Birding & Brunch with the National Aviary

Join National Aviary ornithologist Robert Mulvihill and Explorer’s Captain Ryan O’Rourke for a birding experience like no other!

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Participants in this morning excursion will board the Explorer as early as 8:00 a.m and “shove off” by 8:30 a.m. As the boat captain steers along the shorelines of the rivers, the National Aviary’s Bob Mulvihil will help you search for big and small river birds, such as cormorants, eagles, herons, mergansers, and even water-loving songbirds like Baltimore Orioles and Cedar Waxwings. You’ll enjoy a delicious brunch catered by North Shore Café before returning to the dock at noon.

Girls with binoculars bird spotting.

On the Explorer Riverboat

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This event is happening on Saturday, August 17 (sold out) and again on Sunday, August 25.  Space is limited for this special event.

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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.

Arrival:  Guests may board Explorer one-half hour before their program is scheduled to depart.

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.

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