A New Era for a Louisville Icon
A New Era for A Louisville Icon – Belle of Louisville Set to Open Soon
Belle to Host New ‘Down on the Dock’ family-friendly museum event beginning on June 17th
Belle of Louisville Riverboats is leaving quarantine with a whole new look. The Belle of Louisville and Mary M. Miller will officially re-open June 17 and begin cruising again Saturday, June 20. The boats will reopen after completing their annual United States Coast Guard Inspections on June 11 and 12. Upon reopening, the boats will operate with limited capacity and other new protocols in place to comply with guidance from the CDC, Governor Beshear, Louisville Metro Health and a Louisville Tourism Attractions task force.
During the quarantine, the riverboats crew worked hard to begin a new chapter in their illustrious history with a new logo, branding and website. In addition, the Louisville icon will unveil new programming initiatives to reintroduce the joy and history that this city’s greatest treasure brings. This includes more delicious food and live music, as well as more family-friendly and themed cruises and dockside events.
One dockside event the Belle is banking on to lure families out to the river is its new ‘Home Port Adventure Day’ series launching Wednesday, June 17. This museum-style experience allows visitors to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the historic vessel to learn about the history, art and science of steamboats—all with picturesque river views and without ever leaving the wharf!
Home Port Adventure Days– which take place every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 12 to 8 p.m.– feature performances, games and demonstrations, food trucks, as well as meet & greets with the captain and crew. Self-guided tour tickets are $9.99 for adults and seniors, $6.99 for children ages 5 to 14. Children 4 and under are free. Tickets include the new Home Port Adventure Passport, a fun booklet designed to “propel” your experience around the 200 ft. long boat. Belle leadership hopes this encourages more locals to explore and enjoy the attraction while enjoying some much-needed outside time.
There will also be a limited reopening excursion schedule that Belle leadership expects to expand in the weeks to come. For starters, on Saturdays, there will be Picnic Lunch cruises from 12 to 2 p.m. and Sunset Cruises, featuring live music, from 8 to 10 p.m. On Sundays, there will be narrated Harbor History excursions from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. For a full schedule, complete pricing and to book a cruise, visit BelleofLouisville.org. Cruise ticket prices start at just $15 per person.
Anyone interested in donating to help keep the Belle of Louisville cruising for another 105 years can donate at BelleofLouisville.org.