School Programs

Not the same ol' Belle!

Belle of Louisville Riverboats brings our city’s rich history to life and provides a hands-on experience for students to engage with the past.

We are committed to sharing diverse stories of the river and Louisville’s history through on-the-water experiences. 

New for 2024!

Belle of Louisville Riverboats offers “STEAMboat” a multi-disciplinary, standards-based excursion for either elementary or middle school students.

Onboard learning experiences located throughout the boat draw from science, technology, engineering, the arts and math (STEAM) – as well as social studies and Kentucky/Indiana-related content – to guide student inquiry, activate critical thinking skills and encourage conversation.

All learning experiences align to grade band-specific academic standards. And because it is a tradition (we are a 109-year-old national landmark, after all), every excursion will end with an optional dance party, just for fun!

Ticket prices

$11.99 for students / $19.99 for adults, with 1 free adult ticket per 10 student tickets purchased.

Dates and Times

All field trips run from 10-11:30 a.m. except for Wednesday, May 8 which runs from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Middle School Field Trip Dates

  • Tuesday, April 16
  • SOLD OUT – Wednesday, April 17
  • Tuesday, May 7

Elementary Field Trip Dates

  • Thursday, April 11
  • SOLD OUT – Thursday, April 18
  • Wednesday, April 23
  • SOLD OUT – Wednesday, April 24
    SOLD OUT – Thursday, April 25
  • Wednesday, May 8 – runs from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • SOLD OUT – Wednesday, May 15
  • SOLD OUT – Thursday, May 16

Home School Field Trip Date

  • Tuesday, May 21

Make a reservation by contacting our Group Sales staff today!

adventure passports & investigation guides

Investigation Guides and Adventure Passports are available to help students navigate their riverboat experience!

Available to students on Guided Field Trips, the Belle of Louisville Investigation Guide is best suited for Grades 1-8 and focuses on connecting with state academic standards. 

Available for Self-Guided Groups and on public cruises, Adventure Passports are best suited for Grades K-6 and include games, a coloring page, history and a map of landmarks along the river. 

Electronic field trip

Kentucky Educational Television (KET) has an electronic Belle of Louisville field trip that features a “deep dive” into this historic vessel, in addition to plenty of resources and activities. To access the KET Electronic Field Trip, click here.

Free Math Download!

Using math and mapping skills, students measure the size of the Belle with this downloadable activity, best suited for Grades K-4. Click here to download.

meet the educational programs team

A person stands on a watercraft with a bright smile, surrounded by a river, a ship, and a clear blue sky.

Caisey Cole,
Programs Coordinator

A Florida native, Caisey’s Belle position utilizes both her creative skills and her connections in Louisville’s arts & culture community. Her goal is to make the riverboats a “must see” location, and a place of learning for all! 

A person wears a suit and tie.

Eric Frantz,
Programs Manager

As someone born and raised in Louisville, Ky., the Belle of Louisville holds a special place in Eric’s heart. He’s a museum professional with 15+ years of experience in performance and placed-based education. Working onboard this historic steamboat is a dream come true.


Event Details

Contact Info for Group Organizer