A boat cruise can be one of the best ways to tour a city, and one of the worst ways to tour a desert. Put the venerable vessel to its natural use with today's Groupon. For $9, you get a ticket for a one-hour sightseeing cruise through Gateway Arch Riverboats (a $17 value including the $3 ticket-processing fee). Gateway Arch Riverboats won Riverfront Times' Best View of Downtown award in 2009. This Groupon may not be used for Saturday tours.
Your one-hour cruise will commence at the levee below the Gateway Arch aboard one of two 19th-century replica steamboats, either the Tom Sawyer or the Becky Thatcher. Like a real-life third person, the captain of your craft will omnisciently narrate your adventure along the St. Louis riverfront with historical factoids, geographical trivia, and wistful recollections of the way your childhood crush's hair used to sparkle in the springtime sunlight. Customers looking for even greater detail may choose to rent one of Gateway's iPods for an additional fee. This audio cruise companion whispers stories of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers' confluence into your ears, set to the sweet beats of this year's hottest jock jams. Since exercising one's vision and hearing can make one's other senses hungry, boxed lunches may be ordered in advance ($8 for a box lunch, $4 for a hot-dog lunch). You can also sniff, fondle, and purchase concessions while aboard—or enjoy a bite to eat at Gateway's Arch View Café before or after your tour.
Cruises usually depart three times a day (noon, 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m.) from Memorial Day through Labor Day, providing plenty of convenient opportunities for you to get to know your own city better or set it up on a date with a friend from out of town. Check the website for a complete monthly schedule. Reservations are required, so call ahead to schedule your Gateway Arch Riverboats cruise.
Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance.
- St Louis is a River town, always has been. you are not going to see the paddle boats stacked up four deep along the levee like it was a 100 yrs ago,but [sic] you will safely see a part of the Midwest that is not interstate or cornfields. – looks at boats, Yahoo! Travel
- We took an one hour cruise on the riverboat when visiting St. Louis recently and it was so fun. It was very reasonable for a family fun outing...It is air conditioned inside and also has a nice little snack bar and they even have restrooms on the boat. They provide a nice little talking guide of what is going on as you down the river so you also get a little history lesson which turned out to be very interesting. – L C., Insider Pages
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