I visited the Dixie Belle with my mom on a sunny Saturday afternoon. We happened to be driving by and noticed the sign "Riverboat" on the side of the road. We turned down the drive to find a sign indicating rides at 2:00 and 4:00. A quick google search led me to the Shaker Village website, where I learned that we could purchase tickets at the dock.
The boat docks on the Kentucky River. Dixie Belle is a two story vessel with a paddle wheel and fluted smoke stacks. The captains navigating quarters are located on the top deck and a concession stand on the entry-level floor immediately below. The lower deck is arranged with tables and chairs. The upper deck is uncovered and has bench seating.
The ride begins near the High Bridge and is narrated throughout. Keep your eyes peeled for passing trains and vast wildlife. We saw many types of birds (from cranes to vultures and beyond), turtles and fish. The boat travels several miles down the river before returning. A calm breeze helped keep us comfortable throughout the ride. Tickets are $10 each for adults.
It is my suggestion that you line up early. Boarding begins approximately 10-15 minutes before departure. Because we were lined up early, we were able to score seats on the lower deck near the front of the vessel.
This was a marvelous trip. My mom and I will definitely return. It was a very relaxing ride with great information regarding the area.
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