Hold your next special event on the Hiawatha! Choose our unique venue for your next party, business function, company picnic, group reunion, fundraiser, baby shower, graduation party, or wedding! Let the Hiawatha crew provide you and your guests with an experience to remember! Contact us to begin planning your cruise!
What is the private charter rental rate?
$325 for a one-hour cruise, $550 for a 2-hour cruise. Additional 30 min increments are $125.
Rental rate includes the Hiawatha Pavilion at no additional charge, however, separate reservation must be made and subject to availability.
What is the deposit amount?
To confirm your charter date and time, 50% of the total rental amount is due with the signed contract. The balance is due two weeks prior to your event date.
How many people can the Hiawatha hold?
100 passengers for private charter rentals. Upper deck capacity is limited to 50 passengers.
What are my non-alcoholic & alcoholic beverage options on the Hiawatha?
The Hiawatha provides full beverage service for our guests. Non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase are sodas, bottled water, thurst bursts, juice, hot chocolate, coffee, and hot tea.
The Hiawatha retains a Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board License. Therefore, guests cannot bring their own alcohol aboard the boat. The Hiawatha’s full service bar includes liquor, wine, and draft beers. Please do not hesitate to inquire about a specific brand of beer or liquor aboard the boat. Our staff is happy to assist you in making your selections and will gladly provide your favorite spirit or wine, if available, to complement your event!
Can I bring food aboard the Hiawatha?
Catering aboard the Hiawatha by a licensed business is permitted. Select from one of the many caterers familiar with the Hiawatha or hire your own. For your convenience, here is a list of caterers familiar with the Hiawatha: Catering List
For some functions, groups may provide their own food. Please contact us to discuss what is required if you decide to prepare and bring your own food.
Either the Hiawatha, charterer, or caterer may provide non-alcoholic beverage service.
Can I have my wedding and reception aboard the Hiawatha?
Yes! Great for smaller weddings, use the upper deck for your ceremony, or exchange vows on the river bank using the mountains as a back drop. The Hiawatha is also ideal for small receptions or rehearsal dinners. You’ll see that the Hiawatha and pavilion can provide a calming and serene space for your big day!
What Audio/Video Equipment is available?
The sound system will accommodate IPODS/MP3 players. You may also use the CD player, Sirius satellite radio, and wireless microphone. Speakers are located on both the upper and lower decks. Additionally, the 52” television (equipped with a DVD player) is available; you may connect a laptop computer for your movies or slide show presentations (like PowerPoint.) You may want to hire a DJ for a formal event.
Is the Hiawatha climate controlled?
The lower deck of the boat is enclosed and the cabin may be heated or cooled upon request. The upper deck is open to the elements and not enclosed.
What happens if it rains?
All cruises sail rain or shine. In the event of severe river conditions, the Charterer has the option of holding the function aboard the Hiawatha as scheduled, but remaining at port, or rescheduling the charter. Should neither option be feasible, other arrangements will be coordinated.
Is the Hiawatha Safe?
Yes! The Hiawatha is United States Coast Guard inspected, operated by licensed Captains, and staffed by an experienced crew.
Hiawatha, Inc. coordinates the Susquehanna State Park pavilion rental.
Susquehanna State Park offers a family friendly atmosphere with kids playground, charcoal grills, free parking, restroom facilities (all handicapped accessible), and a public boat launch.
Rental Rate: $50 for 4 Hours, $100 for over 4 hours
Contact us to make your reservation.
Set sail with the Hiawatha and cruise the Susquehanna River during your visit to Williamsport & Lycoming County. Our cruise planners are ready to help you design the perfect addition to your itinerary. Choose from themes such as:
We make it easy for your motor coach group to visit the Hiawatha, we offer spacious bus parking, a souvenir and snack shop, pavilion, and restrooms, all set in the charming Susquehanna State Park.
The lower deck of the Hiawatha is handicap accessible and easily navigable for those who have mobility issues. The upper deck is only accessible by stairs.
Groups rates available for groups of 35 or more. Contact us to begin planning your group’s visit.
Let us help you plan your day out of the classroom! Contact us to learn more.
Experience an educational 1-hour cruise on the Susquehanna River. Through an audio presentation, students will learn the rich history of the lumber era and the importance of the River to our community.
Maximum Guest Count 115 / Available May thru October only.
Offering grilled hot dogs, bag of chips, ice cream dishes, and bottled water. Picnic in the pavilion located next to the Hiawatha dock. Pavilion and picnic tables are available for all school groups chartering the Hiawatha.
Explore the Rivers, Rails, and Roads that made Williamsport the commercial center of North Central Pennsylvania. The museum features a birch bark canoe, 1949 Pullman Rail Car, fully restored GMC 1962 bus, Underground Railroad Exhibit, and more. Small group interactive Kid Quiz available with prizes. Visit time can range from 30 - 45 minutes. Available year round.
Tour Millionaires’ Row aboard a trolley while listening to a narrated history about the impressive mansions and other historic area sights. Tours are customizable and can range from 30 min to 1.5 hours. Available year round.
Visit both for one rate. Tours can begin at the Museum or aboard the Hiawatha. Times are flexible to accommodate your schedule.