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Fun Events in Pittsburgh this Summer!

Summer in Pittsburgh is all about the outdoors. Pittsburgh’s summers are just beautiful with temps in the 80s and there is actually SUN (told you it is not always partly cloudy)! Of course, we experience the “dog days of summer” just like the rest of the U.S.A., but there is always a breeze, especially along the Three Rivers.  Pittsburgh and her surrounding neighborhoods provide great outdoor activities for the young and old.  Fun summertime things to do in Pittsburgh include many festivals, special holiday events, sporting events, live music and concerts, dog parks and of course cruising the Three Rivers aboard the Gateway Clipper Fleet! Let’s get started!  The biggest event of summer, especially in Pittsburgh, is the City of Pittsburgh Independence Day Celebration!  The big 4th of July celebration in Pittsburgh  is in our “Front Yard” – Point State…

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June 30, 2022

Working on the Rivers Aboard the Gateway Clipper Fleet

A Unique Perspective from a Pittsburgh River Cruise Operator What is it like to work on the 3 rivers cruise in Pittsburgh? For me, it is many different things. The Gateway Clipper Fleet is my family business. Started in 1958 by my great- grandfather, John Connelly, the Gateway Clipper has been a part of my life since the day I was born. My father, Terry Wirginis, is the current President and Owner and both my sister and I are Vice-Presidents.   For me, working on the rivers isn’t just another job. It is the opportunity to carry on a legacy that began over 60 years ago. I never planned on following in the footsteps of my great-grandfather or father.  However, as I got older, I realized what a unique opportunity it was to work at the Gateway Clipper. The fleet boat…

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June 3, 2022

Welcome to the Gateway Clipper Fleet Three Rivers Cruise Blog!

HELLO!  Welcome to the newest feature on our website – the Three Rivers Cruise Blog!   So, what’s the blog about, you might ask?  Well, to be honest, a little bit of everything!  Of course, we are going to inform you all our wonderful Three Rivers Cruises and Tours, but we are also going to highlight all the fantastic things that make our fabulous city of Pittsburgh, well… PITTSBURGH!   Throughout the year we are going to feature all kinds of fun things that maybe you don’t know about.  We are going to talk about history, traditions, food, jobs, holidays and so much more than just our cruises and tours sailing every weekend beginning in April.  There are so many fabulous and fun things to do in Pittsburgh every day of the week and we want you to know that! …

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March 31, 2022

Here We Go Steelers! Here We GO!

A shout out from the Gateway Clipper Crew to the one and only BLACK & GOLD! Show ’em what we are made of in Pittsburgh! Bring back a victory Steelers! HERE WE GO!!!!!!

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January 15, 2016

Happy New Year from the Gateway Clipper Fleet

As we say good-bye to the year 2015, we thank all of our passengers who joined us out on the Three Rivers this year!  We enjoyed having you on aboard a Pittsburgh Dining or Sightseeing Cruise and we look forward to seeing you out on the water in 2016! Enjoy New Year’s Eve and be safe! We toast all of you – To a prosperous and healthy 2016!  Happy New Year from the Management and Crew of the Gateway Clipper Fleet

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December 30, 2015

Merry Christmas from the Crew of the Gateway Clipper Fleet

As the Christmas holiday is almost here, we wanted to take a moment and say “THANK YOU” to all our passengers who joined us aboard a cruise in 2015!   We hope that you had a remarkable time aboard your cruise and we can’t wait to see you again next year!  We have some great…

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December 22, 2015

We Are Selling Gateway Clipper Gift Cards at the Mall at Robinson

Looking to buy a gift for that “Hard to Buy For” relative, friend or co-worker?  Come on out to the The MALL AT ROBINSON and buy your Gateway Clipper Fleet gift cards at our Sales Kiosk located on the 1st level across from Starbucks! For Mall at Robinson Stores and Hours visit,

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December 1, 2015

Thanksgiving Aboard a Pittsburgh Dining Cruise

Still not sure what you are doing for Thanksgiving Dinner?  Join us out on the water aboard one of Pittsburgh’s best Thanksgiving Dinners – The Gateway Clipper Thanksgiving Dinner Cruises!  This is the only Pittsburgh Dining experience you want for your family and friends on Thanksgiving.  For reservations, click here! And here’s a special message…

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November 20, 2015

Let the Holiday Celebrations Begin Aboard a Pittsburgh Dining & Sightseeing Tour this November

The autumn leaves are falling into the waters of the three rivers, the air is getting a noticeable chill and the Gateway Clipper Fleet is gearing up for a fabulous, fun and family-friendly holiday season! While we are all getting over the chocolate frenzy of Halloween, now is the time to begin thinking about all the exciting November happenings BEFORE the “official” holiday season begins. A Pittsburgh Dining tradition continues to sail every Saturday evening in November – the Captain’s Dinner Dance Cruise.  Join us out on the water on this fabulous dining experience aboard a picturesque riverboat tour. Enjoy a great dinner, live entertainment and the beautiful sights of our enlivened city at night. “There are so many people that ask, ‘What is there to do in Pittsburgh on the weekends?’ and to me that is a really odd question,”…

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November 3, 2015

Looking for Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Pittsburgh? How about a Riverboat Tour!

As the Fall is quickly coming to an end, here are some fun events aboard the Gateway Clipper that will make a fantastic finale as the picturesque colors of fall fade away. FALL FOLIAGE CRUISE Friday, October 23 – Join us on the last trip of 2015.  See the beautiful array of fall colors aboard this Pittsburgh Sightseeing Tour.  Your day out on the water includes a delicious luncheon, a great show, and the beautiful sights of the season.   Limited tickets are available. HALLOWEEN FUN MONSTER PARTY CRUISES Saturday, October 24 – Two cruises sailing!   11 am and 1:30 pm.  Join us as our friendly monsters throw a party for all the kids and the kids at heart!  Pittsburgh Sightseeing at its finest with music and dancing for the kids with all their favorite Halloween characters plus all…

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October 22, 2015

Pittsburgh Attractions You’ll See on the Gateway Clipper

In many cities, going on a riverboat tour is all about nature – trees, riverbanks, being on the water. But in the Steel City, Pittsburgh riverboat tours are all about seeing spectacular Pittsburgh attractions. Unlike other cruises, the Gateway Clipper takes you right through the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh. Wondering what you’ll see on your next Gateway Clipper cruise? Looking for what to do in Pittsburgh? Here are five of our favorite sights along the way: The Golden Triangle One of Pittsburgh’s oldest and most notable attractions is the Golden Triangle. This section of Pittsburgh is notable for its skyscrapers and beautiful riverfront architecture. Many major companies are headquartered in this area, and lend their names to the towering buildings. The Golden Triangle has undergone some changes throughout the years. Today, the perfect place to appreciate its beauty is from…

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October 22, 2015

Sunday Brunch—The Hottest Meal of the Day

Gateway Clipper Fleet Offers a Cool New Spin to the Hottest Meal of the Day! Sunday Brunch is cherished by the masses but often absorbs a sizable portion of an individual’s morning and afternoon. The Gateway Clipper Fleet offers the perfect solution by transforming Sunday Brunch into a Pittsburgh dining and sightseeing experience that simply cannot be missed! A popular favorite by all ages, the Sunday Brunch Cruise offers a wide selection of plates while enjoying a Pittsburgh Riverboat Tour and viewing the breathtaking skyline for 1.5 hours! The brunch “movement” is on a rapid incline, becoming one of the most sought-out weekend events not only in Pittsburgh, but nationwide. With the ‘on the go’ mentality of America’s population, breakfast is becoming less and less of a priority in the daily routine, creating a demand (and a craving) for breakfast food at a more convenient…

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October 22, 2015