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Riverboats Return to Henderson Promise Renewal of Tourism

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One promising sign that life may be returning to “more normal” will be at the  Henderson waterfront this spring. It’s the return of the riverboats.

The first riverboat to arrive in Henderson this spring will be the American Duchess on April 22.

It’s the first of at least 20 scheduled stops by riverboats this season after the COVID-19 pandemic forced cancellation of 15 stops in Henderson last year.

The Gleaner reports that when the luxury paddlewheeler docks it will bring more than 100 visitors to shop, eat and enjoy Henderson.

The renewed boost in tourism in the Ohio River town will continue into October. Other riverboats scheduled to dock in Henderson during their cruises include Queen of the Mississippi and the American Queen.

Riverboats scheduled to dock in Henderson include: 

April 22: American Duchess - 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

May 6 : American Duchess - 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

June 4 : American Duchess - 11 a.m. to 6 p.m

June 24 : American Duchess - 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

June 25 : American Queen - 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

July 2: American Duchess - 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

July 8 : American Duchess - 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

July 15 : American Queen - 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Aug. 12 : Queen of the Mississippi - 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Aug. 20: American Queen - 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Aug. 26: American Queen - 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Aug. 26: Queen of the Mississippi - 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m

Aug. 27: American Duchess - 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sept. 1: Queen of the Mississippi - 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Sept. 2: American Duchess - 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sept. 15: Queen of the Mississippi - 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Sept. 21: Queen of the Mississippi - 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m

Sept. 24: American Duchess - 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sept. 30: American Duchess - 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Oct. 5: Queen of the Mississippi - 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Rhonda Miller joined WKU Public Radio in 2015. She has worked as Gulf Coast reporter for Mississippi Public Broadcasting, where she won Associated Press, Edward R. Murrow and Green Eyeshade awards for stories on dead sea turtles, health and legal issues arising from the 2010 BP oil spill and homeless veterans.
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