Come Aboard the Barbara-Lee

A Unique Experience on the St. Johns River

Discover a slice of history with the St. Johns Rivership Co.'s replica 1800s paddleboat, the Barbara-Lee, cruising down the St. Johns River. Launched in 1986 and revamped in 2012, this vessel offers a variety of cruises, including lunch, dinner, and live music on Friday nights. Under new ownership since late summer 2023, Michelle Wyatt, a tech entrepreneur from Maryland, has infused modern touches while preserving the boat's charm. If you recall its former name, the Rivership Romance, you'll be delighted by the recent upgrades and tech-savvy enhancements, like a user-friendly website for easy ticket purchases and event browsing.

My own journey on the lunch cruise was memorable, with delectable warm sticky buns and a relaxed dining experience. The cruise lets you intimately witness the rich ecosystem of the St. Johns River, featuring manatees, alligators, a variety of bird species, and more.

Experience the rejuvenated Barbara-Lee for yourself – whether for a leisurely cruise or a distinctive setting for your next corporate event. It's an opportunity to immerse in nature's beauty while enjoying modern comforts and exceptional hospitality. Visit to book your adventure or plan your exclusive event. 

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