Belle of Louisville Profile

Belle of Louisville in Louisville, KY
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The Belle of Louisville is the oldest river steamboat in continuous use. Since 1963, the Belle has been cruising up and down the Ohio River along the Louisville border and racing in the annual Kentucky Derby Festival Great Steamboat Race. She is one of Louisville's biggest attractions among visitors to the city as well as a favorite piece of local culture among Louisville residents.

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    Belle of Louisville Location

    Belle of Louisville
    401 West River Road
    Louisville, KY 40202
    Local: (502) 574-2992
    Toll Free: (866) 832-0011

    Belle of Louisville Schedule

    The Belle of Louisville operates on a consistent schedule from May to October. In addition, The Belle of Louisville opens for cruises during special events. Weddings or planned parties throughout the year, for example. There are also holiday cruises serving Thanksgiving dinner and romantic cruises for Valentine's Day. If you are looking for the full cruise schedule, you can find it on the Belle of Louisville website. Tickets for a Belle of Louisville cruise can be purchased at the ticket office before a cruise or online anytime.

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    Additional Information

    • Lunch and dinner cruise tickets can be purchased with or without an included meal. If you choose to cruise without a meal, you will be on the above deck, out of the dining area.
    • The Belle of Louisville can be rented for weddings, business events, family reunions, and more.
    • Dress is casual for a Belle of Louisville cruise. The steamboat does not have air conditioning, so it is important to dress for the weather.
    • Each cruise features some sort of entertainment, typically live music or a DJ.
    • Additional Belle of Louisville features include a bar, concession stand, dance floor, deck seating, and handicap accessibility.

    More to Do Nearby

    Planned a cruise and are looking for other things to do nearby? The Belle of Louisville is walking distance from many Louisville attractions. Downtown Louisville is home to many hotels, sporting attactions, art and culture destinations, and a bit of the bourbon trail. Here are a few stops to get you started, things to do before or after your cruise on The Belle of Louisville or The Spirit of Jefferson.

    • Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. Located on Main Street, this distillery tours differs from the others on the edges and out of the city limits. The tour is has large scale videos with local actors depicting the history of bourbon in Louisville, later on in the tour participants can sit at a Mad Man style bar and sip Evan Williams products.
    • The Galt House Hotel. This hotel is popular for its central location and waterfront views. During the holiday season, the hotel is decked out for Christmas at the Galt House—you can even participate, submitting a gingerbread house to their annual competition—and the views of the Ohio River make it a prime destination for Thunder Over Louisville.
    • Frazier History Museum. If you are a history buff, this is your spot. The Frazier History Museum is three floors of historical knowledge on Louisville’s famous Museum Row. You will see armor, historical documents, toy soldiers, weapons, interactive stations, and historical interpretations. Oh, and there are often special events, too.
    • Actors Theatre of Louisville. Actors Theatre of Louisville is a Tony Award-winning institution and the official state theater of Kentucky. Plus, every spring, Actors hosts and stages the Humana Festival of New American Plays. The Humana festival is a draw for theater professionals around the country and globe.
    • Fourth Street Live! Ok, this is a tourist attraction that can be dismissed by locals, but there is no disputing when you go to Fourth Street Live! there is a lot to do in one spot. Want to go bowling? Eat Mexican food? Head to a piano bar that takes requests? In any of those cases, Fourth Street Live! might be just what you are looking for.