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Six (or more) things to do this winter

Chris Temple

Thursday Feb 20th, 2020

Here’s a few of our favorite indoor winter activities:

Spending time outdoors in the winter can be refreshing and invigorating. However, sometimes it’s just too darn cold/windy/snowy/icy for even the most devoted outdoor enthusiast. So when cabin fever keeps trying to shove you out the door to go do something, we suggest heading out to head in! 

1. Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park & Resort

No matter what Mother Nature is throwing at us outside, it’s always a tropical 84 degrees inside Splash Lagoon. Consistently ranking in the Top 10 Water Park Resorts in the country; the Park’s water slides, pools, hot tubs, 12-level interactive Tree House, Tree Tops Ropes Course, arcade, Aqua Tumbler, 200,000-gallon wave pool and the new Flow Rider surf machine entertain thousands each year.

The cool part about this warm paradise is it connects to three hotels as well as Hooch & Blotto’s Sports Bar & Grill…with bowling!


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The new FlowRider at Splash Lagoon

2. Museums, Museums, Museums

Spend a day visiting the many museums located in Erie County. The Erie Maritime Museum focuses on the War of 1812 and the Battle of Lake Erie. It is also the homeport to the U.S. Brig Niagara, the official tall ship of Pennsylvania. The Erie Art Museum boasts a collection of more than 8,000 objects, with strengths in American ceramics, Tibetan paintings, Indian bronzes, photography, and comic book art.  

Create, explore and imagine at the expERIEnce Children’s Museum.  With over 50 exhibits on three floors, your little ones (birth to 8 yrs.) have plenty to investigate, experiment and build. Erie’s past is beautifully exhibited within the walls of the Hagen History Center. Their collections represent over 200 years of Erie’s history and are a comprehensive and accessible resource for many.

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The US Brig Niagara

3. The Tom Ridge Environmental Center 

Affectionately referred to as “TREC”, the Tom Ridge Environmental Center prides itself on being a hands-on, please-touch facility. Open year-round, TREC is an educational center dedicated to teaching visitors about the unique 3,200 acres of Presque Isle and the many different forms of life that inhabit the peninsula.

While you’re there, make sure to check out their Observation Tower, Presque Isle Gallery & Gifts, the Sunset Café and the Erie Visitors Center (located directly behind the front desk).

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The Tom Ridge Environment Center

4. Theater

It’s not just for drama queens anymore. Erie’s performance theaters are packed with suspense, comedy, tragedy, excitement and TALENT. The Erie Playhouse is the 12th oldest community theatre in the country and is located in the former Strand Theatre which was built as a movie house in 1947. All An Act Theatre is an intimate theatre located in the heart of Erie’s Little Italy offering diverse quality productions for everyone.

Enjoy dinner and a show at The Station Dinner Theatre. Known for its raucous sing-a-longs and famous Canterbury Feast, The Station has been entertaining guests for decades.     

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All an Act Theater's cast

5. Be a good sport

It’s all about the Erie Otters and the Erie Bayhawks during the winter months. The Otters are Midwest division members of the OHL (Ontario Hockey League), one of only three American teams in the league. The Bayhawks are an American professional basketball team of the NBA G League and an affiliate of the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association.

Both teams call Erie Insurance Arena home and both teams have fantastic promotions throughout their seasons! Our faves would have to be the Otters annual Teddy Bear Toss and the Bayhawks turning into the Erie Pepperoni Balls.

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The Erie Otters at home

6. And then…

if you are looking for something out of the ordinary to fill your time, you can work out your aggressions at Erie Axe Throwing or throw yourself back in time at Play Port arcade and family fun center.

Wrap up your Erie indoor winter fun with a nice shiny bow by stopping at any of our restaurants, breweries and wineries scattered throughout the area.  

Erie Axe Throwing
Erie Axe Throwing

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