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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-5
Highly recommend
Paul_B, Apr. 2022
General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
Entertainment was excellent. Better than the Grand Old Opry. Food was better than expected. Boat was spacious, clean and elegant. All staff were fantastic
star-5
Glad i did it
Joe_M, Mar. 2022
General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
Great dinner and show. Smooth ride.clean. fun to dofood cooked right.it was a shame the river was high so could not see downtown Nashville
star-5
Fun adventure
Jason_R, Aug. 2022
General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
The staff on this adventure were great. The entertainment was too shelf. I work for a major ocean cruise line and these performers we're better than the ones we book. Great time and very fun
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Nigel_W, Jul. 2022
General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
We had a lovely lunchtime cruise on the General Jackson Showboat. The food was good and the show vibrant. The only slight downside is there was not much time between arrival and lunch to enjoy the cruise itself and the boat was very crowded. Nevertheless well worth doing when visiting Nashville with a convenient pick up from your hotel and back..
star-5
Very fun time
Tammy_H, Aug. 2022
General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
Very fun time. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Entertainment. was awesome! Food was very good too, yummy dessert!
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William_H, Aug. 2022
General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
The music entertainment was awesome. The unfortunate part was not being able to leave the dock due to mechanical issues. I was told I would receive a refund of $25 per ticket. However I believe it should be more since I was informed just the day before. This was a gift to my husband for his 59th birthday and he was disappointed the ship didn’t leave the dock.
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We loved the cruise! From...
Cindy, Aug. 2022
General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
We loved the cruise! From the moment our van driver picked us up the fun began. He took us past many points of interest and told stories about them. This was all before we got on board! The meal was delicious and the atmosphere was inviting! We absolutely loved the Texas Legends! Their show was fantastic ! The cruise was smooth and breezy making it a perfect day! Everyone was very welcoming and friendly.
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Karina_L, Jul. 2022
General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
Overall it was a great experience. The show was great . The food was ok. But defiantly something you want to do
star-5
Fantastic show
Michael_M, Jul. 2022
General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
Great musical show ,very talented! Thoroughly enjoyed the costumes.Entertainers clearly loved their job. Highlight of our vacation
star-5
Great experience!!
Kelle_B, Jul. 2022
General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
Great show! The singers are so talented and the food was good! I would highly recommend to others. Beautiful lights in Nashville!
star-5
Great time
susan_s, Jul. 2022
General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
It’s always fun to have lunch or dinner on a boat but this one included just an amazing show also Food was good and staff was very friendly
star-5
Awesome all the way around!
BLANCA_L, Jul. 2022
General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
The show was awesome very upbeat. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Food was good as well. We enjoyed the whole experience!!!
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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