Saturday, August 8, 2015

8/9/15: The Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat - Harrisburg, PA

While in Pennsylvania we got to visit several Harrisburg, PA attractions.  A nice break from the fast pace of our vacation was to go on The Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat.  This authentic stern-driven paddle wheel riverboat is a beautiful sight.
They run 45 minute tours several times a day.  I would suggest planning ahead and buying your tickets as the first time we tried was full when we walked up and had to return for a later time.  Here is the schedule and link to buy tickets.
While you are on the riverboat there are beautiful views all around.
 Since her construction and launch in 1988, the Pride has carried three-quarters of a million passengers. 
What I was most impressed with is that proceeds from all cruises go towards community service projects that benefit seniors, children, military veterans and more.  So, when you “Ride the Pride”, you are helping keep this wonderful historic landmark “afloat” and benefiting the community! 
 Absolutely gorgeous!
So beautiful! 
If you are really lucky you can steer the boat.  Just kidding, but the kids did enjoy steering this wheel in the front of the boat.
Lauren showing me how well she can do.
I can see Evan as a Riverboat Captain!
If you want to cool off there is an inside area with snacks, drinks and air conditioning.
Evan showing Lauren where we are going.
The amazing thing is that the Pride is one of only 7 remaining “authentic” paddle wheel riverboat in the United States. This means that the Pride ONLY uses the paddle wheels for both propulsion and steering.  There are no propellers, rudders or other forms of propulsion or steering.  Truly a gem in our modern world! 
All cruises depart from the City Island Docks, down from Metro Bank Park on the Susquehanna River facing the Harrisburg Skyline 
It is easy to get to by following the direction to get to City Island.  There is then a free parking lot that has a very short walk to the dock.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids 3-12, and $8 for Seniors 59+.
Take the Pride, enjoy the sights, support Harrisburg and have fun!
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Disclosure:  I was provided a family four pack of tickets to The Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and as always all opinions are my own.

1 comment:

John Aliberti said...

Enjoyed watching the paddle wheels propel us through the water. I was happy that parking and access was easy. It was a relaxing little ride that the kids enjoyed. Glad to see that the proceeds go back to the community.