It was June 1, 1950 when the screens first lit up at Dependable Drive-In. And although film stars have changed over the years, the spirit of the movies has stayed as strong as it was on that long-ago summer day. Families and friends still pull into drive-in and select one of the first-run features showing on its four screens. As the action unfolds, Dolby Sound comes pulsing through the car, truck, or pumpkin carriage's own stereo system.
At the snack bar, friendly staffers serve up a menu as timeless as the drive-in's old-fashioned speakers (which have been made into nostalgic clocks available for customer purchase). Hot dogs, nachos, root beer floats, and other favorites all pair perfectly with movies about alien invasions or just one 90-minute shot of Keanu Reeve looking really intense.
Originally constructed in the 1940s, Sheffield Lanes has seen its interior evolve as the decades have changed. The original owner's son and his wife now head the bowling alley's staff, overseeing numerous renovations and quelling occasional bowling-pin uprisings. Over the years, the 20 lanes have been outfitted with contemporary accouterments: digital scoring systems and walls swathed in vibrant purples, blues, and pinks. Players have embraced the changes, convening upon the modern digs for cosmic bowling, weekly league matches, and frequent tournaments, and working to hone their skills enough to garner immortality via Sheffield Lanes' Honor Roll of high scores.
Elsewhere in the two-story edifice, chefs at Ricky Dee's Pizza—a Sheffield Lanes mainstay during the '90s that reopened in 2007—refuel bowlers with pies and oven-baked sandwiches cushioned by fresh, daily-made dough. After using their taste buds to decipher the pizzas' secret sauce recipe, guests mosey over to the Sheffield Lounge, where candles embedded into repurposed bowling balls illuminate tabletops, and walls dappled with bowling trinkets and photos provide revelers with a crash course in the bar's 50-plus-year history. Live music from onsite concert venue The Fallout Shelter enhances the cacophony of crashing pins and rowdy coasters.
Beneath tree-blanketed mountains rests the fruit of Dan and Christine McLaughlin's labor, a 138-acre farm dedicated to the training of horses and horseback riders. After spending more than two decades dispensing his equine knowledge across the States, Dan desired to put down roots—and so he did, dotting verdant pasture with facilities for a full-service equestrian center, including a 30-stall barn, an indoor arena, and two outdoor arenas. The arenas bustle with lessons, camps, and community activities where riders practice English and Western riding styles for sport, recreation, and My Little Pony reenactments.
Smooth-soled bowling shoes help bowlers coast over the polished wood at Economy Lanes, as they release orbs toward distant pins in one fluid motion. On Saturday nights, the lights are turned down and the tunes are cranked up for Cosmic Bowling. The alley also houses the Trolley Stop Snack Shop, which serves sandwiches, pizzas, cheese sticks, and frosty beverages to help players quench mid-game thirsts or ice down their bowlers' elbows.
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.
Rising six floors above the historic Strip District, the Senator John Heinz History Center's handsome, red brick exterior houses 275,000 square feet of exhibits devoted to Western Pennsylvania history. Long-term exhibits include From Slavery to Freedom, which traces the quest for equality from the anti-slavery movement to the modern struggles for Civil Rights. Pittsburgh: A History of Innovation highlights the men and women behind the 250-year history of the region, whereas the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum delves into the history and lore of local athletics, from the Steelers? Immaculate Reception to Bill Mazeroski's title-clinching home run in game seven of the 1960 World Series. The museum also hosts nationally renowned traveling exhibits; click to see a list of current exhibits.