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“Wonderful weather, nice ride”

Gateway Arch Riverboats
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Take a ride on replica 19th-century paddle-wheel boats, Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher, located on the riverfront below the south leg of the Gateway Arch. While cruising down the Mississippi, enjoy cruise narration which offers a historical overview of the area and the role this working river still plays today. Advanced ticket purchase recommended. Daily sightseeing cruises, dinner cruises, specialty cruises, and private events available. Open March - November.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Azle, Texas
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36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Wonderful weather, nice ride”
Reviewed May 15, 2013

Blue sunny skies, great temperature for the time of the year. There are two boats, the Tom Sawyer and the Becky Thatcher. We rode on the Tom Sawyer. There are three levels. The top level affords the best view, however I highly recommend once the boat turns around at the halfway point go down to the bottom level and stand at the front of the boat...watch the water spray along the sides...very refreshing! It was the only tourist attraction that I was willing to purchase the photos they take of you on your way in. Length is about an hour.

Visited April 2013
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Sallisaw, Oklahoma
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Save Your Time and Money.”
Reviewed May 14, 2013

Long wait. Seating is horrible. Has cheaply made chairs sitting on deck. Hour tour is mostly waiting on boat to load and unload. During the tour, could be very interesting, but speaker system is very hard to hear and understand. When unloading off boat, staff very rude and wants to rush all the passengers.

Save your money. You can see everything from the bank. Best advise is to stay away from area. St. Louis needs to clean the crime up in their tourist areas. Very unsafe.

Visited May 2013
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Chelmsford, Essex
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49 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“A tad dull...”
Reviewed April 19, 2013

We took the riverboat cruise after our trip up the arch and it was rather disappointing. True, it afforded some more great views of said structure but there was not a lot else of interest. The bridges were OK but there's only so much that can keep being said about barges full of oil! I guess living near London and having been on numerous amazing Thames cruises we've been spoilt. Having said all that It's quite cool to say we've travelled on the mighty Mississppi for an hour.

Visited March 2013
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Montrose, CO
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Best way to get the "money shot" of the arch”
Reviewed April 17, 2013

We took the riverboat cruise today, and enjoyed it and the cool breeze! We had been unable to capture a good photograph of the arch, and this got us out far enough to shoot the entire thing in late afternoon light.

The boat was decently maintained, certainly not luxurious, but not dumpy. The information shared about travel in the Mississippi River was quite interesting. Overall, we weren't thrilled, but we weren't bored either. It was a pleasant afternoon outing. The one thing we really get tired of, which we once again encountered and now seems to be mandatory with every attraction, is the ridiculous forced photos in an attempt to rake you over the coals for even more of your vacation dollars. Wish they'd ban these photo booths everywhere.

Visited April 2013
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Carmel, Indiana
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139 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Nice cruise great view of the arch”
Reviewed April 15, 2013 via mobile

Hour long cruise up the Mississippi provided a great picture of the arch with the capital in the background

Visited April 2013
Thank madmax1965
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