Take in views of the spectacular Nashville skyline while rollin’ down the Cumberland River aboard the General Jackson Showboat. This Victorian-style riverboat includes a 2-story theater hosting a range of dinner shows, such as Taste of Tennessee and Music City Nights, as well as a Southern Sunday brunch.
Visitors aboard the General Jackson Showboat have a choice of several performances, each served with a meal. The Taste of Tennessee day cruise features live music made famous in Nashville, while the evening Music City Nights recounts the story of Nashville’s famous nightlife through song, dance, and elaborate costumes.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The General Jackson Showboat is a must for families and couples.
- Book your lunch or dinner cruise before you go to avoid disappointment.
- A round-trip cruise from Downtown Nashville and back is about 14 miles (23 kilometers).
- Most of the General Jackson Showboat is wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
The departure point for showboat cruises is off the Opry Mills exit of Briley Parkway. Visitors can park for free in the Opry Mills parking lot.
When to Get There
The General Jackson Showboat hosts shows daily, with performances for lunch or dinner. Special Christmas performances kick off in mid-November and continue through the New Year.
History of the General Jackson Showboat
Named after the first steamboat that operated on the Cumberland River in 1818 (which was itself named after President Andrew Jackson), this Nashville showboat was launched in 1985 with a 36-foot paddle-wheel and a capacity for more than 1,000 passengers