If you are curious how the Steel City has evolved into a thriving, tech-forward metropolis and are looking for the best way to take in the beauty of Pittsburgh’s skyline and riverbanks, then we have the perfect tour for you. The PGH 101: An Intro to Innovation sightseeing excursion is a 90-minute riverboat tour in Pittsburgh, PA, that shares how the region has been in the vanguard of industrial reinvention for more than 250 years! You’ll discover how Pittsburgh’s landscape, its wealth of natural resources, and the character of its residents shaped the dynamic city it is today—plus we’ll let you in on some of the charming quirks that make Pittsburgh genuinely unique. To learn more about a tour with Rivers of Steel: Explorer Riverboat, click here.
Explorer: The World’s First Green Passenger Riverboat
Among its many innovations, Pittsburgh has emerged as a world leader in the green building movement, so it’s only natural; it should also give rise to the first green passenger vessel. Explorer is the world’s first riverboat to have the environmentally-friendly LEED standards applied to its entire engineering and construction process. It's hybrid diesel-electric propulsion system dramatically reduces engine noise as well, adding to the overall passenger experience.
Designed to be a science classroom on the water, Riverboat Explorer’s primary purpose is to help students learn more about the ecology of Pittsburgh’s rivers through environmental science workshops. Proceeds from the PGH 101 sightseeing tours, as well as those from private or corporate charters, underwrite Rivers of Steel’s STEM-based education programs for students throughout southwestern Pennsylvania.
Docked on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, near the headwaters of the Ohio River, an excursion on Explorer offers unparalleled opportunities to become immersed in Pittsburgh’s rich history while being surrounded by its natural beauty. With two passenger decks and a gentle traveling speed, Explorer offers a comfortable cruising experience. Open exterior spaces allow for unobstructed views, while interior rooms are temperature-controlled with expansive windows. There are three restrooms on the boat, including one ADA-accessible restroom on the main deck. It also offers an elevator for those who require assistance in reaching the upper deck. Explorer’s home dock is ADA accessible. Plan your journey on the three rivers with Rivers of Steel today.
Connect with Rivers of Steel
With sightseeing tours, public and student programs, private events, and corporate charters, the Explorer riverboat is a 21st-century attraction and community resource. Reach out today to plan your experience with Rivers of Steel. Call (412) 464-1734 or fill out the form below.