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General Jackson Showboat
General Jackson Showboat

General Jackson Showboat

2812 Opryland Drive, Nashville, 37214-1209

The Basics

Visitors aboard the General Jackson Showboat have a choice of several performances, each served with a meal. The Taste of Tennessee day cruise features live music made famous in Nashville, while the evening Music City Nights recounts the story of Nashville’s famous nightlife through song, dance, and elaborate costumes.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Nashville

star-4
Nice family environment
Julie_O, Jul 2021
General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
Food was ok … the salad was just adequate and not flavorful &the ribs were a bit bland. The grits were decent - the coffee was excellent and the lemon cake was tasty. Facility was clean but I do feel the stairs were steep and you had to be very aware. The view was AWESOME and the show was very good! An enjoyable overall experience.
star-5
The show was great and...
Rachel_F, Oct 2021
General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
The show was great and food was pretty good. I would recommend this to anyone going to Nashville for the first time.
star-4
Cruise was a god time.
Richard_D, Oct 2021
General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
It was a very good cruise. The food was delicious. The entertainment before the cruise was good. The reason we decided on the afternoon cruise because it was supposed to be a comedian so we were disappointed that it was a show with singers. They were fantastic but really wanted to see a comedian. Other than that the staff were great.
star-5
River cruise
Martin_M, Oct 2021
General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
Being aboard a paddle steamer and enjoying the trip up the river Cumberland whilst enjoying a meal and show
star-5
Would do it again
Sheryl_G, Oct 2021
General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
Great food and service staff. And the show was phenomenal great performance. Enjoyed the company at our table made new friends
star-5
One Great experience
Rosalind_M, Jul 2021
General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
The Dinner Cruise in Nashville for General Jackson Showboat was great. We enjoyed the cruise very much. The timing for all the activity were perfect. There were no long waits between activity on the cruise. The band was awesome.
star-4
We got to meet two...
Lou_A, Oct 2021
General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
We got to meet two couples at the dock. But could not communicate with them at the bar because the band was too loud. Next time dump the rock country for softer bluegrass music. The show inside was great. No need to deafen the audience before hand.
star-5
Don’t miss this gem!
Richard_R, Oct 2021
General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
The entire experience exceeded my expectations!! The crew, the food, the entertainers and the view were outstanding. It was well organized. What a great way to spend a beautiful afternoon.
star-4
Pleasant afternoon
Dorothy_R, Oct 2021
General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
We enjoyed our trip on the General Jackson. The lunch was good for a catered affair, but it was a bit rushed. Entertainment was fine, not great. But all in all it was a nice way to spend a few hours.
star-5
Everything was great the...
Roger_R, Oct 2021
General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
Everything was great the band did an awesome job wait staff was amazing great food and great show wonderful time
star-5
The General Jackson Experience!
Mellisa_M, Jul 2021
General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
This experience will go down in my book as one of the best trip we have ever taken. I surprised my girlfriend with this Awesome dinner cruise. Words are not enough when it comes to the show. The singers were beyond awesome. The food was delicious. The staff outstanding. My girlfriend was thrilled to death. She can not stop talking about the General Jackson Showboat. This experience was captivating. I think we will do this again. Everything was Magnificent. Thank you!
star-5
Great times!
Diana_M, Oct 2021
General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
Love the music! Fun thing to do on a visit to Nashville 😊. Had a blast with friends, watch out though, the drinks are strong 🤣

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The General Jackson Showboat is a must for families and couples.

  • Book your lunch or dinner cruise before you go to avoid disappointment.

  • A round-trip cruise from Downtown Nashville and back is about 14 miles (23 kilometers).

  • Most of the General Jackson Showboat is wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

The departure point for showboat cruises is off the Opry Mills exit of Briley Parkway. Visitors can park for free in the Opry Mills parking lot.

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When to Get There

The General Jackson Showboat hosts shows daily, with performances for lunch or dinner. Special Christmas performances kick off in mid-November and continue through the New Year.

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History of the General Jackson Showboat

Named after the first steamboat that operated on the Cumberland River in 1818 (which was itself named after President Andrew Jackson), this Nashville showboat was launched in 1985 with a 36-foot paddle-wheel and a capacity for more than 1,000 passengers

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