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!

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 is Back Sailing the Three Rivers. The Clipper offers a variety of ways to get out on the water and take in the city views! Read on for a variety of great options to enjoy a cruise on the scenic three rivers. 

Three Rivers Sightseeing Cruise

The BEST way to see the city and truly learn about her past, present and future is aboard a Three Rivers Sightseeing Cruise. Tour all three rivers while the captain and narrator present interesting facts and tales about Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania!

Three Rivers Sightseeing Cruise Schedule through September

  • Wednesdays & Thursdays Sailings: 11:00 a.m.,12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
  • Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays Sailings: 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 pm

Enjoy a New “Twist” to the Evening Three Rivers Sightseeing Cruises! The 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. sailings now feature Happy Hour Cocktails and the new Sports N'at Narration. A perfect evening out for families, co-workers and groups of friends. Must be 21 years of age to purchase alcohol with proper ID. 

*Morning and Afternoon Three Rivers Sightseeing Cruises feature the Classic Sightseeing Tour Narration.   The 6:30 and 8:00 pm Evening Three Rivers Sightseeing Cruises feature the Sports N’at Tour Narration.

Classic Sightseeing Tour Narration
This classic tour provides an overview of the city sights including significant buildings, landmarks and bridges.  Enjoy learning about these amazing sites as the captain and on-board narrator share fun and historic stories about life in Pittsburgh and on the three rivers!

Sports N’at Tour Narration
This unique one hour sightseeing cruise is a combination of sights, interesting facts and Pittsburgh legends. The on-board narrator highlights some points of interest along the three rivers while supplying riders with colorful, unique and interesting facts about Pittsburgh. And the cruise will be talking Pittsburgh sports, of course! Who coined Pittsburgh as “The City of Champions?” Who were the “Steagles?” Enjoy learning the answers to these questions and many more great Pittsburgh sports facts!"

Dining Cruises

The Gateway Clipper Fleet offers dining cruises sailing this summer! 

Chicken & Ribs Lock & Dam Dinner Cruise
On most Thursdays, experience the delicious Chicken & Ribs Lock & Dam Dinner Cruise. Featuring the best BBQ on the three rivers, you will get to experience the process we call “locking thru” as our boat passes through a functioning lock & dam.

Wine Tasting Cruise
On “select” Thursdays, enjoy a Wine Tasting Cruise featuring a selection of eight wines from featured destinations across the globe, an hors d’oeuvres buffet and fabulous city views from the Gateway Clipper riverboat.

Sunset Dinner Cruise
On Fridays and Sundays, guests can experience a unique Sunset Dinner Cruise! The perfect night out to start or end your weekend, this two hour cruise features a fabulous buffet, dj music and great city sights. It’s a great night out with family and friends!

Captain's Dinner Cruise
On Saturday, the Gateway Clipper's signature cruise, the Captain’s Dinner Cruise, sets sail. Enjoy the scrumptious Captain’s Dinner Buffet, relax with a craft cocktail and experience the perfect night out in Pittsburgh! Expert narration is provided by the captain followed by live entertainment from the house DJ spinning hits from the 70s to today. It’s a night out you don’t want to miss!

For reservations and tickets to all Gateway Clipper Cruises, visit

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.

A cruise on the Gateway Clipper Fleet is the perfect way to enjoy 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!