The Dolly Steamboat is the Perfect Staycation Getaway

By Lynette Carrington

The Dolly Steamboat is the Perfect Staycation Getaway

The Dolly Steamboat is the Perfect Staycation Getaway

Did you know that the Dolly Steamboat offers the chance for you to create your own staycation? The Dolly Steamboat is the gorgeous sternwheeler that majestically glides across Canyon Lake year-round. Guests step aboard and can enjoy a wonderful meal, sightseeing among the soaring canyon walls, and wildlife watching from a unique vantage point. A variety of cruises are available to help accommodate all guests. Other places nearby the Dolly Steamboat also offer the chance to create a full day or weekend of exciting Arizona memories.

The Lakeside Restaurant & Cantina is adjacent to the Canyon Lake Marina and physically located right next to where the Dolly Steamboat embarks on its journey. The restaurant features fish frys and an outside patio overlooking the lake. This is a great stop for an afternoon lunch or early evening cocktail.

Tortilla Flat is minutes from Canyon Lake. This great hot spot has steaks, burgers, fun patio for dancing and regularly scheduled live music. This cool stop-in-the-roadside is a great place to make Arizona memories

Nearby Goldfield Ghost Town was a rich gold mining operation back in its heyday more than 100 years ago. Now, you can watch staged gunfights, enjoy a burger or steak at the Mammoth Saloon, take a mine tour, ride on the narrow gauge railroad, try panning for gold, or just stroll the streets taking in all the cool stores. Be sure to stop in one of the original buildings and grab an ice cream to help keep you cool.

The Mining Camp Restaurant is also minutes from the Dolly Steamboat and is structured like a large boarding house-style dining experience. You’ll enjoy ribs, chicken, potatoes and all your favorite noshes. The family style seating at the restaurant makes this a fun stop for everyone, and don’t miss the massive gift shop on your way out the door.

If you’re looking to make your Dolly Steamboat getaway a true overnight, don’t miss a stay at Best Western Apache Junction Inn. This established hotel is only a few minutes from the Apache Trail and very convenient to several other area attractions.

The Cruises

A cruise aboard The Dolly Steamboat is a trip unlike any other. The majestic sternwheeler takes guests around Canyon Lake and into the soaring canyons to show off the beauty, vistas and unique wildlife surrounding one of our most beautiful lakes! Now is a great time to take advantage of the desert beauty while colorful wild flowers bloom profusely and “frame” Hwy. 88, the paved road that leads to the lake. January marked the start of The Dolly Steamboat’s busy season and there is much activity! Call now to take advantage of springtime in the desert.

The 2 and 1/2 hour Twilight Dinner Cruise includes a fantastic buffet dinner, complete with chef’s choice of dessert. An airline style bar is available to purchase cocktails, wine and beer. Catering is provided by Brown Brothers Catering of Arizona and the menu always includes two entrees - beef and chicken. The outstanding food continually receives rave reviews! As for a breathtaking evening, watch the sun sink behind the cliffs and capture the desert beauty as the moon rises and the stars reveal themselves.

Once a month, there is a very special 2 ½ hour Astronomy Cruise (including dinner) with “Dr. Sky” on board. Steve Kates, aka “Dr. Sky,” gives a narration about the galaxy of stars and will interpret the constellations in a fun and engaging way. He uses a blue laser beam to point out various stars and constellations.

Private charters are available during the week also on the weekends, and catering may be arranged. For additional information about the Dolly Steamboat, cruise schedule and a photo gallery, there is a convenient online reservation occasions or to arrange a corporate event, please call (480) 827-9144. Don’t Miss the Boat... The Dolly Steamboat site with directions to Canyon Lake Marina. Visit For additional information regarding weddings, rehearsal dinners, family reunions, celebration of life and other special!