Dixie Belle Riverboat


Located just minutes outside of Harrodsburg, KY is a great riverboat cruise down the Kentucky River. The Dixie Belle Riverboat is a hidden jewel in our bluegrass area and well worth the trip. We took a cruise this last week and discovered some of the most beautiful parts of Kentucky that I’ve ever seen.

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Dixie Belle Riverboat

The captain of the boat was very knowledgeable about our KY history and the area. I have driven over the Kentucky River thousands of times, seen High Bridge and the limestone cliffs from up high on the roads, but floating down the river is a unique perspective and experience.

2012 Dixie Belle Riverboat Rides

Admission: $10 (13 & above), $5 (6-12), free for children 5 & under
Ride Dates: Daily April 28 through October 28
Ride Times: 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM

Enjoy a relaxing ride aboard the Dixie Belle, Shaker Village’s 115-passenger riverboat. Cruise the scenic Kentucky River palisades, along a stretch of river with high limestone cliffs and untouched natural beauty.

A few things to know:

  • The cruise lasts approximately 1 hour.
  • It is best to use the restroom facilities at the Shaker Village main entrance. There is a port-o-pot when you arrive at the boat landing and very small facilities on the boat. My kids were glad we had stopped at Shaker Village before coming down the hill.
  • The road is very narrow once you turn down toward the boat dock. You should drive very slowly and be aware that cars could be coming toward you. There are a few pull off areas on the road.
  • You can carry your own drinks on the boat or purchase them for $1.00 during the cruise.
  • There are chairs and tables available on the first deck of the boat or you can choose to climb to the top level where you will have a free view of the river, the cliffs and the scenery.
  • You are free to walk around and enjoy the different views from around the boat while you cruise.
  • The boat is handicapped accessible and user friendly for strollers.  If you have difficulty walking, give yourself a few extra minutes to walk to the boat.


My family received a free trip in exchange for this review.

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