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 two unique paddle boat tour options: Our classic “PaddleTap Tour”- paddle pub boat tour lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes, this boat has a “paddle” option, but also comes equipped with a full engine/motor, most groups only paddle for 15-20 minutes!  Its your call!  For our second bout tour, LazyTap, pedaling isn’t available, so this ride runs for a total of 2 hours.

What Minnesota Lakes Do You Paddle On?

Our PaddleTap tour will visit bars on Lake Minnetonka. You’ll have the option of choosing which of the two locations you wish to party on.  Our downtown Excelsior Location or the Spring Park which operates out of Lord Fletchers or Back Channel Brewing.

Are the Paddle Pubs BYOB?

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.

Can You Eat on the Tour Boats?

Yes, we encourage paddlers to bring light snacks for the journey. As space is limited due to the table-top bar, we recommend not bringing large meals. And because we’ll be visiting local bars and taverns along the way, it really isn’t necessary.

Is There Music on the Paddle Pub?

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 boat (PaddleTap Boat) tours. 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!

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 booze cruise and our SuperTap booze cruise.  The duration of the LazyTap is 2 hours long, and the SuperTap is 90 minutes but you can now extend it 30 minutes if you choose *new for 2020*.  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.   We typically stop 1/2 way someone close by.

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!

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.

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 LazyTap holds 16 people.  We do have a SuperTap out of Back Channel Brewing that can hold 18 (largest boat).  Our pricing is per person, so we only charge you for how many seats 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 most of our groups are 100% private, we do offer a per seat option for smaller groups (this is first come first serve), 6 people minimum, but don’t worry we can pair groups if needed!  You can book our standard RegularTap tour for $45/person (without renting the entire thing, if you do rent the entire boat the prices gets cheaper).   Our public tours only operate on our RegularTap Excelsior Boat.  We do require at least 6 seats booked to go out.  If you only have four sometimes just booking 6 people will get your tour to happen.

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 $45-50/seat normally without booking private, the private bookings are always the way to get the best per seat price!  Our best price per seat is to to rent the entire boat.

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