9 Things to Do on Pittsburgh's Rivers

Pittsburgh's iconic Three Rivers are part of what makes this city great.

The rivers make for amazing views and photo opportunities throughout the year, but offer a lot of fun things to do during the summer months. Here are nine on the river activities that are sure to make a splash in your summer!

Gateway Clipper

All aboard! Hop on the Gateway Clipper for an unforgettable tour around the city. The Clipper offers a variety of sightseeing cruises including dining options, kid themed cruises, adult cruises and shuttle services.

Just Ducky Tours

Get your quack on with a Just Ducky Tour! This hour long adventure takes riders through the city on land and water while providing Pittsburgh fun facts and jokes.


Want to be your own captain? Look no further! Rent a pontoon boat from Boat Pittsburgh for a full or half day while soaking up the sun with family and friends on the Three Rivers.


Visit Washington's Landing or the Point in a kayak along the Three Rivers. Paddle solo or grab a friend for a tandem kayak. Kayak Pittsburgh offers kayak rentals seven days a week until 8pm.

Paddle Boarding 

Don't miss out on one of the nation's fastest growing water sports - SUP, also known as stand up paddle boarding. North East Paddleboard Co. offers classes in various locations around the city and even SUP yoga for those ready for a challenge.

Dragon Boat Racing

The ancient Chinese tradition of Dragon Boating has made its way to the Steel City! Dragon boat racing is a team sport composed of a 22 person crew including paddlers, a caller and a steers person focusing on the elements of power, speed, synchronization and endurance. The Steel City Dragons offers free community days for everyone to experience dragon boating.

Whitewater Rafting

Looking for something more rapid? White Water Adventures or Laurel Highlands River Tours in Ohiopyle State Park (about an hour south of Pittsburgh) have you covered with a variety of whitewater courses based on difficulty.

Cruisin' Tikis

Enjoy a relaxing tiki boat cruise on the three rivers with five of your closest friends. When you charter a Cruisin' Tiki boat you get a leisurely two hour sightseeing cruise on a floating tiki hut equipped with a bluetooth stereo system. Grab your favorite snacks and beverages and chill out on the water!

Sightseeing Boat Tour

Get onboard Pittsburgh's newest sightseeing tour PGH 101: An Intro to Innovation and explore the region's legacy of innovation. Hosted by Rivers of Steel, this meticulously researched 90-minute tour will show you Pittsburgh's landscape, natural resources, and how residents and workers have shaped neighborhoods and industries - creating the dynamic city it is today! Even better, proceeds from PGH 101 help to underwrite student STEM education programs on the riverboat.