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Address: 50 S Leonor K Sullivan Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63102-2422
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 22:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Take a ride on replica 19th-century paddle-wheel boats, Tom Sawyer and...

Take a ride on replica 19th-century paddle-wheel boats, Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher, located on the riverfront below the south leg of the Gateway Arch. While cruising down the Mississippi, enjoy cruise narration which offers a historical overview of the area and the role this working river still plays today. Advanced ticket purchase recommended. Daily sightseeing cruises, dinner cruises, specialty cruises, and private events available. Open March - November.

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Father/Son Time

This was a getaway for my son and I. An this was his first time on a riverboat. Once he stopped laughing and running from deck to deck he actually noticed that we were moving and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Bennie H
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Medina, Tennessee
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Lawrenceville, Georgia
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29 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My nephew was graduating in St. Louis so I decide to go back home and check out the sites all the tourist go. I took a river cruise on the Tom Swayer and it was nice. Very affordable and worth checking out. Amazing views of St. Louis !

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Florida
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

Two riverboats travel short distances on the Mississippi while the captain narrates facts and stories about the surroundings. Spacious boat, good viewing platform and fun way to learn about the river's history and contribution to our current and past commercial ventures. Highly recommend the cruise. Also, great café and gift shop to visit before or after your cruise.

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Saint-Louis, Senegal
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We boarded the Tom Sawyer riverboat on my son's 4th grade fieldtrip. It was a great experience for the kids and adults, alike! The crew was very friendly and courteous. My son thoroughly enjoyed this trip, as well as his dad and I.

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Thank csims2016
Joshua B, Guest Relations Manager at Gateway Arch Riverboats, responded to this review

We are glad to hear that your family enjoyed a "perfect river cruise." Thanks for riding and posting a review! More 

Medina, Tennessee
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34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a getaway for my son and I. An this was his first time on a riverboat. Once he stopped laughing and running from deck to deck he actually noticed that we were moving and enjoyed the scenery from the mid-deck room. The staff was incredible nice and courteous and fun to be with. Their joy was infectious and... More 

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Thank Bennie H
Joshua B, Guest Relations Manager at Gateway Arch Riverboats, responded to this review

We are thrilled that you and your son had such a great ride. I will pass on the complements to the boat staff and see what can be done about that paddle wheel. Thanks for posting a review! More 

tucson az
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169 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

Got combo ticket to top of arch and boat ride. Boat ride was very pleasant and informative. You see long barges pushed by a single tugboat and other things as viewed from the water. Ride is narrated.

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Thank tucsonfolks
Joshua B, Guest Relations Manager at Gateway Arch Riverboats, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed your ride. The Mississippi River is a very active river with lots of cargo doing up and down it's banks daily. Thanks for posting! More 

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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

It was an awesome time. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. I would love to come back and do it again!

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Thank jimmy w
Joshua B, Guest Relations Manager at Gateway Arch Riverboats, responded to this review

We are thrilled you enjoyed the brunch cruise. Thanks for posting! More 

Las Vegas, Nevada
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

We took the hour cruise and it was well worth the price. I grew up in St Louis and still learned some things that I didn't know about my city. The boat has 3 decks so you can watch the scenery go by outside or in air conditioning. The boat also has a adequate snack bar with reasonable prices and... More 

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Darcy B, Public Relations Manager at Gateway Arch Riverboats, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your time on the riverboats! Thanks so much for your post. More 

Indiana
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60 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

A big big part of your enjoyment of this boat ride will depend on your expectations. If you want to have a nice hour long ride on a historic river you will love it. If you want a tour of St. Louis you will be disappointed. Why? Because much of the stuff to see in St. Louis is on the... More 

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Darcy B, Public Relations Manager at Gateway Arch Riverboats, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your great review! More 

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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

It was a beautiful 80 degree day. We decided to go on the Riverboat to get some good shots of the Arch. $20 per adult and $10 per child, our 2 year old was free. The Captain gave some information about St. Louis during the ride, but unfortunately there isn't much to see besides 2 bridges, some old buildings, and... More 

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1 Thank Grace K
Darcy B, Public Relations Manager at Gateway Arch Riverboats, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Your honest feedback is appreciated. We apologize that you didn't enjoy the cruise and hope you'll consider trying another one of our cruises next time you're in town to have a different experience with a meal and live band! More 

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80 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017

We were taken up stream by the Tom Sawyer and crew. As a tourist it was great to have the captain blurt out random little fun facts as we traveled along. The event gives St Louis a fantastic soulful fell. Couple of suggestions: Take sun glasses, wear sun screen and sit outside of the cabin area. The guys at the... More 

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Lindsey E, Public Relations Manager at Gateway Arch Riverboats, responded to this review

Hello and thanks for your review! We are glad you enjoyed your time on the river! More 

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