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Welcome Back! The Gateway Arch Visitor Center, which includes the Museum at the Gateway Arch, The Arch Store and the Arch Cafe, is currently open. Free timed tickets are required to enter the Visitor Center to support social distancing.

Please Note: The Tram Ride to the Top, documentary film and Old Courthouse are currently unavailable.

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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.

Sit-Down Dinner Options

Option 1 | $38 per person

  • Sicilian Pasta Salad
  • Chicken Marsala
  • Creamy Mashed Potatoes
  • Dijon-shallot Haricot Vert
  • Crème Brulee Cheese Cake

Option 2 | $45 per person

  • Roasted Brussels Salad
  • Pan Seared Barramundi with White Wine Sauce
  • Lemon Caper Capellini
  • Warm Rolls with Butter
  • Strawberry Cobbler

Option 3 | $45 per person

  • Spicy Garlic Hummus with Garlic Naan
  • Herb Crusted Beef Fillet
  • Mushroom Orzo
  • Roasted Broccolini
  • Butterscotch Pudding

Buffet Dinner Options

Menu 1 | $28 per person

  • Frisee Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette
  • Apricot Glazed Rosemary Pork Loin
  • Au Gratin Potato
  • Fire Roasted Brussels
  • Dinner Rolls
  • Crème Brulee

Menu 2 | $28 per person

  • Capellini Pasta with Lemon Parmesan Sauce
  • Roasted Chicken Quarters with Lemon Thyme Sauce
  • Orzo Pasta Pilaf
  • Grilled Asparagus
  • Warm Rolls
  • Honey Almond Cheesecake

Menu 3 | $30 per person

  • Fire Roasted Vegetable Salad Tossed in Pueblano Ranch Dressing
  • Peppercorn Crusted Beef Loin
  • Garlic Parmesan Pasta
  • Sauté Greens
  • Garlic Naan
  • Sweet Potato Cheese Cake

50s Retro | $18 per person

  • Frozen Dinner with Casserole Era
  • Ambrosia
  • Deviled Eggs
  • Meatloaf with Beef Gravy
  • Tuna Casserole
  • Creamy Potatoes
  • Buttered Peas
  • Mixed Vegetables
  • Dinner Rolls
  • Dessert Bar – Angel Food Cake with Strawberries & Whipped Cream

*Specialty Drink – Pink Squirrel

I love the 80s | $20 per person

  • Tri-Color Pasta Salad
  • 7 Layer Salad
  • Chicken Marsala
  • Blackened Pork Steaks
  • Pesto Pasta
  • Rosemary Potatoes
  • Creamed Spinach
  • Mixed Vegetables
  • Bread Bowl with Dip
  • Dessert – Chocolate Mousse

*Specialty Drink – Blue Lagoon

Carnival Theme | $24 per person

  • House Battered Mini Corn Dogs
  • Mini Nacho Bar (Seasoned Beef, Refried Beans, Cheese Sauce, Sour Cream, Pico, Jalapeno, Salsa)
  • Cheesesteak Egg Rolls
  • Grilled Corn on the Cobb
  • Vegetables Fritters
  • Dessert – Waffle Bar (Vanilla Ice cream, Strawberry & Blueberries, Sprinkles, M&M’s, Chopped Butter Fingers, Gummies, Whipped Cream, Powder Sugar, Variety of Syrups)

*Specialty Drink – Royal Punch (Non-Alcoholic Available)

Southern Theme | $30 per person

  • Tomato, Cucumber & Onion
  • Fried Chicken
  • Smothered Pork Chops
  • Mixed Greens
  • Fried Cabbage
  • Baked Mac n Cheese
  • Candied Yams
  • Corn Muffins
  • Dessert – Banana Pudding

*Specialty Drink– Mississippi Punch

Caribbean Theme | $35 per person

  • Jerk Chicken Breast
  • Blackened Salmon
  • Coconut Rice
  • Rice & Beans
  • Spinach Callaloo
  • Fried Plantains
  • Naan-Bread
  • Dessert – Rum Cake

*Specialty Drink – Rum Punch

Masked Masquerade l $40 per person

  • Petite Beef Filet in Garlic Butter
  • Seared Chicken Breast in Sherry Sauce
  • Grilled Asparagus
  • Carrots in Sage Butter
  • Garlic Orzo
  • Creamy Potatoes
  • Dinner Rolls
  • Dessert Bar – Candy Jars, Fudge Dipped Pretzels, Cake Lollipops, Petite Fours

*Specialty Drink – Champagne Cocktail

All menus include water, coffee and iced tea.

*Specialty drinks are not included with the buffet price and are available as a non-alcoholic option.

Please contact Natasha McIntosh at 314-923-3047 for more information, to make a reservation or to schedule a site visit. Or you may fill out our Group Inquiry Form and a sales agent will contact you.

Prices are subject to change.


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.

Groups of 80 or more, select from these three menus:


  • Pork Carnita
  • Grilled Chicken Breast
  • Seasoned Beef
  • Cilantro Lime Rice
  • Refried beans
  • Corn Cake

Includes Sour Cream, Jalapeno, Chopped Onions, Shred Cheese, Salsa, Black Olive Flour Tortilla

Buddha Bowls

  • Sticky Rice
  • Sauté of Bulgogi Beef
  • Roast Chicken
  • Cabbage
  • Shredded Carrots
  • Scallions
  • Red Onions
  • Spinach
  • Avocado

Includes a Variety of Sauces

Soup, Salad & Sandwich

2 Soup| 1 Salad | 2 Sandwich or Wrap

  • Soups
  • Beef Barley
  • Chicken Wild Rice
  • Chili
  • Beet Soup
  • Butternut Squash Soup


  • Cobb Salad
  • Mediterranean Grilled Chicken
  • Mandarin Pork Salad
  • Greek Tortellini Salad
  • Garden Salad
  • Southern Crispy Chicken Salad


  • Buffalo Chicken Wrap
  • Grilled Veggie Wrap
  • Smoked Turkey Bravo
  • Ham & Cheese
  • Ultimate Grilled Cheese

2020 Schedule & Pricing

This private charter includes one-half hour for boarding and a 1.5-hour cruise, based on availability, 9am–4pm daily.

Prices are all-inclusive.

For more information on pricing, contact Natasha McIntosh at 314-923-3047. 

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 80 or more will enjoy a buffet including:

Menu Option 1

  • Caesar Salad/Cobb Salad/Fruit Salad
  • Carved Prime Rib
  • Lemon Chicken Florentine
  • Bourbon battered French Toast
  • DIY Waffle Station
  • Quiche Lorraine
  • Country Potato
  • Glazed Carrots/Roasted Cauliflower
  • Sausage Gravy, Grits, Oatmeal
  • Biscuits

Includes Assorted Sweet Rolls

Menu Option 2

  • Tomato & Cucumber Salad
  • Fried Chicken
  • Smothered Pork Chops
  • Smoked Turkey Mixed Greens
  • Cobb Corn
  • Mac n Cheese
  • Candied Sweet Potato
  • Corn Muffins
  • Pound Cake with Strawberries & Whip Cream

2020 Schedule & Pricing

This private charter includes one-half hour for boarding and a 2.5-hour cruise, based on availability, 9am–4pm 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
Sit-Down Menu
Buffet Menu
Hors D’oeuvres Menu
Hors D’oeuvres À La Carte Menu
Beverages Menu
Desserts Menu

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


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.