Gateway Clipper Fleet
Gateway Clipper Fleet
4.5
City ToursBoat ToursDuck ToursSightseeing Tours
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
About
For the best in Pittsburgh riverboat tours, choose to cruise with Gateway Clipper Fleet. For over 60 years, we have been sailing the Three Rivers hosting Pittsburgh sightseeing and dining cruises. We are also proud to present breathtaking Pittsburgh weddings, elegant corporate outings, and fun school and social events alike, all with the picturesque city skyline as the backdrop. Join us to experience the best tours that Pittsburgh has to offer. It only happens out on the water!
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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2023

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MaritaGodfrey
Pittsburgh, PA197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We took the one-hour sightseeing cruise and, even though I have lived in Pittsburgh my whole life, I learned something new. The Grant Building is considered a lighthouse because of the light on top of it. It was not intended to keep boats safe but rather planes. Our excellent guide, Andrew, told us a funny story about the construction of the Highmark Building. The architect had designed it so that the building itself was supposed to be as tall as the spire is now, but the City changed its mind and wouldn't let him build that high. So, he changed his plans and added the pointy spire as a message to the City.

The tour started up the Monongahela toward Oakland a short way, then back down to the Point and up the Allegheny towards Heinz, then back to the Ohio. The weather was iffy, but it didn't actually rain until we had debarked.

In addition to the narration on the boat, there is plenty of history to be learned from the timeline murals that line the tunnel down to the dock.

This is a nice way to spend an hour and it's super-cheap if you're a veteran. With proof of service, vets ride free and can purchase up to 8 additional tickets for half-price. My husband and I both rode for $10.50. This special price is for the sightseeing cruise only, not for the Lock and Dam cruise or any of the dinner or specialty cruises.
Written August 27, 2020
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tosl
Jersey City, NJ876 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
No pun intended but they do run a tight ship. Easy ticketing and personable service, they were also conscious of the current pandemic so they insured passengers were safe with distancing, smaller crowds, and a mandatory temperature check. Masks were mandatory inside but optional on the deck. With the breeze, fresh air, and distancing, we were not concerned. Note, however, smoking is allowed on deck but not inside, but again, it is easy to avoid any smoke. Aaron, our guide, was informative and an hour was perfect. Plenty of places to eat afterwards and parking is simple.
Written August 6, 2020
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TravelingMamaGlv
Glenview, IL284 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
We chose the 8:00 pm cruise since it worked for our schedule and thoroughly enjoyed. The cruise left before sunset and returned after sunset so we got to see the skyline with and without lights. The tour guide did a great job even though the happy hour crowd made it a bit harder to hear her towards the end of the cruise.
Written August 7, 2022
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Gucci Girl and Grumpy
Oakmont, PA1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We booked this dinner cruise for 2 and purchased a photo package ($23.00) with it for a total of $187.61.

The crew from the moment you get there was so attentive. They were sweet and kind and very personable.

The food was one of the worst dinners I have ever had.

Our bartender was super sweet but asked us to read what was in the drinks we ordered from their menu ( Jolly Roger was one of their "signature Cocktails), My husband ordered a "Captains Revenge" to which She apologized for not knowing the menu but had to ask 4 times how to make it and still we didn't get the right ones.

We went above to the 3rd deck prior to launch. The seats and tables. It was a beautiful night and the cruise itself was quite beautiful. They gave some information until the dance floor was cleared then played music the rest of the cruise. Wonderful sunset and lots of great pics.

On the way in everyone had their picture taken by a very nice girl. Ours was so incredibly washed out that you could not even tell we had faces. They did darken it and brought it back but still, an extremely over exposed photo. We thought it was our luck until leaving and seeing on the board that everyone's was just as bad. Although she was nice, she did not understand her camera and every photo was horrible.

I would recommend a cruise, but don't waste your money on a dinner. There are plenty of fantastic restaurants in the Square that you can spend that amount of money on, or even less and then take a cruise on the river.
Written July 4, 2021
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Matt G
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Would be 0/5 if I could rate that low. They way oversell the cruise you can’t even walk and good luck with sitting outside even if you get a seat there’s so many people they are crowded around you. The worst cruise I have ever been on even to go get a drink the line was over thirty people. You may get one drink before it’s over. Not enough seating unless you would like to sit inside where it’s stuffy from so many people waiting in line at the bars. Would not recommend
Written August 20, 2021
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Dawn Snider
Shippensburg, PA3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
The sunset dinner cruise was disappointing. We booked what we thought would be a romantic dinner for two on the river at sunset. We arrived an hour before the cruise and the food was already set out and being served buffet-style. The seating was cafeteria style and the food was that of which you can obtain at any common family style restaurant buffet. The cruise was also completed and back to dock as the sun was starting to set so not picturesque as expected. I would recommend you go to a nice dinner elsewhere and then take one of the fleets sightseeing tours. The sightseeing cruise was enjoyable and informative.
Written June 29, 2021
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BeawChan
Dormont, PA116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
My Mom and I had relatives from Arizona visiting and we wanted to give them a real river's eye view of our beautiful city. Suffice it to say, the 1PM river cruise was perfect and I even learned some things myself about our fair city. A must for every out of town visitor, the views along the Point really paint Pittsburgh in a great light. Staff is also very friendly and there is narration so you do not miss any of the highlights.
Written June 20, 2020
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Peggy T
Rochester, NY44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We took the Gateway Clipper as a shuttle ride across the river to see the Taylor Swift Eras concert. BEST DECISION ever!! I can only speak to the Gateway Clipper as a shuttle but it was SO easy! Plenty of parking, they regularly load the boats so minimal wait time. Then you are dropped out steps outside Acrisure. If you are attending an event at Acrisure and your hotel is on the opposite side of the river.....this is the way to do it. Even after the highly attended event, it was easy to get back to the boat and quickly drive back to our hotel with minimal traffic. We paid $30 to park at the departure site (special event parking rate) and then $15 per person round trip for the shuttle service. While this can add up, the convenience and time saved while leaving a concert was very well worth it. Gateway Clipper is a hidden gem for a shuttle to events at Acrisure.
Written June 20, 2023
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MsPearl105
Weldon, NC1,069 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Family
We drove up to Pittsburgh one Saturday morning for a Sunday afternoon Steelers game. I’m addition to visiting the zoo/aquarium, we booked a 6:30 p.m. boat ride. We arrived around 6:10 and the line was already quite long, so if you want to have first dibs at the seats, plan to arrive earlier rather than later.

Several guests arrived after us and were scrambling to find seats together for their parties. We were fortunate to get a table for 4 on the top deck. What beautiful views of Pittsburgh! The rich history was humorously articulated by our excellent narrator. While I don’t remember his name, I have a picture of him. During a break, he invited guests to come ask him questions-which my father and daughter did.

Snacks and drinks (alcoholic and non alcoholic) were for sale. We bought our picture as a keepsake for $20. It was ok, but I think we took some pretty amazing pics with our cellphones too. Either way, it was a fun experience.

Plan to bring a jacket. It was very windy on top especially at night. Professional and friendly staff.

One more perk - after parking, we walked down past the Sheraton and were able to find a lot of good choices for dinner. We chose Hard Rock Cafe…less than a 10 minute walk.
Written October 2, 2021
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AR4024
Kalamazoo, MI151 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Interesting facts about downtown. The steamboat style is cruise was pleasant. I'd recommend arriving early to secure seats on the top level. We arrived shortly before departure time and the only seats available were on the middle deck, which is less than ideal for seeing the structures and correlating the facts/details provided by the announcer/tour guide. The water taxi to and from PNC Park was great. Takes about 5-10 minutes. Smooth and efficient way to cross the river and a nice end to a game.
Written August 16, 2021
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