The Riverboats at the Gateway Arch Are Back! Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming Cruises

Get your tickets for the Comedy Theater Cruise, Brunch Cruise, Blues Cruise and more

High river levels have receded, and the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch are back to cruising on the St. Louis Riverfront. Those of all ages are welcome to enjoy a river adventure on the Mississippi River. The riverboats mark 55 years of operating on the St. Louis Riverfront this year.

“Take a cruise without having to pack your bags! The riverboats offer something for everyone – from family fun on the St. Louis Riverfront Cruise, to date night on the Blues or Dinner cruise, to an evening of many laughs on the Comedy Theater Cruise,” said Robert Hopkins, Director of Operations, Riverboats at the Gateway Arch. “We’d like to thank everyone for their support during the recent riverfront flooding – help us celebrate the riverboats’ return by going on a cruise.”

Cruise reservations can be made by calling 1-877-982-1410 or by visiting 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.


Sunday Brunch Cruise

DATES: First and third Sunday of the month: August 4 & 18, September 1 & 15, October 6 & 20

TIME: 1-3 p.m. (Cruise boards at 12:30 p.m.)

DETAILS: Enjoy upbeat, live music and feast upon a delicious brunch buffet including French toast, cheese blintzes, eggs, stuffed chicken breast, chef-carved ham, pasta and drink specials while cruising the Mississippi. (Soulful band performs the first Sunday of the month, Dixieland band performs the third the Sunday of the month.)

TICKETS: $47/adults; $19/kids 3-12; children under age 3 are free.

106.5 The Arch Arch-A-Rita Brunch Cruise

DATE: Saturday, August 3

TIME: 1-3 p.m. (Cruise boards at 12:30 p.m.)

DETAILS: Hosted by 106.5-FM The Arch morning show co-hosts Stacey and Jonah, this cruise features a brunch buffet and entertainment by 106.5-FM The Arch.

TICKETS: $47/adults; $19/kids 3-12; children under age 3 are free

Comedy Theater Cruise

DATES: Wednesdays and Fridays: July 26, August 14 & 23, September 11 & 27

TIME: 8-10 p.m. (Cruise boards at 7:30 p.m.)

DETAILS: What happens when a group of misplaced New Yorkers arrive at the Becky Thatcher riverboat for one of the most hilarious and chaotically planned weddings in Gateway Arch history? Join us as a “wedding guest” and become part of the action at the funniest comedy wedding of the year! Enjoy a 2-hour cruise on the Mississippi River while helping the bride and groom barely cope with the comedic hijinks that ensue – all while enjoying dinner, drinks and more. (Wedding gifts not required, but a rollicking good time is offered for all!)

TICKETS: $42/adults and children

Blues Cruise

DATES: Select Sundays and Thursdays noted below

TIME: 8:30-11 p.m. (Cruise boards at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted*)

DETAILS: Blues music and the Blues Cruise: two St. Louis traditions! Dance to some of the area’s most popular blues bands and enjoy illuminated views of downtown St. Louis. Named the “Best Place to Slow Dance” by theRiverfront Times! Cash bar is available.

·       July 25: Miss Jubilee

·       *August 4: Skeet Rodgers and the Inner City Blues Band (5:30-8 p.m., cruise boards at 5 p.m.)

·       August 8: Bike Mike and the Blues City Allstars

·       August 22: Soul Reunion

·       *August 25: Billy Peek (5:30-8 p.m., cruise boards at 5 p.m.)

·       *September 8: Marquise Knox (5:30-8 p.m., cruise boards at 5 p.m.)

·       September 12: Skeet Rodgers and the Inner City Blues Band

·       September 26: Aaron Griffin Band

·       *September 29: Funky Butt Brass Band (5:30-8 p.m., cruise boards at 5 p.m.)

·       October 10: Jeremiah Johnson

·       October 24: Billy Peek

·       December 12: Soulard Blues Band

TICKETS: $22/adults. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Decked Out Divas Cruise

DATES: Fridays: August 9, September 13, October 11, December 13

TIME: 9-11 p.m. (Cruise boards at 8:30 p.m.)

DETAILS: It’s the only floating drag show in St. Louis! Hosted by Jade Sinclair, this cruise features entertainment by St. Louis’ highfalutin queens. Cash bar is available.

TICKETS: $22/adults. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Arch View Lunch Cruise

DATES: Wednesdays and Saturdays through August 31

TIME: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Cruise boards at 11 a.m.)
DETAILS: Take in spectacular views of St. Louis while enjoying a leisurely lunch cruise featuring a chef-prepared regional buffet, drink specials and local craft beer, lively music from the Dixieland band, and insightful cruise narration.

TICKETS: $39/adults; $15/kids 3-12; children under age 3 are free

St. Louis Riverfront Cruise

DATES: Daily through December 1

TIME: Call 877-982-1410 for cruise times.

DETAILS: Journey to a time when steamboats ruled the Mississippi River. Narrated by the boat captain or a National Park Service ranger, this one-hour cruise explores the history of downtown St. Louis, from its landmarks and architecture to the river’s role, both past and present.

TICKETS: Starting at $19 for adults and $8 for children. Price varies based on date of visit. (Save up to $3 when you also purchase a Tram Ride to the Top of the Gateway Arch.)

Skyline Dinner Cruise

DATES: Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays through August. Fridays & Saturdays in September and October

TIME: 7:30-9:30 p.m. (Cruise boards at 7 p.m.)

DETAILS: Enjoy a memorable night on the Mississippi with live music and dinner alongside the best views of St. Louis. This cruise includes a delicious dinner buffet featuring a beef carving station, chicken breast, roasted potatoes, pasta Romano, fruit and vegetables, and dessert. Cash bar is available.

TICKETS: $49/adults; $20/kids 3-12; children under age 3 are free


Docktails Happy Hour

DATES: Thursdays through October 10

TIME: 4 to 7 p.m.

DETAILS: Kick back and relax for happy hour! Enjoy drink specials, appetizers, live music and incredible views of the Arch and the river from the dock of the Riverboats.

TICKETS: Tickets not required – walk-ups are welcome.

Dock of Love

DATES: Wednesdays: July 31, August 14 & 28, September 11 & 25.

TIME: 7-9 p.m.

DETAILS: Can your love withstand the mighty Mississippi River? Join comedian and host Amber Klear on the Riverboat dock for this not so-Newlywed Game show, as she’ll select couples from the audience to compete for the title of king and queen of the River. Cash bar and concessions from The Paddlewheel Café are available.

TICKETS: $10 in advance; $15 at the door. (Please note walk-up tickets will not be available if event is sold out.) Must be 21 or older to attend.


Savor incredible views of the Gateway Arch as well as made-to-order burgers, sandwiches, snacks and more at the Paddlewheel Café, located on the dock of the Riverboats. Hours of operation:

·       Now through Labor Day (September 2): Daily: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

·       September 3-30:  Monday through Friday: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

·       October: Friday through Sunday: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

About the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch: The Riverboats at the Gateway Arch—the Becky Thatcher and the Tom Sawyer—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 2019 sightseeing cruise schedule can be found at