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. Tram tickets will sell out early and often - advance tickets are strongly recommended. 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, or business outing, 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.

For more information on any of our charter packages, contact Natasha McIntosh at 314-923-3047.

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.

Tom Sawyer

Tom Sawyer diagram first deckTom Sawyer diagram second deck

Becky Thatcher

Becky Thatcher first deckBecky Thatcher second deck

Charter Packages

Our charter packages include a sit-down or buffet meal, table linens, linen napkins, formal table settings, tables and chairs. Choose from our private charter menus, the Captain’s upgraded menus, and several bar options.

Lunch and brunch charters are available for groups up to 220 guests. Evening packages can accommodate groups of 125–220. If your group has fewer than 125 guests, let us customize a charter for you.

We offer a variety of sit-down and buffet menu options.

Captain’s Charter Sit-Down Dinner Options

Sit-Down #1

Chicken Champagne
Riverboat Tossed Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette Dressing
Choice of Rice or Potato
Choice of Vegetable
Fresh Rolls and Butter
Coffee and Iced Tea
Chef’s Special Dessert

Sit-Down#2

Roast Prime Rib of Beef, Au Jus
Riverboat Tossed Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette Dressing
Choice of Rice or Potato
Choice of Vegetable
Fresh Rolls and Butter
Coffee and Iced Tea
Chef’s Special Dessert

Sit-Down #3

Herb-Encrusted Canadian Pork Loin
Riverboat Tossed Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette Dressing
Choice of Rice or Potato
Choice of Vegetable
Fresh Rolls and Butter
Coffee and Iced Tea
Chef’s Special Dessert

Sit-Down #4

Stuffed Chicken Breast
Riverboat Tossed Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette Dressing
Choice of Rice or Potato
Choice of Vegetable
Fresh Rolls and Butter
Coffee and Iced Tea
Chef’s Special Dessert

Sit-down entrées may be substituted with one of the following: Sesame Encrusted Salmon with Lemon Dill Sauce, Alaskan Pollack with Chardonnay Cream Sauce, Manicotti with Ricotta Cheese or Chicken Breast Stuffed with Choice of Cordon Bleu or Florentine.

Captain’s Charter Buffet Options

Buffet #1

Carving Table with Glazed Ham and Choice of Top Round of Beef or Turkey Breast
Assorted Cheeses with Fresh Fruit and Crackers
Fresh Vegetables with Dips
Toasted Ravioli with Marinara Sauce
Petite Quiche
Swedish Meatballs
Crab Rangoon
Fresh Rolls
Coffee and Iced Tea
Chef’s Special Dessert

Buffet #2

Boneless Breast of Chicken with Seasonal Sauces
Baked Glazed Ham
Tossed Salad with Ranch and Parmesan Vinaigrette Dressings
Rice Pilaf
Corn
Green Beans
Rivershell Romano Pasta Salad
Fresh Rolls and Butter
Coffee and Iced Tea
Chef’s Special Dessert

Weddings

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 the occasion truly memorable for every one of your guests.

All wedding charter packages include:

  • A champagne toast, offered in place of the dessert on your dinner menu
  • Cake cutting and serving
  • Linen tablecloths and napkins in your choice of color

With special arrangements, a riverboat photographer is available to capture the event. Entertainment, audio or visual equipment, decorations and chair covers must be arranged separately.

Please contact Natasha McIntosh at 314-923-3047 for preferred vendors or additional information.

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Business Events & Special Occasions

For a unique and memorable birthday celebration, anniversary, reunion, private reception, or business outing, just add water. We offer several packages and menu options for groups of all sizes. 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.

For more information or a list of preferred vendors, contact Natasha McIntosh at 314-923-3047.

Two-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. For groups of 90 or more, select from these four menus.

Menu #1

  • Fresh Fruit Salad
  • BBQ Chicken and BBQ Pork Steak
  • Fried Corn and Baked Beans
  • Cole Slaw and Potato Salad
  • Fresh Rolls and Butter
  • Coffee and Iced Tea
  • Assorted Desserts

Menu #2

  • Assorted Salads
  • Boneless Breast of Chicken with Seasonal Sauce
  • Baked Glazed Ham
  • Rice Pilaf, Corn and Green Beans
  • Rivershells Romano
  • Fresh Rolls and Butter
  • Coffee and Iced Tea
  • Assorted Cookies

Menu #3

  • Sliced Ham, Beef and Turkey
  • Assorted Cheeses
  • Relish Tray
  • Cole Slaw, Potato Salad, Lettuce and Tomato Tray
  • Assorted Breads
  • Coffee and Iced Tea
  • Fruit Salad and Assorted Cakes

Menu #4

  • Assorted Cheeses with Fresh Fruit and Crackers
  • Fresh Vegetables with Dips
  • Toasted Ravioli with Marinara Sauce
  • Petite Quiche
  • Swedish Meatballs
  • Crab Rangoon
  • Carving Table with Glazed Ham and Choice of Top Round of Beef or Turkey Breast
  • Fresh Rolls and Butter
  • Coffee and Iced Tea
  • Assorted Petit-fours

2018 Schedule & Pricing

This private charter includes one-half hour for boarding and a 1.5-hour cruise, based on availability, 10am–4pm daily.

Adult: $35
Child (age 3–12): $15
Prices are all-inclusive.

Three-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.

Groups of 90 or more will enjoy a buffet including:

  • Cheese Blintzes
  • French Toast
  • Sausage
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Scrambled Eggs with Cheese
  • Tossed Salad
  • Fruit Salad
  • Carved Prime Rib
  • Stuffed Chicken Breast
  • Two Seasonal Vegetables
  • Two Pastas
  • Fresh Rolls and Butter
  • Orange Juice, Milk and Chocolate Milk
  • Coffee and Iced Tea
  • Assorted Cakes
  • Seafood option available as a substitute or add-on.

2018 Schedule & Pricing

This private charter includes one-half hour for boarding and a 2.5-hour cruise, based on availability, 9am–3pm daily.

Adult: $45
Child (age 3–12): $20
Prices are all-inclusive.

Please contact Natasha McIntosh at 314-923-3047 for preferred vendors or additional information.

With a variety of menus to choose from, the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch can accommodate groups of all sizes and tastes. See below for details on our special menu options.

One-Hour St. Louis Riverfront Cruise Menu
Captain’s Charter Menu
Captain’s Upgrade Menu
Hors D’oeuvres Menu
Hors D’oeuvres À La Carte Menu
Table Snacks Menu
Beverages Menu
Desserts Menu

Please contact Natasha McIntosh at 314-923-3047 for preferred vendors or additional information.

Guidelines

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 Natasha McIntosh at 314-923-3047 for preferred vendors or additional information.