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.
Frick Art & Historical Center beams with beautiful art and historical artifacts endowed by the daughter of Henry Clay Frick, one of America’s great industrialists and art collectors. Members of the Frick can wander through the bountiful exhibitions, taking a gander at the permanent collection or indulging in the sparkling transience of the Fabergé at the Frick exhibition, a display of more than 100 objects crafted the House of by Fabergé, helmed by famed Russian jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé. Members can impersonate turn-of-the-century chauffeurs with unlimited admission to the Car and Carriage Museum, or learn about different historical objects with discounts on lectures. Brush up on antiquated traditions such as letter writing, origami, or crafting cootie catchers with stationery from the Museum Shop, taking 10% discounts on notecards ($1.80), postcards ($1.13), or books. Members also receive the exclusive ability to make advanced reservations at The Café at the Frick, which dishes out gourmet sandwiches and entrées alongside a list of wines.
Pittsburgh Water Limo’s fleet of Coast Guard–certified water taxis have ushered patrons down each of Pittsburgh’s three rivers since 1999. At the helm, captains combining more than 150 years of experience oversee safe transport as guests imbibe beer, wine, or bottled water while the skyline steadily rolls past. The taxis charter regular trips to Pirates and Steelers games or ferry passengers looking to sightsee the city.
The Historic South Side Home Tour will be held on Saturday, May 19, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Participants will begin the self-guided tour at UPMC Mercy South Side Outpatient Center. Tours occur rain or shine. Now in its 21st year, the annual Historic South Side Home Tour bridges present-day Pittsburghers to the area's acclaimed past while marching along a route framed by noteworthy houses, lofts, and apartment buildings. Each spring, the self-guided trek aspires to reach more members of the community than the year before, and drew an all-time best of more than 1,000 tour takers in 2011. A lineup of 12 homes offers glimpses into restored, repurposed, and brand new structures during the 2012 tour, and homeowners will be available to answer questions about their distinguished abodes or put excitable new garages back on a leash. In addition to examining exterior façades, participants tour the interior of all buildings.
'Burgh Bits & Bites celebrates the melting pot of downtown Pittsburgh cuisine with different tastes from different ethnicities in different Euclidean spaces. Palates will encounter up to six different tastings during the approximately two-hour restaurant crawl. Snack on Italian specialties such as imported meats and cheeses or Mediterranean eats such as hummus, or savor bites with universal acceptance, like pizza. Tours are kept to groups of 10 or less per knowledgeable guide, ensuring that you get individual attention and a cool tour nickname. After the tour, participants will have been fed enough tiny bites to equal a small meal, pushing stomach-o-meters from E (extremely unfilled) to F (full as a submerged timpani). A bottle of water is provided at the start of the tour, and you will have the option to bring your own refreshments. Children and infants are free, as long as they aren't eating.
Shortly after opening Club Zoo in an old industrial building between 16th and 17th streets, owner Bernie Firman began to suspect the place was haunted. The stories of mysterious sounds and figures have been documented in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and the building has been visited by the Pennsylvania Department of Paranormal Investigations. Like all successful entrepreneurs, Firman decided to turn a bad situation into opportunity. For one month each year, he and his brother enlist a cast of actors to don gory attire and collaborate with the suspected specters to frighten visitors to the Terror Town haunted house. In Terror Town, shrieks drift across more than 30,000 square feet of scenes made to simulate a subterranean cannibal civilization. Scenes in the evil mini-city include an insane asylum, a gory grocery store, and a room where a barbershop quartet might be about to have practice.