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Visit VacationPA.com today and plan your weekend getaway cruising the Susquehanna River on the Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat in beautiful Lycoming County.
The original Hiawatha was a steam-driven stern-wheeler that was one of the delights of the summer season. Under the command of Captain Jack English, the shallow draft craft would take Sunday picnickers to Sylvan Dell Park on the south side of the river. Once aboard the new Hiawatha, one can easily imagine the swish of long skirts, the tap-tap of high-buttoned shoes on deck and excited squeals of children as families climbed aboard for Sunday outings. 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 heaved and crushed and finally carried away in the flood.
The present-day Hiawatha docks, ticket office and refreshment and souvenir house 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. The Hiawatha Pavilion is available for rent with dates and times subject to availability.
The Hiawatha is available for cruises from the beginning of May through October. On public cruises, passengers will listen to a narration which explains the importance of the river during the Lumbering Era. In June, July and August public cruises run Tuesday through Sunday with no cruises on Monday. In May, September and October public cruises are on Saturday and Sunday only. Throughout the season there are also special cruises including Family Night Cruises, Karaoke Cruises, Wing Night Cruises, Brunch and Dinner Cruises, Quizzo Cruises and Concert Cruises. It can also be rented for private parties, weddings and corporate events.