Portland Jet Boat Guide - If you've been anywhere near the Willamette River in Downtown Portland during the summer months, you've probably seen the Portland jet boats carrying Portland tourists and locals by on a scenic river tour. And, to add to the excitement, periodically on your jet boat tour, the boats hurtle through the water at great speeds, turning sharply--sending water flying, with tourists screaming in delight. Don't believe me? Check the videos below. As compared to the more sedentary Portland Spirit river boat cruises (which are also great fun), the jet boat tours get you down closer to the water, and out in the open air with the wind in your hair and the water spray on your face--this is more of a thrill ride than a cruise, although you'll get to enjoy some great Portland scenery on either type of boat tour. Without a doubt, this tour can be a fun addition to your list of things to do when visiting Portland.
There are two big jet boat tour companies in town: the Portland Spirit, and Willamette River Jet Boats. Each is described below. Portland Jet Boat tours offer daily seasonal tours (May through September), but you can also reserve a jet boat for your private group or event. What could be more fun than celebrating your birthday or other special event, having a blast with all your friends on a boat speeding up the Willamette?
Portland Jet Boat Videos
I found a few videos on YouTube to share, if you'd like to see what a typical ride on a Portland Jet Boat is like. If you have your own videos, you can also upload them to our Portland videos page.
Add big excitement to your tour of the Portland shoreline with a high-speed excursion aboard the Outrageous Jetboat. Enjoy a Willamette River and a Columbia River tour where the scenery is almost as breathtaking as the ride. Excursions depart from Salmon Street Springs Fountain, in downtown Portland in Waterfront Park where Salmon Street meets Naito Parkway, June-September. Passengers must be at least 40 (Source: PortlandSpirit.com)
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Willamette Jet Boats
Explore Portland's historic bridges, skyline and scenic waterfront. Catch a glimpse of bald eagles and osprey as they nest along the river. Glide past spectacular river-front homes on your way to the magnificent Willamette Falls, stopping just yards from the cascading water. Since 1997, Willamette Jetboat has offered tours to over 200,000 visitors and locals. Our tours are the only way to see so much the river in such a short time. Each adventure is narrated with facts and local stories from USCG licensed pilots. They also include adventure and splash, including spins and thrills only possible on a jetboat! (Source: WillametteJet.com)
All Willamette Jetboat tours board at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) dock by the USS Blueback Submarine on the East side of the Willamette River across from Downtown Portland. Park* in OMSIs second parking lot by the loading dock. Then, walk toward river by the submarine. Call for information on disability access.
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