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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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Wednesday Oct 5th, 2022

Fantastic Fall Fishing in Northwestern Pennsylvania

Mention “autumn” to non-fisherperson and visions of colorful fall foliage and orange pumpkins will likely come to mind. But for anglers it means deeply bent fishing rods and exceptional-size freshwater gamefish in their landing nets.

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Tuesday Oct 4th, 2022

Get Spooky in Eerie, Pennsylvania!

From things that go bump in the night to unexplainable ghostly noises, the city with the "eerily" appropriate name is ready to scare you senseless with numerous Halloween happenings.    

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Saturday Oct 1st, 2022

The Best Places to Enjoy Fall Foliage in Erie County

Fall in Erie is a magical time filled with crisp air, pumpkin patches, fall events and spectacular colors! Erie County is home to some of the best places to experience fall’s beauty up-close. 

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Tuesday Sep 27th, 2022

Fun Indoor Things to Do with Kids in Erie, PA

Solve the problem every parent faces when hearing “we’re bored!” and “there’s nothing to do!” by treating them to an indoor adventure at one of Erie’s kid-friendly indoor attractions!

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Tuesday Sep 20th, 2022

Five Family-Friendly Fall Festivals

Fall is a time for colorful leaves, Halloween costumes, hay rides, pumpkin spice everything and some of Erie’s favorite festivals.

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Wednesday Sep 14th, 2022

15 Things to Sip on This Fall in Erie, Pennsylvania

Fill up your mug, glass, goblet or stein with the crisp, sweet flavors of fall! 

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Tuesday Aug 9th, 2022

Great Ways to Get Out on the Water in Erie PA

Whether it’s a leisurely dining or sunset cruise, a swashbuckling pirate adventure, a fishing excursion or an opportunity to just appreciate being on the water, here are the best ways to explore Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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Thursday Aug 4th, 2022

The Top 10 Places for Outdoor Dining in Erie, PA

Finding a restaurant with outside dining in Erie is easy.  Deciding on which one to actually go to may be hard.  Throughout Erie County there are a wide variety of outside dining options. 

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Wednesday Aug 3rd, 2022

The Best Brunch Spots in Erie

There’s nothing better than a leisurely Sunday brunch. Many Erie restaurants offer Sunday brunch specials throughout the surrounding area to make your weekend as relaxing as possible.

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Wednesday Jul 20th, 2022

Summer Fun Things to Do with Kids in Erie PA

Family fun has never been this easy! There are so many fun things to do in Erie PA you’ll never run out of ideas!

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Thursday Jul 14th, 2022

How to Stay Cool This Summer in Erie PA

The Erie region is filled with fun watery adventures! Beat the heat this summer and make your lake escape to Erie PA! 

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Friday Jul 8th, 2022

Where to Stop and Smell the Roses – The Best Public Gardens in Erie, PA

Come discover what’s growing on with the flowers, shrubs and trees that make up Erie’s beautiful public gardens. 

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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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Friday Jul 1st, 2022

Shopping in the Hill District

The Shops on the Hill, located in Erie’s Historic Federal Hill area, is a neighborhood that focuses on revitalizing small business, community engagement, diversity, and inclusion.

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Friday Jul 1st, 2022

African American Heritage Trail Tour

The ‘Hello Erie’ trip planner app offers twelve do-it-yourself tours. One of the newest is a narrated African American History Tour that includes historic sites, contemporary murals, and African-American-owned businesses.

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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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Friday Jun 10th, 2022

The Best Camping Sites in Erie, Pennsylvania

Escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and camp under the stars in Erie PA.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fall Harvest at Port Farms

Happy Fall Y’all! Celebrate 125 years of Port Farms during the Fall Harvest season from September 17th – October 30th. Grab your friends and family and enjoy a variety of fall themed activities for every age. With over 25 attractions here at the farms, our guests create long-lasting memories worth repeating. General admission includes hay wagon rides, 8-acre corn maze, slide mountain, ball zone, game garden, pedal carts, animal exhibits, mindbender mazes, trike track, tire fort and so much more! PLUS, this year we have added tons of new events that are included with admission! Learn more and purchase tickets: https://portfarms.simpletix.com

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