• The Kentucky Show! - Experience the people, sights and sounds of the state woven together in a high-definition production that will excite your senses and steal your heart. This 32-minute breathtaking, multimedia show explores the ways Kentucky’s past, present and choices for the future converge to create an utterly unique and powerfully engaging place. KentuckyShow! is housed in its own specially designed theatre at the Kentucky Science Center, is destined to become one of the major attractions in the state. It’s a first-see for visitors and a must-see for Kentuckians. The show begins at the top of every hour. Choose to spend some time at one of Louisville’s famous KentuckyShow! Located on West Main Street. Experience the people, sights, and sounds of the state in a high-definition production that will keep you just as entertained as you are informed. This multimedia show runs for 32-minutes and explores the ways Kentucky’s past, present, and choices for the future converge to create a unique and engaging destination.

  • Frazier International History Museum - As the exclusive home of the Royal Armouries USA, the Frazier History Museum is a world-class museum that provides an unforgettable journey through more than 1,000 years of history with ever-changing interactive exhibits. (Admission Additional) A world-class museum that provides an unforgettable journey through more than 1,000 years of history with ever-changing and interactive exhibits, daily performances by costumed interpreters and engaging special events and programs. The permanent collection includes items from across the globe, famous world leaders, and one of the country’s largest toy soldier displays. Explore all three floors of this expansive museum! (Admission Additional)

  • Mark Payton Glass Center - A premier Visit this multi-use facility located in the heart of downtown Louisville that is dedicated to the art of glass.Tour the flame working and glassblowing studios and learn about the extensive variety of artistic glass working techniques through the demonstrating artists. “Be certain to mention your American Queen cabin number to receive a special surprise! Visit this glass blowing studio and tour the amazing techniques and artwork created by professional. The tour will pass by artists in action as they flamework, sculpt, cast, and blow glass. Make sure to stop in the gallery to explore finished products or the gift shop where you can purchase some unique and beautiful souvenirs. Or choose to be your own artist at the walk-in-workshop where you can flame your own art with the help of a professional, for a small fee.

  • Seelbach Hotel - The Seelbach Hotel is a historic hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, founded by Bavarian-born brothers Louis and Otto Seelbach. It opened in 1905 as the Seelbach Hotel, envisioned by the Seelbach Brothers to embody the old-world grandeur of European hotels in cities such as Vienna and Paris. To do so in early 20th century Louisville, they employed a French Renaissance design in constructing the hotel. The hotel was quickly regarded among the finest hotels in the United States and throughout its long history has been frequented by many notable Americans such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, who took inspiration from the Seelbach for a hotel used in The Great Gatsby. The hotel is part of the Hilton Hotels & Resorts chain.

  • Fourth Street Live - Louisville’s premier dining, entertainment and retail destination located on Fourth Street between Liberty and Muhammad Ali Boulevard in the heart of the town.Explore the restaurants, pubs and entertainment venue at Louisville’s Premier hotspot. Fourth Street Live began as a downtown revitalization project to redesign and modernize the former Louisville Galleria, a similar but unsuccessful project opened in the early 1980s with the same goals of revitalizing downtown. Fourth Street itself had long been the main shopping and entertainment destination in Downtown Louisville. Today, the 350,000-square-foot entertainment and retail complex is located on 4th Street, between Liberty and Muhammad Ali Boulevard, in Downtown Louisville, Kentucky. Restaurants and entertainment venues in the complex include Gordon Biersch Brewing Company, Hard Rock Cafe, T.G.I. Friday's, Sully's Irish Pub, The Sports & Social Club (bowling alley and restaurant),tavern on 4th street, The Fudgery, and the first-ever Maker's Mark Bourbon House & Lounge.

  • Louisville’s Visitor Center - Stop here to explore the visitor’s center in the town named the top travel destination for 2013 by Lonely Planet®.At the visitor’s center guests can learn more about this unique city and get a chance to do some last-minute shopping before heading back to the boat. Stop in the Visitor’s Center to get some insight on this interesting city. Discover unique places to visit, the best places to dine, directions to attractions, and information on the Urban Bourbon Trail. Inside, shop in the gift shop to pick up an affordable Louisville merchandise or visit the Colonel Sanders Exhibit to learn about Kentucky’s most popular icon.

  • Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company - This family owned distillery in Louisville is the state’s second largest bourbon distillery. Today, tour the facility and learn about the rich history that makes this distillery so unique to Louisville. After purchasing the Worsham Distillery in Henderson, Kentucky, in 1889, Henry K. Kraver founded the Peerless brand. He and his son-in-law, Roy Taylor Sr., ran the business together, producing about 8 barrels of rye whiskey bourbon per day. Production increased drastically by 1913, when the Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company employs 50 workers and pushes out 10,000 barrels per year. By 1917, the company was running at peak production, producing a staggering 200 barrels per day, more than 23,000 barrels a year, and 63,000 barrels in storage! But in this same year, the 18th Amendment was passed and the era of Prohibition moved in, closing the distillery. After that, the facility fell off the map until Kraver’s great grandson, Corky Taylor, and his son, Carson, bring back the family brand in Louisville, Kentucky, where it resides today!



Louisville Hop-On Hop-Off tour

The city was founded in 1778 and has come a long ways since then. Louisville is the largest city in Kentucky and in the top 30 most populated cities in the United States. The large city brings with it an authentic and original culture and diversity that visitors quickly learn to love. Discover the talent and creativity of Louisville locals in a number of art galleries, theatrical performances, and museums. Nearly everyone can find something they love here as we discover Louisville’s treasures!

Louisville, Kentucky


Private Churchill Downs Backstretch Experience


On this American Queen exclusive excursion, join us as we journey to the “backstretch” of the racetrack during a rail-side, meet and greet with Churchill Downs equestrians! Explore the grounds and then listen to stories directly from a jockey, a trainer, a thoroughbred owner, and more! Also included with this exclusive tour is admission to the Kentucky Derby Museum, as well as an opportunity to meet the resident thoroughbred horse and Winston, a miniature horse! Do not miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime, exclusive experience to the home of one of America's most iconic and luxurious sporting events!


CAPACITY 75 Guests





8:00 AM – 1:00 PM


Beautiful Kentucky scenery, Churchill Downs grounds, 1,400 horse stalls   


Churchill Downs, Churchill Downs equestrians, Up-Close Visit with Resident Horse Owner and Jockey, Finish Line Gift Shop


Bourbon Themed Voyage


Guests may choose which tour they wish to participate in from the following:

  • Wild Turkey - The Wild Turkey Distillery was founded in 1869 and found its name almost a century later when it was taken on a Wild Turkey hunting trip and the name was born. Enjoy a guided tour of the production facility including the distillery, cistern room, bottling and packaging center and warehouse.  At the conclusion of the tour, enjoy a tasting of the spirit and bring a complimentary tasting glass or purchase a bottle of Wild Turkey to bring home with you as a reminder of your visit.  (Tour Capacity: 30, 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM)

  • Willett Distillery - On the outskirts of lovely, picturesque Bardstown, Kentucky, sits the historic Willett Distillery in the heart of what’s been dubbed the “Bourbon Capital of the World.”  This independent, family-owned small-batch distillery has been in operation at its current location since 1936, but its roots go back just after the US Civil War.  Our tour will bring us through the main distillery building, cistern room, aging warehouses, and grounds. Sip on samplings of the fine product before concluding in the gift shop!  (Tour Capacity: 20, Departs at 12:00 PM – 4:45 PM)

  • Jim Beam – Tour the Jim Beam Distillery at the Jim Beam American Stillhouse, where they believe secrets are for strangers and treat all of their guests like family. Get a look at how their bourbon is made with a guided tour that walks guests through the entire process from their natural limestone water well through the mashing, distilling, barreling, storing and bottling. Then, join Troy Beam in the tasting room for a sample of this iconic American spirit.  (Tour Capacity: 48 each, Departures at 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM & 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM)

  • Bulleit Distillery – Bulleit Bourbon is known for its high rye content, which gives it a bold, spicy character with a smooth and clean finish. Take advantage of this opportunity to tour the Louisville facility that produces this award-winning, complex whiskey. We will begin in the tasting room, where you will enjoy samplings of Bulleit Bourbon before getting a glimpse at how it’s done! Before departing, you will have the chance to look around the Bulleit Gift Shop to pick out a souvenir of your visit.  (Tour Capacity: 50, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM)



Louisville Hop-On Hop-Off tour


A Kentucky Champion’s Experience

Follow the back roads of Louisville, through rolling hills flanked with black fence, champion Thoroughbred horse farms, charred oak barrels full of aging bourbon whiskey, and crimson barns filled with tobacco leaves drying in the southern breeze.  On this American Queen exclusive, join us as we partake in the full Kentucky experience, stopping at beautiful Henton Farm, famous Darby Dan Farm, Woodford Inn, and Woodford Reserve Distillery!


CAPACITY 30 Guests





7:45 AM – 5:00 PM


Beautiful Kentucky scenery


Horse Country: Darby Dan, The Woodford Inn, Luxurious Lunch at Holly Hill Inn, Woodford Reserve Distillery Tour with Tastings, Henton Family Farm


Bourbon Themed Voyage


American Queen Steamboat Company

Shore Excursions Department

701 Uhler Rd.

Easton, Pa 18040



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