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Experience Rivers of Steel

Things to Do

Tours, workshops, special events—there is always something fresh to do with Rivers of Steel!

Avoid the summer brain drain—round up the family and embark on a Science Saturday excursion on our 94-foot green riverboat classroom!

Discover how nature has reclaimed a post-industrial landscape on a botanist-led tour of the wild gardens and grounds on the Carrie Blast Furnaces site.

Rivers of Steel presents the Homestead First Fridays Arts and Entertainment Series, featuring live music, performances, art exhibitions and installations, axe-throwing, open studios, craft beer food and drink specials, and more!

Pittsburgh has a legacy of innovation! Discover how the region evolved to become the vibrant and tech-forward city it is today on this 90-minute riverboat sightseeing tour. Proceeds support STEM education programs.

Connect with Pittsburgh’s steel industry heritage on this guided tour of the Carrie Blast Furnaces National Historic Landmark. Tours highlight the site’s iron-making technology, its workers, and their culture.

Take an insider’s tour of the Carrie Blast Furnaces. Discover for yourself how this post-industrial site has been—and continues to be—a creative muse for so many…and meet the famous deer sculpture that set it in motion!


Visit, learn, and experience all five of the Rivers of Steel attractions that showcase the artistry and innovation of our region’s rich heritage.

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The Explorer Riverboat

Docked on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, an excursion on Explorer offers unparalleled opportunities to experience the beauty and history of Pittsburgh from its majestic rivers.

Site of the 1982 Battle of Homestead and a key part of the U.S. Steel Homestead Steel Works

This time capsule of America’s industrial heritage embodies the “can-do” spirit of early 20th-century craftsmen.

A vestige of Pittsburgh’s 20th-century domination of the steel industry

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The Bost Building

The Bost Building serves as the Visitors’ Center for the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area and offers exhibits on the region’s industrial and cultural heritage.

African American steelworkers with a mill in the background

Artist Profile: Curtis Reaves’ Remnant of Promise

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About Curtis Reaves When Curtis Reaves applied to be an artist-in-residence for Alloy Pittsburgh 2018, his artistic vision for a site-specific work at the Carrie Blast Furnaces was nearly fully…
Explorer at Sunset

6 Ways to Explore the Outdoors with Rivers of Steel this June

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Summer is officially here this Friday, and we've got some seriously amazing events lined up in the next two weeks that you don't want to miss out on. Twilight Soiree…
he Explorer Riverboat cruising the river past the Carrie Blast Furnaces

2019 Press

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Quantum Theatre Stages KING LEAR at Carrie Blast Furnaces Hammer time: Local blacksmith shares his craft 10 Fantastical Places to See Street Art in Pittsburgh Industrial buildings tell Pittsburgh's story.…