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General Jackson Showboat Cruise Along Nashville's Cumberland River

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Does your visit to Nashville need to include a realistic step back in time to when things moved a little slower than they do now? Step aboard the General Jackson Showboat Cruise for a relaxing trip down the Cumberland River. It's perfect as a romantic stop for a couple or bring the kids along so they can participate in the history of it all!

General Jackson Showboat Overview

  • At 300-feet long, the General Jackson Showboat is the largest paddle wheel boat in the world! It is also styled in the grand tradition of its namesake, which was the first steamboat to operate on the Cumberland River in 1817. Today's General Jackson Showboat is no less active than its predecessor.

Your General Jackson Showboat Cruise

  • Depart from Opry Mills and the Gaylord Resort and travel to downtown Nashville via the beautiful Cumberland River. Along the way, enjoy the charming cruise atmosphere, complete with a masterfully decorated main ballroom and theatre hall, high-energy live entertainment, and a dining experience which has the feel of a Broadway production.
  • When the impressive General Jackson Showboat reaches the downtown area, you'll catch a glimpse of the Tennessee Titan's Coliseum, Riverfront Park, Second Avenue, the Wildhorse Saloon, Ryman Auditorium, and more. Here, the mammoth paddle wheeler will make an incredible turn-around in at the wide spot in the river.
  • If you choose lunch on the General Jackson Showboat, you'll be treated to an exquisite luncheon buffet and entertainment provided by strolling musicians. The evening cruise features scrumptious chef's selections on the buffet, with a nine-piece swing band providing lovely dinner ambiance. After making the turnaround downtown, the stage is cleared and reset for an entertaining show.

Whether you choose the luncheon cruise or the dinner cruise aboard the General Jackson Showboat, you're sure to leave with some of your most memorable vacation experiences ever. Bring your significant other or take the kids along for an exciting yet relaxing ride on this famous showboat!

General Jackson Showboat Lunch & Dinner Cruises
The riverboat dining room was beautiful, the food was very good, and the performers were wonderful. I would take this tour again.
Alan Weeks - Stockbridge, GA
General Jackson Showboat Lunch & Dinner Cruises
Excellent tour.The food was very good and the entertainment was excellent.If you are easily embarassed don't sit front and center as the lead man will make you the butt of all his jokes. The alcohol sold on board is very expensive.
Stephen Shanks - Sarnia, Ontario
General Jackson Showboat Lunch & Dinner Cruises
I thought the General Jackson was overpriced. The food was good but the portions were very small. I had two small pieces of the ribs and about a tablespoon or less of potatoes and 3 tiny pieces of asparagus. Entertainment was good but I feel this is overpriced.
Lisa Sims - Taylorville, IL
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