Where You Can Take a Stunning Gondola Ride in Minnesota
When you think of gondolas you typically think of Italy, right? Well, you don't have to travel all the way to Italy to experience a gondola ride, although that would be really cool. You can take a beautiful gondola ride right here in Minnesota.
I feel like Stillwater gets brought up a lot when we're talking about unique things to do or see in Minnesota. In the wintertime, for example, there were ice go-karts you could try in Stillwater. During the warmer months, though, Stillwater is where you can find gondolas in Minnesota.
The company is called Gondola Romantica and you can book a private gondola ride complete with a gondolier (the person who 'drives' the boat). The gondolas are right on the St. Croix so you get the beauty of the St. Croix, Stillwater, and gondolas from Venice. Yep, these are legit gondolas, not just something that looks close enough that someone made in their backyard.
This is the perfect unique experience for your next date night or double date. Or if you don't have a significant other a small group of friends would have a great time on a gondola ride. You are allowed to bring a picnic and drinks (including alcoholic drinks) if you'd like.
They accept walk-up rides but those are public rides and there's not a guarantee that there will be space. So the best thing to do would be to book online in advance. There are daytime gondola rides but also nighttime gondola rides if you want it to be super romantic.
You could also get married on the gondola! Or, if you're more of a thrill-seeker, you could get married on a thrill ride like these two did at Valleyfair. Keep scrolling for pictures!