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What’s New!

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Presque Isle State Park / Lake Erie

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Explore Presque Isle lagoons by pontoon or kayak!

Presque Isle State Park is a National Natural Landmark and Pennsylvania’s most visited state park.  Sandy beaches, endless outdoor recreation. Presque Isle (French for “almost an island”) welcomes over 4 million visitors annually.  Come discover Presque Isle’s distinctive blend of natural beauty plus year-round recreation that includes swimming, boating, biking, surfing, birding and fishing. Explore on foot, wheels, skis, pontoons, paddle boards or kayaks. Rentals are available for some equipment.  

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Arts & Culture

Spanning performance stages to museums, murals, galleries and exhibits, Erie’s cultural diversity blends a metropolitan feel with engaging settings, thought-provoking exhibits, historical accounts and more. Tours are available upon request. Erie’s extraordinary arts and cultural community provide residents and tourists alike with experiences that deepen the roots of our region, enliven neighborhoods, fuel creativity, and learning and bridge cultural divides. Our community proudly tells the story of our heritage. It paints a picture of who we are today and our aspirations for an even more vibrant future. 

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Inside the Erie Art Museum

Explore the Outdoors

Whether your adventurous spirit enjoys swimming, skiing, biking, running, fishing, camping, horseback riding, golfing or simply laying on the beach, we’ve got the place for you!

Erie was recently named the “Best Destination for Sports with Natural Venues” by SportsEvents Magazine. Hike our nature trails, delve into Lake Erie waters, creeks, streams and tributaries or sleep under the stars.

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Take a fishing charter on Lake Erie and reel in some fun!

Indulge a Little…Eat AND Drink!

Traditional, non-traditional, casual, fancy, family-friendly, waterfront views, ethnic, diners and grab-n-go…a treasure trove of tastes.

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The Erie area boasts a wide variety of good eats and sweet treats!

Lake Erie Wine Country

53 miles of unique wineries and gorgeous vineyard vistas nestled along the shoreline of Lake Erie. Relax and enjoy authentic, handcrafted wines (and even brews and spirits). With lots of varieties to taste and personality to experience, come sip, swirl and see Lake Erie Wine Country!  Pennsylvania's moderate climate and rolling terrain provide some of the best grape growing conditions on the East Coast. Experience the 23 distinct wineries that make up Lake Erie Wine Country which span PA and NY along the southern shores of Lake Erie. 

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Beautiful view of the vineyards in North East, PA on the shores of Lake Erie

Lake Erie Ale Trail

Pennsylvania’s only Great Lakes City is also known for its port and its porters! The Erie region is home to a variety of breweries that make up the Lake Erie Ale Trail. Each brewery refines their beer from simple ingredients, mixing in a passion for their craft with a personable twist that gives uniqueness to an ever-expanding assortment of flavors, styles and funky names.

Visit lakeeriealetrail.com

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Our illustrious brewers from Lavery Brewing, proud member of the Lake Erie Ale Trail!

Historic Discoveries

Erie County was formed in the 1800’s after Pennsylvania purchased the Erie Triangle from the U.S. Government in 1792 for approximately $151,000. Taken from part of Allegheny County, the new county was then named for Lake Erie and the Eriez Native American Indian tribe, which was destroyed by a combination of pestilence and the Seneca nation under Chief Cornplanter in the mid-seventeenth century.

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Washington Park in Waterford PA - bronze statue of George Washington, depicting him as a 21 year old Major of the British militia.

The first European settlers in the area were the French, who built Fort Presque Isle on the city's site in 1753. The French abandoned the fort to the English, who lost it in 1763 at the start of Pontiac's Rebellion. When General "Mad" Anthony Wayne induced the native tribes to make peace in 1794, the area was opened to settlement.

The city was laid out in 1795 and became a port in 1801. In 1813, in what is often referred to as Erie's proudest historical moment, Commodore Oliver Perry defeated the British in the Battle of Lake Erie. Most of Commodore Perry's ships were built in Erie.  

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Green Attractions 

  • Tom Ridge Environmental Center
  • Asbury Woods Nature Center
  • Presque Isle State Park
  • Erie Art Museum 
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The Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC)

Self-Guided Tours - Driving/Walking

Grab your family or friends and set out for a do-it-yourself outdoor adventure! Here are our suggestions for fun outdoor tours: 

    • NEW!  Erie African-American Heritage Trail - A Trail of Shared Heritage. A Shared Heritage invites you to discover key people, places, and events associated with the history of African Americans in Erie County, Pennsylvania.
    • NEW! Erie Mural Arts Tour. Take a self-guide tour of Erie's Mural Arts! Explore over 75 murals located throughout Erie County. Click here for the complete list and here for a Google locator map. 
    • DIY Tours - Get your feet wet, your hands dirty and check out our immersive do-it-yourself tours! Featuring horse back riding, pottery making, fishing, whiskey barrel tasting and more! 
    • Download the FREE 'Hello Erie' mobile app and check out some of our self-guided tours including: Gems of The City, a walking tour of historic (lower) Downtown Erie and the West Bayfront Walking Tour which includes the Bicentennial Tower, Dobbins Landing and more.  
    • FOODIES!  Eat your way through downtown Erie or the charming town of North East on the Erie Food Tours which includes stops and tastings and a bite of history at the area's most popular restaurants.

 

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"Flotsam" by international artist SAT-1.

Thriving Districts

Bayfront

  • U.S. Brig Niagara
  • Bicentennial Tower
  • Liberty Park
  • Bayfront Convention Center  

Downtown

  • Block parties
  • Cruise-ins
  • Shops
  • Galleries
  • Restaurants, pubs and clubs
  • Performance venues

Partner Spotlight

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Port Farms Flower Festival

Port Farms is excited to announce their NEW Annual Flower Festival from August 7th - September 12th (Thursday through Sunday)! Immerse yourself in five acres of vibrant sunflowers and zinnias and the sweet smells of summer. Take a little bit of the magic home with you by picking your own sunflowers and zinnias by the bloom or bucket! As an added bonus, all of your favorite Port Farms activities will be open. There will also be live music every weekend on the outdoor stage along with a new Beer Garden featuring Lavery Brewery.

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Millcreek Mall

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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