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Paddlewheel Society Membership: Benefits, Levels, and More

Written by: Charlotte N. Mason, Communications Coordinator

Summer has arrived and it is time to get outside! Grab your family and friends and join us on the river this summer as a Paddlewheel Society member. Membership to the Paddlewheel Society includes everything from sightseeing passes to free popcorn to members-only events (and more)! With three levels of membership available, you can choose what type of membership experience fits best into your summer plans. Keep reading to explore the benefits of each membership level of the Paddlewheel Society and what you can look forward to as a member.

paddlewheel society membership levels

Paddlewheel Society membership is available in three levels:

idlewild membership

The first level of Paddlewheel Society membership is named after the first name of The Belle of Louisville: The Idlewild. Idlewild Membership is the most affordable option at just $75 annually. This membership level includes:

  • Invitation to members-only events
  • Six sightseeing passes ($99 value)
  • 10% discount on all regular cruise tickets and souvenirs
  • Free popcorn every time you are onboard
  • Membership decal

avalon membership

The second level of Paddlewheel Society Membership is named after The Belle’s second name: The Avalon. This membership level is $150 annually and includes:

  • Invitation to members-only events
  • 10 sightseeing passes ($165 value)
  • 10% discount on all regular cruise tickets and souvenirs
  • Belle of Louisville Riverboats branded cork water bottle
  • Free popcorn every time you are onboard
  • Membership decal

belle membership

Named after the current name of The Belle, this membership level is our most premier level at $250 annually. The Belle Membership includes:

  • Invitation to members-only events
  • Exclusive early access to tickets for special events
  • 10 sightseeing passes ($165 value)
  • One complimentary Picnic Lunch or Steamboat Supper Cruise for two ($66 to $84 value)
  • 10% discount on all regular cruise tickets and souvenirs
  • Belle of Louisville Riverboats branded cork water bottle
  • Limited-edition Belle of Louisville letterpress-style poster
  • Free popcorn every time you are onboard
  • Membership decal

how to choose which membership level is best for you

Paddlewheel Society membership offers multiple great benefits, but how do you choose which one is right for you?

Although some benefits stay consistent between each membership level (such as free popcorn and invitations to members-only events), other benefits change, such as the number of sightseeing passes. Sightseeing passes can be shared with friends and family of the Paddlewheel Society member, so the more sightseeing passes you have, the more opportunities there are to invite friends and family to spend time with you on the river!

Selecting a higher membership level can also offer additional benefits, such as a complimentary Picnic Lunch or Steamboat Supper Cruise. No matter which membership level you choose, each one offers multiple opportunities to spend time on the river this season!

how to become a member of the paddlewheel society

Membership to the Paddlewheel Society comes with many great privileges, but it does not stop there. Paddlewheel Society membership also helps support the preservation efforts of the historic Belle and Life Saving Station #10, along with the development of educational and public programming. With so many reasons to become a Paddlewheel Society member, what are you waiting for?

Learn more and sign up for Paddlewheel Society membership by visiting our membership page. Now through June 5, 2021, we are also excited to offer include a free coffee mug and an entry to win a Waterfront Park gift bag with each membership purchase. We look forwarding to welcoming you aboard as our newest Paddlewheel Society member!

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