I had a chance to take a Willamette Jet Boat tour last Sunday. My son loved the fast speed of the boat and, of course, he loved when the driver made us spin out. Yes, we got a little wet but not as wet as the poor passengers a few rows back. But what most impressed me was all the information that came along with the trip. I've lived here 13 years now and had no idea all the history and industry you can still find along the river. You can see remnants of the old ferry system that connected both sides of Portland and petroglyphics left behind by Native Americans down by Willamette Falls. You can also see exactly where workers were Shanghai'd from an all night bender only to wake up on ships miles out at sea. You can also see the remains of too many closed up factories and stories of too many jobs lost to China. What an education. Two hours on the river flew by on a beautiful fall day. The bad news is, it was the last ride of the season. If this sounds good to you, check it out next spring. Just keep "Willamette Jet Boat" on your to-do list. It was really worth it.
PS--They did not pay me to say this. :)