit for a king!

Buffalo Area Chamber of Commerce 205 Central Ave . . . . . . . . . . . . 763-682-4902

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Welcome to the world’s only permanent Titanic Museum Attraction! Anchored in Branson, Missouri, this museum provides visitors with the ultimate Titanic experience from the moment they step aboard the massive, ship-shaped structure. For two hours you’ll be swept up in the excitement, wonder, and consequences of the Titanic story. Along the way, powerful emotions will surface as guests are invited to walk an elegant replica of the Titanic’s famous grand staircase, touch the frozen surface of an iceberg, explore world-class gallery rooms with rare historical artifacts, sit in a full-sized lifeboat, see a first class stateroom and third class cabin, and engage with crewmembers who tell touching stories. New to the Titanic Museum Attraction is the Titanic Murder Mystery experience. Travel back to April 14th, 1912. On the fourth night at sea, the Wideners of Philadelphia threw an elaborate party in honor of the ship’s captain. A few hours later, the ship struck an iceberg and began to sink. In the chaos that followed, a shot was fired and the ship’s officer fell dead. Your group must work together to solve the crime in this whodunit tour. more missouri boating adventures…

January • 17th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Eagle Days

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Hannibal | Mark Twain Riverboat Book your group on a one-hour sightseeing cruise, complete with commentary on Mississippi River history, legends, and sights. See Jackson’s Island, other riverboats and barges, Lover’s Leap, and the majesty of the Mighty Mississippi. Lunch may be requested for your group of 20 or more during the 11:00am and 1:30pm cruises if notified in advance. Or you may choose the two-hour dinner cruise, featuring live music, dancing, an excellent meal, and beverages. This triple-deck riverboat is air conditioned and heated for your comfort.

St. Louis | Gateway Arch Riverboat Cruises Get the best view of the St. Louis skyline from a replica nineteenth century paddlewheel riverboat—the Becky Thatcher or the Tom Sawyer. Hear the waters churn and admire the view as you float along the Mississippi, where Lewis and Clark completed their famous journey. Choose from a variety of cruises, such as the one-hour Sightseeing Cruise or the Skyline Dinner Cruise, offering jazz music and a savory buffet. Cruises run March – November, rain or shine.

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• An American in Paris at the Fabulous Fox

January 17-29, St. Louis 314-534-1111

• Coca Presents: Momentum January 21-22, University City 314-561-4877

February • St. Louis Symphony February 2, Columbia 573-882-3781

• Something Rotten at the Fabulous Fox

February 7-19, St. Louis 314-534-1111

• West Plains Brewfest

February 25, West Plains 417-505-0812

March • Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles March 14, Columbia 573-882-3781

• Motown the Musical at the Fabulous Fox March 21-26, St. Louis 314-534-1111

• Wurstfest

March 25-26, Hermann 573-486-5400


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Enjoy a private customized tour with your group! Main Street Lake Cruises is conveniently located at Branson Landing in historic downtown Branson, and offers sightseeing cruises and scenic tours along Lake Taneycomo. Your groups will enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the majestic Ozark Mountains, take in the immense diversity of Branson’s wildlife, and cruise past the Branson Landing waterfront. Take a sightseeing cruise on the historic Lake Queen Paddleboat, a 100-foot modern day replica of the grand riverboats that once traveled the White River in Branson, Missouri. Your guide will provide your groups with historical facts and point out historical sites in the area. With wildlife sightings that often range from the American Bald Eagle, Night Heron, and Brown Thrasher, to foxes, coyote, and mink, the Lake Queen offers passengers a unique way to experience Branson’s natural beauty and charm. Charter the Landing Princess, a 100-foot luxury yacht, which is the perfect choice for an elegant and relaxing event with your groups. The Landing Princess features two climate controlled entertainment decks with great views from every seat while providing the ultimate passenger comfort. Every cruise experience will feature the spectacular performances of the Branson Landing Fountains, a $7.5 million spectacular attraction that synchronizes water, light, sound, and fire.

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This sample itinerary is best during the warmer months, but can be customized for any time of year.

day one

10:00am – 1:00pm The Lewis & Clark Boat House and Nature Center in St. Charles offers something for everyone. On display in the lower level are full-size replicas of the boats that Lewis & Clark’s Corps of Discovery used on the Ohio, Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. The keelboat and two pirogues were constructed by volunteers and were used by museum members during their three-year reenactment of the entire expedition during the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial. The upper level houses the Lewis & Clark Museum, with exhibits related to the expedition, the river and natural habitats they encountered. The museum is self-guided. A brochure explains the exhibits, and an activity sheet helps children explore the museum. A 20% adult entrance fee discount is offered for tour groups of 15 or more, and tour leaders

and bus drivers are admitted for free. An orientation program presented upon arrival tells about the facility and Lewis & Clark’s stay in St. Charles. Be sure to stop by the gift shop before you leave! Museum hours: 10am – 5pm, Monday through Saturday Noon – 5pm, Sunday For more information or to schedule a tour for your group, contact the Lewis & Clark Boat House and Nature Center at 636-947-3199 or visit them online at www.lewisandclarkcenter.org.

1 – 1:30pm Travel to St. Louis, MO 1:30 – 4:00pm Groups will enjoy a visit to the world famous Gateway Arch. Stop in below the Arch to watch an award-winning documentary showing the construction of this landmark, from the first concepts to the final installation. Then journey 630 feet up the Gateway Arch to see magnificent views. Groups will see both the history and culture surrounding the city in this iconic monument. 4 – 5:00pm Tour the Old Courthouse, the historic landmark where Dred & Harriet Scott sued

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St. Louis, MO 63102 . . . . . . 877-982-1410 www.gatewayarch.com The Tom Sawyer and the Becky Thatcher, 19th century paddle-wheelers, combine the charm of the 1800s with modern conveniences. Choose from a variety of cruises, including daily sightseeing cruises, dinner, brunch, blues, private charters and more!

Lewis & Clark Boat House & Nature Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . 636-947-3199 1050 S Riverside Drive - St. Charles, MO 63301 www.lewisandclarkcenter.org Discover full-size replicas of the boats that Lewis & Clark’s Corps of Discovery used on the Ohio, Mississippi & Missouri Rivers. View exhibits related to the expedition, the river and natural habitats they encountered.

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for freedom from slavery and where Virginia Minor fought for women’s right to vote. You will explore exhibits describing how St. Louis served as a hub for early settlers moving westward. 5 – 7:30pm Check into one of St. Louis’ many groupfriendly hotels and freshen up for your evening cruise. 7:30 – 9:30pm Take a relaxing cruise with Gateway Arch Riverboats and discover the best view of the St. Louis skyline from a replica 19th century paddle wheel riverboat. Hear the waters churn and admire the view as you ride along the Mighty Mississippi, where Lewis and Clark completed their historic journey. Take the Skyline Dinner Cruise and enjoy a delicious meal as you take in the city’s vibrant nightlife from afar while listening to a live performance of invigorating jazz music. Cruises run March through November, with group rates available for 20 or more people.

Riverboats at 877-982-1410 or visit them online at www.gatewayarch.com.

Branson, MO 65616 www.mainstreetlakecruises.com Branson’s premier attraction! We offer a variety of lake cruises for groups or individuals, from Sightseeing Tours to Fireworks Cruises. Located at Branson Landing in historic downtown Branson, Missouri.

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10 – 11:00am Did your group enjoy the dinner cruise? Stop back at Gateway Arch Riverboats and take a Daily Sightseeing Cruise, narrated by the captain or a National Park Service Ranger who will highlight the history of St. Louis and the Mississippi River’s role today. Other specialty cruises are available, ranging from Sunday Brunch to Oktoberfest. There is something for everyone to enjoy!

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FREMONT

Bryson’s Airboat Tours

Book your group on a high-speed airboat adventure on the Platte River, considered to be one of the nation’s best and most beautiful airboating rivers. And for those lucky riders who are at the right place at the right time, wildlife such as bald eagles, deer, river otters, herons, turkeys, and beavers may be seen—sometimes just a few feet from the airboat! Bryson and team are the best when it comes to hosting group outings. Whether you’re looking for a short ride with lunch on the river or even a nice dinner, the sky is the limit. If adventure is wanted, adventure will be delivered; however, if riders are more interested in seeing the scenery at a slower pace, a peaceful and relaxing ride is what your group will get. Slow or fast, they promise it will be one of the most unique rides that you’ll go on. The Panther airboat is 21 feet long and 9.5 feet wide with movie theater style seating that provides an astonishing view for all passengers. With advance notice, they can book groups of up to 100 people. more nebraska boating adventures… Brownville Spirit of Brownville & River Inn Resort The Spirit of Brownville has welcomed generations of visitors aboard for an unforgettable river experience. The Spirit gives guests an opportunity for an authentic river country encounter from Memorial Day through Labor Day each year. Enjoy river lore and the natural beauty of the Missouri River during a dinner cruise or sightseeing cruise. Afterward, explore the historical and cultural tourist town of Brownville. This quaint river community offers a winery, bookshops, a theater, concert hall, museums, boutiques, and more.

January • Fonner Park Outdoor Expo January 13-15, Grand Island 308-382-4515

• Lion in Winter

January 19-29, Lincoln 402-465-2384

• The Sound of Music

January 24-29, Omaha 402-345-0606

February • Kegs, Corks & Crafts February 18, Arnold 308-848-2211

• Hinamatsuri: Japanese Doll Exhibit February 21 - March 5, Omaha 402-346-4002

• Great Plains Game Festival February 24-26, Lincoln 402-471-3796

March • Marsh Madness March 3-25, Ponca 402-755-2284

Omaha | River City Star Enjoy cruising the Missouri River on Omaha’s only excursion vessel. Lunch cruises, sightseeing cruises, and private charters are available. Your group can relax and enjoy dinner while cruising along the river. All dinner cruises feature live entertainment. Wine, spirits, and merchandise are also available. The lower deck features a fully enclosed cabin with a temperature-controlled environment, plus an open-air upper deck with an overhead canopy for all to enjoy the fresh air.

• Second Annual Great Plains Art Show & Sale March 18-19, Wood River 308-382-1820

• Spring Festival, An Arts & Crafts Affair

March 24-26, Ralston 402-331-2889


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BISMARCK

January • Winter Wheels Car Show

Bring your group on board to cruise the majestic Missouri River on the Lewis & Clark Riverboat. Choose a morning, afternoon, or evening adventure on one of America’s most beautiful and historic rivers. The Lewis & Clark Riverboat, located at the historic Port of Bismarck, continues the proud tradition of the great river steamers that have traveled the mighty Missouri River from St. Louis to the trading posts of the great northwest since the 1830s. Travel the river of Lewis & Clark, Sakakawea, Custer, and Sitting Bull in elegance and comfort on the last 150-passenger vessel on the upper Missouri River. Any type of food and beverages can be provided at your request. The lower level can seat up to 64 passengers for a sit-down meal. A buffet is an option to enjoy both levels for your dining pleasure. A fully stocked bar and snacks are also available. Hire a docent to enhance your tour experience. Special group rates are available for regularly scheduled cruises for 40 or more passengers.

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• Frostival

January 27-28, Fargo 701-282-3653

• RRV Boat & Marine Show

January 27-29, Fargo 701-241-9100

February • Sport and Rec Show February 3-5, Jamestown 701-252-4835

• ShiverFest

February 17-19, Devils Lake 701-662-4903

• Unglued Craft Fest

February 24-25, Fargo 701-205-1597

March • North Dakota Winter Show March 4-11, Valley City 701-845-1401

• Fargo Film Festival

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March 21-25, Fargo 701-235-4152

• El Zagal Shrine Circus

March 31 - April 2, Fargo 701-241-9100

Devils Lake | North Dakota Maritime Museum This museum holds such items as vintage war bond promotional posters, uniforms, ship photographs, and personal letters of her crewmembers, as well as many significant staples of military life. The museum’s collection is unique because of the rarity and condition of many of its pieces. The Society operates the North Dakota Heritage Center and exhibits models of three paddlewheel steamboats and artifacts from the USS North Dakota (BB-29).

New Town | 4 Bears Casino & Lodge Yacht Cruises This resort destination casino features slot machines, blackjack, craps, video poker, keno and more. When your group is ready to take a break from gaming, enjoy a yacht tour of Lake Sakakawea. This sparkling white vessel, named The Island Girl, has seating for 150 up and down, as well as a bar, galley kitchen, plenty of observation glass and some outdoor seating at the bow and stern. Take in the fresh air of the open upper deck or head below for catered food and drinks. Take a public cruise or book a private event for your group. There’s nothing else like this on the lake!


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Offering one-night and two-night bus packages, 4 Bears Casino & Lodge is a great destination for the group that loves gaming! The newly remodeled hotel rooms and lodge overlooking Lake Sakakawea will make for a comfortable and convenient stay.

The casino offers the latest in slot machines. With over 700 machines to choose from, with denominations from 1 cent to 25 dollars, you’re bound to find your lucky machine. From the classic Wheel of Fortune to the all-new Sons of Anarchy, you’re sure to find the perfect slot machine for you. The Pocket Aces Lounge even offers bar top slots!

If table games are more your speed, 4 Bears has got you covered. From blackjack to craps to roulette, you’re sure to experience the thrill of combining strategy with excitement. And for the real risktakers, stop by the High-Stakes Gaming Area. Now that your group has worked up an appetite, dine at one of the three restaurants located on site. The Bison Room Steakhouse offers a fine dining experience, featuring North Dakota prime beef, fresh seafood flown in daily, and made-fromscratch desserts. The Cache Buffet is a full-service, all-you-can-eat buffet offering soups, salads, entrees, and numerous specialty items such as pizza and pasta. And don’t miss the Action Station, serving up made-to-order steaks, sandwiches, omelets, and more. Or for a quick break from gaming, stop by the Corner Café for burgers, fries, chicken strip baskets, and more. Take your group out on the water for a yacht tour of Lake Sakakawea. The Island Girl offers seating for 150 up and down, as well as a bar and plenty of observation glass. Enjoy catered food and drinks below deck or take in the fresh air of the open upper deck. Private and public charters are available. There are 35 recreation areas around Lake Sakakawea, offering your groups a variety of outdoor activities. Choose from camping, boating, fishing, sailing, hiking, birding, and so much more. Whether you’re staying a few hours or a few days, 4 Bears Casino & Lodge will have plenty to keep you and your group busy! For more information or to customize an experience for your group, please contact a Casino Host at 800-294-5454, ext. 7523 or visit www.4bearscasino.com.

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202 Frontage Road – New Town, ND 58763 www.4bearscasino.com Offering one-night and two-night bus packages, 4 Bears Casino & Lodge is a great destination for the group that loves gaming! The newly remodeled hotel rooms and lodge overlooking Lake Sakakawea will make for a comfortable and convenient stay.

Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County . . . . . . . . . 218-299-5511 202 First Avenue North – Moorhead, MN 56560 www.hcscconline.org Explore the history and rich heritage of the area. With many activities and places to visit, your groups will get a feel of what the ancestors of this area accomplished.

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Grill or Texas Roadhouse. Then wind down at your group-friendly accommodation.

The Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County invites you to explore the history and rich heritage of the area. With many activities and places to visit, your groups will get a feel of what the ancestors of this area accomplished.

For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group, contact your tour operator or the Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County at 218-299-5511 or go online for current exhibits & events at www.hcscconline.org.

10:00am – 12:00pm Your adventure begins at the Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center. Get an up close view of the jaw-dropping Hjemkomst Viking Ship. This 76-foot-long exact replica of a Viking dragon ship was a dream-madereality from the creator Robert Asp. The ship sailed from Duluth to Bergen, Norway in 72 days. The exhibit recounts the saga, worthy of a Norse legend. 12 - 2:00pm The Norwegian heritage doesn’t stop there. Take a guided tour of the Hopperstad Stave Church. This church is a full-scale replica of the Hopperstad Church that is located in Vik, Norway. Discover the unique architecture that thrived just after the Viking age in Scandinavia. 2 – 4:00pm Opening January 28, 2017 is an exhibit called The Power of Children: Making a Difference. Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White became the faces of some of the most influential experiences of the 20th century. Discover their stories in this powerful display. OR Head out to 1008 7th Street North in Moorhead, MN. The Bergquist Cabin is the oldest house in town on its original site, originally constructed in 1871 by Swedish immigrant John Gustav Bergquist. 4 – 6:00pm Explore the history of alcohol in Clay County at the Wet and Dry: Alcohol in Clay County 1871-1937 exhibit. Explore the spirited www.itinerariesmidwest.com

debates surrounding the morality of alcohol, from its Wild West birth through the end of Prohibition, encompassing three major periods: Settlement, the Saloon Era, and Prohibition, 6 – 8:00pm Enjoy a group-friendly dinner at one of the area’s local favorites, such as Doolittles Woodfire

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PIERRE

The Capital City Queen Riverboat Tour

See the sights from the vantage point of the region’s early travelers—from a boat traversing the Missouri River. The Capital City Queen takes you on a twohour cruise of historic landmarks, including the mouth of the Bad River where the Lewis & Clark expedition held counsel with the Teton Sioux. Wildlife is abundant and the scenery is spectacular. This 34-passenger boat is based out of the Oahe Marina just north of Pierre. She is custom designed and built for operating on this stretch of the Missouri River. The seating can be arranged so that all guests are facing forward, or can be converted to accommodate tables. Locations for lounging, as well as a bathroom, are also available. Or book their new vessel, The Horizon. This 38-foot-long boat seats 28 and is equipped with a 450 horsepower engine to safely and efficiently power your group up and down the river. She was purchased out of Panama City, Florida and will take any rough conditions the area may throw at her. With plenty of places to lie about and get some sun, as well as a canopy and protection against wind and waves, this is the most comfortable way to enjoy the Missouri River. more south dakota boating adventures… Spearfish D.C. Booth Historic Nat’l Fish Hatchery Tour this interactive museum containing over 185,000 items, the largest collection of fishery artifacts in the country. Then marvel at the Yellowstone Boat, a wooden Great Lakes style cabin cruiser that tells the story of workers who went on expeditions to Yellowstone National Park collecting trout eggs. Or get up close and personal with brown and rainbow trout by feeding them from above or watching them through the underwater viewing windows.

Yankton | Missouri National Recreational River The Missouri National Recreational River runs right along Yankton’s historic waterfront. Bring your group and discover beautiful stretches of the Missouri River with plenty of outdoor activities. Start your visit at Riverside Park where there are exhibits detailing the history of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, the steamboat era, and the Dakota Territorial Capital. If your group enjoys a hike, visit the Meridian Bridge, offering safe pedestrian access from downtown Yankton to trails in Nebraska.

January • 16th Annual Mobridge Ice Fishing Tournament January 12-14, Mobridge City 605-845-2500

• 38th Winter Art Show

January 18-26, Spearfish 605-642-7973

• Annual Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo January 27 - February 5, Rapid City 605-355-3861

February • Watertown Winter Farm Show February 7-11, Watertown 605-886-5814

• Sioux Falls Sno Jam Comedy Festival

February 16-18, Sioux Falls 800-732-5682

• Mardi Gras Weekend

February 24-25, Deadwood 605-578-1876

March • 59th Annual Schmeckfest March 24-25, Freeman 605-925-4237

• Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series March 31 - April 2, Sioux Falls 605-367-7288


Winter Calendar January • Janesville Mid-Winter Antique Show & Sale January 7-8, Janesville 608-385-3598

• The Big Chill - Ice & Snow Festival

January 13-15, Racine 262-634-6002

• Milwaukee Boat Show

January 20-29, West Allis 616-447-2860

February • Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Show & Sale February 3-4, Waukesha 414-510-4441

• Mid-Continent Railway Snow Train

February 11-12, North Freedom 800-930-1385

• Wisconsin Fishing Expo February 24-26, Madison 262-305-1907

March • Northeast Wisconsin Sport Fishin’ Show March 3-5, Oshkosh 920-434-7469

• Madison Antiques & Fine Art Show

March 11-12, Madison 920-475-6508

• Sport, Home & Craft Show March 25-26, Phillips 715-339-4100

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Edelweiss Cruises

Whether you’re looking for a casual or upscale venue, a romantic dinner or a lively party, Edelweiss has the perfect cruise for your group! Take the City Skyline Cruise and get a frontrow view of architectural treasures and highlights along the riverfront, including the Historic Third Ward, the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, City Hall, the Allen Bradley Clock Tower, Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin, and much more. This 1.5-hour cruise is ideal for groups who are looking for a relaxing cruise after dinner. For a daytime excursion, take the Champagne Brunch Cruise. Relax on a Sunday afternoon and take in the beautiful scenery of downtown Milwaukee and the shoreline of Lake Michigan while a 3-course brunch is served right at your table. For a fun and interactive evening, take your group on a Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise. Solve a hilarious murder case while enjoying a fantastic 3-course plated dinner and stunning views of the riverfront. The entertainment on this 3-hour cruise is provided by The Dinner Detective. Wine cruises and surf ‘n’ turf cruises are also available, as well as private charters. more wisconsin boating adventures… Green Lake | Escapade Lake Cruises Travel back in time for a brief but rich history of Green Lake, the deepest inland lake in Wisconsin, as you come aboard the Escapade for a timeless cruise. Experience a sightseeing cruise with a special twist. Enjoy the Grey Rock Dine & Sail experience, which combines a beautiful dinner at Grey Rock restaurant followed by dessert and drinks on the Escapade. Or perhaps your group is interested in Wisconsin beer? Then a Beer Cruise would be right up your alley!

Sturgeon Bay Door County Maritime Museum Located along Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin’s busy working waterfront, the Door County Maritime Museum showcases the area’s rich maritime roots. Hard-working fishermen, brave ship captains, skilled craftsmen, bold inventors and lonely lighthouse keepers are just some of the personalities you’ll discover in the galleries of the museum. See how these maritime pioneers worked and what they made, and you’ll understand and appreciate your visit to Door County on a deeper, more engaged level.


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Discover Fun in Wisconsin Dells This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year.

Wisconsin Dells welcomes your motorcoaches any time of year! With tours that offer intriguing combinations of history, scenery, exhilaration, deliciousness and entertainment, they have something for everyone, anytime.

day one

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Take your group on a relaxing adventure with one of the Midwest’s best-kept secrets. Spend the day aboard River Tyme, a newly renovated 55-foot riverboat awaiting you on the Fox River. With a variety of cruise options, Fox River Tours has the perfect experience for your group. Fox River Canal and Lock System: Travel the waterway built at the turn of the century to create passage from the Great Lakes to the Mississippi. Lock through at the hands of the tender, just as you

would in the early 1900s. Learn why it was built, how it was built, why it failed to be the greatest water highway, and how the locals saved this piece of history. Great Lakes Maritime Memories: Cruise from the mouth of Green Bay while learning about the maritime history of the great Fox River. Learn nautical terms, knot tying, shipping customs and even a song or two (if you’d like). Stop along the way for a relaxing lunch, and finish with ice cream on the boat.

12 – 1:00pm Stop for lunch at Cindy’s Café & Gifts. Using locally grown produce and fresh ingredients, Cindy’s Café offers ice cream, unique sandwiches, homemade soup, and Cindy’s world famous pie. 1 – 5:00pm Enjoy a tasting tour this afternoon at Wollersheim Winery, home of nationally recognized wines! A distillery tour is also available. 5 – 6:00pm Check into a local group-friendly hotel and get ready for tonight’s entertainment. 6 – 9:00pm Dinner and entertainment await you tonight at The Palace Theater. This state-of-the-art theater destination welcomes groups to relax and enjoy classic Broadway musicals and favorite Disney classics.

day two 8 – 9:00am Unique sweets and savory options await your group at Belgiis Waffle Bar, Wisconsin Dells’ first and only Liège waffle bar.

Old World Mill Tour: Visit a woolen mill that first opened in 1880, and has been running ever since—same machine, same family. Then visit a 1932 working Edison hydroelectric central station, followed by a visit to the original house that was lit by its younger twin, in 1882. Eat lunch in the historic Atlas Mill, a papermaking facility built in 1878. Finally, cruise the river that brought the mills here in the first place.

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9:00am – 12:00pm Start the day out at Circus World! This National Historic Landmark combines the historical and entertaining aspects of the Ringling Brothers circus. Explore the historical exhibits, circus wagons, and catch a live show under the Big Top Tent. 12 – 2:00pm Downtown Wisconsin Dells offers a unique and eclectic mix of shopping and dining options. Stroll through the area and discover the variety of gift shops, galleries, and boutiques. Stop for lunch at one of their many unique diners! 2 – 4:00pm Celebrate 150 years on Broadway at the H.H. Bennett Studio. H.H. Bennett was a landscape photographer, inventor, and promoter, known as “the man who made Wisconsin Dells famous.” 4 – 6:00pm Journey through scenery, history, and legend with Dells Boat Tours®. The 2-hour Upper Dells tour features two scenic shore landings along the Wisconsin River. Or take the 1-hour Lower Dells tour to see legendary sights. 6 – 9:00pm Spend the evening at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells. Play blackjack, live poker, craps, roulette and mini-baccarat. Dine at one of five restaurants including a buffet, sports bar, snack bar, café, and fine dining restaurant.

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day three 9 – 10:00am Experience classic Dells at Mr. Pancake. The old-fashioned paddle-boat décor will make you feel like you’re dining on water. Offering over 50 breakfast choices! 10:00am – 2:00pm Make the short trip to Spring Green to visit the House on the Rock. Alex Jordan’s

remarkable retreat is built atop a chimney of rock. A tour you won’t want to miss! For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group, contact the Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau at 800-223-3557 or online at www.wisdells.com.

THERE’S A JUDITH IN EVERY GROUP. She’s happy to join in, but she wants options. Luckily for you ® and Judith, “The Waterpark Capital of the World! ” is a crowd-pleaser. With countless group and individual activities from live shows to scenic boat rides, Wisconsin Dells will keep the Judith in your group smiling – something everyone can get behind. Contact one of our destination specialists for complimentary planning assistance.

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Directory attractions Apple Holler . . . . . . . . 262-884-7100 5006 S Sylvania Ave - Sturtevant, WI 53177 www.appleholler.com

Fox River Tours. . . . . . 920-422-6300

101 James Street - De Pere, WI 54115 www.foxrivertours.com Take your group on a relaxing adventure with one of the Midwest’s best-kept secrets. Spend the day aboard River Tyme, a newly renovated 55-foot riverboat awaiting you on the Fox River. With a variety of cruise options, Fox River Tours has the perfect experience for your group.

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History-Lovers’ Getaway in Wisconsin This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year. Plymouth is the ideal place for your groups to rest, relax and rejuvenate. Located in Sheboygan County, Plymouth is not far from major cities like Milwaukee, Green Bay and Chicago. Make it your mission to check out all 21 of their murals! 11:00am – 1:00pm Discover the history of the Plymouth region with a visit to the Plymouth Historical Society. This museum contains many exhibits including a general store, vintage parlor, cheese making implements, the Curtis Collection of vintage clothing, an extensive collection of Indian arrowheads and artifacts, and much more, with changing exhibits throughout the year. 1 – 3:00pm Take a Historic Walking Tour through Plymouth. Find 52 points of interest, some of which are on the National Register of Historic Places. 3 – 5:00pm Go back in time at Henschel’s Indian Museum & Trout Farm. Smiles and welcoming arms will greet your group as you arrive at the Henschel Site. The museum features artifacts found on the Henschel Site and surrounding area, as well as collections on loan. The ancient springs of this land were

a source of fresh water for the indigenous people of the area. 5 – 6:00pm Formerly a stagecoach inn, the historic Wade House is a three-story frame building welcoming groups year-round. View many of the original early American furnishings of the house as well as the Jung Carriage Museum, featuring over 100 vehicles in one of the nation’s finest carriage collections. The Wade House offers Civil War reenactments on an annual basis. 6 – 7:00pm Stop into one of Plymouth’s group-friendly restaurants for dinner. 7 – 8:00pm Spend the evening searching for Plymouth’s famous murals! Known as the “Mural Capital of Wisconsin,” Plymouth has 20+ murals painted around the city. These murals capture the nostalgia and historic significance of Plymouth’s rich business history.

convention & visitors bureaus and chambers Plymouth Chamber of Commerce 647 Walton Drive . . . . . . . . 888-693-8263

Plymouth, WI 53073 www.plymouthwisconsin.com Plymouth is the ideal place for your groups to rest, relax and rejuvenate. Located in Sheboygan County, Plymouth is not far from major cities like Milwaukee, Green Bay & Chicago. Make it your mission to check out all 21 of their murals!

Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-223-3557

701 Superior Street, PO Box 390 Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 www.wisdells.com We have an entire team at the Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau dedicated to anyone and everyone traveling in groups. You can sleep easy knowing our group planners have your group’s needs at the top of their priority list.

For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group, contact the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce at 920-893-0079 or visit www.plymouthwisconsin.com.

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 Board the Apple Holler Orchard Express for a narrated tour of the orchard, Enchanted Forest and farm.

 Learn about what we grow in our orchards including apples, peaches, pears, plus our organic garden.

 Learn about the magic of apples!

 Learn about Integrated Pest Management and our earth-friendly growing methods, plus the importance of bees and pollination.

 Learn about our Enchanted Forest with over 100 year old hardwood trees.

 Visit our Farm Park, the Golden Goat Bridge

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