Tickets available for river, train excursions

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By The Staff

TELL CITY - Tickets for upcoming river cruises and train excursions that are part of Tell City's sesquicentennial celebration are still available, but are selling quickly.

The Spirit of Jefferson will visit the city Friday and Saturday, Aug. 8-9, for five public cruises on the Ohio River. Excursions include a Friday-evening dinner cruise and a Saturday-night getaway that will offer an up-close look at a fireworks show capping the weeklong celebration.

Cruise Times

Two public cruises will be offered Friday, Aug. 8, a happy hour excursion from 2 to 4 p.m. and a sunset dinner cruise from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets for the afternoon cruise are $25 each and $40 for the evening trip, which includes a buffet dinner.

The ship has a bar and concession stand, which will be open during all cruises.

Saturday Cruises

Saturday's getaways include two family cruises, from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tickets for those excursions are only $10 each.

Fireworks Cruise

The final cruise of the celebration will be a two-hour excursion from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday that will include close-up views of the fireworks show over the river near Sunset Park. No dinner will be served but the boat's concession stand and bar will be open. Tickets for the fireworks cruise cost $30 each.

Train Excursions

Hoosier Southern Railroad and First State Bank are sponsoring round-trip train excursions from Tell City to Troy Aug. 7-9.

Three train rides are offered Thursday and Friday, at 3, 4:30 and 6 p.m. Six excursions are planned for Aug. 9, at 9 and 10:30 a.m., noon and 3, 4:30 and 6 p.m.

Tickets are priced at $10 each and are now available at First State Bank's main branch.


Tickets for all five public cruises are available through Taylor Tours at its office, located at 645 Main Street, on the second floor of First State Bank. Office hours are weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased by calling Taylor Tours at 547-2923 or (800) 258-9070. Tickets for train excursions are available at First State Bank's branch on Main Street.