Insider's Guide: Gateway Clipper Fleet

Insider's Guide: Gateway Clipper Fleet

Pittsburgh’s Gateway Clipper Fleet is open for business and ready to welcome you aboard!

For the health and safety of passengers and crew members, the Gateway Clipper Fleet is following all stated policies and procedures determined by the State of Pennsylvania and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


One of the best ways to spend a summer afternoon in Pittsburgh is by enjoying the beautiful three rivers from aboard the Gateway Clipper Fleet! Get ready to sit back, relax, and take in the gorgeous views of the city unlike any other while also learning tons of cool facts about Pittsburgh. Experiencing the city from the water is magical no matter what time of day, or season of the year. And, the Gateway Clipper is open year round!

Plan Your Visit

The Gateway Clipper Fleet’s Three Rivers Sightseeing Cruises are now sailing! Book a cruise Wednesday-Sunday and take in the spectacular city views while learning cool facts about Pittsburgh. Sailing times are 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm, 3:30pm and 5pm daily. 

Advanced ticket purchases and reservations are strongly recommended. Tickets can be purchased online or through the reservation line at 412.355.7980. 

Three Rivers Sightseeing Cruises

The Gateway Clipper Fleet offers a variety of ways to get out on the water and take in the city views. Below are a few ways you take part in the fun!

Classic Sightseeing Tour
Going on now, the "Classic Sightseeing Tour" shares historic stories about Pittsburgh and points out landmarks, bridges and landscapes, as well as significant buildings from the vantage point of the three rivers. On this cruise, you'll learn interesting facts and tidbits that even locals may not know.

Dining Cruises 
On Thursdays, experience the delicious Chicken & Ribs Lock & Dam Dinner. Enjoy tasty BBQ food while your boat passes through a functioning lock & dam, the process of which is narrated by the Captain. On the way back, you will be entertained by some great music, the beautiful sights of the three rivers and some interactive games led by the DJ. 

The popular, signature Captain’s Dinner Cruise sets sail on Saturdays. Enjoy a live DJ spinning today's hits along with favorites from the 70s, 80s and 90s. Get up and dance, or head to the top deck and enjoy a cocktail with the view. You can't beat a fabulous dining experience on the water, and you can enjoy the buffet whenever you please throughout the evening. 

Fourth of July Weekend 
Get out your red, white and blue and celebrate the Fourth of July on the Gateway Clipper! From July 3-5, book a special holiday themed dinner or fireworks cruise

Insider's Tip: Check the Gateway Clipper's events calendar for a variety of special events happening all year round!

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Insider’s Tips

Here are some tips that are helpful to know so that you can be fully prepared to have the best possible experience while taking a ride on the Gateway Clipper.

Getting to the Docks
There are several great parking options in Station Square and within walking distance from the Gateway Clipper. If you are looking for public transportation options, there are busses that go to Station Square, and both the "T" and the Monongahela Incline have stops there as well. Also, Uber and Lyft drivers are very familiar with this attraction and will know exactly where to drop you off.

Gateway to Pittsburgh Murals
On your short walk to board the Gateway Clipper, you'll pass by an amazing collection of murals. These are called "Gateway to Pittsburgh" murals and stretch along both sides of the ramp leading down to the Monongahela River where the Gateway Clipper Fleet docks. The murals depict the history of this area from the late 1600's to the start of the 21st Century. Take some time to examine them as they function as a visual history of Pittsburgh through the ages.

Top Deck Tips
Looking to capture amazing photos of the city? Check out the top deck! Prime seats on the top deck fill up quickly, so be sure to arrive early to secure your perfect seat. And with no covering on the top deck, don’t forget your sunscreen.


After months of missing the city you love, a cruise on the Gateway Clipper Fleet is the perfect way to kick start your summer and make lasting memories with your family and friends! 

Pittsburgh is KidsBURGH®!

Pittsburgh is the perfect destination for unforgettable family fun! Featuring many fantastic attractions, Pittsburgh has plenty of entertainment options for kids of all ages. Plan your KidsBURGH® trip today!