Two years ago, when I heard people mention“The Riverside Club”, my first thought was that it must be some sort of high-class, out of our league type place.

I soon learned that this is the name of a boat tour agency in Mission, Texas that offers tours on the Rio Grande River. This family-owned and operated business is celebrating its 40th year of operation this year. Besides being the booking site for the boat tours, there’s a large restaurant that offers both indoor and outdoor dining. The menu has good variety and the prices are very reasonable.

The boat tours (billed as river cruises) are either one- hour downstream or two-hour upstream. Yesterday, hubs and I decided to do the two-hour tour.

The weather was warm, the sky was clear and sunny, and there was no wind, so it was a perfect day to cruise the Rio Grande. We hadn’t booked ahead, but were lucky to get the last two available spots on the boat.

My feature photo is of a unique fountain that sits at the middle of the large outdoor dining area. We saw many folks use this as a photo backdrop, so we decided to do the same.

Before we boarded our “cruise ship” (large pontoon boat), we enjoyed exploring the Riverside Club outdoor area.

Concrete Palm Trees
Lush and well-maintained grounds
Lots of little sitting areas for photo ops or to just enjoy the river
Island Vibe
That’s Mexico across the water.

Tomorrow, I’ll post about the actual boat tour, and share a bit of the many interesting things we learned.

“My family has spent 400 years farming on the banks of the Rio Grande. We know the value of hard work, love of the community, love for water and land.”

Ken Salazar