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Eco-Friendly Attractions in Erie

Erie County is Eco-Friendly

Erie County is home to many attractions that are environmentally friendly, or “green.” Through certain guidelines, materials and practices, eco-friendly attractions produce less greenhouse gas emissions making them less harmful and more helpful to the Earth. Discover our region at these green attractions.

Asbury Woods

Through conservation of natural places, outdoor recreational opportunities, and environmental education experiences, Asbury Woods (pictured) strives to appreciate and protect natural spaces. The Andrew J. Conner Nature Center was designed with sustainability in mind including a geothermal heating and cooling system, vegetative “living” roof, natural lighting and solar heating. The meadow areas of the Brown's Farm property tell the ecological stories of interconnected ecosystems, changes to ecosystems, diversity of habitat, and human impacts on ecosystems. Read more about the meadow's current restoration project. 

Erie Art Museum

The Erie Art Museum’s 2015 building addition was Erie’s first attraction with a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, the second-highest level of sustainability achievement according to the U.S. Green Building Council. The museum’s green features include water-efficient fixtures, high competence heating and cooling system and recycled, rapidly renewable, low-emitting and certified construction materials.

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Presque Isle State Park and TREC

Presque Isle State Park is a National Natural Landmark with miles of beaches and outdoor recreation. In 2021, Park officials announced a new climate and sustainability plan to bring the Park to net zero energy. The Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC) is an educational and research center about Presque Isle. TREC’s green features include a floating floor to hide utilities, renewable resources, plant-based material floors, natural sunshade windows, solar panels and rainwater filters. (Pictured)

Erie Zoo

The Erie Zoo strives to foster a greater sense of awareness, stewardship and conservation of animals and plants. The water systems in some animal exhibits use recirculated water and the Zoo composts the herbivorous animal waste as well as kitchen scraps from animal diets. Most of their concession products are made from biodegradable or recyclable materials and the Zoo Gift Shop is bag-less.

Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park (LEAF)

LEAF is a tree museum inside Frontier Park with more than 1,000 trees. They promote environmental wellness for children, families and individuals with educational opportunities and outdoor experiences. LEAF is currently working on a project called ReLeaf, aiming to plant one tree for each citizen of Erie County outside of Frontier Park.

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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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John Russell Brewing Company Brew House & Restaurant

Local Craft Beer Brewery & Pub in Erie, PA! Featuring a large selection of craft beers, a wood-fired brick oven featuring fresh dough specialty pizzas & our open-view brewing environment makes for a unique experience! Reservations // Call 814.866.BEER (2337)
:: Full Menu, Wood-fired Brick Oven & Casual Pub Dining
:: Brewery & Craft Beer Pub
:: Craft Beers on Tap & Beer To-Go
:: Indoor & Outdoor Dining & Bar
:: Online Ordering & Takeout
:: Beer To-Go
:: Conveniently located of I-90 on Peach Street

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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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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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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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Fall Harvest at Port Farms

Happy Fall Y’all! Celebrate 125 years of Port Farms during the Fall Harvest season from September 17th – October 30th. Grab your friends and family and enjoy a variety of fall themed activities for every age. With over 25 attractions here at the farms, our guests create long-lasting memories worth repeating. General admission includes hay wagon rides, 8-acre corn maze, slide mountain, ball zone, game garden, pedal carts, animal exhibits, mindbender mazes, trike track, tire fort and so much more! PLUS, this year we have added tons of new events that are included with admission! Learn more and purchase tickets:

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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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