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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 Sep 21st, 2021

Comfort Food in Erie County (Get Your Food Coma On!)

This is for those of you searching for an indulgent, warming and maybe even nostalgic bite to eat. Classic meat and potato dishes, ooey gooey cheesiness and decadent bites of yum!

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Thursday Sep 16th, 2021

7 Fun Date Ideas Around Erie That Won't Break The Bank

Here in Erie, there are plenty of options for a romantic night out that won’t break the bank.  Here are seven cheap and fun ideas for a memorable date night on a budget.

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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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Monday Jul 19th, 2021

Suit Your Case – What to Bring Along for Vacation?

Are you keen to spend some time in Erie, Pennsylvania? Whether you’re from America or anywhere else in the world, this city has so much to offer.  However, before you set off on an Erie adventure, you need to pack.

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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 Mar 11th, 2021

Erie to Host Historic NCAA Women’s Frozen Four

The 2021 NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey Championship will be one for the record books, and when the top eight teams in the country take the ice from March 15-20, women from around the country will make history in Erie.

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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

Erie Favorites

We each have our own favorite places and things we love about the Erie area.  Fond memories about that cool place you would go to hang out with your best friend or a special restaurant where your parents used to take you as a kid that you now take your own family....

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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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Wednesday Apr 29th, 2020

6 Ways Erie-ites Can Keep the Family Entertained From Home

Don't think of yourself being cooped up inside. Instead, consider recent shelter-in-place orders as a time to reconnect with your family.

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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 25th, 2020

Keep On Keepin' On - Fun Online Activities in Erie PA

UPDATED MONDAY MARCH 30, 2020!
VisitErie.  It’s our name and pretty self-explanatory.  We sincerely hope you do when this is all over. Come back and see us on your own terms, when you’re ready, when you’re comfortable. In the meantime, check out the following links from Erie’s tourism industry for some fun family-forward activities and a few laughs too!

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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!

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Wednesday Mar 4th, 2020

10 Great Things to Do in Erie in March

Whether in like a lamb or a lion, March in Erie is full of fun things to check out; event-wise. We break down 10 of some notable ones you shouldn't miss.

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Thursday Feb 27th, 2020

What's New in 2020

Spring is so close we can almost smell the freshly cut grass and blooming flowers and trees. New things are popping up all over for Erie in 2020 - read all about them.

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Thursday Feb 20th, 2020

Six (or more) things to do this winter

Cure your Erie cabin fever with our hand-picked list of things to do indoors this winter.

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Friday Feb 14th, 2020

Reasons to Love Erie

What we love about Erie and why there will always be a special place in our hearts for this AWEsome city! 

Partner Spotlight

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Port Farms Fall Harvest

Experience Fall Harvest at Port Farms September 18th - October 31st. With a variety of activities, the farm is sure to please guests of all ages. Located in Erie County, PA, the farm offers many activities including a Jumpkin Patch, Slide Mountain, Tiny Town, Pedal Carts, 8-acre Corn Maze, Pumpkin Picking, and MUCH more. Create lasting memories today! 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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New Direct Daily Flights to Washington, DC

Erie International Airport now offers two direct daily flights to and from Washington Dulles International Airport with connecting flights to the east coast, west coast and international destinations. Book your flight today!

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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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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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Creation Station

The Creation Station is an unique arts and crafts studio where kids can create and have fun!
Book your birthday party, register for a ladies night out or stop in during open Craft days and choose a project from the project board.

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Mazza Vineyards and the South Shore Wine Company

The Mazza family welcomes you to 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.

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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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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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Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership

The Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership is leading Erie's economic evolution. We're the heart of the business community to champion a vibrant and sustainable economy. Your business is our business. Become a member and increase your brand awareness, advocate for important business issues, and gain access to people, education, and information integral to elevating your team's success.

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Millcreek Mall

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

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