The city skyline rises up from the Cuyahoga River with sweeping views of the Flats all around. It’s a view that’s really only visible from out on the river aboard something like the BrewBoat, a floating party barge taking guests on a tipsy tour of the river.
The BrewBoat has two booking options, a 15-person boat that guests pedal themselves like a bicycle (although it isn’t necessary to move the boat) and the new BrewBoat Lite, which seats 10 with no pedaling, both perfect for bachelor/bachelorette and birthday parties.
“People will pedal for that first 20 minutes but as soon as they see the skyline they’re up,” says Captain Freddie Coffey, chief leisure officer and founder of the BrewBoat. “By the time we’re in the Flats they’re dancing around.”
The one-hour-and-40-minute sightseeing cruise starts on the old river channel, heads past the industrial Flats, under the Center Street swing bridge and into the Flats entertainment district, before turning around.
The rides are BYOB (beer, wine and spiked seltzer are welcome, but no liquor) and guests can provide their own tunes to hook up to the on-board Bluetooth speakers.
The rides are rain or shine and a retractable canopy can be adjusted for the weather. The energy on board is typically high and people on patios along the riverbank wave and cheer for BrewBoat passengers.
“Everybody sees and hears us coming,” says Coffey. “It’s almost like a mini celebrity status.” But it’s really those incredible views and scenes along the river that are the main draw.
“When we wind up to Collision Bend, which is right under Tower City, that’s where you get that real big skyline view,” says Coffey. “That’s the Instagram spot right there.”
More info: brewcle.com