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We're currently selling Tram Ride to the Top Tickets through November 30, 2021. We are selling out early and often, thus advance reservations are strongly recommended. Pending availability, additional tickets may be available for same-day purchase beginning at 9am each day via our website, call center, and ticket center at the Gateway Arch. Same-day ticket availability is not guaranteed.

Consistent with CDC recommendations, face coverings are required to be worn by everyone ages 2 and older in all federal buildings, regardless of vaccination status. All tram riders, age 2 and up, are required to wear a mask. COVID-19 safety protocols can be found here.

Gateway Arch visitors must enter the monument through the new west entrance, which faces Fourth Street and the Old Courthouse. The Gateway Arch legs have become exits only. Please allow at least 30 minutes to go through security.

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Dockside Activities

Kick back and relax on the banks of the Mississippi! Grab a drink from our dockside bar or a made-to-order burger from the Paddlewheel Café. With everything from happy hours to live music, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.

For current COVID-19 health and safety protocols including face covering requirements, please visit our COVID-19 FAQ page.

Paddlewheel Café

Take in the sights of downtown St. Louis and the Mississippi while enjoying delicious made-to-order eats –  toasted ravioli, BBQ chicken salad, and any number of our chef’s specialties – at St. Louis’ only waterfront dining destination!

Paddlewheel Café hours
EFFECTIVE 09/07/2021

Monday through Wednesday + Friday: 11a to 4p

Thursday: 11a to 7p

Saturday and Sunday: 11a to 6p


Rock the Dock

This September and October, The Riverboats at the Gateway Arch will be hosting our city’s only “floating” concert series, Rock the Dock, featuring a different local band on each of six dates. A celebration of St. Louis, Rock the Dock is a unique way to safely enjoy live musical performances by some of St. Louis’ most popular bands while taking in incredible views of downtown St. Louis, the Gateway Arch and the Mississippi River from the riverboat dock.

This year, we have a great new partner, Play it Forward, a local nonprofit whose mission is to ensure each child in St. Louis is provided with the opportunity to discover his or her musical talents by providing instruments to children and schools that cannot afford them. Representatives will be on site for all shows accepting monetary and instrument donations. Donations may be made directly to Play It Forward at

Admission: Free

Concert Schedule:
September 19 – Cree Rider Family Band
September 26 – Back Pocket with Al Holiday
October 3 – Odds Lane
October 10 – Frankie DoWop
October 17 – The Dust Covers
October 24 – Rich McDonough & The Rhythm Renegades

Event Time
1 pm to 4 pm

Docktails Happy Hour

Cheers to the end of the workday! Kick back and relax for happy hour on the dock of the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch. Enjoy drink specials, appetizers and live music.

Admission: FREE

Music Schedule for September 2021:

9/2 – Devon Cahill

9/9 – Jeff Chapman

9/16 – Denny & Jake

9/23 – Devon Cahill

9/30 – Soulard Blues Band

Event Time
4 pm – 7 pm

No tickets required. Walk-ups welcome.

Riverboat Dock Bar

Music on the Dock

Come eat and drink while enjoying live music on the dock from local artists! Try out the Paddlewheel Cafe and our new Dock Side bar.

Admission: Free | Event: 1p to 4p | No tickets required | Walk-ups welcome. 

Music Schedule for September 2021:

9/5 – Denny & Jake

9/11 – Andrew Dahl                  9/12 – Denny & Jake

9/18 – Jeff Chapman                9/19 – Rock the Dock feat. Cree Rider Family Band

9/25 – Soulard Blues Band     9/26 – Rock the Dock feat. Back Pocket with Al Holiday


Dockside Bar

Grab a drink at the Dockside Bar at the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch! Enjoy the best views of St. Louis while having a drink on the water. Grab a bite from the Paddlewheel Café and enjoy daily specials.

ALERT - Limited Capacity

The Tram Ride to the Top is currently open with limited capacity due to COVID-19 safety measures. Guests are encouraged to plan in advance as we are selling out early and often.

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