River Discovery Boat Tours 2021

Explore the Susquehanna River in our comfortable pontoon boat! Susquehanna National Heritage Area staff guide participants on a FREE 70-minute tour of the river while sharing its rich natural and cultural history. You will experience the joy of being on the water, hearing stories of the river, and viewing beautiful scenery and wildlife.

Tour Schedule

Beginning Memorial Day Weekend on Friday, May 28, 2021, River Discovery Boat Tours will take place on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays four times a day:

10:00 AM            11:45 AM            1:30 PM               3:15 PM

Tickets & General Information

All boat tours depart from the Zimmerman Center for Heritage, 1706 Long Level Road, Wrightsville, weather permitting.

Our boats are currently carrying 8 passengers due to COVID-19 social distancing regulations. Reservations are REQUIRED and can ONLY be made online. You must complete an online reservation for EVERY person who plans to participate, including children. Children must be at least 4 years old. Please note that for these tours we must limit ticket reservations to 4 persons maximum and one reservation per day.

Tickets: Tickets must be reserved online. Tickets for May/June will become available at noon on May 1. Tickets for July will become available at noon on June 1.

AVAILABLE MAY 1, 2021: Register here for May/June River Discovery Boat Tours

AVAILABLE JUNE 1, 2021: Register here for July River Discovery Boat Tours

TIP: The tours are VERY popular, and tickets go fast! But folks do sometimes cancel reservations and those seats automatically become available again. Check back regularly to see if seats have opened up on specific tours. Reserved seats may become available online up until ½ hour before departure and “stand-by” seats may also become available immediately prior to departure.

Cost: River Discovery Tours are offered FREE of charge to all participants thanks to grants from the National Park Service and Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Wait List: Due to the popularity and large volume of requests, we do not offer a wait list at this time.

COVID-19 Precautions: We’re taking COVID-19 precautions for your safety. Boat capacity has been reduced for social distancing, and the boat is sanitized between every tour. Face coverings must be worn – NO EXCEPTIONS! Free masks are available. Hand sanitizer and wipes are available onboard and dockside. Participants are asked COVID-19 screening questions and have temperatures taken prior to boarding. Persons with temperatures exceeding 100.4°, exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, or who have had contact with an infected individual in the past 14 days, will not be allowed to participate.

Reservation Cancellations: If you have reservations and your plans change, please CANCEL your reservations through Eventbrite. If you have problems canceling, please call the Zimmerman Center at 717.252.0229 extension 1 so that we can make those seats available to others!

Reservations are only held until 10 minutes prior to tour time. After that time, tickets may be offered to others. Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to tour time.

What to wear: Our pontoon boat is open-air with a shade cover. Please dress for the weather (hats, rain gear, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc.). Flat-soled deck or tennis shoes are strongly recommended on the dock and boat.