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VisitErie Blog

Welcome to the official blog of VisitErie! 

Read about fun things to do in Erie PA and surrounding Erie County. Check back with us often for the latest and greatest news, to-do lists, event happenings and inside looks!

 

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Tuesday Jul 5th, 2022

Get to Know the Hagen History Center - Where History Inspires

The Hagen History Center, formerly known as the Erie County Historical Society, is a museum campus located in downtown Erie with a focus on the history of Erie County over the past 200 years. 

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Thursday Jun 30th, 2022

Happy Birthday America! Great Ways to Celebrate Independence Day in Erie PA

The Erie region has several Fourth of July weekend events to help you celebrate our most patriotic of holidays.

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Thursday Jun 30th, 2022

10 Free Things to Do Around Erie

The Erie area is packed with free festivals, events, attractions and activities to help you plan your lake escape and save a few dollars.  

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Tuesday Jun 28th, 2022

Community Art: Murals of Erie County

Did you know there are more than eighty murals scattered across the city of Erie and surrounding areas? Learn more about Erie's history and community through these artistic works that can be seen throughout the city.

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Thursday Jun 23rd, 2022

Top Comfort Food Found in Erie, PA

Indulge yourself in the high calorie, high carb, tasty goodness that is comfort food. Filled with warm flavors, nostalgia (and calories!), there are several Erie restaurants you need to check out!

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Tuesday Jun 14th, 2022

Father’s Day in Erie PA – Fun Things to Do with Dad

If you’re scratching your head over what to do for dad this Father’s Day, never fear!  The Erie region has some great ideas to help you along. 

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Wednesday Jun 1st, 2022

How to Celebrate Pride Month in Erie PA

Show your Pride all month long and come party in Erie!  Here are some amazing ways to celebrate Pride in Erie PA!

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Thursday May 19th, 2022

“Do 6” Things to Do in Erie County – Discover Pennsylvania Route 6

The PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor covers all of Northern Pennsylvania including parts of Erie County.  The Erie segment has several attractions, shops and restaurants waiting for you to discover.  

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Tuesday May 17th, 2022

The Best Places to Catch an Erie Sunset

Erie Pennsylvania is considered by many to have some of the best sunsets in the world.  With the stunning backdrop of Lake Erie and its miles of shoreline, Erie sunsets set the perfect scene for romantic proposals, friendly gatherings or a place for quiet reflection after a long day.

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Wednesday May 11th, 2022

Say Cheese! The Best Places to take a Picture in the Erie Region

The Erie region has many unique locations that are considered to be picture perfect. Here are a few suggestions of the best places to take a picture in the Erie area. 

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Monday May 9th, 2022

7 Favorite Summer Activities at Presque Isle State Park

There is always something fun to do at Presque Isle State Park, where you can easily spend an entire day enjoying the park’s many outdoor adventures.  Bring your family and friends and make your escape to Presque Isle! 

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Wednesday Apr 27th, 2022

The Best Ways to Spoil Mom in Erie PA

Mother’s Day is a day we set aside to honor special “moms” and thank them for their unconditional love and support.  Here are a few of our favorite ways to treat her to something special.  

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Monday Apr 18th, 2022

Celebrating Earth Day and Erie County “Green” Attractions

Erie County is home to many attractions that are environmentally friendly, or “green.” 

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Thursday Mar 31st, 2022

The Best Golfing in the Erie Region

The Erie region is home to several golf courses that welcome every type of golfer from beginner to professional.  Main photo-Paul Gibbens Creative

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Friday Mar 18th, 2022

Five Ways to Spend a Spring Day on Erie’s Waterfront

Now that warmer temperatures are on the way, are you ready to “spring” out of the house and find some fun things to do? Photo by @SnapsBySean

 

 

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Thursday Mar 10th, 2022

What's New in 2022

Here's a look at what's new for the Erie area in 2022!

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Wednesday Feb 23rd, 2022

Must See March Events in Erie

The month of March is filled with fun things to do! 

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Tuesday Feb 22nd, 2022

Celebrating Women-Owned Erie County Businesses

March is Women's History Month and to celebrate, VisitErie is shining a spotlight on four local, and amazing, women business owners.

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Thursday Feb 10th, 2022

The Best Places for Outdoor Winter Fun in Erie PA

It’s safe to say this season our area has received a healthy amount of the fluffy white stuff and for a lot of people that means SNOW MUCH FUN is waiting to be had!

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Tuesday Nov 16th, 2021

Unique Holiday Shopping Ideas

Our area is loaded with AWESOME locally-owned businesses that sell all sorts of unique gifts you can’t find in traditional name brand stores! 

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Friday Nov 12th, 2021

Holiday Events in Erie County

The holiday season is upon us! Time to celebrate with family and friends. (Main photo:  Asbury Woods Winter Wonderland)

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Tuesday Oct 26th, 2021

Erie's Must-Visit Wineries

Although perhaps not quite as famous as places like Napa Valley or Sonoma, Lake Erie Wine Country is a fantastic destination for serious wine lovers.

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Wednesday Jul 28th, 2021

Dive In and Beat the Heat in Erie PA!

Erie County has plenty of options for you to cool off during the dog days of summer.  Here are some of our favorite ways to beat the heat!

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Wednesday May 19th, 2021

Top 5 Tours to Try in Erie County

Hop in your car or explore on foot, Erie has plenty of self-guided driving and walking tours to keep you busy for days.

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Monday May 10th, 2021

Everything You Need to Know About Outdoor Dining in Erie County (and What to Try!)

Get the scoop on our top suggestions for the best outdoor dining spots along the waterfront, downtown, in and around town and other unique places. PLUS! We’ll give you a tip or two on an amazing dish and drink you simply MUST try while there.

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Wednesday Mar 31st, 2021

Be a Happy Camper! Great Camping Ideas in the Erie Area

There’s nothing quite like getting away from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life and escaping to The Great Outdoors to breathe in the fresh air, sleep under the stars and roast marshmallows over an open fire.

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Friday Mar 12th, 2021

Girl Power!

Celebrating Women-Owned Businesses in Erie County. National Women's History Month is celebrated in March to highlight the contributions of women in American history.

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Thursday Feb 25th, 2021

Getting to Know Erie's Distilleries & Breweries

Erie is home to several distilleries and microbreweries just waiting to introduce you to their newest creations!

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Monday Feb 8th, 2021

Love is in the Air – Valentine Ideas in Erie, PA

Erie has plenty of options to get you in a loving mood.  From the traditional wine and chocolate to the more unusual yoga and painting events, there is something for everyone to love. 

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Monday Feb 8th, 2021

Celebrating Black History Month in Erie PA

Gather up the family or a few friends, take the journey and discover for yourself how important African American achievements were in forming our area.

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Thursday Dec 17th, 2020

Head Over Meals for Erie Restaurants!

Erie’s restaurant scene is an ever-evolving landscape of flavors, fare and creativity. Over the years our area has been home to some really cool restaurants both present and past. They need our help now more than ever.

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Thursday Dec 17th, 2020

WintERIE Wonderland - Outdoor Adventures

Bundle up and get ready to explore our WintERIE Wonderland! 

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Friday Nov 13th, 2020

Shopping Small with BIG Results!

Think about what our area would be like if we didn’t have any small businesses. Get out and SHOP SMALL…not just on Small Business Saturday (this year it’s November 28) but EVERY DAY.

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Friday Nov 13th, 2020

Murals of Erie County

If you’ve been to Erie and the surrounding area lately, you can’t help but notice a multitude of colorful murals decorating the walls of local buildings. We invite you to get out and discover them for yourself or with family and friends.

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Friday Nov 13th, 2020

'Tis the Season - Holiday Events in Erie County

The holidays are upon us and everyone we hope is ready to celebrate, whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukah or even Festivus!  If you need a little more encouragement this season, we have some great events to get you in the holiday spirit!  

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Tuesday Oct 13th, 2020

Cheers! Celebrating Pennsylvania Wine Month

October is officially recognized as Pennsylvania Wine Month.  We celebrate our wineries every day!  Our area is blessed to have not one, not two, not even ten, but 23 wineries!

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Wednesday Sep 23rd, 2020

A Reel Good Time! Fishing in Erie PA

Fish from shore or stream, bring your boat or hire a charter. Northwest Pennsylvania is one of the country’s greatest angling destinations!

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Wednesday Sep 23rd, 2020

Fall Food Favorites!

We love all the seasons but fall has to be one of our favorites.  The beautiful colors, fun events and activities and of course the fabulous fall FOOD!

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Tuesday Sep 15th, 2020

Falling for Fall - 10 Great Ways to Enjoy Autumn in Erie PA

With summer in our rear-view mirror and fall on the approaching horizon, we thought we’d take a moment to clue you in on some local area activities for fall!

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Tuesday Aug 11th, 2020

Best Shopping Places in Erie PA

Erie County is filled with unique shops, plazas and tucked away retail gems. In addition to being open for in-person visits, many of them offer online shopping, call-in service and curbside pickup.

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Monday Aug 3rd, 2020

Cheers to Erie's Wineries, Breweries & Distilleries!

Summer is the perfect time to get out and explore the flavor of Erie County! Take a day to experience what Erie’s brewers, winemakers and distilleries are conjuring up right in your own backyard.

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Thursday Jul 16th, 2020

Stop and Smell the Roses! Public Gardens of Erie County

During these new times, many of us have discovered or re-discovered The Great Outdoors.  One of our favorite outdoor activities is getting out and exploring the beautiful public gardens located throughout Erie County.

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Tuesday Jun 9th, 2020

Cool Activities for Hot Summer Days – Water, Water Everywhere!

While things may not be completely back to normal, we are all eager to get outside and enjoy the warmer temperatures and have some fun this summer!  What better way to celebrate than by getting out on the water?!

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Monday Apr 6th, 2020

Online Shopping in Erie PA

Being stuck indoors and sheltering in place really bums us out.  It’s especially hard for those die-hard shoppers who love the thrill of the hunt in finding that great bargain.  

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Wednesday Mar 18th, 2020

The Great Outdoors in Erie PA!

Get outside and enjoy the many outdoor recreational opportunities Erie County has to offer!

Partner Spotlight

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The Cork 1794

The Cork 1794 is the perfect spot for a date night or special occasion! Indoor and outside seating available with amazing food.

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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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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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Make memories all year at Port Farms!

Bring your family to Port Farms this summer, fall and winter! Port Farms is a fun-filled family destination located in Waterford, PA (30 minutes outside of Erie). The farm features many activities for all ages including a NEW Flower Festival, animal exhibits, slides, pedal carts, wagon rides, 8-acre corn maze, jumping pillows, pumpkin picking, Christmas tree picking, visiting with Santa, and much more. Options for wedding venues, corporate events, birthday parties, and school field trips are also available. To learn more, purchase tickets, or book an event visit www.portfarms.com.

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UPMC Hamot - See What Makes Us Different

UPMC Hamot is a 423-bed hospital in Erie, PA, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services, and serves as a regional referral hub and Level II Trauma Center.

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Millcreek Mall

The Millcreek Mall features more than 160 stores, restaurants, and fun for the whole family on Upper Peach Street, Erie’s most popular shopping district! Shopping in Erie means no sales tax on clothing or shoes. Choose from a variety of hotels located on the Mall property and just minutes away at the intersection of Peach Street and Interstate 90.

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When you have an opportunity to fly, give Erie a try - support your hometown airport!

Direct Daily Flights to Charlotte and Chicago.
Erie International Airport is serviced by American Airlines and United Airlines with daily flights to Charlotte and Chicago with connections across the country and around the world. Book your flight today at www.aa.com or www.united.com

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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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Outdoor Dining at the Bayfront Grille

The Bayfront Grille Restaurant at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel is excited to announce that our Bayside Patio is open for Lunch and Dinner. Please check Open Table for reservations or contact the restaurant directly at 814-454-2005.

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John Russell Brewing Company Brew House & Restaurant

Local Craft Beer Brewery & Pub in Erie, PA! Featuring a large selection of craft beers, a wood-fired brick oven featuring fresh dough specialty pizzas & our open-view brewing environment makes for a unique experience! Reservations // Call 814.866.BEER (2337)
:: Full Menu, Wood-fired Brick Oven & Casual Pub Dining
:: Brewery & Craft Beer Pub
:: Craft Beers on Tap & Beer To-Go
:: Indoor & Outdoor Dining & Bar
:: Online Ordering & Takeout
:: Beer To-Go
:: Conveniently located of I-90 on Peach Street

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Mazza Vineyards and the South Shore Wine Company

Local wine is great for holiday entertaining, plus it makes a great gift! Stop by to try (and pick up) award-winning wines at Mazza Vineyards and the historic South Shore Wine Company, both located in North East, PA.

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