All Aboard the Gateway Arch Riverboats This Fall
WHAT: The Gateway Arch Riverboats continue cruising this fall, with numerous specialty cruises fit for everyone ranging from adventure enthusiasts and foodies to leisure travelers. A complete 2017 sightseeing cruise schedule is available at www.gatewayarch.com. Reservations are required for all cruises. Cruise tickets sell out fast, so it is highly encouraged to make reservations early.
One-Hour Sightseeing Cruise
WHEN: Daily through November 30. Call 877-982-1410 for cruise times.
DETAILS: Journey to a time when steamboats ruled the Mississippi River. Narrated by the boat captain or National Park Service ranger, this one-hour cruise explores the history of downtown St. Louis, from its landmarks and architecture to the river’s role today.
TICKETS: $20/adults; $10/kids 3-15; children under age 3 are free. (Save $1-3 when you make it a Captain’s Combo, a ticket package that includes an Arch tram ride and the Sightseeing Cruise.)
Skyline Dinner Cruise
WHEN: Fridays & Saturdays in September, Saturdays in October; 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (Cruise boards at 7 p.m.)
DETAILS: Enjoy a memorable night out with live jazz music and dinner alongside the best view of St. Louis. This two-hour cruise includes a delicious buffet meal including a beef carving station, chicken breast, baked cod (Friday cruises only), roasted potatoes, pasta Romano, fruit and vegetables, and dessert.
TICKETS: $48/adults; $20/kids 3-12; children under age 3 are free.
Sunday Brunch Cruise
WHEN: September 17; 1 to 3 p.m. (Cruise boards at 12:30 p.m.)
DETAILS: Spend your Sunday with the Riverboats! Enjoy upbeat, live Dixieland music and feast upon a delicious brunch buffet including French toast, cheese blintzes, eggs, prime rib, stuffed chicken breast, pasta, salad and more.
TICKETS: $45/adults; $18/kids 3-12; children under age 3 are free.
WHEN: Thursdays, September 21, October 12 and 26; 8:30 to 11 p.m. (Cruise boards at 8 p.m.)
DETAILS: If you haven’t been on a Blues Cruise, you’re missing out on a St. Louis Riverfront tradition! Enjoy live blues performances from well-known artists while enjoying illuminated views of downtown St. Louis at night. Named the “Best Place to Slow Dance” by the Riverfront Times! (Visit www.gatewayarch.com for the schedule of performances.)
TICKETS: $22/adults. Must be 21 or older to attend.
WHEN: Saturdays, October 7, 14 & 21; 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Cruise boards at 10 a.m.)
DETAILS: Experience one of the most fascinating parts of the inner workings of the Great Rivers. Journey to the mouth of the Missouri River and experience the passage through the massive Mississippi River lock system that allows boats to travel upstream and downstream. Live Dixieland music and a buffet meal featuring stuffed chicken breast, fresh vegetables, rice pilaf, salad, fruit and dessert are included. (A very limited number of tickets remain for this cruise.)
TICKETS: $49/adults and children.
WHEN: Sundays, October 8 & 22; 1 to 3 p.m. (Cruise boards at 12:30 p.m.)
DETAILS: You can take part in Germany’s most famous festival right here in St. Louis! Enjoy amazing river views while dancing to live German music and savoring authentic German food, including beef rouladen, bratwurst and knockwurst, sweet and sour cabbage, knoodle kugle, German chocolate cake, and much more.
TICKETS: $42/adults; $18/kids ages 3-12. Children under age 3 are free.
WHEN: Thursdays, October 5 & 12.
DETAILS: Choose from one of two narrated, day-long cruises to Kimmswick, Missouri that also include motorcoach transportation. Travel to the quaint riverside town of Kimmswick, Missouri. Upon arrival, passengers will have time to sightsee and shop around town, and enjoy lunch at the famous Blue Owl Restaurant and Bakery. On board the cruise, passengers can be entertained with bingo, card games and lively music.
- Express Cruise: Passengers will board the Tom Sawyer riverboat at 9:30 a.m., depart St. Louis at 10 a.m. and arrive in Kimmswick at 12:15 p.m.; passengers will return to St. Louis via motorcoach at 4 p.m.
- Leisure Cruise: Passengers will board the motorcoach at 9 a.m., depart St. Louis at 9:30 a.m. and arrive in Kimmswick at 10 a.m.; passengers will return to St. Louis via the Tom Sawyer riverboat by 5 p.m.
TICKETS: $80/adults and children. (Lunch at the Blue Owl is included in the ticket price.)
Halloween Costume Party Cruise
WHEN: Saturday, October 28; 8:30 to 11 p.m. (Cruise boards at 8 p.m.)
DETAILS: If you didn’t dress up in a costume, did Halloween even happen? Break out your Halloween best for a chance to win the grand prize on the Halloween Costume Party Cruise! Enjoy a live DJ, light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, along with Halloween treats. The winner of the costume contest will receive two tickets to the New Year’s Eve Cruise.
TICKETS: $26/adults. Must be 21 or older to attend.
New Year’s Eve Cruise
WHEN: Sunday, December 31; 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Cruise boards at 9 p.m.)
DETAILS: Auld Lang Syne! Give 2017 the proper send-off and create lasting memories on the New Year’s Eve Cruise. The cruise includes a full sit-down dinner, open bar, party favors, live DJ entertainment and a champagne toast at midnight. Happy 2018!
TICKETS: $90/adults. Must be 21 or older to attend.
HOW: Cruise reservations can be made by calling 1-877-982-1410 or by visiting www.gatewayarch.com/buytickets
LOCATION AND PARKING: The Gateway Arch Riverboats are located below the south leg of the Gateway Arch at 50 S. Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63102.
Paid parking is available on the Mississippi River levee in front of the boats.
RIVERSIDE EATS: Visitors can enjoy hot food, such as fried catfish, toasted ravioli and funnel cake fries, at the ArchView Caf’ located on the dock of the riverboats. The caf’ is open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in September, and Saturdays and Sundays in October.