By Betsy McKee
Earlier this summer we booked a tour on the Quinnetukut II, which is supposed to be a replica of the boat from the old movie “African Queen.” Our captain took us on a tour down the Connecticut River to Turners Falls, with a guide telling us facts about the river, the geology, the wildlife, the power plant and local history. The boat was comfortable and spacious. We saw great blue herons and swans, though the bald eagles made themselves scarce.
The Quinnetukut operates Friday through Sunday from late June to mid October. The tour takes about 90 minutes, and you can charter the entire boat for a special event. The main building includes a parking area, classroom, displays and restrooms. A short distance up the road in Northfield you can find treats and ice cream.
For more information, check out their website: www.firstlightpower.com/northfield/riverboat.asp