Paddlewheel Society, Fall & Winter Calendar of Events
Belle of Louisville Riverboats, the Louisville icon and its sister ship the Mary M. Miller, are celebrating the steamboat’s 106th birthday with the launch of the new Paddlewheel Society, a membership program aimed to keep the boats cruising for years to come.
Funds raised via the Paddlewheel Society support efforts to preserve the historic boats as well as the development of education and public programming related to the important role the river and steamboats have played in our communities’ history. Based on their level of commitment, which ranges from $75 to $250 annually, members receive members-only perks, including complimentary and discounted cruise tickets, advance access for special events and Belle of Louisville Riverboats swag—such as this limited-edition poster (image attached). The membership is an opportunity to support one of Louisville’s most iconic attractions, as well as spend time on the river enjoying the organization’s new line-up of events and activities.
“We know the Belle lives in the hearts and minds of Louisvillians, but we also want it to be a place where our community can come and enjoy the river and all the boats have to offer,” said CEO Krista Snider. “The Belle of Louisville Riverboats are living pieces of history. Stepping aboard is a chance to enjoy a bygone era while also getting out into the fresh air, having a lot of fun and seeing Louisville and Southern Indiana from an entirely different perspective.”
With less out of town visitors, as well as less locals traveling, a cruise aboard the Belle or Mary M. Miller is a chance to ”get away” without leaving town. The organization has developed a full fall and winter calendar of events, including a Friendsgiving event and an opportunity to cruise the river with Captain Santa!
Purchase a Paddlewheel Society membership now and enjoy the benefits the remainder of 2020, including these highlights below, as well as the complete 2021 season. This fall’s highlights include:
Family Boo Cruise: Saturday, October 31 from 12 – 2 pm
Come aboard for a scary good time on the Mary M. Miller! Bring on the whole family to do the Monster Mash, give us your best zombie impression during our Halloween candy walk and have a spooktacular time cruising down the Ohio River! Adult tickets are $35.99, senior tickets are $34.99, children’s tickets are $14.99 and kids four and under are free!
Friendsgiving: Saturday, November 21 from 7 – 9:30 pm
Give thanks and have fun with family and friends alike on our first ever Friendsgiving Cruise! Boards at 6: 30 p.m., leaves the wharf at 7:00 p.m. and returns at 9:30 p.m. During this two and a half hour cruise you will enjoy live music, drink specials and fall-inspired appetizers. We will have new, unopened games and cards throughout the boat for you to enjoy with your group! Bring your own blanket and enjoy the crisp fall air from the Mary M. Miller. Tickets for this 21-and-over event are $44.99.
Cookies with Captain Santa: Saturday, December 5 & 12 from 1- 3 p.m.
Take a cruise with Saint Nick during our Cookies with Captain Santa event. We will turn the Mary M. Miller into a winter wonderland for you and your family to enjoy! This family-friendly event includes socially distanced photos with Santa, cookie decorating kits, hot cocoa and plenty of festive activities to get you in the holiday spirit. Adult tickets are $35.99, senior tickets are $34.99, children’s tickets are $14.99 and kids four and under are free.
New Year’s Eve Cruise: Thursday, December 31 from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Say SO LONG to 2020 and cruise out of the year in style with our New Year’s Eve party cruise. We will leave 2020 behind as we cruise down the Ohio River. Grab your friends and reserve a table for an elegant, fun-filled night that includes a champagne toast, Hors d’oeuvres, NYE swag bags and a DJ. Tickets for this 21+ cruise are $69.99.
Members of the Paddlewheel Society will have access to members-only events, discounts on regular cruises and free popcorn every time they come aboard. There are three levels of membership: Idlewild ($75/per year), Avalon ($150/per year) and the Belle ($250/per year). The Belle membership includes a limited-edition poster commissioned to celebrate and recognize the Belle’s unwavering spirit in the face of adversity. Memberships can be purchased online at BelleofLouisville.org
Paddlewheel Society Membership Levels
Idlewild Membership – $75 annually
- Invitation to exclusive members-only events
- 4 Sightseeing Passes ($88 value)
- 10% Discounts on all regular cruise tickets and souvenirs
- Free popcorn every time you’re onboard
- Membership decal
Avalon Membership – $150 annually
- All benefits of Idlewild membership level
- Total of 8 Sightseeing Passes ($176 value)
- Belle of Louisville Riverboats branded cork water bottle
Belle Membership – $250 annually
- All benefits of Avalon Membership
- Exclusive early access to tickets for special events
- One complimentary Picnic Lunch or Steamboat Supper Cruise for two ($66 to $84 value)
- Limited-edition Belle of Louisville letterpress-style poster