About the Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat and the Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society
The Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat is an authentic stern-driven paddle wheel riverboat built 25 years ago as a community service project by the Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society for the benefit of and visitors to the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area.
The Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society is a 501-c-3 non-profit public service organization headed by a Board of community leaders. The purpose of our organization includes increased tourism, economic development, and enhanced education regarding the history and ecology of the Susquehanna River and our region.
Since her construction and launch under the leadership of local businessman Mike Trephan in 1988, the Pride has carried three-quarters of a million passengers. She’s has been, and is continually, used for weddings, parties, business functions, a whole variety of themed dinner cruises, Murder Mysteries, and the ever popular Pirates on the Pride. In recent years, the Pride’s events expanded drastically to include fun events like Arooga’s Wing Night, Hard-shell Crab Nights, Blues, Jazz, cover bands & Happy Hour Cruises, Family Nights, Wine & Cheese Cruises, and much more.
The Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society is also highly dedicated to education. To fulfill this important mission, we operate the Susquehanna River School, an organization and unique floating classroom experience, teaches children, adults and seniors alike about the history, ecology and environmental issues concerning the Susquehanna River and our region.
The Pride is offered by the Riverboat Society as a low-cost, fun alternative activity for the public to enjoy our beautiful natural resource, the Susquehanna River. Proceeds from ALL cruises (besides helping to keep the riverboat running!) go towards our community service projects that benefit seniors, children, military veterans and more. We work with various local organizations, including the Humane Society of Harrisburg, the “Feel Your Boobies” Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation, and many more. So, when you “Ride the Pride”, you are helping keep this wonderful historic landmark “afloat” and benefiting your community!
2013 will be the 25th Anniversary season of operation for the Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat. Come join us this year and find out why the Pride is one of Central Pennsylvania’s most popular and unique attractions!
Fun Facts About the Pride!