Belle of Louisville

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For a nostalgic trip, cruise down a mighty river on this authentic steamboat that has carried tourists, tradesmen and cattle for over a century.

Take a voyage on the steamboat Belle of Louisville on the Ohio River in Kentucky. Choose from cruises with sightseeing, history, sunbathing, stargazing, dancing and food and drink.

Sit inside for the comfort of air conditioning or heating, or outside to listen to the paddle wheel as it propels the vessel. A tour guide narrates the history of interesting sites en route.

Experience the magic of being on a steam paddleboat while a modern city is just a short distance away. Watch the metropolitan skyline of Louisville drift by the city is a major center for bourbon whiskey production and racehorses.

Belle of Louisville has had multiple names since it began service in 1914 as a ferry and freighter called Idlewild. After its launch in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the boat traveled between Memphis, Tennessee and West Memphis, Arkansas, and as far as Montana, the Gulf of Mexico and Canada. Imagine dancing on the decks in the 1940s when it became a popular entertainment venue.

In 1948 the departing captain’s wish to rename the vessel Avalon was granted. This was the start of a busy time when the vessel was recognized for being the most widely traveled river steamboat in American history. Under new ownership in 1962, the current name was given. The following year the Belle of Louisville raced against another famous steamboat, Delta Queen. Stand on her decks knowing you are experiencing one of America’s oldest and most authentic river steamboats as it paddles for its second century.

Purchase tickets for Belle of Louisville online or at its berth just west of Clark Memorial Bridge on the south side of the Ohio River. Pay to park at the wharf. Two-hour sightseeing tours and themed cruises are available day and night throughout the year.

Many trips provide on-board buffet meals, beverages and dancing. Another riverboat, Mary M. Miller, is available for additional excursions. The frequency of trips is reduced from November to March.

Top Hotels Close to Belle of Louisville

Galt House Hotel Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Galt House Hotel Trademark Collection by Wyndham
4 out of 5
140 North Fourth Street, Louisville, KY, 40202
The price is $152 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 2
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Louisville. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,014 reviews)
"Great Location. Hotel room looks just as imaged on the site. Would definitely stay here again. Walking distance to everything."

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

Galt House Hotel Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Omni Louisville Hotel
Omni Louisville Hotel
4.5 out of 5
400 S. 2nd Street, Louisville, KY, 40202
The price is $170 per night from Jul 31 to Aug 1
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Louisville. Enjoy an outdoor pool, 3 restaurants, and 3 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the bar and the clean rooms in ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,050 reviews)
"Beautiful rooftop pool, loved the food and shopping options in and around the hotel."

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2022

Omni Louisville Hotel
Hyatt Regency Louisville
Hyatt Regency Louisville
4 out of 5
320 West Jefferson Street, Louisville, KY, 40202
The price is $173 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Louisville. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (966 reviews)
"Everything was awesome . Had done stains on room carpet but overall , great experience ."

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2022

Hyatt Regency Louisville
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Hampton Inn Louisville Downtown
Hampton Inn Louisville Downtown
2.5 out of 5
101 E Jefferson St, Louisville, KY, 40202
The price is $98 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 2
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Galt House Hotel Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Galt House Hotel Trademark Collection by Wyndham
4 out of 5
140 North Fourth Street, Louisville, KY, 40202
The price is $152 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 2
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Omni Louisville Hotel
Omni Louisville Hotel
4.5 out of 5
400 S. 2nd Street, Louisville, KY, 40202
The price is $170 per night from Jul 31 to Aug 1
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Hyatt Regency Louisville
Hyatt Regency Louisville
4 out of 5
320 West Jefferson Street, Louisville, KY, 40202
The price is $173 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Louisville Downtown, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Louisville Downtown, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
800 W Market St, Louisville, KY, 40202
The price is $114 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
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The Grady
The Grady
3.5 out of 5
601 W Main St, Louisville, KY, 40202
The price is $206 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
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Cambria Hotel Louisville Downtown-Whiskey Row
Cambria Hotel Louisville Downtown-Whiskey Row
3 out of 5
120 SOUTH FLOYD ST, Louisville, KY, 40202
The price is $118 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 2
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Aloft Louisville Downtown
Aloft Louisville Downtown
3 out of 5
102 West Main Street, Louisville, KY, 40202
The price is $158 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 18
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Homewood Suites by Hilton Louisville Downtown, KY
Homewood Suites by Hilton Louisville Downtown, KY
3 out of 5
635 W Market St, Louisville, KY, 40202
The price is $133 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 2
Homewood Suites by Hilton Louisville Downtown, KY
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