A Picturesque Cruise Along Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers
Pittsburgh is easily one of the most scenic riverfront cities in America. The many bridges, beautiful high rises, and rivers combine to form a spectacular skyline. The three rivers of Pittsburgh – the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio River join together at iconic Point State Park. This park marks the tip of a section of downtown called “The Golden Triangle.” There are many ways to take in the spectacular cityscape, including the famous Duquesne Incline, bike paths, various overlooks, and cruises. The Gateway Clipper offers a variety of cruise options along the scenic three rivers. A cruise is the most relaxing, albeit most expensive, way to enjoy the city scenery.
The Gateway Clipper Fleet
The Gateway Clipper has been in operation since 1958. Today, 5 ships compose the fleet. The original riverboat, the Gateway Clipper, was named after the city, once referred to as “Gateway to the West.” The 2 story climate controlled riverboats features floor-to-ceiling windows. No matter where you sit, you will be able to take in enchanting views of the skyline. During the warmer months, you can enjoy taking in the views via the outdoor deck. Unfortunately, smoking is allowed which really is a bummer. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase, although they are a bit overpriced. It’s best to dine beforehand. Luckily, there are plenty of popular chain restaurants at Station Square.
Beautiful bridges, skyscrapers, and historic city sights are easily visible via any cruise. If you are new to the city, you will definitely want to plan for a sightseeing cruise. During this cruise, you will enjoy the beautiful city sights while also learning more about the history of Pittsburgh. This is a great opportunity to become more acquainted with major landmarks and destinations within the city.
For those who prefer a more romantic setting, sunset dinner cruises are also offered. Also, if you will be visiting the city over the holidays you may want to check the special cruise lineup. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and NYE themed cruises all offer varying amenities. From a Halloween dance party, to holiday buffets, to a festive Christmas Santa cruise, to a NYE cruise featuring a champagne toast, the options are endless.
Station Square is located at: 125 W Station Square Dr. Parking rates vary – check the website for further details. Cruises start at $30 per adult, $15 per kid.
Where to dine
The most convenient place to dine is at Station Square. Since you will be paying to park here anyways for the cruise, it’s the easiest choice. Restaurants include a number of popular national chains including Hard Rock Cafe, The Melting Pot, Bucca di Beppo, and Tupelo Honey. If you prefer to keep it local, consider a casual pub style meal at Homerun Harry’s or a fine dining experience at Grand Concourse. And if you need a boost, grab a quality cup of joe at Yinz – one of Pittsburgh’s most popular local coffeehouses.