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What's New in 2022

Thursday Mar 10th, 2022

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Flagship City Food HallShowcasing Erie’s diverse culinary talent with a passion for food and cooking’ located in the heart of Downtown Erie. Vendors include: Luckie Louie’s Beer & Wieners, A Taste of Love, Shawarma Station, Dina’s Authentic Dominican, Blue Willow Bakery & Café, Noodle Love, Perry’s Tavern, The Straw Hat Sundae Shop, Taste and See Fruit & Veggie Bar.  

Flagship City Public Market - This isn’t your typical grocery store. The new public market features the best of local meats, produce and drinks. The Flagship City Public Market is located in the ground floor of the former Dispatch Building in Downtown Erie off of Perry Square. The grocery features fresh, local produce, bakery items, bulk products, and other staples for a healthy diet. the Deli and meat market offers city chicken, ox roast, sausage, and hand-cut steaks.  The distillery includes a “Tasting Room” and bottle shop where visitors can find their small-batch, artisanal, distilled products. All vendors accept SNAP, making the Market accessible for all members of the community.

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Tall Ships Erie Returns!

Join Erie in a four-day maritime celebration August 25-28! Climb aboard and explore a fleet of tall ships, sail the day away on select ships, or enjoy many other festival highlights including live music and entertainment, children’s activities, a festival marketplace, food vendors, and much more. 

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Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park new Tree House

Get set to get soaked!  Splash Lagoon recently updated their Tree House attraction.  The multi-level Tree House now has splash buckets, water sprayers, a giant Tipping Coconut, and two NEW slides: The Typhoon Twister and the Riptide Racers! 

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Presque Isle Lighthouse – The interior of the Presque Isle Lighthouse is getting a $70,000 facelift. The Presque Isle Light Station board seeks to preserve the lighthouse to a period of significance (1900 to 1920) when Andrew Shaw Jr., the light station’s longest tenured light keeper, kept watch.  Restoration work will include resurfacing of all walls with traditional wood lathe, bringing back the original wood floors, restoring the original plaster ceilings and rebuilding a doorway that used to lead to the parlor room.  A new rotating exhibit room to show various stories of the lighthouse’s history is also planned. The work is expected to be complete summer 2022. Pictured.

Sunset Grill new waiting area tower – The Sunset Grill, part of Edinboro Lake Resort is building a three-story tower at its location as a place where people can wait for the their table and overlook the lake while enjoying a beverage. The tower will have glass doors facing Edinboro Lake. All of the speakers throughout the facility will be synched to maintain musical continuity throughout the facility. Opening summer 2022.

Exterior new childrens museum

The expERIEnce Children’s Museum received a $5 million grant to help pay for planned expansion and renovations. The $15.1 million project will include a three-story, 19,000-square-foot addition to be built in a vacant lot next to the existing museum at 420 French St. A new outdoor area will accommodate open-air programs. Renovations to the existing building will include the installation of energy-efficient heating, cooling and lighting plus electrical, plumbing and communications upgrades. Groundbreaking March 2022. Project completion 2024. Pictured. 
The museum's new Mobile Museum has 5 mobile museum exhibits available for rental: Mobile Magnet Wall, Chalk Spinner, Flight Lab, Makers Space, and Rig-a-ma-jig. To book the Mobile Museum, you can reach out to Breanna Daughtery for after school programming, community events, and more! We bring the van to YOU and can set up a table/tent depending on the event.

Erie Sports Center - The Sports Center is a 28-acre multi-purpose venue for sports, tourism, business and social events as well as sports conferences. The facility will also have 61,000 sq. ft. indoor dome with FIFA –certified astro turf, 12 outdoor soccer fields and 8 baseball fields, The Fun Park opens May 2022 with go karts, mini golf, batting cages and climbing wall, 1,800 sq. ft. beach arena for volleyball and soccer.  Come try out the 150 seat LUMI café/restaurant/bar, conference room and sports science facility, too! 

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Presque Isle State ParkRecently unveiled a Climate and Sustainability Plan for Presque Isle State Park that will take the park to net zero energy. The park will add a 280kW solar canopy array over the parking lot at Beach 8 that is expected to take the park to net zero energy consumption. The array will save DCNR $30,000 on electricity annually while producing enough energy to power 25 average American homes. It will also reduce the park’s carbon footprint by more than 211,000 pounds a year, or the equivalent of removing 20 passenger cars from the road annually. Net zero energy is the use of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and on-site renewable generation to account for 100 percent of energy usage. Other plans include three public electric vehicle charging stations at Beach 8, and the addition of a plugin hybrid minivan and electric motorcycle added to Presque Isle’s vehicle fleet. Pictured

PA DCNR names French Creek the 2022 PA River of the Year. French Creek in northwestern Pennsylvania has been selected as the 2022 Pennsylvania River of the Year! French Creek is one of the most biologically diverse waterways of its size in the U.S., meandering 117 miles from its headwaters in southern New York through four PA counties to the Allegheny River. The creek is home to 27 species of freshwater mussels, more than 80 species of fish, and numerous waterfowl, and songbird species, including bald eagles and four Audubon-designated Important Bird Areas. French Creek Valley Conservancy will receive a $10,000 grant to help fund a slate of year-long 2022 River of the Year activities in celebration.

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The Erie Zoo – Wild Open Spaces campaign seeks to bring more animals, more exhibits and more upgrades to the Zoo in 2022 and beyond. Improvements include Main Zoo Building renovation, Colobus monkey exhibit, new otter exhibit, expanded giraffe exhibit and a new bear exhibit designed to house sloth bears. Other plans include a new 40-person restaurant, additional concession areas, expanded gift shop and a new train station. Photo credit: Erie Zoo


Icing on the Lake  is revolutionizing how and when you satisfy your sweet cravings! Introducing a new Afterhours Treat machine (ATM) to satisfy late night after hour snack attacks. Located just outside their store, the new dessert ATM will be stocked and ready for you! Pictured

Play Port debuts new Laser Tag. Bring your closest allies and compete in a team-based, or all for one free for all in their custom arena. An amazing environment that will take you away into another world. Fight for your survival and become the victor!

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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 or

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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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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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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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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 for more info!

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