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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
Show excellent, seating excellent. Food good, service good. Dress code was needs to be addressed as our interpretation of Country casual is Ladies pant suit and Men Sport dress shirt with nice slacks. That being said, I know the people get lazy about looking good evening dinner dress.
Shirley Anderson - Fenelon Falls, Ontario Canada
General Jackson Showboat Lunch & Dinner Cruises
WOW! We were lucky to see the Peking Acrobats who put on an amazing show. Food was okay. Service great. Didn't have much time to see the view if there was any!
Carol Howell - Sunnyvale, CA
General Jackson Showboat Lunch & Dinner Cruises
We very much enjoyed our time on the Showboat. The entertainment was fun and lively, the buffet was delicious, and the service was exceptional. George took great care of us and I hope people are lucky enough to be seated in his section. Thank you to the staff and crew for making this the highlight of our trip to Nashville.
Amy Wilson - Tulsa, OK
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