As a second-generation used-riverboat salesman, Mark Twain established his Tom ‘n' Huck Riverboat Mystery radio hour to spark interest in his dwindling business. Experience the legacy of these majestic, floating mansions with today's Groupon: for $6, you get a sightseeing cruise from River City Star (up to a $12 value for adults).
The River City Star is a folksy 149-seat behemoth that oozes so much southern charm that passengers have been known to momentarily mistake themselves for sharply dressed, silver-tongued gamblers. The bottom deck is completely enclosed and temperature controlled with a full-service bar and dining area. Concessions are available for those who suffer from the creeping hunger pangs of reverse seasickness. Rugged riverboat purists will enjoy the thrill of the top deck, where they'll gaze over the Missouri River, becoming mesmerized like a hypnotist in a house of mirrors. Check the schedule for launch times.
Constructed in Las Vegas, the current incarnation of the River City Star traveled 1,000 miles from Nevada to Omaha. Over that perilous journey on the back of a thousand elephants, the Star learned the importance of family and tradition via the wisdom of a colorful proverb-spouting opossum. Soak up the history of the boat as the whimsical sites of the river take your mind off of the dry drudgery that land life throws at you.
Valid for sightseeing cruise only; not valid for lunch or dinner cruises.
River City Star was named one of the top four Best Venues to Have A Wedding by CityVoters in 2008.
River City Star
When a major flood hit the Missouri River in 2011, it drastically changed the riverfront, creating new sights across its banks. With this fresh face, the river serves as a scenic stage for tours on the River City Star, a riverboat featured in USA Today's August 2009 article “10 Great Places to Stream Through Cities”.
At the wheel of a classic, double-decker riverboat is one of River City Star's two captains, Captain Ken or Captain Steve. Accompanied by an expert crew, the captains ferry passengers over the serene waters that make up Omaha's riverfront. They pass by antique structures such as the historic Old Iowa-Nebraska Swing Bridge, and newer fixtures including the Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge, described in USA Today as “a one-of-a-kind design that looks like an art installation across the river.”
The River City Star offers several different cruises including lunch cruises, dinner cruises with live entertainment, party cruises, and more. Back on land, the palm trees and amazing views at the River City Star Landing and the Kon-Tiki-O lend a tropical feel to private and public events such as concerts, weddings, and corporate outings.