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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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Private Charters

Private Charters

For a unique and memorable birthday celebration, anniversary, reunion, private reception, wedding, business outing or company party, just add water. Let the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch be your host. We can customize your event with a variety of sit-down or buffet meals, bar options, and entertainment.

Private charters can be booked on one of our two 3-story replica paddlewheel boats, the Tom Sawyer or Becky Thatcher. We can accommodate groups of all sizes up to 220 guests. Charter rental start at $2,200 for a 2-hour cruise.

For more information on any of our charter packages, contact a Sales Manager at (314) 923-3047 or email

Note: the riverboats are docked on the Mississippi riverfront at 50 S. Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd., just east of the Gateway Arch. For a cash fee, convenient parking is available on the levee near the dock. Please note: Levee parking is not operated by the Gateway Arch or Riverboats at the Gateway Arch.

Due to COVID 19 restrictions group size may be reduced. Call for details on current occupancy limits.


Charter Packages

Celebrate your special occasion aboard the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch. Our charter packages include a sit-down or buffet meal, table linens, linen napkins, formal table settings, tables and chairs. To capture the memories, make arrangements to have one of our riverboat photographers at your event. Entertainment, audio or visual equipment, decorations and chair covers must be arranged separately.

Choose from one of our charter menus and see our bar options to make your private charter perfect for your group.

2-Hour Private Dinner Cruise

Make any night special. On our flagship evening cruise, your guests will enjoy any special occasion while enjoying the city from brand new angles as it lights up the night sky.

2-Hour Private Lunch Charter

Treat your guests to a taste of life on the mighty Mississippi with this charming, two-hour private charter. Delight in St. Louis’ history and architecture while dining on a tempting lunch buffet.

2-Hour Private Brunch Charter

Host your next event aboard a replica 19th-century paddlewheel boat as you cruise along the St. Louis riverfront. Your guests will admire the charm and history of the city as they cruise the Mississippi while enjoying music and a delightful brunch.


Plan a romantic and unique wedding aboard one of our charming, 19th-century replica riverboats, and let the Gateway Arch provide a stunning backdrop to your special day. Let us host your rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony or reception. Whether your tastes are simple or sophisticated, we have the perfect charter package to make your occasion truly memorable for every one of your guests.

Begin customizing your wedding charter package today by contacting a Sales Manager at (314) 923-3047 or email

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Tom Sawyer

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Becky Thatcher

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Please review the following terms and conditions for private charter cruises aboard the Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher Riverboats at the Gateway Arch.

Deposit & Settlement Procedures

To secure a vessel for a specific time and date, a $1,000 deposit is required and must be received within 30 days of making the reservations. This deposit is 50% refundable if written notification of cancellation is received 30 days prior to the cruise date. If the charter is cancelled within 30 days of the cruise date, all deposits are forfeited.

A Sales Manager will assist you in determining the menus, bar, and entertainment arrangements you desire and will provide you with a contract outlining your requests and associated costs.

A guarantee of the number of passengers and full payment for all contracted services must be received no later than five business days prior to the cruise date (Saturdays, Sundays and holidays not included)

Banquet Service

All food items must be supplied and prepared by the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch. Explore our menu options here.

Beverage Service

As a licensee, the Gateway Arch Riverboats is responsible for the administration of the sale and service of alcoholic beverages as regulated by state law. No liquor, beer, soda, or ice may be brought on board by the organization or its passengers. No alcoholic beverages will be served to anyone under the age of 21.

Vessel Availability

Due to our vessels’ busy cruise schedules, charter deliveries and decorators will not have access to the vessel until one hour prior to the contracted boarding time. As required by U.S. Coast Guard regulations, all signage, materials, centerpieces and such brought on board the vessel must meet with approval of the Captain of the vessel. Candles and confetti are prohibited.

No passengers may board before the contracted boarding time without prior approval.

Please contact a Sales Manager at (314) 923-3047 or email for preferred vendors or additional information.

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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