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Connecticut River Cruise

While aboard Northfield's scenic riverboat, guests can take in the picturesque sites and fascinating history of New England's great river, the Connecticut River.

Featured activities include:
Riverboat Cruise
Nature/Wildlife Viewing
Educational Programs

Interpretive River Cruise


During a trial run in the river our new riverboat, Heritage, experienced engine problems and alarms that caused the engines to shut down. The causes for the alarms and shut down are being addressed by mechanics. We are working to resolve the issues as soon as possible. Unfortunately we need to cancel cruises until we have resolution. We will give you an update as soon as we have more information. We apologize for the delays, and thank you for your continued patience.

Climb aboard Northfield’s scenic riverboat and 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. For reservations book online anytime by clicking the “Book Now” button below. Or call (800) 859-2960 Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m

July through Mid-October
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
11 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 3 p.m.

In addition, Northfield’s scenic riverboat operates on Columbus Day. 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. Please check the availability and make reservations here or by clicking on the “Book Now” button located above.



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. Call the Center for reservations and a brochure: (800) 859-2960.

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. Call for reservations and scheduling information at (413) 659-4426 or (800) 859-2960.

Activity Locations

See our map below for more location details