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.
PGH 101: An Intro to Innovation Riverboat Tour
Known as a modern tech and robotics hub, the ‘Burgh has been in the vanguard of industrial reinvention for more than 250 years!
Discover how Pittsburgh’s landscape, its wealth of natural resources, and the character of its residents have helped to shape the dynamic city it is today. This 90-minute riverboat tour also shares many of the charming idiosyncrasies that make Pittsburgh truly unique, all the while showcasing the beauty of its skylines and riverbanks.
On the Explorer Riverboat
Hours & Admission*
Tours are currently offered Sunday through Friday at 2:30 p.m. and Saturday at 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. Additional tours are offered on weekends in September and daily at 11:30 a.m. in July. Private & group tours are also available. Some exceptions apply, and tours are subject to change. Check the calendar for specific dates and times.
Child (ages 4 – 17)
Student (18+ with college ID)
Senior (62 and above)
*Tours are offered at specific times and we wouldn’t want you to miss the boat! We highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance.
Location & Directions
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.
Notice: Until August 26, 2019, the Explorer will not be able to accommodate wheelchairs. There is a construction project on a lock and dam that will significantly lower the water level where Explorer docks. During that time passengers will have to take one step down onto the boat’s deck. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.
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 101 cruise 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 the 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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