You’ve probably seen party bikes full of groups of people pedaling around Pittsburgh, but did you know that you can pedal down our rivers now too?
Pittsburgh Pedal Boats hosts cruises on Pittsburgh’s rivers where you can get in a bit of a leg workout while you socialize and take in the views. The boats can hold up to 14 guests at a time, with 10 pedal stations running down the middle, and 4 non-pedal seats in the front of the boat. It’s also able to run without the passengers pedaling, so feel free to sit back and relax if you’re just there for the boat party! Book an entire boat for your outing with family, friends, or coworkers, or snag an individual seat and meet new people.
Pittsburgh native and Pittsburgh Pedal Boats owner Christen Killmeyer says that she “started this company because I am from the area and wanted to bring something fun to the three rivers. We have a lot of riverfront space and cool scenery here, and this is a fun way for people to have some food and drinks while they check out the sights of the city.”
The atmosphere on the boat is laidback and celebratory, with speakers for music and a huge selection of tunes for you to choose from on the boat’s iPad, plus built-in coolers in the boat’s center table where you can keep your beverages chilled. Pittsburgh Pedal Boats has a BYOB policy; you’re allowed to bring up to 36 oz of beer or 18 oz of wine per person, as well as your own snacks. Guests must be ages 21+.
Cruises run for an hour and 45 minutes—just the right amount of time to soak up a little sun and see the city. However, if it’s raining or you prefer the shade, you can stay under the pavilion on the boat. In the event of a weather cancellation, you’ll receive either a refund or the option to reschedule. The pickup/drop off point is near Heinz Field in the North Shore, and the cruises stop midway through for a bathroom break at Point State Park.
Pittsburgh Pedal Boats runs seven days per week, with different time slots available from 10AM to 10PM. Book your spot online for $36 per person on weekdays and $40 on weekends, or rent a private boat starting at $450. Cruising season runs until October 1st, so be sure to hop aboard a pedal boat soon!This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.