Public Cruise info

Book a public cruise on our riverboat and see why the Michigan Princess has become one of the top tourist destinations in Lansing, Michigan. Our riverboat offers unique dining and sightseeing experiences, live music, entertainment and events, indoor/outdoor seating and special themed cruises. We make it easy to plan your lunch, date night, special occasion or family event any day of the week. And when you’re looking for fun things to do on the weekend, we have cruises for you! Our public cruises offer a unique experience for all ages. With a variety of options for entertainment and dining, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Cruises are between 1.5 and 3 hours in length, depending on the meal and entertainment options. We offer delicious food, a full-service cash bar, exciting entertainment and stunning views of the historic Grand River. Don't miss out on the fun, book your spot on one of our public cruises today. Visit our Buy Tickets section for more information and to book your tickets. We look forward to welcoming you aboard the Michigan Princess Riverboat!

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater – A Premier Lansing Attraction

Step aboard the Michigan Princess for an evening of mystery and fine dining with our exclusive Murder Mystery Dinner Theater. This event stands out as a top 'thing to do in Lansing, MI'. Savor a sumptuous prime rib dinner while embroiled in a captivating tale of intrigue. Choose between two distinct shows: a 1920's themed mystery that transports you to a bygone era of glamour and suspense, or a murder mystery comedy show that combines laughter with sleuthing. Perfect for those searching for 'fun things to do near me', each performance promises a unique and engaging experience. Which mystery will you unravel?

Oldies Night with the Sea Cruisers – A Nostalgic Journey in Lansing

Travel back to a time when Lansing's streets hummed with Oldsmobiles and Washington Ave. was the town's bustling hub. On our Oldies Night with the Sea Cruisers, we recreate this golden era, reminiscent of a time you might have driven your Olds to cruise the gut, with the your 8 track playing to the timeless classics. The Sea Cruisers bring this vibrant history to life, performing hits that would have been the soundtrack for historic moments like the 'Game of the Century' between MSU and Notre Dame. As one of the most engaging 'things to do in Lansing this weekend', it’s an evening where nostalgia meets the joy of music, making it a perfect choice for anyone looking for 'fun things to do in Lansing, MI


Blues with The Mixed Flavors Band – A Lansing Tradition with Delicious Dining

Embark on a musical journey with our Blues night featuring The Mixed Flavors Band, a staple among 'things to do in Lansing, MI'. This event, a cherished tradition since 1991 that began with the renowned Root Doctor Band, offers more than just a mesmerizing blues experience. Indulge in our fall-off-the-bone BBQ rib buffet, complete with mouthwatering cornbread, baked beans, and all the classic sides. It’s a feast for both your taste buds and your ears! As one of the longest-running 'fun things to do in Lansing', this cruise combines soulful music with hearty, soul-satisfying cuisine, making it a perfect pick for anyone searching for 'things to do in Lansing this weekend'.

Craft Brew Cruise featuring Shelby & Jake – A Unique Lansing Experience

Discover one of the best 'things to do in Lansing MI' on our Craft Brew Cruise, featuring the renowned duo Shelby & Jake Zemla. Their musical journey began in Lansing, quickly evolving from intimate open mic nights to commanding performances across the city. With City Pulse’s accolade for the best country band, they cover an eclectic mix from the '50s to contemporary hits, each with a unique flair.

This cruise, a standout for 'fun things to do in Lansing', combines the allure of local craft beers, rotating seasonally, with the duo's captivating music. Ideal for those exploring 'things to do near me this weekend', join us for an evening where exceptional brews meet the rich, musical heritage of Lansing.

Fall Color Tours with Dixieland Jazz – A Lansing Tradition Aboard the Michigan Princess

Join us for our cherished Fall Color Tours, a perennial favorite and one of the longest-running 'things to do in Lansing, MI'. As showcased in this vibrant image, the Michigan Princess becomes a part of the breathtaking autumn tapestry. Surrounded by a mosaic of fiery reds, warm oranges, and golden yellows, our riverboat offers a front-row seat to Michigan’s fall splendor.

Savor our Thanksgiving-style turkey buffet, a nod to Lansing's festive spirit, making this cruise a sought-after 'thing to do near me'. The cheerful sounds of Dixieland jazz enhance the atmosphere, creating the perfect backdrop for a memorable 'thing to do in Lansing this weekend'. Whether you're a local or visitor, this cruise is a quintessential autumnal event, solidifying its place as a top 'fun thing to do in Lansing’


Hustle Back to the 70s and 80s: Retro Disco Cruise with DJ Dawn

Get ready to transport yourself back to the groovy era of the 70s and 80s with our Retro Disco Cruise featuring DJ Dawn! Under the dazzling lights of our disco ball, immerse yourself in the infectious rhythms of disco music while you dance the night away in your best disco outfit. From the iconic disco balls to the pulsating beats of 70s dance songs, our cruise promises a night of nostalgia and fun. So grab your friends, put on your disco-themed attire, and get ready to boogie to the groovy tunes of the 70s aboard the Michigan Princess!

Latin Rhythms and Salsa Dance Cruise with DJ Adrian "Ace" Lopez – Lansing's Hotspot on the Water

Immerse yourself in the pulsating beats of Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata on our Latin Rhythms Dance Cruise, featuring Lansing's renowned DJ, Adrian "Ace" Lopez. This vibrant event stands out among 'things to do in Lansing MI', offering a lively mix of music for an unforgettable evening of dance on the Michigan Princess.

As the go-to 'fun thing to do in Lansing', our dance cruise is a celebration of Latin heritage and modern melody, making it the perfect answer to 'things to do near me this weekend'. Whether you're looking to learn new steps or just want to enjoy the rhythm, this cruise is a top 'thing to do in Lansing', where the energy of Latin music creates an electric atmosphere. Don't miss out on this 'fun place to go' for an authentic Latin dance experience right here in Lansing.


Motown and R&B Night with DJ Butcher – Groove on the Grand River

Get ready to groove to classic Motown and smooth R&B on the Michigan Princess with DJ Butcher, one of Lansing's finest. This cruise is a staple among 'things to do in Lansing, Michigan', bringing the soulful sounds of an iconic era to the serene waters of the Grand River.

Whether you're searching for 'fun things to do Lansing MI' or a unique night out, this event is a perfect choice. DJ Butcher spins the best of Motown and R&B, creating an electrifying atmosphere that stands out from other 'things to do in Lansing this weekend'. As a 'thing to do near me', it offers both nostalgia and a vibrant party scene, making it one of the 'fun places to go' in the city.

Family Day for Kids – Fun Places to Go in Lansing, MI

Our Family Day cruise is a fantastic answer for 'fun places to go near me' in Lansing. It's filled with activities and entertainment, making it one of the best family-friendly things to do in Lansing, Michigan.

Join us for an evening where the legacy of Motown meets the pulse of R&B, right here in the heart of Mic


Free Parking

Leave your car and cares behind.

On-Board Catering

Enjoy a delicious meal.

Beverage Stations

Celebrate with a toast.

Climate Controlled

Guaranteed comfort year round.

Fully Enclosed

Cruise rain or shine.

Outdoor Seating

Take in the views of Grand River.

Don’t need the whole boat?

We rent each deck individually to accommodate smaller gatherings and offer more affordable options. If you don’t have a boat load of guests but still love the location, we can find a space that works for you.

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Seating Configuration Key. Blue: Available Seating, Orange: Additional optional seating if at capacity

Deck 1

At the bow, there's a wrap-around awning that shelters passengers from rain and direct sun, while still providing splendid views of the Grand River. The Grand Salon Dining Room features a dance floor, stage, bar area and the grand staircase. Restrooms are located on the port and starboard sides.

Deck 2

Head up the grand staircase to access the second deck. The Princess Dining Room, located toward the bow, is a dazzling hall with 15 brass chandeliers. Passengers can stroll the promenade to take in the scenic atmosphere. A second bar is located on the port side. The Stern Wheel Room is lined with five foot windows that gives passengers a fantastic view of the paddle wheels as they power the boat downriver.

Deck 3

Additional outdoor seating is available on the third deck. The Captain's Dining Room features the most private dining experience with the best views of the river. Passengers will have the opportunity to meet the captain, listen to his stories, and tour the wheelhouse.

Boat Facts

  • Year Built: 1991
  • Capacity: 300 for a seated meal, 500 for standing room only
  • Length: 110 feet
  • Width/Beam: 44 feet
  • Draft: 18 inches in bow, 3 feet at stern
  • Displacement: 262,000 lbs (131 tons)
  • Fuel Capacity: 440 gallons
  • Fresh Water: 1200 gallons
  • Grey water: 2000 gallons
  • Engines: 2x Mercruiser D Tronic 4.2  250 hp each push the boat; 1 John Deere 6068 generator 135kw
  • Speed: cruising 3 knots; top speed 7 knots
  • Average cruise length: lunch 1 1/2 hours; dinner 3 hours Lunch cruise is a 3 mile trip, dinner is a 6 mile trip 38 tons of air conditioning and 500,000 btu of heat
  • 3 bars:
  • Over 100 windows:
  • 2 bathrooms:
  • Average number of trips per year: 170
  • Number of passengers each year: 15,000
  • Busiest time of year: October
  • Cruising season: March 1-December 15
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