Cruise the Mississippi River This Summer Aboard the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch
ST. LOUIS (June 22, 2022)—This summer, experience the Mighty Mississippi River in a new way—aboard the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch. Gather with family and friends for a memorable time on the Decked Out Divas Cruise, Blues Cruise, Skyline Dinner Cruise and the one-hour St. Louis Riverfront Cruise. Free, live music also rocks the riverboat dock on weekends.
“Add a visit to the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch to your summer fun list. We are one of the most unique attractions in St. Louis and offer a cruise for everyone!” says Dave Sanders, Senior Director of Marketing & Partnerships for Bi-State Development.
During family-friendly cruises, children can visit the boat captain in the pilot house, where they can receive a special “Captain’s Pin”!
Decked Out Divas Cruise
On this two-hour cruise, St. Louis’ most fabulous divas provide live entertainment aboard the only boat-cruise-turned-drag-show in town! Must be age 21 or older. Cash bar is available.
WHEN: Fridays: July 8 and August 19; 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Skyline Dinner Cruise
Celebrate a special occasion or enjoy a romantic night out aboard this two-hour flagship evening cruise. Listen to live music and dine on a chef-inspired dinner menu as captivating views of the St. Louis skyline pass by. After dinner, take a stroll around the top deck to see the city lights illuminate the night sky. Cash bar is available.
WHEN: Fridays and Saturdays; 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
COST: $54/adults; $20/kids 3-12; kids under age 3 are free.
Experience one of the Riverboats’ longest-standing traditions. Listen and dance to live performances from some of the St. Louis region’s best blues artists aboard this special nighttime cruise. Must be age 21 or older. Cash bar is available.
WHEN: Thursdays; 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
- June 23: Brother Jefferson
- July 14: Skeet Rodgers
- July 28: Rich McDonough
- August 11: Miss Jubilee & the Yas Yas Boys
St. Louis Riverfront Cruise
Catch some of the best views of the Gateway Arch and St. Louis, and learn about the history of St. Louis and the Mississippi River on this one-hour narrated cruise. On-board concessions are available. Specialty St. Louis Riverfront Cruises include:
- NPS Ranger-Led Cruise: A Gateway Arch National Park ranger leads narration on the noon and 1:45 p.m. cruises each day.
- Missouri History Museum Riverboat Takeover Cruise: Mississippi River history and facts about the historic riverfront are highlighted on this cruise, led by Amanda Clark, the Missouri History Museum’s Manager of Community Tours. Offered on Thursdays, July 7 and August 18 at noon, 1:45 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.
WHEN: Offered daily. Call 877-982-1410 or visit GatewayArch.com/Riverboats for cruise times.
COST: $24/adults; $14/kids 3-12; $22/seniors (ages 60 and older); kids under age 3 are free.
The Paddlewheel Café is only dining destination located on the St. Louis Riverfront. Enjoy views of the Gateway Arch and Mississippi River as well as a menu featuring sandwiches, burgers, salads, wraps and much more. Visitors can also enjoy local St. Louis brews and cocktails at the dockside bar. The café’s hours of operation are:
- Thursdays-Sundays: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
LIVE DOCKSIDE MUSIC
Live Weekend Music on the Dock
The riverboat dock transforms into a live music venue with local artists performing in the shadow of the Gateway Arch. Post up at the outdoor bar or grab a table and take in the sights and sounds while enjoying food and drink from the Paddlewheel Café.
WHEN: Saturdays and Sundays; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Band schedule is subject to change).
- June 25: Mister Blackcat
- June 26: Mister Blackcat
- July 9: Andrew Dahle
- July 10: Soulard Blues Band
- July 16: Mister Blackcat
- July 17: Mister Blackcat
- July 23: Jeff Chapman
- July 24: Brian Curran
- July 30: Soulard Blues Band
- August bands TBA.
COST: Free to attend. Tables are available on a first come, first served basis.
TICKETS: To purchase cruise tickets, please visit GatewayArch.com/Riverboats or call 877-982-1410. Visitors can also purchase tickets at the riverboat dock ticket counter (subject to availability). Advance reservations are required for dining cruises.
PARKING & DIRECTIONS: The Riverboats at the Gateway Arch are located at 50 S. Leonor K Sullivan Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63102.
Convenient parking is available on the riverfront levee for a fee. To access the riverfront, take Chouteau Avenue east and turn left onto South Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard (at the mural wall). Continue north on Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard, past Poplar Street to enter levee parking on the right. (Parking availability is subject to weather and river conditions.) Vehicle access to the riverboats from North Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard and Laclede’s Landing is unavailable.
SHOP LOCAL: Visit the Riverboat Gift Shop to peruse riverboat and St. Louis-themed gifts, souvenirs and many more items crafted by local artisans. The gift shop is open during cruising hours.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit GatewayArch.com/Riverboats or call 877-982-1410. The Riverboats at the Gateway Arch will provide any additional operational updates through traditional media, as well as online at GatewayArch.com and on Facebook and Instagram (@riverboatsSTL).
About the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch: The Riverboats at the Gateway Arch—the Becky Thatcher and the Tom Sawyer—are a short walk from the Laclede’s Landing MetroLink Station and offer a variety of Mississippi River excursions with unique themes and breathtaking views of the St. Louis skyline, including the popular St. Louis Riverfront, Blues and Sunday Brunch cruises. A complete 2022 sightseeing cruise schedule can be found at GatewayArch.com/Riverboats.