If you are looking for a cool spot to grab a bite to eat with some fantastic scenery, look no further than Lake Pleasant Cruises (LakePleasantCruises.com), which offers more than just a meal to its customers.
Lake Pleasant Cruises offers sightseeing, live music, brunch, sunset dinner cruises, and lovely lake views. According to Operations Manager Captain Matt Finney, the beauty of the landscape speaks for itself.
“Our guests can expect to see local wildlife like wild burros, blue herons, mule deer, bald eagles, and more while cruising. The Sonoran Desert is known for its vast array of plant life and boasts over 2,000 species of plants, including the famous saguaro cactus. Guests will enjoy breathtaking views of the Bradshaw Mountains from this 7,500-acre reservoir.”
More Than Great Scenery
It isn’t just about the scenery, though. There are plenty of delicious options on the Lake Pleasant Cruises. There are brunch cruises, sunset dinner cruises, sunset live music brew cruises, and much more. All meals are served buffet-style. Cruises run 105 minutes and offer music and a full-service bar with drinks and snacks available for purchase. All ages are welcome, but reservations must be made 24 hours in advance.
Plenty of Great Menu Options
The BBQ Dinner Cruise by Dillon’s catering offers such tasty options as BBQ beef brisket, pulled pork, homestyle macaroni and cheese, creamy potato salad, and Jalapeño Corn Bread with butter, chocolate chip cookies, fudge brownies, and more!
The Captain’s Choice by Fat Freddy’s Catering has several scrumptious options, including White Burgundy Chicken Breast with sautéed mushrooms, garlic, shallots, and a white wine cream sauce. Or opt for slow-smoked beef brisket with creamy horseradish and au jus, roasted garlic red skin mashed potatoes, mixed greens salad, crusty French rolls with butter, and carrot cake.
Fat Freddy’s Catering also offers the Island Flavors dinner with a Hawaiian-style menu with items such as Huli Huli Chicken marinated with Aji mirin, pineapple juice, and ginger or Bahama Mama Grilled Sirloin marinated with rum, dark molasses, and brown sugar. Entrees are served with pica peppa aioli, Caribbean rice and peas, Hawaiian rolls, and pineapple bread pudding for dessert.
The Italian dinner by Fat Freddy’s Catering comes with menu options such as pecorino and egg batter chicken piccata with fresh thyme, lemon, and caper butter or stuffed pork loin with spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, and pan gravy. Other options include parmesan risotto with pesto and pine nuts, Panzanella salad with romaine, tomatoes, baby mozzarella, fresh basil, croutons, and red wine roasted garlic vinaigrette. Dessert options include cannoli and Italian wedding cookies.
The Team Makes It Special
Captain Finney says he is proud to be a part of such an excellent team, sharing Arizona’s scenic features with others.
“We love sharing beautiful Lake Pleasant with locals and tourists alike. There are so many people who live in the area but don't know about Lake Pleasant or have never been to Lake Pleasant because they think they need a boat or to spend a lot of money on a rental. We try to make it so everyone can afford to experience the lake for themselves,” he says.
Lake Pleasant Cruises has been operating since 2014 and started with simple sightseeing cruises. However, the team decided to expand and offer more services over the years.
“Lake Pleasant Cruises is looking forward to expanding the dates and times different cruises are offered, as well as adding new types of cruises in the future,” says Captain Finney.
Tickets range from $30 to $95 depending on age and cruise type. It's best to purchase tickets as far in advance as possible, as they are offered first come, first served.