PGH 101: An Intro to Innovation

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Get onboard Pittsburgh's newest sightseeing tour and explore the region's legacy of innovation. Known as a modern tech and robotics hub, the 'Burgh has been on the vanguard of industrial revolution for over 250 years! 

During this meticulously researched 90-minute tour, you'll discover how Pittsburgh's challenging landscape, its wealth of natural resources, and the character of its residents and workers have shaped neighborhoods and industries - creating the dynamic city it is today! All the while, you'll be taking in the beauty of the skyline and riverbanks!

*Proceeds from PGH 101 help to underwrite student STEM education programs on the riverboat.

Tour space is limited. Advance purchase is recommended. Kids of all ages are welcome to enjoy the cruise, and there is no charge for the littlest ones in strollers. Tour content is recommended for ages 8+.


The Explorer riverboat docks on Pittsburgh's North Shore at the Rivers of Steel Dock, near the headwaters of the Ohio River and adjacent to the Carnegie Science Center.  

On Google Maps you can search for "Rivers of Steel: Explorer Riverboat" - or use the following GPS coordinates: 40.445918, -80.019547 (40°26'45.3"N 80°01'10.4"W).

For turn-by-turn directions with map and parking details, click here



Parking is available at the Carnegie Science Center's paid parking lots. Please review their parking information here: The directions below lead you to enter their main lot from a secondary entrance, located on an unnamed road off of Casino Drive, as this is the closest and most direct entrance to Explorer. Paystations are located in the lobby of the Carnegie Science Center and in the Science Center’s North Lot. The North Lot is also accessible from Casino Drive. Guests who are visiting Explorer after the Carnegie Science Center is closed may find the North Lot more convenient because of the proximity to that paystation.


All sales are final. Tours are held rain or shine. In the event that extereme weather conditions, such as high winds, flood stage or fast-moving waters, limit the vessel's ability to leave dock, the price of the ticket(s) will be refunded, less processing fees, or exchanged for another date. The decision not to leave dock is the sole discretion of the Captain based on guidelines determined by the Coast Guard and his best judgment. The safety of passengers and crew is paramount and non-negotiable. 

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Rivers of Steel: Explorer Riverboat Rivers of Steel Dock
Pittsburgh, PA 15212