Thanksgiving on the "Barbara Lee"

Thanksgiving on the "Barbara Lee"

Thanksgiving on the Barbara Lee


Thanksgiving on the Barbara Lee

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$89 per person (Adult) Internet Price (Regular price: $94pp)


A century ago, the St. Johns River was Florida's first great inland highway connecting the ocean port of Jacksonville with the still-wild interior. The Rivership Barbara-Lee takes you back to a more adventurous, more romantic time.  From its home port on Lake Monroe in charming downtown Sanford, FL (just North of Orlando), the Barbara-Lee cruises the St. Johns, serving up superior food, live music and dancing. You'll also get close-up views of the area's abundant wildlife. You'll see prolific bird life — majestic great herons, "snakebirds," osprey, eagles ­— plus turtles and alligators lazing along the banks. During the cooler months manatees are often spotted as they move in from the ocean to bask in the warmer river water and snack on water hyacinths.  The food aboard the Barbara-Lee is cooked fresh in the ship's kitchen and today we'll savor a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings!


The Rivership Barbara-Lee is an authentic sternwheel paddleboat. The 105-foot ship was built in 1986 and was extensively refurbished prior to entering service in Sanford. The ornate wrought iron railings and wooden wheels recall the elegance of the steamers that once plied the St. Johns River between Jacksonville and Sanford.  The ship has five decks: An open-air top deck, a covered open-air "paddlewheel deck" overlooking the wheels, an enclosed upper deck that seats 60 diners with its own dance floor, a mezzanine deck that seats 40 and the large main salon deck that seats 84 with its stage, dance floor and bar. The enclosed dining areas are climate controlled with air conditioning and heating.  In addition to the open upper deck with benches and railings, the covered paddlewheel deck at the rear of the second level allows guests to stay out of the sun while getting an unobstructed view of the river and its wildlife.

Departure Info:

The Villages - Bealls on 441 (next to Lowe's) - 1:00pm
Rural King - Leesburg - 1:15pm

Return Information:

We will depart at 7:30pm with an approximate arrival in The Villages at 9pm. Non-stop each way.

Tour Includes:

  • Round-Trip Motorcoach Transpotation

  • Thanksgiving Dinner

  • Cruise on the Barbara Lee

  • 50 Travel Points


What are Travel Points?

Boarding Time: 3:30pm


Boat sails: 4:00pm


Returns: 7:00pm

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Bealls on 441 Bealls Dept Store, 13687 U.S. 441
Lady Lake, FL 32159
Rural King - Leesburg Rural King
1715 North Citrus Blvd, Leesburg, FL 34748

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