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Belle of Louisville & Spirit of Jefferson

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Address: 401 W River Rd, Louisville, KY 40202
Phone Number: 502 574 2992
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Description: The Belle of Louisville is the oldest operating Mississippi River style...
The Belle of Louisville is the oldest operating Mississippi River style steamboat in the world. She and her sister vessel, the Spirit of Jefferson, offer river cruises perfect for all ages. We offer cruises nearly year-round, and have special events throughout the season.
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Needed more History

We took this, one of the last rides of the season (Spirit of Jefferson). It was beautiful out so that made the day but the commentary wasn't that informative. I would have liked... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
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Chicago, IL
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Chicago, IL
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130 reviews 130 reviews
54 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We took this, one of the last rides of the season (Spirit of Jefferson). It was beautiful out so that made the day but the commentary wasn't that informative. I would have liked more history of the river and Louisville.

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Owensboro, Kentucky
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90 reviews 90 reviews
22 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

I would absolutely recommend this to anyone looking for a nice moonlit night with their wife and friends. Plenty long enough but not too long at a pretty good price. We did not opt for the on board dinner but it did look very good. Will go again one day.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Fun, clean, courteous, knowledgeable, professional staff. Beautiful, classic, intimate venue. Everything was just perfect for our wedding day.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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169 reviews 169 reviews
62 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The Bell of Louisville is one of the last old time steam powered stern wheeler paddle boats around The brief trip on the Ohio River particularly in the fall is quite nice. The meal is overpriced and very mediocre, But what do you expect from a tourist attraction. Worth the price and time for the experience.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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114 reviews 114 reviews
57 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

We were at Louisville on October 14, 2014, for opening ceremonies for the Belle of Louisville's the 100th Anniversary. It was a well organized and fun celebration starting with dignitaries speeches, rides on the Belle of Louisville (reserved in advance), street performers, food stalls, and stage musicians. It culminated with a wonderful fireworks display. We did not board the Belle... More 

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

All waterfront areas have these lunch and dinner cruises. This was nothing out of the ordinary. Average food, overpriced drinks and a leisurely ride down the Ohio River. Cost was $35pp. Wouldn't recommend.

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Winchester, Kentucky
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We took the grand kids to Louisville for the day and wound up at the riverfront, went to the Belle just for looks and kids wanted a ride so off we went for a nice ride, the mate of the Belle took us down to the engine room for a fifteen minute tour and it was real cool, treated us... More 

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Searcy, Arkansas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

I attended the Centennial Festival of Riverboats and helped celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Belle of Louisville. Also road aboard the Belle as it participated in a race with the American Queen and the Belle of Cincinnati. For a steamboat fanatic, this was heaven!

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Danville, Kentucky
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83 reviews 83 reviews
40 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Staff greeted us as we boarded and directed us to our seats. Felt very special as our name was at our table. Lunch was way more than expected and delicious. Halls Catering did a wonderful job. The day was perfect to stroll around the decks and absorb the sunshine. We had music and dancing which catered to our generation. Someone... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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44 reviews 44 reviews
27 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

We went on a Sunday afternoon trying to find this place would have been easy but since there was construction the roads were closed but we easily navigated around that once we seen it. Boarding on this so first come first serve which isn't a big deal unless you have a group of 4 or more. From what I seen... More 

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