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Belle of Louisville/Spirit of Jefferson

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401 W. River Rd.
Louisville , KY 40202
Phone: 502 574-2992
Fax: 502 574-3030
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The Belle of Louisville is a National Historic Landmark and a treasured icon to the city of Louisville. She is the only remaining steamboat of an era significant to our country's growth and the expansion that spurred the Industrial Revolution. The 1914 Belle is the oldest operating paddlewheel steamboat in the nation and holds the distinction of being the most traveled on the inland waters. She is steam powered by used engines (dating back to 1890's)that were put on her in 1914. With no modern navigation systems she is propelled only by her paddlewheel. She is a legend; a step back in time and will turn 100 years old in the year 2014. Her only modern feature was added in 2010 by air-conditioning the ballroom deck for summer cruising comfort, and heat for dockside events in the winter. The Spirit of Jefferson is a charming sister vessel to the Belle. She has HVAC and cruises year round.

Both vessels cruise the Ohio on a public schedule and private charter occassions. Call to discuss your event or check our cruise dates and times available on our website at www.belleoflouisville.org.

Riverside is the place to be when visiting Louisville. Cruise on our vessels, observe the beautiful Ohio, or walk to our award-winning Waterfront Park, just west of the Belle's docking area. Waterfront park includes playgrounds for people of all ages, grand views of the river, picnic spaces, and quiet places to read a book.

A special feature was dedicated in 2009; Lincoln Memorial Park with a spectacular bronze status of Abraham Lincoln as a welcoming figure, sitting on a rock with book in hand and gesturing as if to welcome visitors and engage them in conversation. The four bas reliefs, a form of sculpture in which objects project slightly from a background, represent Lincoln’s childhood home in Kentucky; his rise in society and politics; the terrible toll that the Civil War took on the nation and Lincoln’s own family; and a scene that represents what helped form Lincoln’s abhorrence of the institution of slavery.

A visit to Louisville is not complete without exploring all the river area has to offer.

General Information

  • Wheelchair Accessible

Restaurant

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Buffet
  • Reservations Recommended
  • Business Parking
  • Live Entertainment
  • Fully Stocked Bar
  • Alcoholic Beverages

Discounts

  • AAA
  • Group Discount
  • Children Discount
  • Military Discount
  • Senior Citizens Discount
  1. Mother's Day Brunch

    Date: 5/10/2015

    What a great way to show Mom how much she means to you - a two-hour cruise on the historic steamboat Belle of Louisville. Bring on the whole family, and make it a day to remember. Include the delicious buffet brunch (inside seating, advance reservations required) or choose sightseeing only (upstairs, outside seating regardless of the weather) and have a relaxing, soothing afternoon on the Ohio River. Call for information or to make a reservation, or purchase tickets on line.

  2. Mother's Day Dinner Cruise

    Date: 5/10/2015

    After a busy day, if the evening is a good time to celebrate Mom's special day, then this cruise is just the thing for the whole family. You're sure to enjoy a two-hour Ohio River cruise on the historic steamboat Belle of Louisville. Include the delicious buffet (inside seating, advance reservations required) or choose sightseeing only (upstairs, all-weather outside seating) and celebrate in fine style. Call for information or to make a reservation, or purchase tickets on line.

  3. Memorial Day Lunch Cruise

    Date: 5/25/2015

    Come on down to the Ohio River and help us kick off the Belle's 101st summer season! She is a phenomenom - the only American river steamboat to reach 100 years, and she's still going strong. Bring on your friends and family for a two-hour cruise on the Ohio River, and celebrate Louisville's legendary lady. Include the delicious buffet meal (inside seating, advance reservations required) or choose sightseeing only (all-weather upstairs, outside seating) and be a part of a true river adventure. Call for information or to make a reservation, or purchase tickets on line.

  4. Father's Day BBQ Cruise

    Date: 6/21/2015

    We’ll be doing all the BBQing for Dad this Father’s Day! Join us for a fun and memorable cruise up the Ohio River.

  5. Fireworks Cruises

    Date: 7/3/2015

    Celebrate America's Independence Day by joining us on the oldest operating river steamboat in the country! We'll cruise upriver, then if river conditions allow, we'll be out in the Ohio River watching the fireworks display the city will be sending off to celebrate the 4th of July. It's all open seating, so bring the whole family and make a day of it. The concession stand and bar will both be open. Call for information or to make a reservation, or purchase tickets online. This cruise will sell out, so make your plans early!

  6. Fireworks Cruises

    Date: 7/4/2015

    Celebrate America's Independence Day by joining us on the oldest operating river steamboat in the country! We'll cruise upriver, then if river conditions allow, we'll be out in the Ohio River watching the fireworks display the city will be sending off to celebrate the 4th of July. It's all open seating, so bring the whole family and make a day of it. The concession stand and bar will both be open. Call for information or to make a reservation, or purchase tickets online. This cruise will sell out, so make your plans early!

  7. WAKY Radio Dance Cruise

    Date: 7/25/2015

    Put on those dancin' shoes and head on down to the 4th Street Wharf to kick up your heals to a live band on one of the largest dance floors in Louisville! And what a night it will be on the oldest operating river steamboat in American history! The concession stand and bar will be open for your pleasure, and it's all open seating, first come, first served. Call for information, to make a reservation, purchase tickets online, or upgrade to VIP!

  8. Oktoberfest Cruises

    Date: 10/3/2015

    It's a rousing good time on the historic Belle of Louisville for this three-hour Oktoberfest cruise! Live music and a German-style theme will liven up the afternoon, and it's great fun for the whole family. Include the scrumptious lunch buffet (advance reservations required), or choose sightseeing only (upstairs, outside seating without the buffet), and get ready for a memorable day on the Ohio River. Call for information or to make a reservation, or purchase tickets on line. Tickets with buffet (tax added on at purchase): Adults - $39 Children (ages 3 - 12) - $29

  9. Lock Brunch Cruise

    Date: 10/4/2015

    There's just something about experiencing a river lock on a boat, and this cruise is that kind of adventure. The historic steamboat Belle of Louisville will be heading downriver through McAlpine Lock, and a narrator will be on board to explain the history of the lock and what's happening when we go through. As we leave the lock, we'll take a short trip further downriver before turning around and coming back through to return to our landing. Include the delicious buffet dinner (inside seating, advance reservations required) or choose sightseeing only (all-weather outside and upstairs seating, reservations recommended). Call for information or to make a reservation, or purchase tickets online. Note: though we plan to go through the lock on this trip, if river conditions prohibit it, we will take a cruise upriver instead. Please also note that the return time is flexible, as everything depends on when we can get in and out of the lock. Tickets with buffet (tax added on at purchase): Adults - $45 Seniors - $44 Children (ages 3 - 12) - $29

  10. Oktoberfest Cruises

    Date: 10/10/2015

    It's a rousing good time on the historic Belle of Louisville for this three-hour Oktoberfest cruise! Live music and a German-style theme will liven up the afternoon, and it's great fun for the whole family. Include the scrumptious lunch buffet (advance reservations required), or choose sightseeing only (upstairs, outside seating without the buffet), and get ready for a memorable day on the Ohio River. Call for information or to make a reservation, or purchase tickets on line. Tickets with buffet (tax added on at purchase): Adults - $39 Children (ages 3 - 12) - $29

  11. Oktoberfest Cruises

    Date: 10/17/2015

    It's a rousing good time on the historic Belle of Louisville for this three-hour Oktoberfest cruise! Live music and a German-style theme will liven up the afternoon, and it's great fun for the whole family. Include the scrumptious lunch buffet (advance reservations required), or choose sightseeing only (upstairs, outside seating without the buffet), and get ready for a memorable day on the Ohio River. Call for information or to make a reservation, or purchase tickets on line. Tickets with buffet (tax added on at purchase): Adults - $39 Children (ages 3 - 12) - $29

  12. Belle of Louisville's 101st Birthday Cruise

    Date: 10/18/2015

    Celebrate the birthday of the oldest operating Mississippi River-style steamboat in the world! Choose sightseeing or get reserved seats by booking a meal!

  13. Oktoberfest Cruises

    Date: 10/24/2015

    It's a rousing good time on the historic Belle of Louisville for this three-hour Oktoberfest cruise! Live music and a German-style theme will liven up the afternoon, and it's great fun for the whole family. Include the scrumptious lunch buffet (advance reservations required), or choose sightseeing only (upstairs, outside seating without the buffet), and get ready for a memorable day on the Ohio River. Call for information or to make a reservation, or purchase tickets on line. Tickets with buffet (tax added on at purchase): Adults - $39 Children (ages 3 - 12) - $29

  14. Lock Brunch Cruise

    Date: 10/25/2015

    There's just something about experiencing a river lock on a boat, and this cruise is that kind of adventure. The historic steamboat Belle of Louisville will be heading downriver through McAlpine Lock, and a narrator will be on board to explain the history of the lock and what's happening when we go through. As we leave the lock, we'll take a short trip further downriver before turning around and coming back through to return to our landing. Include the delicious buffet dinner (inside seating, advance reservations required) or choose sightseeing only (all-weather outside and upstairs seating, reservations recommended). Call for information or to make a reservation, or purchase tickets online. Note: though we plan to go through the lock on this trip, if river conditions prohibit it, we will take a cruise upriver instead. Please also note that the return time is flexible, as everything depends on when we can get in and out of the lock. Tickets with buffet (tax added on at purchase): Adults - $45 Seniors - $44 Children (ages 3 - 12) - $29

  15. BOO! Halloween Cruise

    Date: 10/31/2015

    Bring on the whole family and enjoy Halloween in a Belle of Louisville kind of way! Costumes are encouraged for all ages, and there will be a variety of activities to add to the fun. It's all sightseeing only (no buffet lunch is offered), and all seating is first come, first served. Indoor seating is limited, so some people will be seated outdoors, regardless of the weather; please plan accordingly. We have a lot of fun trick-or-treating, dancing to the music, parading in our costumes, and getting into the Halloween spirit! Bring a bag or bucket for each child for trick-or-treating. The concession stand will be open. Coast Guard regulations prohibit any outside food or drink (including water). Call for information or to make a reservation, or purchase tickets on line. Tickets: Adults and Seniors - $25 Children (ages 3 - 12) - $15

  16. Thanksgiving Lunch Cruise

    Date: 11/26/2015

    Take a cruise on the Spirit of Jefferson this special holiday. Make Thanksgiving Day a fun and relaxing one, and leave all the preparation, cooking, and cleaning up to us! The buffet is a delicious traditional Thanksgiving meal, and a DJ provides music as we cruise. Bring on the whole family, and make it a day to remember! Call for information or to make a reservation, or purchase tickets online. Tickets (tax added on at purchase): Adults and Seniors - $48 Children (ages 3 - 12) - $32

  17. Pre-Light Up Louisville Cruise

    Date: 11/27/2015

    It's the day after Thanksgiving, and if you're looking for something to do in the afternoon before the Light Up Louisville fesitivites begin, then bring the family and your friends and join us on the riverboat Spirit of Jefferson for a one-hour cruise on the Ohio River. With two enclosed decks, she's a boat for all seasons. The concession stand and bar will be open, and a DJ will provide a variety of music. Call for information or to make a reservation, or purchase tickets online. Tickets (all ages): $15 per person

  18. Light Up Louisville Cruise

    Date: 11/27/2015

    f you're thinking a late night river cruise would be something unique to do, or if you've been to the Light Up Louisville festivities on Main Street and are looking for a way to continue the party, come on down to the riverboat Spirit of Jefferson and join in the fun! The concession stand and bar will both be open, and a DJ will provide a variety of music. With two enclosed decks, she is a boat for all seasons. Call for information or to make a reservation, or purchase tickets on line. (Space is limited and this cruise does sell out. Make your plans early!) Please note that the lights from Light-Up Louisville cannot be seen from the river. However, the normal waterfront lights reflecting off the river are quite lovely, and well worth a reason for enjoying a moonlight boat ride on the Ohio River. Tickets (all ages): $17 per person

  19. Breakfast with Santa

    Date: 12/12/2015

    Ho, ho, ho! People of all ages enjoy visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus while we cruise the Ohio River on the riverboat Spirit of Jefferson! While the holiday festivities are in full force, relax a little and let us take care of the details. A delicious buffet breakfast will be served, and a DJ will play music. Call for information or to make a required reservation, or purchase tickets on line. Tickets (tax added on at purchase): Adults - $35 Seniors - $34 Children (ages 3 - 12) - $25

  20. New Year's Eve Late Night Bash

    Date: 12/31/2015

    The riverboat Spirit of Jefferson is a unique and exciting venue for celebrating the coming of the new year! Bring your friends and enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres and the music of a DJ while you take a three-hour cruise on the Ohio River. A champagne toast at midnight and party favors will add to the fun! Call for information or to make a required reservation, or purchase tickets on line. Note: This event sells out! Make your plans early so you don't miss out. All seating is reserved seating.

  1. Belle of Louisville (Show Us Your Badge)

    Offer Valid: 6/30/2009 - 12/31/2020

    $ 2.00 off the adult sightseeing ticket only. **Must show convention delegate badge or hotel key card to receive special offer**