Hiawatha Paddleboat Tours is a paddlewheel excursion boat that cruises up and down the Susquehanna River. Built nearly 50 years after it’s namesake, the Hiawatha is one of the most popular attractions in central Pennsylvania. The original Hiawatha was a steam-driven stern-wheeler that was one of the delights of the summer season.
Unfortunately, in the winter of 1914, the original Hiawatha was caught in ice at its Market Street mooring. During the break-up of the ice the following spring, it was crushed and carried away in the flood.
Rebuilding and launching the Hiawatha is a tribute to hundreds of Lycoming County businesses and private citizens who supplied money, labor and materials to restore this historic icon.
The Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat is just one way in which area residents and visitors can recall the remarkable heritage surrounding the Susquehanna River. The present-day Hiawatha docks, ticket office are located in beautiful Susquehanna State Park. The park has a pavilion and picnic areas complete with grills, restroom facilities, swings, a playground, a public boat launch and free parking.
Find out what a Boom Rat is and hear about how the Susquehanna River helped Williamsport become the richest city in America during the height of the Lumber Era! Bring your entire family on a fully narrated 1 hour cruise and make sure you check their events calendar before you go. You just might find something extra special going on aboard the Hiawatha!