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Interpretive River Cruise

Climb aboard Northfield’s scenic riverboat, Heritage, to enjoy a relaxing and informative journey down the Connecticut River.

The French King Gorge is one of the most scenic stretches of the Connecticut River in Massachusetts. This 12-mile narrated cruise takes 1.5 hours. Cruises will run Thursday through Sunday from late June until mid-October at 11:00, 1:15 and 3:00. Specific dates will be updated as we get closer to the season. Tickets/Reservations are not available at this time.

Feel free to bring a drink and a snack. The riverboat is wheelchair accessible. There are restrooms at the picnic area where the boat is docked and a very small restroom at the back of the boat.


$14/Seniors (62 and older)
$8/Age 14 and under

$14/each (group price – 15 or more people)
$400/Charter Price

The riverboat does not operate on July 4th, or Labor Day. Scheduled charters, severe weather, river conditions, or mechanical issues may affect the boat availability.

Tickets should be purchased ahead of time online. You may also buy them in person at the dock, but we can’t guarantee that there will be any open seats remaining. The riverboat is located at 144 Pine Meadow Road in Northfield, MA.

Tickets for the 2024 season will become available in May 2024.

No tickets will be sold from the Northfield Mountain Visitor Center going forward.


If you are looking for a unique group outing, family event, retreat, or wedding, consider chartering Northfield’s scenic riverboat. You can hire a caterer for your cruise or rent our adjacent 70-seat pavilion for the day and have a barbecue picnic on shore.

School programs are offered aboard Northfield’s scenic riverboat during September and October. These programs provide an excellent first-hand look at river habitats, wildlife, and geology.

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