Pittsburgh Quick Guide
Pittsburgh has deep roots in American history. From the mid-1700s when Fort Pitt was built, through the Civil War that was fought in the late 1800s, "America's First City" was an early place of significance for the military, and later a center of production for much-needed goods.
From about 1901 to the 1980s, the city's economy came to rely heavily on the production of steel. So steeped into the local culture were the steel mills that the city's professional football team - the Pittsburgh Steelers - was named in honor of Steel City, as Pittsburgh is sometimes called.
Known today as "America's Most Livable City," Pittsburgh's economy is driven by government, health, education, manufacturing, service and professional industries.
The City of Pittsburgh City-County Building is located at 414 Grant Street. Residents with questions, comments or concerns about city departments and services can call the mayor's non-emergency response line by dialing 311 from any landline phone.
Getting Around or Getting Away
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Making Pittsburgh Your Home
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Where to Go in Pittsburgh
Whether you try a new cuisine, find a new hangout or take up a new hobby, Pittsburgh's varied neighborhoods and rich mix of cultures make it easy to find new things to do and places to go.
With its unique confluence of rivers, Pittsburgh is also a great place for water-based activities as well, such as boating, fishing and rowing.
For an adventure in great dining, visit the neighborhoods of East Pittsburgh where you can literally taste your way around the world. The variety of restaurants located in this area reflects the rich culinary heritage of the European immigrants who made Pittsburgh home in the early 1900s during the employment boom created by the number of steel mills that were built in the area.
Things to Do in Pittsburgh
Art and culture seekers won't be disappointed by Pittsburgh's many cultural venues, including the Andy Warhol Museum and the Carnegie Museum of Art. For those who crave the great outdoors, Pittsburgh's picturesque parks, biking and hiking trails, don't disappoint.
In addition to being ranked as one of the most livable cities in the nation, Pittsburgh is a lively locale as well. For a day of family fun, visit the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. With thousands of animals in the zoo and a wide variety of waterborne creatures in some 380,000 gallons of fresh and saltwater, as the facility's address intones, this is "One Wild Place."
Those looking for something a little more grown up will enjoy nightlife in the Steel City. Station Center is home to The Matrix, a four-in-one nightclub experience with music for every kind of taste. For a mellower vibe and a throwback to the 1940s, check out Kelly's Bar & Lounge over in Shadyside.
Pittsburgh Steelers fans head to Heinz Field for fast football action, or to PNC Park to catch a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game. And the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins call Mellon Arena home.
Popular Pittsburgh Attractions
- Art Institute of Pittsburgh
- Fort Pitt Museum
- Carnegie Museum of Natural History
- Mt. Washington Observation Tower