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Navigating History: Presidents’ Day, Pittsburgh’s Past, and Gateway Clipper’s 2024 Educational Voyagesa bridge over a body of water

As we celebrate President’s Day, we embark on a journey that not only pays homage to the leaders who shaped our nation but also explores into the rich tapestry of Pittsburgh’s own historical narrative. Nestled along the iconic Three Rivers, we stand as a floating testament to the city’s vibrant past with it’s ever evolving community. Join us as we cruise along the waters that have mirrored the progress of Pittsburgh through the years, a city with a story deeply intertwined with the ebb and flow of American history. And what better way to blend education and exploration than with Gateway Clipper’s riveting field trip cruises? As we navigate the currents of time, let’s explore how these educational adventures offer a unique perspective on both presidential legacies and the ever-evolving tale of the Steel City.

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  1. Point of Confluence: Known by many people as ‘The Point’, Pittsburgh is uniquely situated at the confluence of three major rivers—the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers. This geographical feature has played a pivotal role in the city’s history, as it served as a strategic location for trade, transportation, and settlement. The merging of these rivers has not only shaped Pittsburgh’s landscape but also influenced its economic development and cultural identity.
  2. Gateway to the West: The Ohio River, one of the three rivers meeting in Pittsburgh, holds historical significance as a vital waterway during the westward expansion of the United States. In the 18th and 19th centuries, flatboats, keelboats, and steamboats navigated the Ohio River, transporting people and goods to the western frontier. Pittsburgh, with its riverboat industry, became known as the “Gateway to the West,” playing a crucial role in westward expansion and the development of the American frontier.
  3. Riverboat Heritage: Pittsburgh has a rich history of riverboat transportation, dating back to the early 19th century. Steamboats were instrumental in facilitating trade and commerce along the rivers, connecting Pittsburgh to other cities and regions. The Gateway Clipper Fleet, established in 1958, continues this riverboat legacy, providing both locals and visitors with a unique perspective on the city’s history while cruising its iconic waterways. The fleet’s vessels have become floating landmarks, contributing to Pittsburgh’s river heritage and offering a blend of entertainment and education on the water.


2024 Field Trips 

Embarking on a Gateway Clipper Fleet educational field trip is comparable to setting sail through time, offering students a captivating voyage that intertwines the narratives of presidential legacies and the dynamic evolution of Pittsburgh. As our fleet glides along the historic Three Rivers, our knowledgeable narrators weave tales of the city’s storied past, showcasing its pivotal role in American history. Students not only witness iconic landmarks but also delve into the rich history of Pittsburgh’s industrial and cultural heritage. These field trips become a living history lesson, illustrating how Pittsburgh, as a gateway city, mirrors the changes and progress of the nation, creating a profound and memorable educational experience for all aboard!

Sightseeing Cruises & Tours: 

One Hour Sightseeing Cruise Sailing from Acrisure Stadium/North Shore – Wednesdays May 8, 15, 22, & 29 – $20

Two Hour Lock & Dam Cruise Sailing from Acrisure Stadium/North Shore – Thursdays May 9, 16, 23, & 30 – $30

Student Dining Cruises & Tours: (Wednesdays)

French Night Dinner Cruise & Tour –  April 24 & May 15 – $52

Spanish Night Dinner Cruise & Tour –   May 1 & 22 – $52

German Night Dinner Cruise & Tour – May 8 – $52

(412) 355 7980

350 W. Station Square Dr.

Pittsburgh, PA 15219


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