Riverboats at the Gateway Arch Reintroduce Dinner, Brunch and Blues Cruises

The Riverboats at the Gateway Arch are pleased to announce the return of the popular Skyline Dinner, Sunday Brunch and Blues cruises to the St. Louis Riverfront. The Riverboats reopened on June 10, 2020, after being closed since March 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the reopening, visitors have been able to safely enjoy the one-hour St. Louis Riverfront Cruise, shop at the riverboat gift shop and eat at the Paddlewheel Café.

“We remain committed to the health and safety of our visitors and staff as we carefully reintroduce some of our most popular cruises,” said Robert Hopkins, Director of Operations, Riverboats at the Gateway Arch. “We are excited to continue to welcome visitors back to the St. Louis Riverfront to experience the magic of the Mississippi River.”

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 City of St. Louis Department of Health, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the United States Coast Guard. The Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) has also distributed additional guidance and directives to ensure all steps are being taken as the Riverboats reopen. For the safety of visitors and employees, face coverings are required to be worn by anyone age 9 and older and social distancing guidelines must be practiced.

Visitors can save on St. Louis Riverfront Cruise tickets with Metro Mondays, 2Fer Tuesdays, Essential Workers Wednesdays and Public Worker Sundays, outlined below.

Cruise reservations are required by calling 1-877-982-1410 or booking online at gatewayarch.com/buytickets. The Riverboats at the Gateway Arch are located below the south leg of the Gateway Arch at 50 S. Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63102. Parking is available on the Mississippi River levee in front of the boats for a cash fee.


Skyline Dinner Cruise
Make any night special. Our flagship evening cruise features live music, a chef-inspired buffet of flank steak, pan-seared pollock, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots and more, and captivating views of the downtown St. Louis skyline. Cash bar is available.
WHEN: Every Saturday starting July 25; 6 to 8 p.m.

COST: $51/adults; $20/kids 3-12; children under age 3 are free.

Sunday Brunch Cruise
The perfect Sunday starts here. Join us aboard the Becky Thatcher for the ultimate brunch experience. With live entertainment and great views, your Sunday will not disappoint! Menu offerings include prime rib, salmon croquet, corn pudding, Bourbon-battered French toast, sausage gravy & biscuits, fried spinach and more. Cash bar is available.

WHEN: Sundays: July 26, August 16, September 6 & 20, October 18 and November 22; 1 to 3 p.m.
COST: $48/adults; $20/kids 3-12; children under age 3 are free.

Blues Cruise

The Mississippi River and blues music are a match made in heaven. Come see for yourself aboard this lively cruise celebrating a St. Louis tradition. Cash bar is available.

WHEN: Thursdays; 8:30 to 11 p.m.

  • July 30: Brother Jefferson
  • More Blues Cruise dates will be announced soon.

COST: $23/adults. Must be 21 or older to attend.

St. Louis Riverfront Cruise
Take a load off and take in the views on this relaxing daytime cruise that shows St. Louis from the river that built it.
WHEN: Daily through November 30. Call 877-982-1410 or visit gatewayarch.com/riverboats for cruise times.

COST: Starting at $19 for adults and $8 for children. Price varies based on date of visit. (Save up to $2 when you purchase the Tram & Cruise Combo, which includes the Tram Ride to the Top of the Gateway Arch.)


Paddlewheel Café

Dine dockside while enjoying incredible views of the Gateway Arch! Menu features made-to-order burgers, sandwiches, fried catfish and more. Open Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Visitors can save on their next St. Louis Riverfront Cruise! All discounts can be redeemed by calling 877-982-1410 or going online to gatewayarch.com/buytickets.

  • Metro Mondays: Residents in the Metropolitan St. Louis region can save $7 on Monday St. Louis Riverfront Cruise tickets with the coupon code 7OFF. ID showing residency must be presented upon arrival.
  • 2Fer Tuesdays: Purchase an adult Tuesday St. Louis Riverfront Cruise ticket, and get a child’s ticket free with coupon code KIDSFREE20.
  • Essential Worker Wednesdays: Regional hospital essential workers can enjoy $10 off Wednesday St. Louis Riverfront Cruises with the coupon code HERO10. Hospital ID must be presented upon arrival.
  • Public Worker Sundays: City of St. Louis employees and their family members can receive $7 off Sunday St. Louis Riverfront Cruise tickets with the coupon code THANKS20. (Limit four tickets.) City ID must be presented upon arrival.


For information about the Riverboat health and safety plan – including requirements for face coverings for visitors ages 9 and up and social distancing guidelines – as well as frequently asked questions, please visit gatewayarch.com/riverboats.

Visitors are strongly encouraged to purchase cruise tickets in advance at gatewayarch.com or by calling 877-982-1410. Visitors can also purchase tickets at the riverboat dock ticket counter. Cashless transactions are recommended.

The Riverboats at the Gateway Arch will provide any additional operational updates through traditional media, as well as online at gatewayarch.com and on Facebook and Instagram (@riverboatsSTL).


About the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch: The Riverboats at the Gateway Arch—the Becky Thatcher and the Tom Sawyer—are a short walk from the Laclede’s Landing MetroLink Station and offer a variety of Mississippi River excursions with unique themes and breathtaking views of the St. Louis skyline, including the popular St. Louis Riverfront, Blues and Sunday Brunch cruises. A complete 2020 sightseeing cruise schedule can be found at gatewayarch.com/riverboats.