Steamboat season in Cape Girardeau moving full speed ahead

Don't miss your chance to see the largest steamboat ever built

Steamboat docking season is upon us.

That means you should plan a trip to the Cape Girardeau Riverfront for a chance to see all four riverboats that will make a stop here.

From July to October, you’ll have at least 9 opportunities to see these grand ships.

That list includes the American Queen, the largest steamboat ever built, and the Queen of the Mississippi, a 150-passenger ship owned by American Cruise Lines.

Heartland Weekend has the most up-to-date schedule:

  • Friday, July 27 – American Queen (will remain docked until 5 p.m.)
  • Saturday, July 28 – American Duchess (p.m.)
  • Tuesday, Aug. 14 – America (a.m.)
  • Friday, Aug. 31 – American Queen (p.m.)
  • Sunday, Sept. 9 – Queen of the Mississippi (a.m.)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 19 – Queen of the Mississippi (a.m.)
  • Sunday, Sept. 23 – Queen of the Mississippi (a.m.)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 26 – American Queen (a.m.)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 3 – Queen of the Mississippi (a.m.)

Word to the wise: this schedule can and likely will change. CLICK HERE for a closer look at updates.

Due to security concerns, public tours of paddlewheelers are not available. BUT these dockings at Riverfront Park are well worth a trip downtown.

However, all four of these mighty vessels do offer tours to parts of historic Cape Girardeau.

Ticket information for the Queen of the Mississippi and the America is available at or at 800-460-4518. Ticket information for the American Queen and the American Duchess is available at or at 888-749-5280.