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Tram Ride to the Top is now available with limited capacity. Currently booking now through July 31, 2021. Infants, ages 0-2, taking the Tram Ride to the Top must have a free ticket. The Gateway Arch Visitor Center, which includes the Museum at the Gateway Arch, Documentary Movie, The Arch Store and Arch Café, is open daily.

The Tram Ride to the Top is SOLD OUT for TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2021.

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. 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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Riverboat Protocols

The Riverboats at the Gateway Arch are committed to re-opening in a responsible and safe manner, while continuing to tell the stories of St. Louis and the Mississippi River and provide our guests an excellent cruising experience. The safety of staff and visitors is our number one priority.

The Riverboats at the Gateway Arch re-opening and recovery plan has been approved by the City of St. Louis Department of Health. The Riverboats are following all of the policies and procedures that have been put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the St. Louis Department of Health, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the United States Coast Guard. Additionally, the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) has distributed additional guidance and directives to ensure all steps are being taken as we re-open.

Riverboat FAQs

As we continue to monitor and assess the evolving health situation and follow guidance from federal and local health departments, we plan to re-introduce our cruise lineup slowly and carefully. At this time, tickets to select cruises are available for purchase. We will re-introduce other cruise experiences when we deem it appropriate.
We are committed to making the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch a safe and secure destination for our employees and guests. We have enacted the following procedures and protocols:
  • Requirement for visitors, ages 9 and up, to wear face coverings with no exceptions. Riverboat guests unable to wear face coverings are encouraged to visit at a later date.
  • Significantly reduced cruise capacity.
  • Dining tables and other physical layouts arranged to ensure appropriate physical distancing of 6 feet between groups.
  • Hand sanitizing stations located at key guest and employee entrances and contact areas.
  • Signage throughout the dock and vessels with reminders of physical distancing guidelines.
  • Plexiglas barriers placed at point of sales areas.
  • Hourly cleaning and sanitizing of public and employee spaces and communal areas, with an emphasis on ticket counters, door handles, public restrooms, handrails, seating areas and dining surfaces
  • On the riverboats, increased frequency of air filter replacement and HVAC system cleaning; fresh air exchange will be maximized.
Employees will also adhere to new guidelines, including:
  • Temperature checks before each shift.
  • Requirement to wear gloves (in positions deemed appropriate by medical experts) and face covering, which will be provided by the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch.
  • Use of hand sanitizing stations throughout employee areas.
  • Complete health and safety training provided by Servsafe before returning to work.
  • Staying home if they do not feel well and contacting a manager if they notice a coworker or guest with symptoms of respiratory illness. Employees who are exhibiting any of the symptoms of respiratory illness while on property are instructed to immediately notify management.
We continue to encourage visitors to take their own necessary precautions to protect themselves and the people around them. Please stay at home if you are sick or are currently experiencing symptoms related to respiratory illness.
Please ensure that everyone in your party is feeling well at the time of your visit. Now more than ever, we understand that plans can change and we are committed to helping you reschedule your ticket reservations when needed. Contact our Call Center at (877) 982-1410 to reschedule for a future date if someone is ill.

To be eligible for a refund, you must contact us with more than 24 hours in advance of your scheduled activity. With less than 24 hours notice, only a ticket voucher for a future date will be issued. If your scheduled event has already passed, refunds or vouchers will not be granted. If you complete your ticketed experience, you are no longer eligible for refunds or exchanges.
We have sought input from public health officials as well as leading restauranteurs in the St. Louis region in offering a safe dining experience at the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch. Our dining cruises feature tableside service or a staffed buffet and reduced cruise capacity to ensure social distancing protocols are met. Visitors can continue to enjoy a delicious meal while taking in incredible sights of downtown St. Louis and the Mississippi River.

Our live music events offer visitors the opportunity to experience our region’s talented music scene while keeping the health and safety of visitors, team members and the band the top priority. Performers are designated an area within safe distance from visitors, and capacity is reduced to allow for proper social distancing between visitor tables.

Per our health and safety guidelines, face coverings are required at the riverboats.
Yes, a limited menu of onboard concessions is available including popcorn, hot dogs and nachos. Cashless transactions are strongly encouraged.
Yes, the Paddlewheel Café, located on the dock of the riverboats, is open offering a limited menu of food and beverages including chicken strips, burgers, BBQ pork steak sandwiches, fingerling catfish, salads and more. Tableside service has been established on the dock to ensure café goers follow proper social distancing guidelines. Cashless transactions are strongly encouraged.

For Paddlewheel Café hours of operation, visit
Yes, the gift shop is open during riverboat operating hours. Plexiglas barriers have been installed at checkout counters, and a queuing line has been established through the store to ensure visitors follow entrance and exit points. The store has also reduced occupancy to support physical distancing guidelines. Cashless transactions are strongly encouraged.
It is strongly encouraged to purchase your cruise tickets in advance at or by calling 877-982-1410. Visitors can also purchase tickets at the riverboat dock ticket counter. Cashless transactions are strongly encouraged.

Personal Liability Statement

Although Bi-State Development Agency of the Missouri-Illinois Metropolitan District has taken certain safety precautions related to your visit to the Gateway Arch and Riverboats at the Gateway Arch, every visitor is responsible for his or her personal safety and that of children or others under their supervision. In consideration for Bi-State Development Agency of the Missouri-Illinois Metropolitan District providing access to the Gateway Arch and Riverboats at the Gateway Arch, visitors (a) agree to comply with our policies and instructions, including those on signage, (b) understand and agree that the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has recently infected individuals in the St. Louis area, that it is contagious and that it can spread to persons in any number of ways, (c) agree that they assume responsibility for any injury (including personal injury, disability or death), illness, damage, loss claim, liability, or expense arising out of or related to COVID-19 experienced or contracted in connection with a Gateway Arch and Riverboats at the Gateway Arch visit, (d) that they waive and release all claims against Bi-State Development Agency of the Missouri-Illinois Metropolitan District and their respective commissioners, officers, employees, volunteers and agents relative to the foregoing matters, even if the claim is alleged to be the fault of or alleged to be caused by the negligence of Bi-State Development Agency of the Missouri-Illinois Metropolitan District, or its respective commissioners, officers, employees, volunteer or agents, and (e) that they agree that the Gateway Arch and Riverboats at the Gateway Arch are legally entitled to sovereign immunity regarding to any such claims.


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.

The Gateway Arch & Riverboats are now hiring. New riverboat employees are eligible for a $300 hiring incentive! Go to for more information and view full list of positions.

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