If you and your student group happen to find yourselves in, or anywhere near, St. Louis Missouri you must stop and experience a Gateway Arch Riverboat Cruise! This locally owned and operated cruise line offers guests of the city and of the Gateway Arch an opportunity to see it from the water, a unique and memorable way to introduce yourselves to city history, architecture, and even local wildlife. There are several different cruise options within this company, which is located on Leonor K Sullivan Blvd each option focusing on things such as Mighty Mississippi History, St. Louis Architecture, the Gateway Arch impact and architecture, and similar topics.
The most popular cruise? Hands down the One-Hour Sightseeing ‘journey back in time’, the classic cruise offered to guests that show them what it was like in a time in which steamboats ruled the Mississippi, the entire cruise narrated by the captain or local National Park Service Ranger. This cruise ‘highlights the history of St. Louis and the mighty river’s role today’, explaining all surrounding history, wildlife, and architecture along the way. Another popular option is the Skyline Dinner Cruise, perfectly magical with the setting sun, lively jazz music, and delicious hot buffet included. Your group may enjoy a private charter or specialty history cruise aboard the historic Becky Thatcher or Tom Sawyer even more, though, jam-packed with interesting and immersive history!
Each cruise takes place in season from March to November, and each will immerse you in the experience with captain talks, steam engine horns, and souvenir photos. Groups of 20 or more will receive discounted group rates, and if your group chooses the one-hour sightseeing cruise and docks by the arch hungry, head to the dockside Arch View Cafe for a quick and delicious lunch! This is a truly excellent way to see the famous Gateway Arch and Mighty Mississippi all at the same time, so don’t miss out!