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There’s few things as beautiful as a Kentucky sunset. Enjoy one out on the river with a gentle breeze and a delicious cocktail. Add in live music by a local band and there’s nowhere better to be on a Saturday!

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To board the Belle of Louisville is to do more than to see Louisville and the Ohio River from a unique perspective — it’s also quite literally stepping into a piece of American history.

Belle of Louisville Riverboats presents history through a variety of engaging cruise and dockside events—entertaining and educating over 12 million passengers since 1963. A National Historic Landmark and an icon of the Louisville Waterfront, the Belle is the only remaining authentic steamboat from the great American packet boat era on America’s waterways. At 105 years old and counting, the Belle remains purely steam-powered and paddlewheel-propelled.

The Belle’s sister vessel and a newer addition to the Waterfront, the Mary M. Miller, was named after Louisvillian Mary Millicent Miller, who also happened to be the first woman ever to attain her steamboat captain’s license way back in 1884. With as much spirit as her namesake, the Mary M. Miller is a propeller-driven riverboat with old-fashioned charm and modern amenities.

Both vessels feature a full-service cash bar, concession stand, outdoor observation decks, indoor, climate-controlled decks and wheelchair accessibility to portions of the vessel.

Belle of Louisville Facts

built

1914, James Rees & Sons Company, Pittsburgh, PA, named Idlewild

comfort passenger capacity

650 • 180 Dining

specifications

Fully heated and air conditioned • Concession stand and bar • Dance floor • Stage • Full on-board sound system • Indoor and outdoor seating • Non-smoking

Mary M. Miller Facts

built

1985 by Marine Builders, Inc. Utica, IN. Originally named Missouri River Queen.

year-round passenger capacity

350

specifications

Fully heated and air conditioned • Concession stand and bar • Bandstand • On-board sound system • Non-smoking • 95 gross tons • 90’ length • 30’ breadth • 6.1’ depth

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Become a part of our history and support the long term success of one of Louisville’s most iconic landmarks. The Paddlewheel Society is your ticket to exclusive cruises, events and more.

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Brunch on the Boat

$38.99
Join us every Sunday for one of our favorite weekend traditions - brunch!

Harbor History

$15
Particularly interested in history or just like a nice, easy afternoon cruise? Then, this narrated sightseeing cruise on the Mary M. Miller is for you - adults and kids alike.

Picnic Lunch

$32.99
Who likes barbecue? Who likes riverboats? We think these two things go together like peas and carrots.
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Sunset Cruise

$29.99
There’s few things as beautiful as a Kentucky sunset. Enjoy one out on the river with a gentle breeze and a delicious cocktail.

meet our crew

Chief Executive Officer

Master Captain and Chief Operating Officer

Passenger Experience Director

Community Outreach Manager

Education & Guest Programs Manager

Group Sales Manager

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