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Monday Nov 21st, 2022

The Best Places for Outdoor Winter Fun in Erie, PA

The snow has arrived in Erie and that means SNOW MUCH FUN is waiting to be had!

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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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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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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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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 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.

Pride 2019 Dave Schroeder PACA

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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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.

Saras Hotdog Man Andy Teach

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! 

Monacella Massage

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.  

Asbury Woods Green Roof

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.” 

Bicentennial Tower sunset SnapsbySean

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

 

 

Erie Food Tours

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.

Virginias BeachCamping

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.

Partner Spotlight

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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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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 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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Christmas at Port Farms

Enjoy Santa’s Workshop every weekend for visits with Santa, live music, crafts, cookie decorating, and holiday food & drinks! They also offer cut-your-own trees, pre-cut trees, freshly made wreaths, holiday décor, and other great gifts throughout the week. The Port Farms Christmas season is November 25th - December 23rd and there is no admission fee. Plan an enchanting Christmas experience at Port Farms today! Visit www.portfarms.com for more info!

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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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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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