The Belle of Louisville

Now owned by the city of Louisville, the Belle of Louisville was designed to be a ferry and freight vessel but was later refitted as an excursion boat. Completely paddlewheel-driven – visitors can watch the steam-driven paddles move rhythmically back and forth in the engine room — the boat was able to travel on nearly all navigable inland waterways in the nation. It is the oldest operating Mississippi River-style steamboat in the world and a National Historic Landmark.