FAQS – PaddleTap

PaddleTap FAQs

Curious about our PaddleTap adventures? To learn more about how to book a paddle pub or about the types of bars in Minnetonka or White Bear Lake we’ll plan to visit along the ride, check out the answers to some commonly asked questions:

How Long Does Each Boat Tour Last?

We offer Three unique Party Boat tour options: Our classic “PaddleTap Tour”- paddle pub boat tour lasts 100 minutes, this boat has a “paddle” option, but also comes equipped with a full engine/motor, most groups only paddle for 15-20 minutes!  It’s your call!  For our second bout tour, LazyTap, pedaling isn’t available, so this ride runs for a total of 2 hours.  We are adding a Third option called the TikiTap, which is a Tiki Themed Custom Party Boat.  This tour also lasts 100 minutes on the water, but can be extended to two hours if you book Sunday-Thursday only ($40/additional if you choose).  


What is your cancelation policy? Do you allow deposits to reserve?

Or cancelation policy is simple.  31 days out you can cancel and get a full refund.  14-30 days you are allowed to reschedule for a later date in the season.  0-14 days out we do not allow any date changes.  If we do end of having bad weather (unsafe boating conditions) we do allow rain checks. This decision is typically made the day of your cruise. 

We do not allow deposits for online reservations currently.  If you are still waiting for final count before booking, we recommend just booking the minimum amount 6 people for the lowest cost.  You can always add more people later!  


Are the Paddle Pubs BYOB food and drinks?

Our Lake Minnetonka Downtown Excelsior is BYOB and so is our Back Channel Pickup, and coolers are allowed. If you want our staple Lord Fletcher’s pickup on Lake Minnetonka, you must first purchase drinks from them (off sale). Coolers will not be allowed at all at Lord Fletcher’s pickup. When you book a boat ride, a link will be emailed to you, so you can easily place your order from Lord Fletcher’s.  You are always able to bring your own food and snacks as well. 


What is the minimum amount of people I need to reserve a private tour?

Yes! This is our #1 question.  We only require you to reserve 6 people for a flat fee ($39-44/person) which allows the reservation to be made.  If you have more than 6 people, we offer a discounted rate of $28/person for over that amount.  If you are unknown on the final number of people when booking, we encourage you to reserve the 6 minimum, and add additional tickets later.  


Is There Music on the Paddle Pub and the other Party Boats?

Yes, each tour boat offers Bluetooth connection, so you can sync your smartphone and start listening to your favorite tunes the moment we head out onto the lake.


What happens if we get sick on the boat?

While most people are fine on the boat, one in awhile someone gets sick.  If that is the case we have the right to charge your credit card $100-250 per incident depending on the amount of cleanup needed


Is Swimming Allowed?

We do not allow swimming on our classic pedal pub (PaddleTap Boat) tours or the TikiTap Tour. However, because our LazyTap tour is longer, we may be able to schedule some swimming time for a limited amount of people (four people max at a time). Lifejackets are required! This will only be available out of our Back Channel Location (Excelsior LazyTap doesn’t allow swimming)


Is Fishing Allowed on a Paddle Pub?

We don’t allow fishing on any of our boat tours. We leave that work up to the pros on Lake Minnetonka.


Are Bathrooms On Board Your Paddle Pub?

We do have a bathroom aboard our LazyTap, TikiTap and SuperTap booze cruises. The only boat without a bathroom is our RegularTap out of Downtown Excelsior.  The duration of the LazyTap is 2 hours long, and the other boats are 100 minutes, but you can now extend our SuperTap and TikiTap tours by 20 minutes if you choose *new for 2022*, this option is ONLY open Sunday-Thursday.  However, our pedal-powered RegularTap out of Excelsior does not include a bathroom. But don’t worry, we have many friends on the lakes, so we can stop as needed, if you need a break.   


Can we Tip the Boat Tour Guides?

Yes! If you enjoy your trip, your paddle captain will appreciate it!  Most also have Venmo!  You can also pre tip online when you reserve your tour.


How Do I Book a PaddleTap Boat Tour?

Booking a boat ride on Lake Minnetonka is easy! Click Book Now and decide which boat and location options you like best to celebrate an upcoming event or team building outing. For questions about any of our boat rides, contact us today!  We have a “Book by Boat” or “Book by Date“.  Depending if your purchase is more date driven or experience driven. 

If you notice one of the boats you wanted is booked, please look at the other boat options some boats are more popular than others.  Or give us a call and we can also help plan your party!


How Many People Fit on Each Boat Tour?

Our Standard RegularTap in Excelsior on Lake Minnetonka holds 14 people max (which is our smallest boat).  Our other boats all hold 18 people max.  Our pricing is per boat, so we only charge you for how many people you think you have.  Our pricing ranges from up to 6 people to reserve it private (starting point), up to 14 and up to 18 (maximum) size for just an additional 28/person for over the 6.  You can also add more to your group at a later date if you choose. 


Can You Accommodate Groups Bigger than 18?

Yes! We have multiple boats we can pair for large groups.  We have had corporate events as large as 100 people before.  Group sizes over 18 people isn’t an issue at all.  Give us a call or email and we can help plan the details.


What Is The Minimum Amount of People to Book?  Do You Have A Per Seat Option?

While all of our private bookings are 100% private, we do offer a per boat pricing based off of the amount of guests you select (this is first come first serve), 6 seats minimum to book, It gets cheaper on a “per person” cost if you hit the maximum tiers when booking!  You can book our standard RegularTap tour for $239/Tour for up to 6 people as the lowest price option (if you do rent the entire boat the prices gets cheaper per person as you get a larger group).   Our public tours only operate on our RegularTap Excelsior Boat and will launch mid June.  We do require at least 6 seats booked to go out on the public.  


Do you have any Discounts for Private/Larger Groups?

Yes!  If you book the entire boat (all seats) you will get the boat for the lowest price possible!  Our per seats ranges from $35-45/seat normally depending what boat tier you decide to go with.  Our best price per seat is to to rent the entire boat at the maximum boat capacity.   But it is not required to do so! 

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