Riverboats at the Gateway Arch Offer Something for Everyone in 2018
The Riverboats at the Gateway Arch—the Becky Thatcher and the Tom Sawyer—invite those of all ages to experience a unique adventure on the Mississippi River aboard a riverboat cruise.
Located beneath the Gateway Arch on the Mississippi Riverfront, the riverboats open for the 2018 season on Saturday, March 3. Cruises range from blues concerts and Sunday brunch to nighttime dinner excursions and front-row seats to Fair Saint Louis fireworks shows. A complete 2018 season cruise schedule (including fall 2018 cruises and dates) is available at www.gatewayarch.com.
St. Louis Riverfront Cruise
WHEN: Times vary by day. Call 877-982-1410 for daily schedule.
DETAILS: Journey to a time when steamboats ruled the Mississippi River. Narrated by the riverboat captain or a National Park Service ranger, this one-hour cruise highlights the river’s role in St. Louis’ past and present, and explores famous St. Louis landmarks and architecture.
TICKETS: $20/adults; $10/kids 3-15; children under age 3 are free. Save up to $3 with the Tram & Cruise Combo, which includes a St. Louis Riverfront Cruise and Tram Ride to the Top of the Gateway Arch. Special rates available for groups of 20 or more.
Skyline Dinner Cruise
WHEN: Fridays & Saturdays beginning in April; 7:30-9:30 p.m. (cruise boards at 7 p.m.)
DETAILS: Dine alongside stunning illuminated views of St. Louis! Enjoy live Dixieland music and indulge in a delicious dinner buffet including a beef carving station, chicken breast, baked cod (Friday cruises only), roasted potatoes, pasta Romano, fruit and vegetables, and dessert.
TICKETS: Reservations are required. $48/adults; $20/kids 3-12; children under age 3 are free. Special rates available for groups of 20 or more.
Sunday Brunch Cruise
WHEN: Sundays; April 1 (Easter), May 13 (Mother’s Day), June 3 & 17 (Father’s Day), July 15, August 5 & 26; 1-3 p.m. (cruise boards at 12:30 p.m.)
DETAILS: Spend your Sunday afternoon brunching and cruising on the riverboats! Enjoy upbeat sounds of live Dixieland music and feast upon a delectable brunch buffet including French toast, cheese blintzes, eggs, carved prime rib, stuffed chicken breast, pasta, salad and more delicious fare.
TICKETS: Reservations are required. $45/adults; $18/kids 3-12; children under age 3 are free. Special rates available for groups of 20 or more.
WHEN: Thursdays; May 31, June 21, July 12 & 26, August 9 & 23; 8:30-11 p.m. (cruise boards at 8 p.m.)
DETAILS: A must-do tradition in St. Louis! Dance to some of the area’s most popular blues bands on this evening cruise, which has been named the “Best Place to Slow Dance” by the Riverfront Times! (Visit www.gatewayarch.com to find the full lineup of bands.)
TICKETS: Reservations are required. $22/adults. Must be 21 or older to attend.
WHEN: July 4, 6 & 7; 7:30-9:30 p.m. (cruise boards at 7 p.m., the riverboat returns to the dock for the fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.)
DETAILS: With the return of Fair Saint Louis to the Gateway Arch park grounds, comes the return of the riverboats’ popular Fireworks Cruise! Celebrate America’s birthday and get an up-close view of the spectacular fireworks show that dazzles over the Mississippi River. NOTE: This cruise is very popular and will sell out soon. Please purchase your tickets in advance today.
TICKETS: Reservations are required. $48/adults and children.
HOW: Cruise reservations can be made by calling 1-877-982-1410 or visiting www.gatewayarch.com/buytickets.
LOCATION AND PARKING: The Riverboats at the Gateway Arch are located below the south leg of the Gateway Arch at 50 S. Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63102. Parking is available for a cash fee on the cobblestone levee in front of the riverboat dock.
RIVERSIDE EATS: Visitors can enjoy hot food, such as burgers, toasted ravioli and funnel cake fries, at the Arch View Café located on the dock of the riverboats. The café is open for lunch Saturdays and Sundays in April, and daily May through September.
PRIVATE CHARTERS: The riverboats are available for private charters such as happy hours, special dinners and even weddings. A variety of packages and menu options are available for groups of all sizes. Contact Natasha McIntosh at 314-923-3047 for more details.