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5 Best Ways to Enjoy Pittsburgh’s Rivers

Francesca Dabecco
Francesca Dabecco
Posted on July 31
Three Rivers Outdoors Co. kayaks at the Allegheny RiverTrail outpost. (City Cast Pittsburgh)

Three Rivers Outdoors Co. kayaks at the Allegheny RiverTrail outpost. (City Cast Pittsburgh)

The rivers that flow through Pittsburgh’s mountains are what makes our city so spectacular. Here are five ways to soak up their beauty:

Paddle Down River

Book a two-hour solo ($22-44) or tandem ($31-62) kayak rental through Kayak Pittsburgh in Sharpsburg or Downtown. Or if you’re brave, try paddleboarding ($25) with Three Rivers Outdoors Co. at the Allegheny RiverTrail outpost in Aspinwall. 3ROC also has kayak and canoe rentals, plus supplies for a river beach day like hammocks, firepits, and chairs.

Float on a Riverboat Tour

Immerse yourself in Pittsburgh history while cruising with DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh, Rivers of Steel, and the Gateway Clipper.

Veggie Beast bagel sandwich from Farmer x Baker. (Francesca Dabecco / City Cast Pittsburgh)

Veggie Beast bagel sandwich from Farmer x Baker. (Francesca Dabecco / City Cast Pittsburgh)

Eat Alfresco on the Allegheny

Grab some grub from The Foundry Table and Tap on the North Shore, sit on the deck overlooking the water at Redfin Blues on Washington’s Landing, or chow on a bagel sandwich at Farmer x Baker along the Allegheny RiverTrail Park in Aspinwall.

Boats packing the rivers when Taylor Swift was in Pittsburgh. (Francesca Dabecco / City Cast Pittsburgh)

Boats packing the rivers when Taylor Swift was in Pittsburgh. (Francesca Dabecco / City Cast Pittsburgh)

Bike Along the Riverfront

Ride along the 33-mile Three Rivers Heritage Trail, and check out art installations, recreation, and shopping along the way. The path connects to the Great Allegheny Passage, which takes you all the way to Washington D.C.

Charter a Boat

Sail on Pittsburgh’s Pirate Ship ($12-25), spend a tropical daycation on the river with Cruisin’ Tikis ($410 for six people), or rent a pontoon ($300+) for a full day of relaxing on the water.

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