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DIY Tours

DO-IT-YOURSELF TOURS!

Do something different while in town and take a self-guided or guided tour of our area!  From murals to lighthouses, heritage trails and more, experience awesome is right around the corner! Tours can also be found on the FREE ‘Hello Erie’ trip planner app.  

To learn more information, visit the links throughout or watch a video at the bottom of this page.

Please check with each business for tour specifics and availability.

NEW! Pennsylvania Historical Markers of Erie County TourMemorial Park 2

Did you know Erie County is home to over 50 historical markers? Each marker is dedicated to either a person, place or event that has had a historical significance to our community on a state, regional and even national level. Travel throughout the City of Erie and surrounding towns of Union City, Corry, Edinboro, Girard, Waterford and others to discover such markers honoring the Erie Extension Canal, Fort LeBoeuf, Harry Kellar, Perry's Shipyards and Miracles on Maple Hill.   Also included in the list are missing markers and their significance along with GPS coordinates for every stop on this list.  All historical marker information was compiled by Bethany DeMuth from the Erie Times News.  Click here to access the tour information.  (Pictured: Memorial Park in Erie PA)

African American Heritage Trail Tour (with audio!)

VisitErie has partnered with the creators of A Shared Heritage Tour and Erie Arts & Culture to create a new tour that celebrates Erie County Black History.  The new self-guided audio-narrated tour is available through VisitErie’s ‘Hello Erie’ mobile app. The African American History Tour features historic points of interest, public art, and businesses that pay tribute to the City of Erie's African American heritage. including the church where internationally celebrated soloist and composer Harry T. Burleigh sang in the choir. Burleigh's achievements include adapting African American spirituals into his own compositions. Another stop, New Jerusalem, is one of Erie's oldest neighborhoods. Here African American families provided much-needed refuge for men and women fleeing enslavement through the Underground Railroad. The tour also includes several murals paying tribute to Erie's African American heritage.

You can download the FREE 'Hello Erie' mobile app from iTunes or Google Play.  Once downloaded, open up the app and click on "Tours". You can also download the app by using the following QR code.  

AfricanAmerican App Tour

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Downtown Erie Sculpture Walk

Erie Arts & Culture assisted the Erie Downtown Development CorporatioSculpture Walk Big Skyn to plan and implement  the first-ever Downtown Erie Sculpture Walk, a year-round outdoor exhibition of art. This privately funded initiative was curated by a panel of local leaders, art enthusiasts, and Downtown stakeholders. The Downtown Erie Sculpture Walk features 15 sculptures in Downtown Erie and the Bayfront, representing the work of 13 different artists from throughout the United States. The inaugural set of sculptures are on display through August 2023. As you participate in the Downtown Erie Sculpture Walk, Erie Arts & Culture encourages you to think critically about public art. They've created a handy guide to assist you in the process. The questions they encourage you to reflect on are intended to assist you in moving beyond immediate responses such as "I like/don't like it" and "I don't get it." For a list and map of current sculptures, click here.  (pictured is "Big Sky" by Nathan Pierce)

Murals of Erie County Self-Guided Tour

Take a self-guided tour of Erie's Mural Arts! Explore over 80 murals located throughout Erie County. Explore by yourself or with familyRUDY v2 and friends.  Make it an adventure in the pursuit of great art! Be inspired by the creativity of our local muralists and residents.  Most of the murals are located outside, however, there are a few located inside buildings (specifics can be found in the mural descriptions).  The majority of murals are not artificially lit, therefore we recommend viewing them during daylight hours. (pictured is "Rudy" located at Methodist Towers in downtown Erie).

Download the Erie County Mural List

Download the Mural Google Map 

 

 

Erie Lighthouses

The Erie Land Lighthouse opened to the public summer 2021 for the first time in the historic site’s history.  TheLagoons Lighthouse August 05 2019 050 XL lighthouse, located at the foot of Lighthouse Street on the east side of Erie, has previously only been available to tour during special events.  The Presque Isle Light station, who also operates the Presque Isle Lighthouse on the state park, opened the lighthouse for tours every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, and on every first Tuesday of each month will offer tours free of cost. Visitors will be able to climb the tower, get panoramic views of Lake Erie, Presque Isle, and the North Pier Lighthouse, and learn about the history and function of the lighthouse. The Presque Isle Lighthouse, located on Presque Isle State Park, also reopened for the 2021 season. That lighthouse will be open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. More information on tours and programs can be found at  www.presqueislelighthouse.org. Both lighthouses have implemented new health protocols to ensure the safety of staff and guests. To view another Erie "light", just walk out along the north pier at Presque Isle (just past the entrance to the Coast Guard Station) and view the North Pier Light.

Courtyard Winery Tours

Our friends at Courtyard Winery have created several cool tours including a private winemaker tour for you to try out. 
Click here to learn more.

Home Port Erie Driving Tour

Purchase the Erie County Historical Society's Home Port driving tour to visit historic Bayfront sites. This self-guided driving tour features historic waterfront sites including the Erie Maritime Museum. With the purchase of the driving tour ($10), guests will receive the book 'Home Port Erie' by Robert MacDonald & David Frew. Purchase this tour

Underground Railroad Biking Route

Adventure Cycling Association’s Underground Railroad Bicycle Route, which memorializes the network of clandestine routes by which African freedom seekers attempted to escape slavery before and during the Civil War, is a 1,997-mile bicycle route from Mobile, Alabama to Owen Sound, Ontario that passes through the City of Erie and along the shoreline of Erie County. To view the various routes click here

  

GPS-Based Tours on the 'Hello Erie' App:

    • Gems of The City, a walking tour of historic (lower) Downtown Erie (Dickson House, Hamot House, Captain John Richard’s House, St. Patrick’s Church and more)
    • West Bayfront Walking Tour which includes the Bicentennial Tower, Dobbins Landing, West Canal Basin and more. 
    • 10 Energizing Outdoor Adventures and Trails
    • Get Your Grape On in Lake Erie Wine Country

 

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Erie Food Tours

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Pottery Making

Horseback Riding

Fishing Charters

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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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Port Farms Fall Harvest

Experience Fall Harvest at Port Farms September 18th - October 31st. With a variety of activities, the farm is sure to please guests of all ages. Located in Erie County, PA, the farm offers many activities including a Jumpkin Patch, Slide Mountain, Tiny Town, Pedal Carts, 8-acre Corn Maze, Pumpkin Picking, and MUCH more. Create lasting memories today! www.portfarms.com

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Mazza Vineyards and the South Shore Wine Company

The Mazza family welcomes you to Lake Erie Wine Country. Sip and savor 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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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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Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership

The Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership is leading Erie's economic evolution. We're the heart of the business community to champion a vibrant and sustainable economy. Your business is our business. Become a member and increase your brand awareness, advocate for important business issues, and gain access to people, education, and information integral to elevating your team's success.

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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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Millcreek Mall

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

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New Direct Daily Flights to Washington, DC

Erie International Airport now offers two direct daily flights to and from Washington Dulles International Airport with connecting flights to the east coast, west coast and international destinations. Book your flight today!

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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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