Gateway Arch Riverboats

The Gateway Arch Riverboats' one-hour sightseeing cruise  allows passengers to take a delightful, one-hour journey back to a time when steamboats ruled the Mississippi River. Narrated by the captain or a National Park Service Ranger, this cruise highlights the history of St. Louis and the mighty river’s role today.

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About the Vessel

The Gateway Arch Riverboats—replica 19th-century paddle-wheel riverboats Becky Thatcher and Tom Sawyer—transport riders back in time to when steamboats ruled the mighty Mississippi and fueled the nation’s westward expansion, making St. Louis truly the Gateway to the West.

The Gateway Arch Riverboats are a part of the oldest Mississippi excursion boat company that has called St. Louis its home port since 1917. The Tom and Becky were originally brought to St. Louis in 1964 to accommodate the spectators who wanted a closer look at the building of the Gateway Arch. Today, after more than 50 years, the Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher continue to offer the best views of St. Louis and the Gateway Arch… the views from the river.

Located below the south leg of the Gateway Arch, the Gateway Arch Riverboats offer daily sightseeing cruises; evening dinner and specialty cruises such as the Blues, Oktoberfest and Lock-n-Dam Cruises; and private event charters. More than five million passengers have discovered the city’s rich heritage through the riverboats.

Seasons Open and Departure


Length of Tour

One hour

Costs and Fees

$18 for adults; $8 for kids 3-15

Appropriate Age Groups

All ages

How to Find the Departure Point

The riverboats are located on the Mississippi River in downtown St. Louis, directly below the Gateway Arch Grand Staircase at 50 S. Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63102

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