Back in the early 1900s the paddlewheel boat was as common as the car is to us now - it's a beautiful mode of transport, and one that kids will get a kick out of experiencing all those years later!
Bama Belle Riverboat is a beautiful way to see Tuscaloosa from another angle. If you live in the city, you see things you never noticed. It's a great way for kids to really experience the city, and learn about the history and how the paddlewheel graced the rivers. Kids, what kind of people do you think travelled on the paddle wheelers? There would have been kids just like you!
It will really give them a feel of the 19th century! The boat itself is charming with the American flag flapping out the back of the red and white exterior.
A popular tour is the Sunset BarBQ cruise which will take the family along the riverbanks every Tuesday evening. The buffet dinner will keep those rumbling stomachs at bay as you take in the sights. If you had a special day coming up (cough, is it someone's birthday!?) then you can actually hire the Bama Belle for 90 minutes to two hours. A unique idea for a kids birthday party!
The Bama Belle Riverboat is an authentic split-wheel paddle wheelers. She has two paddle wheels up the back which move her forward (and they are actually called Thelma and Louise!)
So get those captains hats ready, and take in the history and traditions of the Deep South as you take to the waters of Tuscaloosa!
$20 including dinner
Same as adult
Make sure you take a jacket just in case it gets a little chilly and you want to stand out on the desk. It can get quite windy up there!
The BarBQ cruise comes with a tasty buffet dinner! Just remember, little plates, more frequently...!
The departure point for the cruises is 1 Greensboro Ave in Tuscaloosa.
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