The Gateway Clipper cruise in downtown Pittsburgh

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 Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers. A cruise is the most relaxing, albeit most expensive, way to enjoy the city scenery.

The Gateway Clipper Fleet

The Gateway Clipper fleet in Pittsburgh

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.

Gateway Clipper cruise in Pittsburgh

Sightseeing cruises

Beautiful skyline view via the Gateway Clipper cruise in Pittsburgh

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.

Beautiful views of the Pittsburgh skyline via the Gateway Clipper
Gorgeous Pittsburgh bridge view via the Gateway Clipper
Scenic city view along the Gateway Clipper in Pittsburgh
Pretty Pittsburgh sunset view along the Gateway Clipper
Pretty evening skyline view of Pittsburgh along the Gateway Clipper cruise

Themed cruises

Gateway Clipper Halloween cruise in Pittsburgh

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.

Location/Parking Info

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.

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Where to dine nearby

Hard Rock Cafe at Station Square in Pittsburgh

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.

Twisted mac and cheese at the Hard Rock Cafe
Twisted Mac and Cheese at Hard Rcok
Flatbread and onion ring tower at the Hard Rock Cafe
Flatbread and onion rings at Hard Rock
Sweet potato pancakes at Tupelo Honey
Sweet Potato pancakes at Tupelo
Farm Fresh Veggie plate at Tupelo Honey
Farm fresh veggie plate at Tupelo

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