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July 7, 2019

Sunset on the Mon: Explorer Riverboat Photo Safari

Sunday, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Join Rivers of Steel Arts aboard the Explorer riverboat for a sunset photo safari on the Monongahela River!

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Capture your own unique image of Pittsburgh’s industry and topography from water level on this three-hour photographic excursion.

While traveling the mighty Monongahela, safari-goers can expect views of the Carrie Blast Furnaces, the Edgar Thomson Steel Works, and multiple “hot metal” bridges. Lucky attendees may even catch a glimpse of the famous bald eagle family nesting between the Homestead and South Side neighborhoods.

Returning westward into the setting sun, attendees will experience majestic views of the Mon Valley in twilight, complete with the silhouette of bridges cast against the fading skyline.

Photo safaris on Explorer are led by Ivette Spradlin, a Cuban-American photographer, video artist, and educator who lives and works in Pittsburgh. Light refreshments will be provided during the safari.

Low sun reflects off the Mon River with silhouette of the Birmingham Bridge

Sunset on the Monongahela River

Hours & Admission*

This program will be offered once in the 2019 season.

General Admission 


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Location & Directions

The Explorer riverboat docks on Pittsburgh’s North Shore near the headwaters of the Ohio River and adjacent to the Carnegie Science Center.

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What to Know Before You Go

Rivers of Steel maintains a family atmosphere on the Explorer. Please be advised of these tips and guidelines to ensure your best possible experience.

Food & Beverages: Guests are welcome to bring their own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Water coolers are available on each deck.  Alcoholic drinks are prohibited on sightseeing tours. Smoking / vaping is prohibited at all times.

Accessibility: The Explorer riverboat and its home dock are ADA accessible, which includes an ADA restroom onboard, as well an elevator to navigate between the boat’s decks. Handicapped parking is available nearby at the Carnegie Science Center.

Photography: Photography is encouraged!  However, for safety reasons videography and drones are prohibited.

Admission: Unless otherwise noted, all admissions are ticketed. By purchasing admission tickets, all visitors consent to be photographed.

Duration & Arrival:  Guests may board Explorer one-half hour before their tour is scheduled to depart. The PGH 101cruise is scheduled to be 90-minutes. However, for planning purposes, we recommend blocking two hours in your schedule. Guests should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled tour time, as tours begin promptly. Should we encounter river traffic, the tour could be extended by as much as 15 minutes on the back end.

Weather Policy: Tours are rain or shine. Rivers of Steel will cancel a tour if inclement weather poses a threat to our guests or our vessel. In the event of unsafe river conditions, severe weather conditions, or mechanical failure or as required by U.S. Coast Guard, other regulatory or governmental agency, our captain reserves the right to stay at dock or if the vessel is underway to return to dock. In such instances, refunds or exchanges can be issued for tickets purchased in advance.

Low sun reflects off the Mon River with silhouette of the Birmingham Bridge