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Belle of Louisville Louisville

Where is it at?

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Belle of Louisville
401 West River Road
Louisville Riverwalk
Louisville
KY
40202
Tel: 866 832-0011

Where are we going today?

Cruises are SO much fun, and they are even more fun when you are on a historic 1914 steamboat! The Belle of Louisville is a beautiful and historic steamboat that offers tours along that iconic Mississippi River. Want to hear something impressive? It's actually the USA's true last Mississippi River steamboat that is still in operation!

There is so much history in this one boat, that you can't not enjoy a tour and not learn all about her history. Did you know that The Belle of Louisville is actually the oldest operating Mississippi River-style steamboat in the entire world?

Another fun fact! Her original name was actually Idlewild, and she was designed to be a ferry. Luckily  for you and your family now, you can enjoy fun and fascinating tours as you take in the amazing city of Louisville!

Cruises are perfect for all families - whether you are from Louisville or a visitor to the city. You will always come away with some new knowledge about this amazing Kentucky city.

If you just want to enjoy a cruise where you learn all about the history of the boat and the area, there are regular sightseeing cruises that you can enjoy. If you want to treat yourselves to a little something more special, why not try the lunch or dinner cruises? Not only do you experience all that you would on a sightseeing cruise, but you get to fill your tummies with really delicious foods!

Kids - get those captain hats on, because you get to take to the waters for a fun family excursion on the Mississippi River!  Full steam ahead!

 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$15 - $43 (Over 13 years)
  • Children$9 - $27 (Ages 3 to 12)
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Cruise departure times vary so check when booking

All year round

Teachers corner

They offer a unique field trip option for students! It's a National Historic Landmark, and you can either book a full charter, or you can call and talk about group visits. .

I'm Hungry!

There is a concession cafe where you can pick up things to eat, or if you have a lunch or dinner cruise - it's buffet time! .

Healthy Eating!

You can't bring your own food or drink, but there are healthy snacks on the boat.

Doing our bit

They are the oldest authentic river steamboat in the world, so they protect it and keep it authentic for all who visit.

Need a little extra help?

The Belle has an elevator for wheelchairs and there is access on the Ballroom..

More information

The Wharf has a parking lot at 129 River Road. .

What people are saying?

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    The boat was beautiful but our experience was not good. We went for the Belle's 100th anniversary cruise last weekend and the boat was very full. You would think there would be plans in place to host a large crowd, right?

    Evidently not. The staff was very rude and literally forced friends at our table to sit somewhere else and plunked down people at our table we didn't know. The staff person who did this was loud, angry and in our faces as well as our friends' faces. She kept saying it was open seating - if that was so, why couldn't we sit where...Read More

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    It is a great ride if you have never been on a paddle boat before.
    The time i went the buffet was great the service was good.

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    Excellent, skip the meal just do the cruise

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    Excellent romantic dinner.

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    Lovin' it. Wish they cruised more.

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by Heather Sheen

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The boat was beautiful but our experience was not good. We went for the Belle's 100th anniversary cruise last weekend and the boat was very full. You would think there would be plans in place to host a large crowd, right?

Evidently not. The staff was very rude and literally forced friends at our table to sit somewhere else and plunked down people at our table we didn't know. The staff person who did this was loud, angry and in our faces as well as our friends' faces. She kept saying it was open seating - if that was so, why couldn't we sit where we wanted?

The food ran out almost immediately (if you could even get to the food table in the crowd) and the staff was once again uncaring and unhelpful. One of our friends is gluten free and diabetic - she had called ahead to make sure there would be food for her, but there wasn't.

We loved the boat itself and highly appreciated the engineers taking the time to explain the machinery to the guys.

But the rudeness of the staff and shortage of food made the whole trip unenjoyable for us, especially since it was supposed to have been our present to my grandparents for their 60th anniversary. No one had much fun.

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