Steamboat Minnehaha Opens for Season

Updated: 05/23/2014 5:42 PM
Created: 05/23/2014 11:00 AM
By: Megan Stewart

One popular tourist attraction on Lake Minnetonka has opened in time for Memorial Day weekend.

Steamboat Minnehaha was back on the water Friday morning. The restored boat draws nearly 10,000 unique visitors a year, according to the Museum of Lake Minnetonka which operates the boat.

It was originally built in 1906 as an express boat operated by the Twin Cities Rapid Transit Company to serve as an extension of the area's streetcar lines, according to museum officials.

It ferried visitors across the lake to hotels and attractions for 20 years before the invention of the automobile, officials said. In 1926, it was towed north of Big Island and sunk.

It was rediscovered in 1980 and was fully restored by volunteers, officials said. It was working again in 1996.

This is its 19th season on the lake, according to the museum. It also participates in popular lake events across the Twin Cities, including Excelsior's Art on the Lake and Apple days and Wayzata's James J. Hill Days.

Weekend cruises are $15 for adults and $5 for children.

Look here for cruise times and routes.

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