Photo of Dominic Genetti,

April 12, 2022

The Tom Sawyer riverboat cruises the Mississippi River on a sunny day in St. Louis.

Gateway Arch | Promotional social media image

Riverboat cruises are back in operation at the base of the Gateway Arch on the St. Louis riverfront, and by this weekend those rides on the muddy waters of the Mighty Mississippi will include dinner cruises.

The riverboatsappropriately named for Mark Twain’s most treasured characters, Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher, begin dinner cruises Friday, April 15, for two-hour rides on that are as picturesque as they are tranquil.

Cruises are on select Fridays and Saturdays from April till November. Boarding for all cruises begins at 7 pm and the boat leaves the riverbank at 7:30 pm Guests can choose from beef, chicken, fish or vegetarian entree.

Tickets for are $54 for adults, $22 for children ages 3-12 and free for children 0-2 years old.

Dominic Genetti was born and raised in St. Louis and has been in the media industry since 2003. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwest Missouri State University, and has covered a variety of subjects including hard news, courts, enterprise features, and sports. From 2011 to 2013, Genetti wrote a syndicated baseball column that published daily throughout the country. He was also awarded the “Community Service” award from the Missouri Press Association for his efforts to bring light to a historic cemetery in disrepair in Hannibal, Missouri. Multimedia coverage is also part of Genetti’s repertoire. In 2011 he was named the GateHouse Media Videographer of the Year. Genetti has worked for newspapers in Missouri, Iowa, Texas, and Illinois.