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“General Jackson Showboat serves up southern comfort”

General Jackson Showboat
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Nashville Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise on the General Jackson
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The General Jackson(R) is a unique 300-ft paddle wheel showboat that cruises the Cumberland River w/ views of the Nashville skyline. Enjoy live entertainment along with a delicious meal and a cruise that you can't get anywhere else. Holiday shows begin mid-November, and special event cruises are scheduled throughout the year, including Valentine's Day, Fourth of July and New Year's Eve. Docking is located on the banks of the Cumberland River on the back side of Opry Mills Mall.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Nashville, TN
1 review
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“General Jackson Showboat serves up southern comfort”
Reviewed August 4, 2009

Since moving to Nashville my husband, The Crabby Old Guy, and I have heard many people talk about the wonderful shows that were at the former Opryland Themepark and wished that we would have had the chance to see them. Fortunately, we heard that the General Jackson Showboat was recreating the popular “Country Music USA!” show and decided to give it a try.

This production of “Country Music USA!” is, in a word, AMAZING! For those of us who remember and love classic country music, nostalgia fills the room when stories, hit song stories and large screen vintage pictures of Hank Williams Sr., Patsy Cline, Roy Acuff, Charlie Pride and so and many other beloved members of The Grand Ole Opry come to life again on this three hour dinner cruise. Fans of more contemporary stars, such as Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood and Trish Yearwood will not feel left out as the music of these fabulous performers also play out big-time.

Paul Vann, who was part of the original production at the theme park and the other performers and musicians, took the audience on a memory trip of music that gave a voice to America and earned Nashville its title “Music City”. The singing and dancing along with numerous costume changes and elaborate lighting and staging all added up to what can only be called a “BIG TIME” experience. I highly recommend this show to anyone who is looking for a first class country music evening. Ladies, it’s worth the price of a ticket to see Paul Vann perform on stage (Brad Pitt move over!)

Chef Chris Browne served up a wonderful three course meal which included salad, prime rib of beef, vegetables and, my favorite, a decadent chocolate truffle cake.
This show is a natural hit since it IS Nashville. So whether you are visiting The Music City and want to experience The Music or live around here and want to experience The Music, this show is a must see!

While my husband and I were on the General Jackson Showboat enjoying the dinner “Country Music USA” show, several of the people at our table mentioned that they had seen Tim Watson’s “Fiddlin’ Around” lunch show and recommended it as a delightful way to spend an afternoon. Since we had such a good time at “Country Music USA” we decided to try it.

Tim “The Fiddleman” Watson’s show is energy packed, comedic and highly entertaining. His band really works with him in a relaxed and fun way to give a great all-round performance. This is a real family show that has something for every generation. Not only were the adults in the audience entertained but also the many children there were too. Tim’s showmanship, quick wit and down-home humor only added sparkle and a sense of country charm to his amazing fiddling and singing. His trademark leap in the air while fiddin’ around left all of us amazed and with smiles on our faces.

Once again Chef Browne served up some Southern Comfort food that was just perfect for an afternoon lunch (not a light lunch mind you) that set the tone for the show just perfectly. The meal included a nicely done cornbread stuffed chicken, some great classic country ham, salads, muffins and biscuits and a luscious cheese cake that had everyone asking for seconds, which was gladly served up by the friendly staff. Be prepared to loosen your belts after eating this well prepared meal.

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Atlanta, GA
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14 reviews
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“Only worth it if you're in town for more than a weekend”
Reviewed June 29, 2009

We went on the Party Cruise Showboat - which was fun, but there are so many other fun things to do on Nashville at night. The DJ played good tunes, definitely songs you want to dance to.

Drinks are overpriced and watered down, and the food was pretty bad. But this is coming from a food/booze snob, so take it with a grain of salt!

Just go with a group of people and you'll have a good time.

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New Jersey
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37 attraction reviews
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“A Fun Afternoon”
Reviewed June 29, 2009

We recently took our kids on this afternoon luncheon cruise. It's not very long, and trip is smooth. My daughter leans towards motion sickness and she was just fine. The food was pretty good, especially the potato salad (not gourmet or diet, but hey, who's thinking it would be?). Kid's meals are available upon request. The kids enjoyed watching the big paddle in the back of the boat. The trip down the river to downtown Nashville is enjoyable, with great skyline views. The fiddle show was entertaining. There was a bit of adult humor, but it was content, not naughty words. It went over my kids' heads. We all enjoyed the music. We wanted to find something to do with the kids we couldn't do at home, and this fit that description (we have zoos and science centers at home, and didn't want to go that way). Nashville tends to be a bit more of a grown up place, and it was nice to find something to do with the younger ones.

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Twin Mountain New Hampshire
2 reviews
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“Excellent, worth the expense.”
Reviewed April 26, 2009

We very much enjoyed the General Jackson. Paid a small additional fee for a personal tour by the Captain of the wheel house. Many interesting facts. The dinner was excellent and the Musical entertainment top notch.

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Coshocton, Ohio
2 reviews
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“Tim Watson's Christmas Show...must see!”
Reviewed December 16, 2008

Tim Watson and his band are awesome, Very talented musicians, and he is a very fun, and sincere person. His show was a lot of fun. One of the "things you must do" when visiting Nashville.

The Conkle's,
Coshocton, Ohio

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