The Mississippi River has long beckoned adventurers to ride its mighty currents. Here you can board a paddle wheeler, the Tom ... More
Gateway Arch Riverboat Cruises
The Mississippi River has long beckoned adventurers to ride its mighty currents. Here you can board a paddle wheeler, the Tom Sawyer or the Becky Thatcher and take a step back in time to the era of Mark Twain. The slow-moving vessels offer perfect vantage points for sightseeing, while the riverboat captain narrates the tour and points out attractions and historic sights as they steam past. Take the less expensive daytime cruise or spend a little more for the dinner cruise or the helicopter tours.
We just returned from the dinner cruise on the Becky Thatcher and we're greatly disappointed. The food was less than mediocre - a lot like airline food. The prime rib was over cooked and extremely tough & the vegetarian plate was stuffed shells that tasted like it came out of a can. The staff moved throughout the evening with very little energy. In fact, we discovered one fellow asleep on the upper deck. The energy in the whole place was dismal. The band - a piano player & a banjo player were extremely talented musicians, but did not impart any personality. The pictures on line show lively energy & folks engaged in a lot of fun. We saw none of that. The pictures also showed china cups & wine glasses. We had our wine served in plastic and our coffee served in styrofoam. All in all a big disappointment. Save your money & go to a good restaurant. St. Louis has plenty. You can get a better look at the river by walking along the archway park.
The arch has a dinner cruise that leaves at 7:30. Goes out on the Becky Thatcher or Huck Finn River boat.. Cost is $39 per person. We had the over cooked prime rib....with GRAVY??
This is a 2 hour tour that goes up and down the Mississippi River. Music is a piano and Banjo. Both got really old after the first half hour. Food was Mediocre and drinks are extra. $2:00 for each coke no refills.....really? Any way my advice is save your money unless u want a feeling of what the old days were like. Skyline was OK but many old unused buildings spoiled it. St Louis looks like a dying town.
it was a wonderful time the dinner was great the drinks were a little dissappointing.it all started with one waiter he wouldnt tell us his name.then he gave us the wrong name. also on this boat my best friend had her first kiss, it was an awesome boat ride.
St Louis is a River town, always has been. you are not going to see the paddle boats stacked up four deep along the levee like it was a 100 yrs ago,but you will safely see a part of the Midwest that is not interstate or cornfields. this is one of the few chances you can get to sit back and enjoy a river cruise with little to no planning. just show up and get on. the staff was go out of their way friendly and food was good for catered to a boat. the safety concerns of downtown riverfront are strongly patrolled by the local police in the downtown area. all the recent development has mandated more effort and it is noticeable.
I and my mother, my husband and two children took a riverboat ride on our trip. It was the dinner cruise. The ride was enjoyable. And upon disembarking, we witnessed a mugging. This is a dangerous area, and needs to have some kind of police prescence to be a real viable place to visit when in the city. That goes for the entire downtown area.
We went for the first time 4 years ago on our first get-away. We made a whole weekend of it, catching a game at Busch Stadium and other sight-seeing in St Louis. We had a GREAT time and STILL talk about the cheesecake we had on the Riverboat Cruise. We are planning another trip over there this summer!!!
Tickets for the dinner cruise were almost 4x as much as the daytime tours, but they came with live music from a talented Dixieland duo, along with a slightly bland dinner. Once you leave the beautiful downtown skyline, there's nothing to see but industrial plants and dozens of barges transporting freight; no mansions lining the river, no riverfront retail, no lighthouses, no pristine natural features. This is the real Mississippi. However, the cruise still managed to make for a romantic evening. Still, I would recommend the shorter and cheaper daytime cruise.
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