Welcome to Armstrong County, Pennsylvania

There’s no wrong way to experience Armstrong County, Pennsylvania.

Located in the heart of Western Pennsylvania, Armstrong County is the ideal place to escape from the hustle and bustle of every day and immerse yourself in a peaceful, rural atmosphere.

For outdoor enthusiasts, we invite you to paddle our waterways, cast your line at our lakes, or traverse our miles of rail trails. For history buffs, we encourage you to visit our local historical societies, museums, and historic properties. For golfers, we recommend booking a tee time at one of our many pristine golf courses tucked among rolling hills. For families, we suggest you experience the area like a local by making time for an afternoon at the roller rink, an ice cream cone, and a drive-in movie.

As the official destination marketing organization for Armstrong County, the team at Experience Armstrong, Inc. is here to help you explore the hidden gems of our charming communities. Give us a call, send us an email, or stop by our Welcome Center in Kittanning for maps, brochures, and additional information to make the most of your stay.

How will you experience Armstrong County?

2023 Armstrong County Gateway Clipper Cruise

Experience Armstrong County aboard “The Duchess!”

Join Experience Armstrong, Inc. for the 2023 Armstrong County Gateway Clipper Cruise! This event will highlight Armstrong County’s natural beauty, the importance of the Allegheny River to the area, and the revival of our tight-knit communities. We’ll be launching the Duchess from Freeport’s Riverside Park and touring along the Allegheny River on four two-hour sightseeing cruises throughout the day.

Trip details

  • Each sightseeing cruise will be two hours long.
  • A concession stand and cash bar will be available on all cruises.
  • The last cruise from 6-8 PM will include entertainment featuring The Impromptus acoustic band on board.
  • Guests must be 21 years of age to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages.
  • Free parking is available off-site at the Laube Hall event lot, 115 Community Park Rd, Freeport, PA 16229, and shuttle services will be provided to the boarding area. Shuttles will run back and forth from the parking area to the loading site at Riverside Park to minimize traffic congestion and allow attendees to spend time exploring Freeport before or after their cruise. Handicap parking is available near the boarding location, Riverside Dr & 6th St, Freeport, PA 16229. Transportation accommodations will be provided for those needing assistance from the handicap parking lot.

Price and Time

  • First Sailing: 9-11 AM | $48
  • Second Sailing: 12-2 PM | $48
  • Third Sailing: 3-5 PM | $48
  • Fourth Sailing: 6-8 PM | $48

Ticket sales start on July 19, 2023, and will continue until sold out. This event will be held rain or shine. No refunds will be given. Ticket transfers are permitted but are the responsibility of the ticket holder.

About The Duchess

The Gateway Duchess was built in Dubuque, Iowa in 1965. She is 125 feet long and 35 feet wide. This vessel operated in both Cleveland and Philadelphia before it was acquired by the Gateway Clipper Fleet in 1975. When this vessel arrived in Pittsburgh, she was christened the “Liberty Belle” in honor of our nation’s Bicentennial in 1976. In 2008, the Liberty Belle was rechristened the Duchess in celebration of the Gateway Clipper Fleet’s 50th Anniversary. Take a Virtual Tour on the Gateway Clipper Fleet’s website!

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Plan Your Visit to Armstrong County

We’re excited to share the 2023 Armstrong County Adventure Guide highlighting all there is to experience in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania.

With access to over 200 miles of trails to explore, 14 historic places listed on the National Register, and eight golf courses to book your tee time, there is something for everyone in Armstrong County.

Adventure awaits in the rolling hills and meandering rivers of southwestern Pennsylvania — how will you #ExperienceArmstrongCounty?

Plan your visit today with our online guide, download a copy to have on hand, or request a free physical copy to be mailed!

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