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The Barbara Lee Luncheon Cruise

The Barbara Lee Luncheon Cruise

Cruise the Historic St. Johns River aboard an authentic sternwheel paddleboat...the Barbara Lee!

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$80 per person (Adult) Internet Price (Regular price: $95pp)


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 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:

Yankee Trails on 441, Lady Lake - 8:30am

Boarding Time: 10:30am from Downtown Sanford
Sailing Time: 11:00am

Return Information:

Boat will return at 2pm.

We will depart at 2pm with an approximate arrival in The Villages at 3:30pm. Non-stop each way.

Tour Includes:

  • Round-Trip Motorcoach Transportation

  • Luncheon Cruise on the Barbara Lee

  • 50 Travel Points


What are Travel Points?




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
Yankee Trails on 441 Yankee Trails, 13731 U.S. 441
Lady Lake, FL 32159

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