• Looking up at the Gateway Arch


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  • Pedestrian Access to the Gateway Arch From Downtown

    Pedestrian traffic on the Chestnut, Market St. and Pine St. bridges are closed. This leaves Walnut St. as the only point of entry to the Arch grounds from the city. If you park in the Arch garage there is access from the north end of the park. See maps. More »


Ranger and students on riverboat with Arch in background

River Reflections

What do you see when you look at the river? Do you see explorers and fur trappers aboard pirogues, flatboats, and keelboats? Do you see the banks of the rivers crowded with people and cargo anticipating the arrival of the next steamboat? Or, do you see a barge transporting vital supplies to millions who live along its corridor?

This is the Mississippi River, past and present. Join a National Park Service ranger for a 60-minute cruise aboard the Gateway Arch Riverboats, and actively explore the history, culture, and future of this great American river. There is a fee charged fo rriverboat programs.

River Reflections is offered Tuesdays through Thursdays during the months of March, April, May, September and October. Thirty-day advance reservations are required. Please call 314.655.1700, extenstion 5. There is a boarding fee for Gateway Arch Riverboat.

For Gateway Arch Riverboat cruises without the educational component, visit gatewayarch.com. The River Ramble program is made possible by a partnership with Metro and Jefferson National Parks Association.

Did You Know?

The Old Courthouse

The Old Courthouse at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial was a gathering place for pioneers going west. It was also the site of several important nineteeth century trials which helped fuel major changes to the American way of life. To learn more about the Old Courthouse click here. More...