ALERT: The Gateway Arch Ticketing & Visitor Center has relocated to the Old Courthouse at 11 N. 4th Street. The walking distance between the Old Courthouse and the Arch entrance at the SOUTH leg is approximately 0.3 miles (7 minutes of average walking time). EACH guest planning to enter the Gateway Arch will be required to have EITHER a Journey to the Top ticket or an Arch Entry-Only ticket to be allowed access to the facility.  Tram tickets will sell out early and often - advance tickets are strongly recommended.

Please Note: The Museum of Westward Expansion, located under the Gateway Arch is closed for significant renovations. Certain artifacts from the Museum are on display in exhibit galleries at the Old Courthouse.

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Day Trips, Stay Trips and Holiday Fun: Gateway Arch Riverboats Round Out 50th Anniversary Season with Special Cruises

August 18, 2014

For more information, contact:

Jenna Todoroff or Karen Bollinger
Common Ground PR The Gateway Arch Experience
636-530-1235, ext. 225 314-923-3052 (office), 618-567-0087 (cell)

Day Trips, Stay Trips and Holiday Fun: Gateway Arch Riverboats Round Out 50th Anniversary Season with Special Cruises

WHAT: The Gateway Arch Riverboats cap off their 50th anniversary cruise season with themed cruises slated through the remainder of the year, including a day trip to Kimmswick, Mo.; Oktoberfest celebrations; a Halloween costume party; and a special New Year’s Eve excursion to ring in 2015. But don’t wait until the last minute to purchase tickets—these popular cruises are expected to sell out.

  • Sunday Brunch Cruise: Sunday, September 14 Make it a scenic Sunday, and enjoy a fall afternoon on the water with live Dixieland music and a delicious brunch buffet. Buffet includes French toast, eggs, prime rib, stuffed chicken breast, pasta and more deliciousness that will make your mouth water. $38/adults; $18/kids 3-12.
  • Blues Cruise: Thursdays, September 18 and October 16 Slip on your dancing shoes and enjoy live blues music from the Marsha Evans’ Coalition on September 18 and Billy Peek on October 16. Don’t miss this chance to enjoy The Riverfront Times’ pick for the “Best Place to Slow Dance.” $18/person. Cash bar. Ages 21 and over.
  • Lock-n-Dam Cruise: Saturdays; September 27, October 4, 11 and 18 Enroll in “Mississippi River Lock System 101,” and learn how the river’s lock and dam system allows boats to travel upstream and downstream. The captain provides commentary on this engineering phenomenon as the riverboat ventures to the mouth of the Missouri River and back. A buffet meal and live Dixieland music is included. $46/person.
  • Kimmswick Cruise: Thursdays, October 2 and 16 Sail out of St. Louis for a day excursion to the quaint riverside town of Kimmswick. On the cruise, enjoy on-board bingo, card games, and river-style music. Once docked, cruisers can enjoy lunch at the famous Blue Owl Restaurant and Bakery with plenty of time for exploration and shopping. $80/person.
  • Oktoberfest Cruise: Sundays; October 5, 12 and 19 Germany comes to Missouri. Get in the spirit of this Bavarian festival and feast upon Deutschland favorites including knockwurst, beef rouladen, and sweet and sour cabbage. $38/adults; $18/kids 3-12.
  • Halloween Cruise: Saturday, October 25 It’s a costume party like no other. Party it up on this Halloween cruise featuring live DJ, costume contest and hors d’oeuvres. One on-board contest winner receives two tickets to the New Year’s Eve cruise. $25/person. Cash bar. Ages 21 and over.
  • New Year’s Eve Cruise: Wednesday, December 31 Sing Auld Lang Syne and toast to the New Year. This 3 ½-hour open-bar cruise includes dinner of filet mignon and jumbo shrimp, twice baked potato, vegetable medley, and the chef’s special dessert; as well as a live DJ and a midnight champagne toast. Cheers to 2015! $85/person. Skyline Dinner Cruise: Weekends For a special dinner treat, try this two-hour dinner cruise alongside the St. Louis skyline. Enjoy live music while indulging in a delectable buffet meal of carved prime rib, roasted potatoes, pasta Romano, fruits and vegetables and dessert. Call for availability. $42/adults; $20/kids 3-12.

One-Hour Sightseeing Cruises: Daily Discover the history of St. Louis and the city’s skyline on a steamboat cruise, highlighting St. Louis’ famous landmarks, its architecture, and the role the Mighty Mississippi plays today. Call for availability. $14/adults; $8/kids 3-15. Save $2 with purchase of the Captain’s Combo (One-Hour Sightseeing Cruise ticket and a Journey to the Top tram ride): $22/adults; $11/kids.

WATERFRONT EATS AND SWEET TREATS: Guests can enjoy a tasty lunch menu of fried catfish, toasted ravioli, funnel cake fries and more at the Arch View Café located on the dock of the riverboats. Open every day in August and September, and on weekends in October.
HOW: Cruise reservations can be made by calling 1-877-982-1410 or visiting ticketsforthearch.com. A complete 2014 sightseeing cruise schedule is available at www.gatewayarch.com.
Parking is available at the Gateway Arch Parking Garage, located at 200 Washington Avenue. Visitors are encouraged to check www.gatewayarch.com/directions before heading to the Arch for the most up-to-date information on road detours and construction surrounding the Arch grounds.

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