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Welcome to Erie, Pennsylvania

Located on the southern shore of our namesake lake, Erie is the Flagship City and Pennsylvania's primary access point to the Great Lakes. Erie is home to several professional performing arts groups and semi-pro sports teams with plenty to do on land or water.

(Last Updated May 6, 2020)

*** A Message from John Oliver, VisitErie President & CEO ***


A Letter to Erie County’s Tourism Industry:

VisitErie is the leader for marketing Erie’s tourism industry and promoting its economic growth.  However, our mission is currently on pause as we and the rest of the world confront this ever-growing COVID-19 crisis.  It is no surprise that our economy has taken a huge hit.  No industry has been impacted harder than the leisure and hospitality industry. 

Know that the VisitErie staff, although working from home, are hard at work responding to the challenges our industry faces and that we are driven by a strong commitment to our partners, our visitors and our community-at-large. We are currently working on a Recovery Plan so that when appropriate, we can resume promoting Erie as a destination for families, conventions and sports related events. VisitErie will continue to send you emails in an effort to provide you the most important and pertinent information regarding this crisis and its’ impact on our businesses.

In the meantime, I encourage you to stay in touch with us through our Facebook page, our Instagram account, this website, and our Blog.  If you have questions about general tourism, conventions or meetings, sporting events, partnership, etc. please feel free to reach out to us via email.  Additionally, our partners at the Erie Regional Chamber & Growth Partnership are acting as a clearing house for information on all of the State and Federal legislation that has been passed to offer some financial assistance to businesses. Their information can be found at

Your safety and well-being are of the utmost importance to VisitErie. It is my hope that all of you are adhering to the Stay-At-Home guidelines and remaining healthy and safe. When the day comes that we are allowed to resume travel, be assured that Erie will be ready and waiting to welcome visitors back to our safe and friendly shores.

Until then stay home, stay safe and stay healthy.


Partner Spotlight

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Port of Erie!

Located on the southeast shore of Lake Erie, the Port of Erie has been promoting industrial, commercial, and recreational opportunities on the waters of Lake Erie since 1959.

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Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership

The Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership, providing advocacy and access to people, information and education. Learn how you can get involved!

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Bayfront Grille is ideal for all!

Located inside of the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel and overlooking Presque Isle Bay, The Bayfront Grille is ideal for friends and family gatherings or a romantic dinner just for two. The Bayfront Grille serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Dinner menu items include delectable salads and appetizers as well as steak, chicken and seafood options. Enjoy this premier Erie dining choice.

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Fall is the perfect time to visit wine country!

Winter is a relaxed time to visit wine country. Enjoy a scenic ride to North East and stop in Mazza Vineyards and the historic South Shore Wine Company to sip and savor the local flavor."

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TSA Precheck Enrollment Event

The Erie Regional Airport Authority has postponed the TSA Precheck Enrollment Event until June 22-26, 2020.

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The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern

Join us today! The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern is sure to give you an unforgettable and care-free dining experience. Enjoy a nautical atmosphere with a beautiful view of Presque Isle Bay.

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U Pick 6 Craft Beer Pubs & Restaurants

Erie’s own local craft beer pubs are a must-visit! With 4 great locations, just pick one that’s convenient for you! A casual, family friendly dining experience with something for everyone! To view our menu, check out what’s on tap, or get to directions to our pubs, learn more now!”

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Millcreek Mall

A destination for shopping, dining and entertainment.
Experience it all!

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The Cork 1794

The Cork 1794 is the perfect spot for a date night or special occasion!

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