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What's New in 2020

Chris Temple

Thursday Feb 27th, 2020

New things are popping up all over for Erie in 2020. Spring is so close we can almost smell the freshly cut grass and blooming flowers and trees. Read for yourself and find out what’s new in our own backyard. 

Experiential Tours with VisitErie!

Looking to try new things, be immersed in unique local activities, and create memories? We’ve got just the thing for you adventurous, hands-on types.

Pottery Making, Whiskey Barrel Tasting, Erie Food Tours, Winery Tours and Horse-back riding. More tours coming soon!

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Double D.A.B. Riding Stable

Waldameer Amusement Park & Water World

Waldameer Amusement Park & Water World is growing yet again! Waldameer and Water World is racing into Summer 2020 with an exciting 6-lane Rally Racer waterslide debuting in Water World. Racers will collect their racing mat at ground level and make their way up to the starting line atop a 50 ft tower.

From the start line, racers will spiral down headfirst on their mats in enclosed tubes that meet and form an open-flume “rally section.” Then, racers will spiral again in enclosed tubes until they meet in a final rally section with a drop into finish line.

The amusement park wasn’t left out for 2020, as a new family spinning coaster, Whirlwind, will offer pint-size thrills for children and their families.”

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The Rally Racer at Waldameer

Erie Axe Throwing

Erie Axe Throwing (inside Quaker Steak & Lube) is the first facility of its kind in Erie. Guests can master the art of axe throwing, an activity which has been growing in popularity across America.

Guests can "sharpen" their throwing technique with one of the legendary Axe Masters before splitting their group into teams and aiming for their highest score in a side-by-side competition. 

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Erie Axe Throwing

U.S. Ariel Historic Adventures

Climb aboard the U.S. Ariel and experience Erie’s role in the Battle of Lake Erie first-hand. Venture onto Presque Isle Bay and tour key historical locations:

  • Cascade Creek Inlet
  • Dobbins Landing
  • Misery Bay
  • Perry’s Monument.

Knowledgeable guides identify and describe points of interest while they supply enlightening information about the area’s history. Learning history has never been this fun! Take part in on-board activities (including water cannon battles) and feel what it was like to be a sailor on a tall ship at war. 

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U.S. Ariel

Asbury Woods Nature Center

A new boardwalk and teaching pavilion were recently completed after a 10-year planning process. The new boardwalk is 8 feet wide, 2,000 feet long, lighted and includes handrails on each side and is fully accessible for wheelchairs. 

The teaching pavilion is on the edge of a wetlands on nature center grounds. Both provide a unique outdoor learning experience for children and visitors.

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The boardwalk at Asbury Woods

Lot 10

There’s a new spot downtown where you can step out to enjoy some fresh air. Lot 10, located off of East 5th Street between the Erie Art Museum and expERIEnce Children’s Museum recently transformed into a unique new garden setting for Erie.

Whether you’re looking to just sit and relax to enjoy the day, or even to host a meeting to catch up on work, there is something for everyone in the newly renovated lot. The Lot’s one-of-a kind hut, archway and trashcans were designed by local artist Evan Everhart and made out of recycled materials.

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Lot 10

Partner Spotlight

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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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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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Holidays at Port Farms

Experience the holidays at Port Farms November 26th through December 23rd. The farm features horse-drawn carriage & sleigh rides, Santa's Workshop with holiday activities, surprise visits from Santa, live music, pick your own Christmas trees, holiday decor, and more. The farm will be open Wednesday - Sunday. Create lasting memories with your family and friends at Port Farms!

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Direct Daily Flights to Charlotte, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.

Erie International Airport is serviced by American Airlines and United Airlines with daily flights to Charlotte, Chicago, and Washington D.C. with connecting flights to the east coast, west coast, and international destinations. Book your flight today at or

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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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Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership

The Erie Regional Chamber is leading Erie’s economic evolution through awareness, advocacy, and access to the people, education, and information integral to elevating regional success and economic growth. Become a member today and join us in championing a vibrant and sustainable regional economy.

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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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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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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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Millcreek Mall

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

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