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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
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 🤣
star-5
General Jackson a Worthwhile Experience!
Kit_G, Oct 2021
General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
The waiters George and Samy were worth the whole trip! The food was the best we had had in our whole time in Nashville. And, the entertainment was very good.
star-5
Good investment
urlaub, Oct 2021
General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
The entertainment was wonderful the food was ok nothing super great. Would definitely do again. The only negative is the stairs for older folks.
star-5
Nashville cruise
Darren_K, Oct 2021
General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
The atmosphere and the music was fantastic. The waiter was very friendly and accommodating. Had a great time
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-5
Had alot of fun
randy_s, Oct 2021
General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
The dinner and show everyone very polite, enjoyed just being on showboat. Enjoyed the bar and country music upper deck
star-5
Showboat dinner cruise
Judy_G, Oct 2021
General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
The cruise was so much fun. The meal was great, show was awesome! All wait people were so pleasant and friendly. Would recommend this very highly!
star-5
Great show
Doris_D, Sep 2021
General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
Legends show was wonderful. Very talented entertainers. Great choice of songs and artists. Nice cruise up the river to downtown Nashville and back.
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
Dinner Cruise
Cynthia_S, Sep 2021
General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
Entertainment was great and views of downtown Nashville and lighted bridge were fabulous. Would recommend this trip to friends and family.
star-4
Fun Night
William_B, Sep 2021
General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
This was a great show. Dinner was good. We had a great time meeting new friends at our table. The lights of down town were beautiful.

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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