General Jackson Showboat, Nashville

3.8
#3 of 29 in Outdoors in Nashville
The General Jackson, a 300-foot paddlewheel riverboat, is one of the largest showboats in the country and the ONLY place in Nashville where you can enjoy a live music show while cruising the Cumberland River!

Midday and evening cruises offer a variety of entertainment options throughout the year. You'll always find something new just around the bend. Our exciting shows on the General Jackson are an experience you'll find only in Music City!

History

The General Jackson Showboat, built by Jeffersonville, Ind.-based Jeffboat, was launched April 20,1985 and was christened July 2, 1985. The boat can hold 1,200 passengers and 157 crew members. The paddlewheel riverboat stands 77 feet tall, making it one of the country’s largest showboats. The paddlewheel itself is 36 feet long, 24 feet wide and weighs 36 tons. Two Caterpillar 3512 engines, each with 1050 horse power and 880 kilowatt generators, are responsible for powering the boat, which has a maximum speed of 13 miles per hour.

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  • This is the second time we have done the General Jackson, having loved it so much the first time. At time of booking on line you are allocated a table so the earlier you book the better seat you...  more »
  • We booked in for the Christmas day lunch cruise and really enjoyed ourselves. As a rule we aren't into country music but we loved the show regardless. The performers are pitch perfect and very...  more »
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  • This is a fun way to spend an afternoon. While not inappropriate for kids, there are not a lot of activities for kids. We arrived at the dock and were told we were in the second seating, a possibility I did not feel the website made clear. When I booked our tickets, though, there were two different options one could select. They were not differentiated in any way, except that there were seats available in our desired class in only one of them. So, I guess, if you see this, you are in the second seating. The dock crew made it clear where we should board, but it was not clear what we should do while we waited for an hour and a half. We visited the gift shop, and then sat down for a drink and an appetizer. It was quite chilly, so we asked our server if there was a place indoors where we could go. He escorted us to the balcony of the dining/show room. Things got better from there. The food (served buffet-style) and the show were as expected. The show was mostly classic country, which I was hoping for, as I am only moderately familiar with modern country. Overall, I would recommend this experience.
  • Awesome experience! We came for the lunch cruise thinking to enjoy the views along the river. Unfortunately it was drizzling so we couldn't really be on the deck much. Water level on the river was very high so the trip was cut shorter than usual. Food was exceptionally good and the baked chicken was so tender. The apple pie was the most delicious I've had in years! Our server, Ashraf was great, friendly and eager to please. All in all, it was a wonderful experience that we are now planning a night cruise!

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