ALERT: Due to the shutdown of the federal government, the Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse, which are part of the National Park Service, are closed. They will resume operations during regularly scheduled hours as soon as the government re-opens. Ticketing and tram operations at the Gateway Arch and ticketing operations at the Old Courthouse are also closed. If you have purchased a scheduled tram ride to the top or Arch entry-only ticket during this time, your ticket price will be refunded as soon as possible. Other Gateway Arch Experience activities such as the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch and Gateway Helicopter Tours, which are NOT part of the National Park Service, are currently closed for the season. Please continue to check this site or call 877-982-1410 for additional information and updates on visiting these attractions. Please pay attention to the mainstream media or visit for the announcement regarding the resumption of federal government operations. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Riverboat Cruises

Journey back in time with a ride on the only two riverboats on today’s St. Louis Riverfront. During a One-Hour Sightseeing Cruise or one of many specialty cruises, relax to the sound of paddle wheels churning the waters of the mighty Mississippi River and enjoy the best view of the city skyline.

Gateway Arch Riverboat Cruises
Come aboard. Ride & Relax.


Take a relaxing cruise and discover the best view of the St. Louis skyline from replica nineteenth-century paddle-wheel riverboats, the Becky Thatcher and the Tom Sawyer. They were brought to St. Louis in 1964 so spectators could get a close-up view of the Arch as it was being constructed, and are the only riverboats on the St. Louis Riverfront today.

During a variety of cruises offered, hear the waters churn and admire the view as you ride along the mighty Mississippi River, where Lewis and Clark began their historic journey. Choose a One-Hour Sightseeing Cruise, Skyline Dinner Cruise or one of many specialty cruises.


Cruises run March–November, rain or shine. Schedules may be altered due to weather or river conditions, for your safety. Departure times and costs vary for each cruise.


Advance ticket purchases are recommended, and are required for certain cruises. Contact the Call Center at 877-982-1410 to buy ticket. You may also purchase tickets in advance online.

Group rates are available for 20 or more people, and should be reserved in advance by phone to ensure availability.

On-board concessions vary for cruises. Also your entire family may enjoy casual dining, dockside at the Arch View Café, with a spectacular view of the Gateway Arch.

Access the Gateway Arch Riverboats from the riverfront at 50 S. Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63102 – in line with the south leg of the Gateway Arch. Parking is available on the levee in front of the riverboats. Parking on Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard is illegal and cars will be ticketed.

Ramps from the street to the levee provide wheelchair access to the riverboats. The first floor of both riverboats and the riverboat dock are wheelchair accessible. The second and top decks of both riverboats require using stairs.


The riverboat dock and the first deck of the Gateway Arch Riverboats are wheelchair accessible.


(MetroLink) 8th & Pine
(MetroBus #99 Downtown Trolley) 4th Street & Pine

One-Hour Sightseeing Cruise

Take a delightful, one-hour journey back to a time when steamboats ruled the Mississippi River. Narrated by the captain or a National Park Service Ranger, this cruise highlights the history of St. Louis and the mighty river’s role today.

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Skyline Dinner Cruise

For that special occasion or just a memorable night out, watch the St. Louis skyline light up during this riverboat cruise. Ride along the Mississippi River, listen to inspiring jazz music and indulge in a savory buffet.

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Specialty Cruises

Choose from one of many specialty riverboat cruises, each offering a breathtaking view of the St. Louis skyline and a unique theme, whether you want to dig deeper into history or simply enjoy a ride on the Mississippi River.

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Private Charters

Bring history, culture and charm to your next event when you host it aboard one of the Gateway Arch Riverboats. Whether for a business function, wedding, birthday party, reunion or other special event, your guests will enjoy the unique setting as they cruise along the Mississippi River.

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Arch View Café

Enjoy cooked-to-order café fare while dockside at the Arch View Café, where you will find a spectacular view of the Arch.

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