Detroit River Tours Stories from Our Sightseeing Tours
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Summer 2021 Schedule

Days of operation





Tour Times

1:00 PM

2:30 PM

4:00 PM

5:30 PM

Ticket Prices



(60 and older)


(6 - 12)


(5 and under)


Length of Tour

1 Hour


First come, First Serve. Pay at dock.

Dock Location

1340 Atwater, Detroit, MI 48207


January 2020 Newsletter – Save 20% on 2020 Charters

Detroit River private boat charter

Happy New Year, Diamond Jack family! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season. Now that it’s 2020, it’s time to start thinking about warmer days on the water.

Private boat charters are an excellent way to host the perfect event. Hosting an event on one of Diamond Jack’s boats ensures privacy and safety for all your guests. Three docking locations offer convenience for all around Metro Detroit, with easy parking at the docks. Whether it’s a corporate event or private party, Diamond Jack private boat charters are an excellent setting for an unforgettable event. And, if you book your private boat charter and pay before March 1, you’ll save 20%!
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Detroit School Field Trips Along the Detroit River

School Field Trips Along the Detroit River

Students on a cruise ship enjoying their Diamond Jack Detroit River tour field trip.

Do you ever wish you could get out of the classroom and teach your kids in a more fun and exciting environment? The day-to-day grind can get monotonous pretty fast and students can start to feel bored with the same old curriculum each day. Getting out of your comfort zone to go on an exciting, yet educational, adventure might be right up your alley.

Field trips can be tremendously beneficial for both the teachers as well as the students. Not only do they encourage education in a fun and interesting setting instead of a set curriculum, it can also give students a chance to learn in other environments. The next time you consider taking your students on a road trip or field trip, especially to see the sites, consider taking them “out to sea” with Diamond Jack Detroit river tours!
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November 2019 Newsletter – Our Private Charters Season is Over for 2019

docked Detroit tour boat

Hey there, Diamond Jack family! We hope that you’re holding up against this rainy transition into November. We would give anything for another sunny day on the water, but with the leaves falling like the temperatures, our crew has had to prepare our fleet for winter storage.

We would like to take this time and extend our sincerest thanks to all of you that made this 2019 sightseeing and private charter season so memorable. Our hope is that you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did while on the Detroit River.

Over the coming months we will be hard at work updating our tour schedule, making improvements to our boats and updating the sites to explore during sightseeing tours.
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October 2019 Newsletter – Experience Fall Like Never Before with our Private Charters!

Fall In with Diamond Jack’s Crew

Diamond Jack’s Private Charter Voyage

Summer has officially come and gone – but that doesn’t mean the chances for outdoor fun have. If you’re looking to entertain your closest colleagues, flabbergast friends or revel with relatives, then our private charters are a perfect solution! You’ll have your choice between the Diamond Jack, the Diamond Queen or the Diamond Belle. No matter the choice, our crew will make it an unforgettable experience for all onboard. A simple check of our reviews page will prove it. We’ve hosted hundreds of private charter events since 1993 including:
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2019 September Newsletter — Final Weekend for Sightseeing Tours

Turn Your Labor Day Weekend into a Memorable Adventure

Hi Diamond Jack Family! This August has been a busy one. And, with the holiday weekend approaching, we’re gearing up for one final send off for our sightseeing tours in 2019!

If you haven’t spent some time with us on the water this season – or if you already have and want to see more of our featured attractions – now’s your final chance for this summer.

Our last sightseeing tours of the season run Thursday-Sunday from both our dock locations.

You have the choice between two separate tours departing from Rivard (Cullen) Plaza in Detroit at either 1:00 or 3:30 pm.
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2019 August Newsletter — Dog Days of Summer on the Detroit River

Last Chance for Summer Sightseeing Tours

Detroit River Boat Tour

Are you ready to send this summer off the right way? We cannot believe that August is already here. Running hundreds of tours in July made the time fly!

Our captains were happy to see all of you come out and spend a day with us on the magnificent Detroit River. Patrons like yourselves make the job well worth it. There’s no better feeling than providing our customers with an entertainingly interactive sightseeing tour.

Speaking of our summer sightseeing tours, don’t miss out on your last chance to ride with Diamond Jack this season! Our sightseeing cruises run Thursday-Sunday at 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm now through September 1st.
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July 2019 Newsletter – Summer Tours Have Already Begun

Summer Sun & Sightseeing Fun

Picture this: You’re outside with a blowing breeze at your back. Above you, the warmth of the sun radiates down. You scan the open horizon and get lost in the repetitive flow of the current. Sounds nice, right?

A ride with Diamond Jack is anything but typical. We know what it takes to make lasting summer memories because we’ve been doing it since 1991. Our friendly and engaging crew keeps the good times rolling on the water. Whether you’re a first-timer or a regular, we’ll make sure this your best summer yet.

Summer is well underway, which means it’s time to maximize your fun! Do yourself a favor and ditch a stuffy weekend inside for a choice between three different Detroit river sightseeing tours instead. Our sightseeing tours are a surefire way to kick off your summer festivities with dozens of attractions to see along the way.
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June Newsletter: Sightseeing Tours Start this Month!

Sightseeing Tours Begin This Thursday, June 6th!

Diamond Jack Boat Under Bridge

The sun is finally shining, and the 2019 sightseeing tour season is finally here! Starting Thursday, June 6, our sightseeing tours will start setting sail every Thursday through Sunday at 1 PM and 3:30 PM. From ship watching to history lessons to food and drinks, Diamond Jack can offer you the unique experience you’re looking for.

Our 2-hour narrated tours are the perfect activity on a hot summer day. Whether you’re hosting guests from out of town or looking for a date idea, Diamond Jack is perfect for everyone. Kids, adults, grandparents – everyone has a great time when they set sail with Diamond Jack!

And with college students finally out for the summer, we’ve finalized our summer staff and are almost done with all the training. Our workers go through extensive Coast Guard drills as well as learning all about the history of Diamond Jack and the Detroit River.
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May 2019 Newsletter – Sailing Season is Finally Here!

Photo credit: Andrew Warren, The Generator Judge
Photo credit: Andrew Warren, The Generator Judge

2019 Sailing Season is Finally Here!

Spring is here and so is Diamond Jack season! We are officially open for charter tours on the beautiful Detroit River. With the weather turning and our river boats primed up, don’t wait any longer to book your private party with Diamond Jack.

From end-of-the-year school field trips to senior groups to corporate outings, Diamond Jack loves giving our guests a one-of-a-kind experience. With beautiful sights, great food and good company, we have an easy time doing it!

We still have charter dates available through October 31st, but they will fill up fast. Private charters from our Wyandotte dock will sail up the Detroit River to the Renaissance Center and back down. If you choose to depart from our Detroit Rivard Plaza Dock, you will stay within Detroit but can go out to Lake St. Clair.
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April Newsletter

2019 Season is Coming Up Quick!

The weather is finally starting to turn in Detroit which can only mean one thing: Diamond Jack’s tours are right around the corner! Starting May 1st, you’ll be able to start taking our private charters that are perfect for a family or group outing.

For those that want to skip the socializing and just take in the mystic features of the Detroit River, our sightseeing tours start on June 6th. This is always one of the most exciting times of the year for our team. We’re training our new employees, making the finishing touches on our three famous riverboats and counting down the days until we can get back out on the water!
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