With winter soon a memory and spring in bloom, the Betty Lou Cruises can again offer the best way to dine and experience the Madison skyline.
If you enjoy dining with a lake view, just wait until you try it with a view of the shore!
From mid-April through mid-October, Betty Lou Cruises offers an assortment of dining options to those looking for more than the typical restaurant experience. Step aboard one of their fleet of yachts to enjoy a feast for all the senses.
Betty Lou Cruises take full advantage of Madison’s natural beauty and are a fantastic way to show the city off to visitors. Take in the lakeside architectural sights, like the State Capitol and Monona Terrace (Lake Monona) or Governor’s Mansion (Lake Mendota). Whichever lake you tour, you’ll find a breathtaking panorama providing the backdrop to your culinary adventure
Ships are outfitted with both indoor and outdoor spaces for enjoying your dining experience, and guest facilities are available. Cruise cuisine is prepared by the people behind local favorites Nau-Ti-Gal, The Mariner’s Inn, and Captain Bill’s. With choices ranging from brunch to dinner, ice cream socials to happy hours, finding a time and theme to fit the occasion isn’t hard; deciding which to try first is!
Start the weekend off right with a twilight cruise on the Friday Seafood Buffet, and feast on lobster bruschetta, shrimp scampi and even sirloin steak as the sun sets. You can also enjoy a lazy morning on the lake with the Sunday Champagne Brunch, nibbling on pastries, prime rib, smoked salmon and other traditional favorites, including delectable chocolate-covered strawberries.
Lighter dining options include the Friday Cocktail Cruise, which invites guests to unwind with an open bar and light appetizer buffet. Also available are the Pizza & Beer Cruises (Thursdays) and Ice Cream Socials (select Saturdays), for which Betty Lou has teamed with local purveyors Ian’s Pizza and The Chocolate Shoppe, respectively.
Night owls can take pleasure in moonlight over the waters with Friday and Saturday late night cruises. Each features an appetizer and dessert buffet, and Friday evenings offer the additional attraction of live music (check website for featured bands by week).
Take to the waters to enjoy a side of Madison you may not have seen before. No matter which cruise you decide on, you’ll be treated to two hours of warm hospitality from a friendly and dedicated crew.
Betty Lou Cruises Boats depart from:
Machinery Row (Lake Monona) or Mariner’s Inn (Lake Mendota), Madison