Catch the Bourbon Boat!
Kentucky River Tours offers a new, yet traditional way of seeing the Kentucky River. We tell the story of why the river is so important to the bourbon industry and the entire state of Kentucky. We use the beautiful backdrop of this river for our canvas, as we paint a picture of what life was like many years ago on this river, and how it influences life today in this community and others along its banks. Perfect for those on the bourbon trail, couples, families, school children, history buffs, and more!
KY River Bourbon History Tour
Our flagship tour! This is a great way to learn about the river and its impact on an entire industry! On this 50 minute tour we will discuss 6 different distilleries near the river, see the operational Lock and Dam #4, Daniel Boone's grave from below, "Frank's Ford" from above, the Leestown Settlement, and much more. Throw in a slice of wild Kentucky with critters ranging from Blue Heron to Bald Eagles, and river otters to white-tailed deer. Top that off with a little local Bluegrass flare coming through the speakers, and you’ve got the perfect recipe. Trips depart multiple times a day depending on the day. These tour meet at the Buffalo Trace Distillery Gift Shop.
Cost: $17.95 per person
Note when planning your day, please allow 1 hour and 10 minutes total time with us, as there is a bus shuttle to and from the boat dock. We want to ensure you are able to stay on your schedule when in bourbon country!
NEW! The "bourbon pompeiiTM" package
This 3 hour tour is offered as a package tour with Buffalo Trace Distillery. You will visit the "Bourbon Pompeii", the oldest known part of the distillery grounds which was just recently rediscovered. This part of the distillery has been excavated and turned into an archeological site providing a glimpse into bourbon history. You will get to see this part of the distillery from all sides, including the river front, as we include a special Kentucky River Lock Through which puts you right behind the distillery where the "Bourbon Pompeii" is located! This tour also includes a tasting in the EH Taylor house, an extremely limited access building on distillery property. Availability to see the parts of the distillery this tour offers is normally almost impossible to find. Let us do the heavy lifting for you so you can just enjoy it!
Note: the Kentucky River locks and dams do not begin operating until Memorial Day weekend, so any tours booked before then will not go through the locks, but instead head upriver to portions of the river none of our other tours touch. We will get near the palisades of the Kentucky, as well as pass Glenn's Creek (the creek where Woodford Reserve, GCastle and Key, Old Crow and Glenn's Creek Distillery all live), Big Eddy and Mullholland Beach and more!
Cost: $69.95 per person
KY River Historical Lock Through
Our longest and most historic tour! This tour is offered Saturday and Sunday evenings at 4:30 PM only. We depart from our dock where will will head down river and into our historic Lock and Dam #4, built in 1840! We will drop through the lock and explore the lower pool, enjoying views of Buffalo Trace and the beautiful river, all while discussing our history as a river town and the impact of the river on Bourbon! This is the only tour we offer where you actually see Buffalo Trace Distillery from the river! These tour meet at the Buffalo Trace Distillery Gift Shop.
Cost: $29.95 per person
Note when planning your day, please allow 1 hour and 45 minutes total time with us, as there is a bus shuttle to and from the boat dock. We want to ensure you are able to stay on your schedule when in bourbon country!
KY River Historical Frankfort Tour
KY River Historical Frankfort Tour
We are proud to partner with Frankfort Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites to offer this fully guided river history cruise. This tour was formerly offered by the park department on the "Nancy Wilkinson." As of 2019, we are now offering the same tour on our flagship vessel, the "Trace of Kentucky." This discounted tour is offered Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 5:30 PM. We cruise for 1 hour checking out all of the great sites and sounds of Frankfort, while interpreting the history and culture of the area. This is a great tour for any group, and it makes a great date night! These trips meet at Kentucky Riverview Park in Downtown Frankfort.
Cost $7.00 per person
new for 2020! Sunset cruise
We had many folks ask for it... so here it is! Enjoy the end of the day, as the sun says goodnight on the river, and take in the beauty of downtown and the surrounding countryside.
This tour is unique in that there is not nearly as much history and interpretation, but simply friends getting together on the river. We do serve non alcoholic drinks and light snacks while under way.
This is a great tour for any group, and it makes a great date night! These trips meet at Kentucky Riverview Park in Downtown Frankfort. Offered at 7:00 PM, Fridays and Saturdays only.
Cost $19.95 per person
KY River SCHOOL FIELD TRIP
We are a great option for your school field trip! Exploring the Kentucky River via boat is a wonderful way to completely immerse your students in the learning experience. Our captains will focus on whatever history lessons you want taught, from Civil War to Kentucky History, from river commerce to biology of the river, and from state government to historical figures, we can cover it all. Our captains are educators themselves, working with many local schools, homeschool co-ops, and homeschooling our own kids!
If you have a larger group than 15, we can arrange on land and on water activities to accommodate your group being split up.
Cost $5.00 per person
Custom /Private Tours
Girls night out, school educational experience, wedding rehearsal, lock and dam tour, birthday party, painting on the river...you name it, we will make it happen! This is a great way to entertain your friends, make memories, and experience the river. We can make any dream trip you have a reality. We have the ability to operate in any of the pools in the Kentucky River, from Pool 4 down. Give us a call and we’ll get you on the water, in your own unique way!
Cost $225.00 (Up to 15 passengers)