Private Charters

Private Charters

For a unique and memorable birthday celebration, anniversary, reunion, business outing or company party, just add water. Let the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch be your host. We can customize your event with plated dinner or appetizer buffet meals, bar options, and entertainment.

Private charters can be booked on our 3-story replica paddlewheel boat, the Tom Sawyer. We can accommodate groups of all sizes up to 150 guests.

Private Charter availability is limited and pricing will vary depending on the date, size and meal choices for your event. Please note that from May 24 – August 14 the vessel will only be available to rent between 8:00 – 11:00 pm.  A sales manager will be able to help you find semi – private or dockside options to fit the needs of your group.  For more information on any of our charter packages, contact a Sales Manager at 314-923-3080 or email [email protected]

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.


Charter Packages

Celebrate your special occasion aboard the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch. Our charter packages include a 2- hour boat rental, an additional ½ hour of boarding time, food and beverage service, table linens, linen napkins, table settings, tables and chairs. Entertainment, any additional equipment, a limited amount of audio or visual equipment, and chair covers must be arranged separately. An additional hour of rental can be arranged pending vessel availability.

Tom Sawyer

Tom Sawyer diagram first deckTom Sawyer diagram second deck


Please review the following terms and conditions for private charter cruises aboard the 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)

Food Service

All food items must be supplied and prepared by the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch. All food orders must be received at least 10 days in advance of your visit date.

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 half 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. Open flame, glitter and confetti are prohibited on board the boat dock and the vessel.

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

Please contact a Sales Manager at 314-923-3047 or email [email protected] for additional information.