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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, hostory buffs, and more!

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.

Reservations are REQUIRED!

Cost: $25.00 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 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.

Reservations are REQUIRED!

Cost: $14.00 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!

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.

Reservations are REQUIRED !

Cost $5.00 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. 

Reservations are required, and we request phone call reservations to we can fully meet your needs !

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!

  Reservations are REQUIRED !

Cost $225.00 (Up to 15 passengers)

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