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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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Price: $

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. New years Eve late night Gala

    Date: 12/31/2014 - 1/1/2015

    Ring in the New year in a unique and exciting way. On the riverboat Spirit of Jefferson. A DJ will provide the music along with hors'd ouevres, champagne toast at midnight and party favors

  2. Easter Brunch Cruise

    Date: 4/5/2015

    Be a good egg: bring the whole family and hop on down to the Ohio River for a fun Easter Brunch cruise on the historic steamboat Belle of Louisville! Include the delicious buffet (inside seating, advance reservations required) or choose sightseeing only (upstairs, outside seating regardless of the weather) and enjoy spending Easter Sunday afternoon with us. Call for information or to make a reservation, or purchase tickets on line.

  3. Thunder Over Louisville

    Date: 4/18/2015

    Don't miss this event! As the kickoff to the Kentucky Derby Festival, the city will be having one of the top 10 fireworks events in the country, and it is a sight to behold. Our Belle of Louisville passengers can board at 2:30 and stay on through the fireworks at the end of the day. An airshow is scheduled to begin around 3 pm; and since we stay dockside (we won't cruise at all), you'll be able to get on and off the boat as much as you wish throughout the day. A buffet dinner will be followed by a dessert table, and the concession stand and bar will be open the entire event for your convenience. Call for information or to make a reservation (advance reservations are required), or purchase tickets on line.

  4. Spirit Boat Chase

    Date: 4/29/2015

    If you've missed out on tickets for the Belle of Louisville during the Battle of the Belles Great Riverboat Race, or would like to watch both boats from a really good vantage point for the whole race, then come on board the riverboat Spirit of Jefferson and follow along as she "chases" the racers up the Ohio River and back. Dinner is provided, and all seating is open seating on a first come, first served basis. A DJ will provide music, the bar will be open for your convenience, and two beverages per person are included with your ticket. Call for information or to make a reservation (advance reservations required), or purchase tickets on line.

  5. Oaks Dinner Cruise

    Date: 5/1/2015

    Whether you've been out to Churchill Downs for horse racing or not, this cruise on the riverboat Spirit of Jefferson is a great way to relax during the hustle and bustle of the Kentucky Derby Festival. Enjoy a scrumptious buffet dinner and the music of a DJ as we take a two-hour cruise on the Ohio River. Call for information or to make a reservation (advance reservations required), or puchase tickets on line. Note: this cruise leaves on schedule. If you are planning on going to the races at Churchill Downs, and if you stay for the last race, traffic will be horrendously bad. Your chances of getting to the boat on time will be slim. There is no refund or exchange for the tickets if you miss the boat, regardless of the reason; so please plan accordingly.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  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**

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