3 Ways to Celebrate Derby with Belle of Louisville Riverboats in 2021
Derby season has arrived! While there are numerous festivities leading up to the fastest two minutes in sports history, we can think of no better way to celebrate than by being out on the river. This year, we are excited to offer three different ways to celebrate Derby with Belle of Louisville Riverboats in 2021. Whether you’re booking tickets for one event or all three, we can’t wait to welcome you aboard!
(And did we mention that we’re offering 10% off cruises for Jefferson County residents when you use the code “VILLE” at checkout? This discount works on Derby week cruises so be sure to book your tickets now!)
The Great Steamboat Race is a Kentucky Derby tradition that dates back to 1963. This year, The Belle of Louisville will be racing the Belle of Cincinnati and the American Duchess down the Ohio River.
For this exciting event, join us on the chaser boat, the Mary M. Miller, as we chase the competitors down the river! There are both dining and spectator options available for this cruise…although we personally can’t think of a better way to enjoy the race than eating a delicious, southern-style barbecue buffet! No matter whether you have meal tickets or sightseeing tickets, a concessions stand will also be available, along with a full bar.
This is a family friendly event and as always, kids ages 4 & under are free! Be sure to visit our Special Events page for more information.
Fun Fact: The winner receives a pair of golden antlers, which The Belle of Louisville currently has hanging in her entrance from her 2019 win!
Following the Great Steamboat Race Chaser Boat Cruise, we are excited to offer a Sunset Cruise on April 30th. This is the perfect way to continue the celebration after watching the “Run for the Lilies”! Board the historic Belle of Louisville for a beautiful sunset cruise down the Ohio River. Enjoy music from Louisville local, DJ Jill, while sipping on a specialty drink from our full bar or snacking on the assortment of food available at our concession stand.
This cruise boards at 7:30 p.m. and cruises from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Adult tickets are $26.50, senior tickets are $25.50 and children’s tickets are $14.50. Book your tickets by clicking here.
Personally, we can’t think of a better way to wrap up the 2021 Kentucky Derby season than with a relaxing sunset cruise down the Ohio River! After watching the “Run for the Roses” step aboard the historic Belle of Louisville for a 2-hour cruise down the Ohio River. This cruise features live music from the Derby City Dandies, with drink specials available from our full bar and snacks from our concessions stand.
Adult tickets are $26.50, senior tickets are $25.50 and children’s tickets are $14.50. Just click here to book your tickets for this awesome Derby Sunset Cruise!
how to book tickets to derby week cruises with belle of louisville riverboats
Ready to purchase your tickets for one (or all!) of the Derby events happening aboard Belle of Louisville Riverboats? Head over to our website at belleoflouisville.org/special-events/ or call our office at (502) 574-2992. Don’t forget, we are running an exclusive 10% Off deal for Jefferson County residents! Just use the code “VILLE” at checkout. (Some exclusions apply.)