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Where to Stop and Smell the Roses – The Best Public Gardens in Erie, PA

Friday Jul 8th, 2022

Come discover what’s growing on with the flowers, shrubs and trees that make up Erie’s beautiful public gardens.  Gardens are a relaxing way to escape from the noise and stressors of everyday life.  Their vibrant blooms, fragrances and overall beauty provide calm, quiet settings for its visitors to spend time appreciating Mother Nature. Here are the best public gardens found in the Erie region. Main photo: credit @cerlyanna

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Goodell Gardens & Homestead

Located along Pennsylvania Historic Route 6 in Edinboro, PA, Goodell Gardens is an accredited arboretum and public garden with 78 acres of roses, native and pollinator-friendly plants, flowering shrubs and trees including an extensive collection of rhododendron. On Sundays during the summer months, visitors can take free guided garden tours, “Along the Garden Path” to learn about the many aspects of horticulture.

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Erie Zoo & Botanical Gardens

In addition to its 400 different species of animals, the Erie Zoo grounds are landscaped with a variety of gardens and plants, many of which provide food, shade, and shelter for the animals.  The gardens contain colorful tropical plants, tulips and other perennials, trees, herbs and flowering shrubs. There are eleven gardens located throughout the Zoo including the Butterfly Garden and the Wild Asia Garden.  Click here for the Zoo’s garden map.   
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Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park (LEAF)

Home to over 1,000 trees, the Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park (LEAF) is a tree museum featuring a diverse collection of flowering trees, evergreen trees and plants.  Many of the trees in the arboretum have a plaque identifying its Latin and common name.  LEAF has shaded pathways, Cascade Creek, a virtual tree gazebo, labyrinth and even a winter garden. Click here for a park map. Photo credit: @erieactivities via Instagram

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Asbury Woods Nature Center

Asbury Woods features 205 acres of preserved property which includes native species, old-growth forests, landscaped gardens, streams, boardwalk trails and Walnut Creek. The popular Greenway Trail is worth exploring as it consists of adjacent tracts of land and a network of trails connecting Browns Farm and Asbury Woods Nature Center.  

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Port Farms

Although not considered a public garden, Port Farms’ acres and acres of blooming sunflowers and zinnias is a definite must-stop, must-smell destination. Their annual Flower Festival takes place August 6-September 11, 2022 where guests are invited to walk through the fragrant fields or take a sweet smell of summer home with them either by the bloom or the bucket. Photo credit: @cerlyanna

Partner Spotlight


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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