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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.