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Plot your summer vacations, schedule fall outings, cure those winter blues or make it a spring fling.  Whatever the reason and whatever the season, take a trip to Erie PA!  Entertaining, educational, affordable and FUN for you, your family and your friends. It’s a Pennsylvania adventure worth planning for!

Planning your way around Erie is a snap (or a tap) thanks to the HELLO ERIE mobile app.  This FREE GPS-based app for Apple and Android devices will help map out the perfect itinerary to ensure you get the most out of your Erie experience.  http://www.visiterie.com/app/

We’ve Got Beaches!

VisitErie - Presque Isle State ParkNestled between the shores of Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay is Erie’s top attraction – Presque Isle State Park. With sandy beaches and endless outdoor recreation, Presque Isle (French for “almost an island”) is a National Natural Landmark and one of Pennsylvania’s top vacation destinations, welcoming over 4 million visitors annually.  Visitors flock to Presque Isle for its distinctive blend of natural beauty and year-round recreation including swimming, boating, biking, surfing, birding and fishing.  Explore on foot, pontoon, wheels, segways, surreys, skis or pontoons and kayaks.   Just outside the Park’s entrance is the Tom Ridge Environmental Center or “TREC”.  TREC is a state-of-the-art, “green” facility, focused on educating visitors about the unique 3,200 acres that is Presque Isle State Park.  TREC features interactive exhibits, a 75′ observation tower, nature shop & gallery, informative workshops, programs and lectures, Sunset Café and The Big Green Screen, a 4-story high, 45 feet wide theater. Find out more about The Big Screen by visiting here:  

Family Fun for Everyone!

VisitErie - Family Fun at Waldameer Park & Water WorldLocated near the entrance to Presque Isle set among beautifully landscaped grounds and picnic groves, Waldameer Park & Water World is one of America’s oldest amusement parks.  Open May to September, Waldameer features amusement park rides including the Ravine Flyer II, ranked as the 6th best wooden coaster in the world!  Thrilling water park slides, live shows, modern arcade, traditional midway games, food and refreshment centers and numerous picnic groves make Waldameer a family favorite. If the weather outside is frightful, head inside to one of the largest indoor water parks in the Eastern United States, Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park & Resort.  It’s 87º of year-round water soaking excitement!  With a South Sea Island atmosphere, multiple twisting and turning slides, a 1000 gallon Tiki tipping bucket, multi-level activity Tree House, indoor wave pool, tree tops ropes course, food court, kiddie area and more, Splash Lagoon is over an acre of fun!  BONUS – The Water Park is connected to three hotels and a restaurant so you never have to venture outside. A family excursion to Erie wouldn’t be complete without spending time at the Erie Zoo & Botanical Gardens.  Located on 15 acres in the heart of the City, the Zoo has over 400 animals, representing 200 species around the world. Stroll their walkways and discover over 2,500 varieties from 600 species of plants among the landscaped grounds. Highlights include the historic Main Building, Kiboka Outpost, Wild Asia and the Children’s Zoo.  Open March 1- November 30.

Escape Game Erie is an interactive experience that brings code-cracking adventure to real-life with sophisticated puzzles and ciphers that are built into creative room themes. Will you be able to channel your inner hero and help lead your team through the locked door to safety… and can you do it before time runs out?

Get IN Your Game!

VisitErie - Presque Isle Downs & CasinoJoin the excitement of the hottest gaming action around at Presque Isle Downs & Casino, northwestern Pennsylvania’s premier gambling destination and racetrack! Try your luck at 1,580 slot machines, 32 table games and 9 poker tables, or place your bets on off-track and live thoroughbred racing.  Minutes from downtown Erie, Presque Isle Downs spans 272 acres with all the bells, whistles and high stakes excitement of a first-class Vegas casino. Featuring a state-of-the-art poker room, award-winning dining, four lounges, live entertainment and customer incentives. The gaming and excitement is 24/7!  Live horse racing (May – September).

Go Team!

VisitErie - Erie Otters OHL HockeyYear-round, sports enthusiasts have plenty to cheer about in Erie. The Erie Otters OHL hockey team and the NBA D-League Erie Bayhawks both call Erie Insurance Arena home and share the spotlight throughout the fall and winter months.  Boasting affordable ticket prices and fantastic family events and in-game promotions, it’s easy to enjoy the cracks of bats, slap shots and slam dunks..  Our local sports scene is thriving with four local colleges and four professional sports teams calling Erie home.  The Erie Bayhawks NBA D-league affiliate team of the Orlando Magic thrills audiences with slam dunks, three-pointers and high-flying excitement.  The Erie Otters Ontario Hockey League team gets crowds on their feet with hard checking, in-your-face hockey maneuvers.  The cracking of bats and cheers from the stands fill the air when the Erie Seawolves AA Detroit Tigers affiliate team takes the field.   Erie Commodores National Premier Soccer League kicks up the excitement during the summer months.

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