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About Erie, Pennsylvania

Welcome to Erie, Pennsylvania’s fifth largest city and Pennsylvania’s only Port on the Great Lakes. Located on beautiful Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie, Erie is a short drive from the major metropolitan areas of Buffalo, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Toronto via Interstates 79, 90 or scenic routes such as Route 5 (The Great Lakes Seaway Trail - An America’s Byway™), and historic Pennsylvania Route 6. Erie County is home to approximately 260,000 residents and is a true gem of Lake Erie. The Erie region offers a wide range of fun, affordable things to do. Erie’s easy to navigate street system allows for little to no traffic headaches, making it effortless to get from point to point. Make a lake escape to Erie's welcoming shores and get ready for a stress-free, relaxing adventure.

About VisitErie

Mission Statement: VisitErie is the leader of marketing Erie’s tourism industry and promoting its economic growth.

The Erie Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (EACVB) was formed as a division of the Erie Area Chamber of Commerce in 1961 and was formally named the “Erie Tourist and Convention Bureau”. In July 2001, the EACVB separated from the Erie Area Chamber of Commerce and became a stand-alone 501(c)6 non-profit organization and was designated as the official Tourism Promotion Agency for Erie County. In October 2007, the Erie Area Convention & Visitors Bureau officially changed its name to VisitErie. Since its separation from the Chamber, VisitErie has grown exponentially. In addition to increasing its staff, VisitErie has established multiple departments: Convention Sales and Services, Partnership, Marketing and Research, Communications, and the Erie Sports Commission.

As Erie County’s official Destination Marketing Organization, VisitErie provides visitors and residents with the most up-to-date information on Erie’s tourism product through the annual Erie Visitor Guide, ‘Hello Erie’ App, VisitErie.com, social media platforms, and other avenues. 

Erie’s Tourism Industry

Erie’s tourism industry is the third largest in Erie County, annually generating more than $1.2 billion in visitor spending and more than 15,000 jobs. Though Erie is known for its busy summer season, VisitErie and its partners are working to transform the Erie area into a four-season destination, offering fun affordable activities for all visitors.

 To request a copy of VisitErie's 2023 Annual Report, please contact Christine Temple. 

Staff and Board of Directors

VisitErie Staff:

John Oliver, President and CEO
Emily Biddle, Director of Marketing and Research
Christine Temple, Director of Communications
Janice Friedrichsmeyer, Director of Partnership
Hannah Stancliff, Director of Convention Sales and Services
Mary Morgan, Marketing Manager
Katlyn Shouey, Administrative Coordinator

Erie Sports Commission Staff:

Mark Jeanneret, Executive Director
Ben Huggler, Event Services Director
Sydney Dietz, Events and Marketing Manager

VisitErie Board of Directors:

Board Chair - Carla Higgins, ERIEBANK
Vice-Chair - Gus Pine, Erie Events
Treasurer - Terry Cascioli, Decision Associates
Secretary - Elliott Ehrenreich, Phillips Lytle LLP
Past Chair - Brian Gorman, Waldameer Park and Water World

Troy Bingham, Erie Sports Center
Kathy Dahlkemper, Erie Co. Convention Center Authority
Pam Forsyth, Lilly Broadcasting
Matthew Greene, Presque Isle State Park, DCNR
Gary Hendricks, Presque Isle Downs & Casino
Martin LaMar, Erie-Western PA Port Authority
Paul Leroux, Cobblestone Inn and Suites
Anne DiPillo, Red Letter Hospitality

Aaron Loncki, City of Erie
Derek Martin, Erie Regional Airport Authority
Vicke Marz, Victoria Inn
Jennifer Reed, Relish Inc.
Chris Scott, Scott Enterprises
Brian Shank, Erie County Council
Karen Thomas, Pineapple Eddie Southern Bistro
Stacy Tupek, Courtyard Erie Bayfront Hotel
Jon Whaley, County of Erie

Partner Spotlight

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Farmhouse Retreat

Your “Home Away from Home” short term rental sleeps 8 and is in a great location close to Erie Sports Center, Splash Lagoon, shopping and restaurants, as well as Steelhead Fishing. This restored 1881 Farmhouse is located on 10 private acres. Reminisce about bygone days when life was slower and simpler. With a long driveway and large yard, kick back by the firepit, watch wildlife or enjoy a beautiful Erie sunset from the back patio.

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Two45 Waterfront Grille Now Open!

Savor an exquisite waterfront dining experience at Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel, where culinary excellence meets panoramic views. This signature restaurant invites you to indulge in a delectable journey with a menu showcasing locally sourced ingredients and global inspirations while overlooking the serene waters of Lake Erie.

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Tia Book Cellar

Tia Book Cellar is an independent bookstore offering new and bargain books, unique gifts, puzzles, and games for all interests and ages. Located across from Gibson Park in North East, their brand embodies the local business model and the local grape heritage. Tia's believes that "there is always … local, an alternative, and a story." They look forward to helping you discover your next read or gift here.

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Exclusive Tourism Rewards

If you live more than 50 miles from Millcreek Mall, stop by the Customer Service Center to register. You’ll receive a Guest Rewards Tourism Program Luggage Tag. Scanning the QR Code on it will reveal special offers from participating mall merchants. If you spend $200 or more that day, take your receipts back to the Customer Service Center and you’ll get a FREE $20 Mall Gift Card. You get rewarded just for shopping!

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The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern

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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Dobbins Landing

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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Poverty Knob Farmhouse Ales

Stop by Port Farms to check out the newest addition, Poverty Knob Farmhouse Ales. We offer hand-crafted beers and delicious sharable food year-round. The brewery is family and dog friendly with both indoor and outdoor spaces. We offer games, music and entertainment for all ages!

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UPMC Hamot - See What Makes Us Different

UPMC Hamot is a 458-bed hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services. The hospital serves as a regional referral hub and is the only accredited trauma center in the region.

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814 Photo

Showcasing the incredible year round beauty of the City of Erie and its surrounding areas, commonly referred to as its area code "the 814". Explore some of Erie County's most breathtaking landscape photography.

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ASCEND Erie - Climbing | Fitness | Yoga

NOW OPEN! ASCEND fosters a community-centered climbing, fitness, and yoga experience by serving individuals and groups of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Located in Downtown Erie, ASCEND welcomes Erie visitors to stop in and give climbing a try!

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The Cork 1794

Open for Lunch and Dinner. Get ready for an experience like no other. An atmosphere where uncommon style, comfort and service seamlessly meld. Where food and beverages are expertly crafted to be beautiful, satisfying and truly special. A place that makes every day feel like a reason to celebrate.

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Oliver’s Beer Garden

This summer, head over to Oliver's Beer Garden for endless fun and live music entertainment. Enjoy live performances every Wednesday through Sunday night throughout the season!

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Mazza Vineyards and the South Shore Wine Company

The Mazza family welcomes you to explore 3 unique locations in Lake Erie Wine Country. Sip and savor award-winning wines at Mazza Vineyards and the historic South Shore Wine Company, both located in North East, PA, and be sure to visit their combination winery, distillery and brewery, Mazza Chautauqua Cellars/Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing, in nearby Westfield, NY.

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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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Erie Events

Erie Events manages a four facility entertainment complex that includes the Warner Theatre, Erie Insurance Arena, Bayfront Convention Center and UPMC Park. These four venues host a variety of events that include world-class entertainment, family friendly shows and sporting events.

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Soak in the fun!

Experience 84 degrees all year at one of the top water parks in the country.

Ante-up, Erie.

Find true action with slots, table games, sports book, and horse racing.

One stop convenience.

Fill your tank, pick up fresh food from local brands, and a six-pack to go in 40 regional locations.

Just for fun!

Experience family summer fun on more than 100 great rides, slides and attractions at Waldameer!

Award-Winning Compassionate Care

Voted Erie’s Choice Best Hospital for eight years in a row

One stop convenience.

Fill your tank, pick up fresh food from local brands, and a six-pack to go in 40 regional locations.

Just for fun!

Experience family summer fun on more than 100 great rides, slides and attractions at Waldameer!

Award-Winning Compassionate Care

Voted Erie’s Choice Best Hospital for eight years in a row

Ante-up, Erie.

Find true action with slots, table games, sports book, and horse racing.

Soak in the fun!

Experience 84 degrees all year at one of the top water parks in the country.