Branson is all about tourism and there is no better way to see the sights than on Branson Landing Cruises’ old fashioned paddle wheel boat, the Lake Queen.
Like its companion, the Landing Princess, the Lake Queen takes guests on a one hour, 30 minute, 10-mile round trip on Lake Taneycomo, beginning at Gage’s Branson Landing Marina and Shops and heading toward Rockaway Beach.
The Lake Queen is a 100-foot boat that holds 149 passengers with an outdoor upper deck and an enclosed, climate-controlled lower deck. The panoramic windows on the lower deck ensure guests will be able to see all of the beauty and wildlife along the lakeshore.
General Manager and Captain Paul Lentz said, “The scenery is gorgeous” and added with the onset of autumn “the colors ought to be gorgeous this year.”
Lentz explained that on the cruise, visitors can see myriad types of local wildlife along the shores of Lake Taneycomo, including a nest of bald eagles.
Unlike the Landing Princess, the Lake Queen does not offer a dinner cruise, but on weekends, passengers can partake in a pizza cruise.
Lake Queen pizza cruises feature hand-tossed gourmet pizza with cheese, pepperoni or sausage topping and the food is included in the price of the ticket. For regular cruises, guests may purchase a deli lunch before send-off to eat aboard the boat. However, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase aboard the Lake Queen.
While on the cruise, passengers can learn about Branson history, including how the town got its name and a little about the Baldknobbers, the orignal Branson gang, not the show. Children can even help Lentz captain the Lake Queen.
For more information about the Lake Queen and Branson Landing Cruises, visit www.bransonlandingcruises.com or call (800) 979-3370 for ticket information.