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.

Reservations are REQUIRED!

Offered SIX (6) Days a Week!

Cost: $19.95 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!


The "bourbon pompeii" 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. 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!


Reservations are REQUIRED!

Offered Friday's at 12:00 PM ONLY!

Cost: $69.95 per person

Bourbon and Boats


This tour is the perfect compliment to anyone visiting Kentucky for the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. This two hour experience gets you a view of bourbon history from the water, where you will pass the Old Hermitage Distillery, learn about bourbon tycoons like the Colonel's Albert Blanton and E.. Taylor Jr., see Kentucky's State Capital building and more. Halfway through your river tour, stop at a local dock, walk approx.. 200 yards to local Frankfort hotspot "Bourbon on Main". there you will experience an exclusive and private bourbon tasting of three to four of Bourbon on Mains recommended pours. Rarer and more vintage pours available for an additional cost. Finish your experience by boarding our boat for your return trip.

Reservations are REQUIRED!

Offered Thursdays at 12:00 PM ONLY!

Cost: $69.95 per person


KY River Historical Lock Through

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Our longest and most historic tour! This tour is offered Saturday and Sunday evenings at 5:30 PM (4:30 PM after Labor Day.). 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!  

Reservations are REQUIRED!

Offered Saturday and Sunday ONLY!

Cost: $34.95 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


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! 

Reservations are REQUIRED !

Offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday ONLY!

Cost $7.00 per person


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 while under way.

This is a great tour for any group, and it makes a great date night!  

Reservations are REQUIRED !

Offered Saturday's ONLY!

Cost $24.95 per person

spirits of frankfort


What a strange and spooky past we have here in Frankfort, Kentucky. Enjoy our only "AFTER DARK" cruise we offer on the Bourbon Boat and learn about the murder and spirts that live on our river. Some of these spirits ore "Spirit Sprits", meaning they come from the Bourbon world. Ghosts like that of Colonel Albert Blanton of Buffalo Trace, still roaming the halls of his famous Warehouse H. Or hear of Margaretta Varick, the ghost of the Gray Lady, descending the steps of the historic Liberty Hall. Or of the murders that have happened right on our historic Singing Bridge. 

This tour is great for all ages!

Reservations are REQUIRED!

Offered Friday's ONLY!

Cost $24.95 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)



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

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