River Discovery Boat Tours 2021

Due to river conditions we must cancel boat tours scheduled for Labor Day weekend (Friday 9/3 – Monday 9/6). Tours will be offered  next weekend (Friday 9/10 – Sunday 9/12). Tickets are being offered first to those affected by this week’s cancellations, but any remaining tickets will be offered to the general public Wednesday 9/8 at noon.

Register here for River Discovery Boat Tours September 10 – 12 

Feathers & Fins – 10:00 AM
Eagles, herons, and cormorants. Shad, bass, and snakeheads. The Susquehanna’s fish and fowl are showcased on this tour. Bring your binoculars!

Susquehanna Discovery Boat Tour – 11:45 AM
Our classic boat tour of the river that explores the region’s 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.

The River’s Native Peoples – 1:30 PM
The presence of American Indians in this landscape over thousands of years has created a rich legacy. On this tour, our guides will introduce you to the story of this area’s Native Peoples as you pass historic Native American sites.

Path to Freedom – 3:15 PM
Take a special river boat tour to learn about the African American experience on their quest for freedom from slavery as well as our area’s role in the American Civil War.

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.

This season’s tours will be offered free of charge thanks to grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources/Heritage Areas Program and the National Park Service/Chesapeake Bay Gateways Program.

 

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.

 

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 through Labor Day, Monday September 6, 2021:

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.

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.

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 Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources/Heritage Areas Program and the National Park Service/Chesapeake Bay Gateways Program.

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

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.

UPDATED MASK POLICY JULY 2021: Face coverings for boat tour participants will no longer be required. Of course, all guests are free to continue to wear face coverings if they choose to do so.

If you or a member of your group is experiencing any of the following, we ask that you stay home:

  • Any visitor who has COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Any visitor who has a COVID-19 test result pending.
  • Any visitor who is under a healthcare provider’s care for a positive COVID-19 test.
  • Any visitor who has been exposed to COVID-19 (unless fully vaccinated).

These precautions may change as guidance and requirements from various government agencies and industry organizations continue to evolve. It is important that we all continue to remain vigilant and work together to prioritize the health and safety of those around us. We appreciate our visitors partnering with us in following all guidelines.

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.