Discover the Secrets of the Mighty Mississippi with Memphis Riverboats

Riverboat on the Mississippi River. Photo Credit: Amie Vanderford

Aboard a Riverboat on the Mississippi River

Memphis Riverboat on the Mississippi. Photo Credit: Memphis Riverboats, Inc.

Memphis Queen River Boat

Touring the Mississippi

Memphis Riverboats offer a 90-minute sightseeing cruise daily from March through October. Kick up your feet and relax as the Memphis Queen takes you on a 10-mile round trip voyage on the Mighty Mississippi.

Your tour guide will keep you entertained with humorous historical commentary on every topic from sunken treasure to tugboat etiquette. Did you know that a tugboat, pulling a barge at full speed needs at least two full miles to come to a complete stop?  While a small portion of the tour discusses Memphis’ three kings (Elvis, Martin Luther King, Jr. and B.B. King), the real education comes with stories that aren’t common knowledge.  Did you know that the worst maritime disaster in U.S. history occurred on the Mississippi River in 1865, when the boiler exploded on the SS Sultana just after it left Memphis? Of the 2400 passengers aboard the ship, 1800 died.

While much of the tour focuses on events that occurred directly on the river, like the multiple fires that ignited the Harrahan Railroad Bridge, you’ll also learn unique facts about Memphis’ history that you won’t find at any other area attraction. Did you know that Machine Gun Kelly, one of the most notorious gangsters of the prohibition era, was captured right here in the Bluff City? You’ll also learn how Memphis obtained that unique nickname.

Daily sightseeing tours start promptly at 2:30 p.m. and passengers can begin boarding at 1:30. Make sure to get there early to get the best seats. 

Enjoy the magnificent sunsets directly on the river when you take the two hour dinner cruise. Enjoy a Memphis-style barbecue meal while listening to the house blues and jazz band play live music. Water and tea are complimentary with a cash/credit bar for those over the age of 21. Advance reservations are suggested for 7pm board time from Beale Street Landing.  There are also private charters and airboat rides that are offered, contact Memphis Riverboat Tours directly for more information. 

If you want to learn about the Mississippi River while keeping your feet planted firmly on the ground, visit the Mud Island River Park and Mississippi River Museum.