Dinner cruises, much like railroad diner cars and skydiving into a pool of chocolate pudding, allow for simultaneous eating and sightseeing. Sate multiple senses with today's Groupon: for $19, you get one adult ticket to the Chicken & Ribs Dinner Cruise from Gateway Clipper Fleet (a $33 value, including tax and service charges). This Groupon is valid for cruises on Tuesday and Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. through August and cruises on Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in September and October.
Gateway Clipper Fleet's proficient skippers guide diners along Pittsburgh's three scenic rivers aboard beautiful antiquarian-themed riverboats. Two-hour jaunts depart from the southern bank of the Monongahela River and float past verdant riverside flora, iconic Pittsburgh architecture, and swimmers who forgot to buy tickets. Juicy barbecue chicken and ribs fill passengers' bellies as tales of each river's history keep ears occupied. Brilliant sunset glimpses cap off stunning views and guarantee the smoldering sun doesn't stay up past its bedtime.
Gateway Clipper Fleet
More than 50 years ago, Mr. John E. Connelly set his sights on cleaning up Pittsburgh's polluted three rivers and returning them to their former glory as the Steel City's heart and soul. As then-treasurer of the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority, John was in a prime position to complete his ambition. With the belief that he could get the public engaged and committed to a cleanup, he decided to give the local people access to the rivers via boat tours, knowing the city's characteristic architecture as viewed from the rivers would engender a genuine appreciation for the region's waterways and environment.
After getting his nephew, Captain Jack Goessling, on board, John purchased a 100-passenger fishing boat they would christen the Gateway Clipper, which would later launch from Monongahela Wharf for the first of its many pleasure cruises. Today, with Gateway Clipper Fleet, his dream of engaging locals and visitors in the city's history and waterways thrives with a fleet that has grown to five boats capable of accommodating 2,500 guests. Through the years, the fleet has ferried more than 25 million passengers, treating them to dinner cruises, sightseeing tours, and entertainment jaunts along the clean, blue waters of Pittsburgh's three rivers.