Take a ride that will have you thinking back to the days of Mark Twain. A time when paddle boats traveled the rivers of the U.S.
Anything that moves...I have to put on the seabands and often take some motion sickness medicine. For this trip I did prepare for the movement and was pleasantly surprised how calm, smooth and relaxing this historic trip on the Ohio River was. It is a wonderful trip for everyone.
The paddle boats of Louisville, Kentucky will give you that step back in history feel. The oldest Mississippi style river boat still operating is the Belle of Louisville
. This steamer was originally known as the Idelwild
and she was built in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1914. Originally the Belle was to be a ferry and also to do freight work. She was eventually redesigned for excursions.
Trips on the Belle, as well as the Spirit of Jefferson
leave from the dock downtown Louisville, 401 West River Road.
A variety of cruises are available throughout the year including special events and holiday speciality cruises.
You can choose to include lunch or dinner or cruise only. Both boats are handicap accessible and have entertainment, full service bar, outdoor observation decks, dance floor and narration of historic info.
The boats are totally paddle wheel-driven and can travel on almost any navigable river in the nation.
The Belle became recognized as a National Landmark on June 30, 1989. She is the most traveled river steamboat in the nation.
This is a fun experience and truly you can just kick back and relax while floating along on the river.
It is best to make reservations 48 hours in advance, especially if you plan to enjoy a meal while cruising.
Check the website for ticket prices, sailing times and special events. http://www.belleoflouisville.org/
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