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Learn about all the greatest additions, attractions, exhibits hitting our shores in 2020! 

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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: swimming, boating, biking, surfing, birding and fishing. Explore on foot, wheels, surreys, skis, pontoons or kayaks. 

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Arts & Culture

Spanning performance stages to exhibit walls, Erie’s cultural diversity blends a metropolitan feel with engaging settings, riveting concerts, Broadway performances, theatrical musicals and dramas, national touring acts and artists. Outstanding experiences await…an evening of live music in our vineyards or at the beach, theatrical performances in the park or a day filled with museum and gallery tours.

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The historic Warner Theatre in the heart of downtown Erie.

Erie provides entertainment found in a larger city with the affordable, easily accessible and convenience of a smaller town. 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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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

With approximately 14,000 acres of grapes, Pennsylvania ranks 4th nationally in the amount of grapes grown and 8th in wine production. The warm waters of Lake Erie are ideal for grape growing.

Learn more at: www.LakeErieWineCountry.org.

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! Experiential Tours - Get your feet wet, your hands dirty and check out our immersive do-it-yourself Experiential Tours! Featuring horse back riding, pottery making, fishing, whiskey barrel tasting and more to come! 
  • 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.
  • Erie Mural Arts Tour. Take a self-guide tour of Erie's Mural Arts! Explore 11 murals located throughout Downtown Erie. Download a locator map  \ View the Interactive Google Map
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One of Erie's newest murals can be found on Dobbins Landing at the foot of the Bicentennial Tower.

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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Igloo Dining at the Bayfront Grille!

You can now call in to reserve Igloo Dining at the Bayfront Grille!❄ Igloo Dining will begin November 15th and we will be offering time slots during lunch and dinner. The Igloos are perfect for any special day including Anniversaries, Birthdays, Honeymoons, and so much more. You can't get this opportunity anywhere else in Erie, PA and we are ecstatic for you to experience it!

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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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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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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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Spotlight Mazza Vinyards

Mazza Vineyards and the South Shore Wine Company

Enjoy a scenic ride to North East and stop into family owned Mazza Vineyards and the historic South Shore Wine Company to sip and savor the local flavor.

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The Cork 1794

The Cork 1794 is the perfect spot for a date night or special occasion!

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Port of Erie!

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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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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