River Discovery Boat Tours

We are thankful for all your patience and support in bringing this historic vessel to the Lower Susquehanna to serve as our tour boat for years to come! SNHA thanks everyone who joined us for our first season of River Discovery Tours aboard the historic Chief Uncas.

Summer through Fall tours depart from the Zimmerman Center for Heritage dock throughout the day. Check back next year for 2023 season boat tour offerings and availability aboard the Chief Uncas!

Can’t wait until next year to get your ticket aboard the Chief Uncas? Get your boat tour tickets ahead of time with a gift certificate. More details below!

Boat Tour Gift Certificates

Give the gift of a boat tour this holiday season!

River Discovery Tour & Sunset Cruise gift certificates are now available to purchase at the Zimmerman Center. Each gift certificate can be redeemed for 1 ticket on a River Discovery boat tour or Sunset Cruise during SNHA’s 2023 boat tour season. Buy gift certificates for your family and friends to come aboard our 110 year old vessel for a boat tour experience they will never forget!

Purchase a River Discovery Tour Adult or Youth gift certificate to be redeemed on a 1 – hour guided tour aboard the Chief Uncas in 2023! Adult gift certificates are $20 and Youth (age 5 – 17) gift certificates are $10.

Purchase your River Discovery Gift Certificates!

Explore the Susquehanna River aboard the historic Chief Uncas, a 55-foot wooden launch built in 1912 by the Electric Launch Company of Bayonne, NJ. SNHA staff guide passengers on a 1 hour tour of the river, sharing its rich natural and cultural history.


Summer through Fall tours depart throughout the day from the Zimmerman Center for Heritage dock. Advance Registration Required. Learn more about River Discovery Tour Gift Certificates and how to redeem them for SNHA’s 2023 season here.

Purchase a Sunset Cruise gift certificate for $50 and give the gift of a personalized evening experience. 1.5 hour Sunset Cruises give small groups (up to 12 passengers) the chance to roam the historic Chief Uncas for a personalized one of a kind experience! Watch the boat’s historic lighting fixtures light up the night as the vessel silently cruises the Susquehanna.

Purchase your Sunset Cruise Gift Certificates!

In addition to the tour, all passengers receive their choice of a buffalo check SNHA picnic blanket or a PREMIUM 14oz cocktail glass, etched with an image of the Chief Uncas! Each Sunset Cruise gift certificate can be redeemed for one ticket aboard a Sunset Cruise for SNHA’s 2023 boat tour season.

Learn more about Sunset Cruise Gift Certificates and how to redeem them on a boat tour for SNHA’s 2023 season here! Each gift certificate helps the Chief Uncas cruise the waters of the Susquehanna for years to come!

Purchase your boat tour gift certificates today!

At checkout choose how you would like to receive your gift certificates and information on how to redeem them for a boat tour. Gift certificates and tour information can be sent digitally to your email. Physical copies can be picked up at the Zimmerman Center or mailed directly to a street address. Please give SNHA staff up to 48 hours to email a digital copy of your gift certificate or mail you a physical copy to share with your family and friends.

About the Chief Uncas

The Chief Uncas was built for Adolphus Busch, co-founder of the famous American beer company, to enjoy cruises at his summer estate on Otsego Lake in Cooperstown, NY – the very headwaters of the Susquehanna River. After cruising those headwaters for 109 years, the Chief Uncas will begin a new chapter in its life 400 miles downriver as Susquehanna National Heritage Area’s flagship tour boat! You can learn more about the Chief Uncas here.