4 Ways to Get Out on the Three Rivers

Your guide to having fun on Pittsburgh’s waterways.

Photo by Dave DiCello


As the summer heat barrels on, our three rivers offer plenty of chances to cool off. Read on for a few ideas on how you can either take a dip or set sail on the Allegheny, Mon or Ohio.

Stand Up Paddleboarding
The latest outdoor trend has hit Pittsburgh this summer: Venture Outdoors brought paddleboarding to North Park. Imagine lake surfing with a paddle to propel you down the river. This leisurely activity is like something straight out of a Jason Mraz music video. Paddlers can spend up to one hour on the river; rentals cost $20 for Venture Outdoors members and $25 for non-members.

Care to soar with the fly balls from PNC Park? Pittsburgh Parasailing can arrange for that. Strap on a harness (with the help of a certified assistant), settle back and let the wind take hold of your ’shute. Remember to smile — the flight is captured on HD video.

Riders must be 18 or older (and willing to get a little wet). End-of-the-season specials include individual rides for $99 and a group deal of $75 per rider. Reserve seats online. A little terrified of heights? Pay just $20 to tag along on the boat.

Rent a Pontoon
Embark across the Allegheny at the wheel of a luxury ship from Boat Pittsburgh. Use one of the 22 pontoons to celebrate a birthday or enjoy a ritzy night out.

Board the ship at Sharpsburg Islands Marina and traverse the 25 miles along the three rivers. Rental fees begin at $80 for one hour, not including fuel expenses. Check out the specifics online.

Pittsburgh Water Limo
Looking for a quick nautical adventure? Cross the river to a Pirates, Steelers or Pitt game aboard a cruise liner flooded with fellow fans. Pittsburgh Water Limo hosts black- and yellow-clad ships, which make at least two round trips before game time. Ticket prices vary depending on the team but hover within the $10 range.

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