Our Detroit River Prohibition Tours Are Back in 2022!

Questions? Send an email to [email protected] Thank you.

The Detroit River Prohibition Boat Tour
Saturday, June 18, 2022 and
Saturday, September 11, 2022
6:00 - 8:00 PM

During Prohibition, Detroit took advantage of its location on the international border. With 75% of liquor entering the United States through the "Detroit-Windsor Funnel," the Detroit River became the epicenter of the booze smuggling trade. 

Join us on Saturday, September 12, 2020 for a special boat tour on the Detroit River. On the largest of the Diamond Jack boats, we will cruise to the eastern end of the Detroit River, then west past the Ambassador Bridge. All the while, guests will enjoy hors d'oeuvres, coffee, and soft drinks. There will be a cash bar available--what's a Prohibition tour without booze? There will also be prizes! Every attendee receives a Prohibition-themed goody bag!

Your guide ( a descendant of bootleggers and a Detroit historian) will regale you of stories of those brave men and women who saw Prohibition as an economic opportunity. She will point out areas of interest along the Detroit and Windsor shorelines and will also display her collection of Prohibition artifacts.

Ticket price includes light hors d'oeuvres, soft drinks and coffee. Cash bar! The Diamond Jack boat leaves sharply at 6 pm!

The Peacock Room will have a special pop-up shop on the boat with Prohibition-inspired jewelry, bar ware, flasks, and other 1920s-style finds available. 

Afterward, you can join us at a local Prohibition-era drinking establishment to put a perfect ending to the evening! 

The tour leaves from the Stroh's River Place Dock at the foot of Jos. Campau Street. There is paid, guarded parking adjacent to the Stroh's River Place Dock. Five dollars from every ticket sale will be donated to Preservation Detroit. Your Eventbrite receipt is your ticket. We will have your name on our roster when you arrive. As always, a percentage of each ticket sold will be donated to a local nonprofit organization.

No passport needed to take this tour. Ages: 18 and up. Questions? Send an email to [email protected]

Directions to the Stroh's River Place Dock

201 Joseph Campau Avenue

Detroit, MI 48207

The boat does not leave from the Atwater dock.