Belle of Louisville, Louisville

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401 W River Rd Louisville, KY 40202 (502) 574-2992

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    Belle of Louisville

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Aug 18, 2014

    While in Louisville, Ky on August 1st, Tony, Noel and I saw the Belle of Louisville Sternwheeler boat on the River. I am not sure how much it cost to ride it but to be truthful..I don't think I would like riding it..goes too slow..my life is fast paced and it seems a little slow and lazy for me...I know I need to slow down..but I am always on FAST MODE...but it is a lovely boat and it would be a good time and a memory maker...if you are in the area you should check it out.

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    The Belle of Louisville

    by Tom_Fields Updated Feb 2, 2006

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    Originally built to haul coal, named the Idlewild, the Belle of Louisville offers narrated excursions on the Ohio RIver, providing plenty of the history and geography of the city. This is an authentic steamboat, built in 1914, and is a National Historic Landmark. Operated by the city since 1962, she races the Delta Queen from Cincinnati each year during Derby Week.

    An interesting feature, unique among boats, is the Belle's authentic steam calliope. Originally developed for churches, this keyboard instrument produces a sound considered too bright for a solumn occasion, such as a church service. So it's been used in mainly in the circus. It contributes to the Belle's unique character.

    The Belle of Louisville A genuine stern-wheeler The engine room aboard the Belle The Belle's calliope The view of the city, from aboard the Belle
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    Belle of Louisville

    by Ky_Happy_Dad Written Sep 2, 2005

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    Louisville grew as commercial riverboat traffic was forced to stop at the falls on the Ohio River. The best known Louisville symbol for this past is the steamboat "Belle of Louisville" which races every year during Kentucky Derby week with the Delta Queen. The Belle is the oldest operating steamboat in the nation. Cruises are available year round. Rates range from $12 to $32 for adults (the more expensive price includes a dinner cruise) with less expensive prices for senior adults and children. Taking a riverboat ride gives you a great view of the modern city while giving a taste of the days when steam boats were the primary means of transportation on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers.

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  • River Boat Ride

    by penguinhunter Written Oct 15, 2004

    While in Louisville you must take 4th street to the Ohio River and take a ride on the Belle of Louisville, a floating National Historic Landmark. The Belle is a restored river boat that offers dinner cruises up and down the Ohio River. It drives home the feelings of what it was like 100 years ago on the river.

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  • Belle of Louisville

    by dzni Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    A steamboat on the Ohio River. You can take a cruise on this... you can almost always see it when you're passing by River Road downtown, which is where it's docked. It plays a tune on its whistles too.

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