Explorer Riverboat

Offering sightseeing tours, public and student programs, private events, and corporate charters, Explorer is the world’s first green passenger riverboat.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Sightseeing tours and charters are currently suspended while repairs are being made to the riverboat. Education programs can still be scheduled for a dockside experience.


Docked on Pittsburgh’s North Shore near the headwaters of the Ohio River, the Explorer was designed and built to LEED standards to host the award-winning STEM student education programs now led by Rivers of Steel.  An excursion on Explorer offers unparalleled opportunities to become immersed in Pittsburgh’s rich history while being surrounded by its natural beauty. All proceeds from sightseeing tours and from private charters help to underwrite Rivers of Steel’s STEM-based education programs for students throughout southwestern Pennsylvania.

Uniquely Pittsburgh Sightseeing Tour

Hop on board the Explorer riverboat for the Uniquely Pittsburgh Sightseeing Tour—a 90-minute excursion on Pittsburgh’s three rivers!

Cruise with us!Cruise with us!

The Hardest Working River Tour

The Hardest Working River Tour is back! Offered for the first time last fall, this special seasonal tour returns for two weekends only in October!
Journey with Rivers of Steel up the Monongahela River and hear the stories about how this mighty river helped to shape Pittsburgh’s early commercial and industrial success, helping to define the city we have today.
Travel the Mon!Travel the Mon!

Education Programs

Rivers of Steel Education programs offer unique, inquiry-based opportunities for K–12 and university-level students to discover how southwestern Pennsylvania’s natural resources have shaped our industrial past and cultural heritage—and how our environment today impacts our region’s future.

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Meetings & Events

Private and corporate charters can choose a custom route for their event or simply host a private sightseeing tour, led by a Rivers of Steel tour guide, along all three of Pittsburgh’s rivers.

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Group Tours

Rivers of Steel offers a variety of ways for groups to experience our attractions – and locations throughout the eight-county National Heritage Area.

See our group tours page for more information on how to incorporate your specific interests and customize your group’s visit.

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Location & Directions

Explorer docks docks on Pittsburgh’s North Shore at the Rivers of Steel Dock, near the headwaters of the Ohio River and adjacent to the Carnegie Science Center.  

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One of five Rivers of Steel attractions

that showcase the artistry and innovation of our region’s rich heritage.