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Presque Isle State Park / Lake Erie

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Presque Isle State Park is a National Natural Landmark and Erie's top attraction, welcoming an average of 4 million visitors each year.  Seven miles of sandy surf beaches and year-round outdoor recreational activities including swimming, boating, hiking, biking, kayaking, birding, fishing and more.  

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Arts & Entertainment

Erie’s extraordinary arts and entertainment scene features various museums, performance venues, concerts, comedians, sculpture walks and tours. 

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The recently renovated historic Warner Theater. Photo by Patrick Grab

Explore the Outdoors

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

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.

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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.

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.

Partner Spotlight

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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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Second Annual Flower Festival at Port Farms

Join us in celebrating 125 years of Port Farms this season beginning in August! Our Flower Festival runs August 6th – September 11th (Friday – Sunday). Immerse yourself in five acres of vibrant sunflowers, zinnias, and (new this year) cosmos! Plan a day at the farm to pick beautiful bouquets, take pictures with an amazing backdrop, check out one of our new events, and enjoy your other favorite farm activities (wagon rides, slide mountain, pedal carts, and so much more)! Plus, enjoy brand new farm treats and drinks in our Beer Garden. There is something for everyone.

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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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Local Eat & Pour Happy Hour!

Come check out 4-5-6 Happy Hour at Local Eat & Pour. Happy Hour runs from 4-6 in the bar area. Small plates are prepared daily from chef Mike until 5:00 when the full kitchen opens. Come hang out with us in our relaxing atmosphere, you will not find a better place to unwind than 4-5-6 happy hour at Local Eat & Pour!

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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 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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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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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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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 www.aa.com or www.united.com

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