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Family Friendly Attractions - Staycation

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The Erie region is a fantastic place to raise a family. It’s an even more fantastic place to vacation as a family. Why not take your family vacation in your own backyard this year and live like a tourist right here in Erie County? We took a look at some affordable, simple stops to make during a weekend (or weekday) trip around town with the family that will please kids of all ages:

Harbor View Miniature Golf - Nothing beats the views at Erie’s Bayfront mini golf course! At 36 State St, Erie, PA 16507, Harbor View Miniature Golf has 18 dazzling holes with a backdrop of some of the coolest sights on the water. Harbor View Miniature Golf let us walk through and check out some of the safety procedures they’ve enacted to help manage COVID-19. Starting your day here is a fun and safe way to get some exercise and check out some great sights. The Presque Isle Yacht Club and public docks provide great views of tons of different boats. The Dobbins Landing Tower and Bayfront Convention Center across the marina are also great sights to check out before and after your family putts around the course.

Hooch & Blotto’s - Looking for a great rainy day activity? Or just one to get you and your kids out of the hot sun for a bit? Hooch and Blotto’s at 8071 Peach St, Erie, PA 16509 is a great spot for indoor activities and snacks. Connected to Splash Lagoon Indoor Waterpark, Hooch and Blotto’s provides bowling, games, and food the whole family can enjoy. With updated safety procedures and cleanliness, Hooch and Blotto’s is open for business and ready for your family to have fun.

expERIEnce Children’s Museum - Downtown Erie’s expERIEnce Children’s Museum is a fantastic destination for curious children to learn and explore. The Children’s Museum is committed to upholding safety guidelines including wearing face coverings, physically distancing, and cleaning and disinfecting surfaces for visitors. Another great activity for a rainy (or especially hot) day, the Children’s Museum has over 50 exhibits that encourage hands-on, interactive learning. Take your kids through the Explore Floor to learn about archaeology and Earth science with the Portal to the Past Cave or the popular Water Table. The Imagination Floor offers numerous exhibits allowing kids to play and learn about science, engineering, math, and physics. The outdoor Discovery Corner has tons of interactive displays teaching kids about nature, Art, Music and Movement, Reading, Open Play, and more! The expERIEnce Children’s Museum is an entire day of activities, it may be hard to fit it all in!

Jersey Mike’s Subs - When you need a break from playing, exploring, and learning, grab a quick, affordable lunch at Jersey Mike’s Subs! Located at 1215 Pittsburgh Avenue, Jersey Mike’s is close to the action and super quick. There’s something everyone can enjoy with tons of tasty sub options made with high quality ingredients. Jersey Mike’s has a kids meal combo for under $5.00 that includes a sub, a drink, and a cookie for dessert. You can also order online and pick up in store to reduce wait time and get back to adventuring!

Cobblestone Bayfront Hotel & Suites and Courtyard Erie Bayfront - Looking for a quick stay in a hotel close to home? Finding lodging in your own town can make your weekend getaway feel like a real, luxurious vacation. Erie has tons of great hotels, but some really good, affordable options can be found down in the heart of the action by the Bayfront. The Cobblestone Bayfront Hotel & Suites, located on 701 W Bayfront Pkwy, Erie, PA 16507, is within walking distance to many of Downtown Erie and the Erie Bayfront’s best attractions like Dobbins Landing, the expERIEnce Children’s Museum, the Erie Art Museum, and more! The Cobblestone includes an indoor pool, fitness center, and beautiful modern rooms and suites. The Courtyard Erie Bayfront sits right on Presque Isle Bay near the Convention Center and has stunning views of the Bayfront and Presque Isle. An indoor and outdoor pool that overlooks the Bay is an absolute must-see. You can also dine on an outdoor patio overlooking the water and watch boats come in and out of the marina. For those who want to be right in the heart of the action with tons of great amenities, the Courtyard Erie Bayfront is a fantastic hotel to experience.

There are so many family-friendly sights to see and adventures to have right here in Erie, PA and distilling them to one small blog post would be impossible! Check out for a full list of locations, attractions, and restaurants and build an Erie Staycation Summer 2020 trip using their online Trip Builder! Happy travels!

Consider booking a hotel to complement your Erie Summer Staycation and make a night or two of it! Erie County has plenty of lodging opportunities from first-class hotels to quaint Bed & Breakfasts, family-owned motels, cottages and campgrounds.  For a complete list of lodging options, click here


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