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In Erie, Pennsylvania, you’ll find so much to do, and time to do it all! Erie has things to do for any type of getaway. Relax along the calm waters of Lake Erie, and enjoy the local shopping, restaurants, attractions and festivals that make Erie County an exceptional place to get away. Plan your lake escape your way.

Read on and discover the many reasons why Erie is so amazing!  We also invite you to learn more about LGBTQIA travel as well as Erie's eco-friendly and dog-friendly attractions



Erie’s warm summer temperatures and soothing waters provide numerous reasons to escape the worries of everyday life. One of the best ways to do that is to spend a day at one of Erie’s sandy beaches!


Erie is Pennsylvania’s only port on the Great Lakes: it’s only natural that one of Erie’s best features is its waterfront. Whether you spend time on the water or alongside it, you’ll find an abundance of things to do set against the beautiful backdrop of Presque Isle Bay.

Family Fun

Plot your summer vacations, schedule fall outings, cure those winter blues or make it a spring fling. Whatever the reason or season, make your escape to Erie for entertaining, affordable and family-friendly fun!

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Summer in Erie

There’s just nothing quite like a summer in Erie. From the free outdoor festivals and live music to the calming waters and sandy beaches, Erie is the perfect location for an easy, breezy getaway.


Shopping is around every corner in Erie! Discover a multitude of shops, boutiques, markets and plazas and don’t forget our biggest deal…No sales tax on clothing and apparel in Pennsylvania!


Erie County is home to one of the largest grape-growing regions in the country, featuring lush lakefront vineyards and charming small towns like North East, where a walkable downtown features local shopping, restaurants and parks, and is the Erie County start to Lake Erie Wine Country.

Breweries & Distilleries

Erie is a popular destination for microbreweries and distilleries, each offering their own distinct take on craft beer and spirits with creative techniques, flavors and names.

Arts & Entertainment

Erie’s arts and entertainment scene is a unique blend of metropolitan spirit and small town charm. With engaging settings, riveting concerts and theatrical performances, thought-provoking art galleries, national touring acts and artists, Erie provides high caliber entertainment in an affordable, convenient setting.

Festivals & Events

Mark your calendars and don’t miss any of Erie County’s most popular festivals, fairs, and events. Whether it’s an ethnic festival, live music on the water, classic fair food and midway rides, or celebration of all things Erie, there’s sure to be an event that fits any interests.

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Find the best restaurants in the Erie area and a variety of dining experiences. From fine dining to casual, family friendly, ethnic, fusion and grab and go, there is a cuisine to please every palate. You can dine on a rooftop, on the water or the waterfront, bayside, curbside, inside or outside. The possibilities are endless.

History & Heritage

Erie’s rich, historical past is filled with innovative thinkers, inventions and discoveries. Explore our region’s museums, monuments and memorials to learn the role that so many people, places and events played to shape our community into what it is today.

Spas & Wellness

Pamper yourself by relaxing your mind, body and spirit at one of Erie’s wellness centers and spas. Rejuvenate and soothe your inner being. Our wellness centers, massage therapy and spas offer traditional services and new-age healing techniques.

Outdoor Recreation

Whether your adventurous spirit enjoys skiing, biking, running, fishing, camping, horseback riding or just spending the day in nature, Erie offers wide open spaces and fresh waters for outdoor enthusiasts!


The Erie region is home to many picturesque golf courses that welcome every type of golfer from beginner to aspiring professional. Sharpen your game and test your skills across our sprawling fairways and beautifully landscaped greens. Whether you shoot a 72 or 144, there's nothing like spending a couple hours, or even an afternoon, out on the golf course.


Erie County is one of the country’s greatest destinations for fishing! The wide variety of waterways offer diverse game fish species including steelhead, trout, muskie, walleye, pike, bluegill, small and largemouth bass, and perch.

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Seasonal Activities

Erie is a great destination for a waterfront escape in any season. Whether it’s sunbathing on the beach or snow shoeing the trails, visitors never run out of things to do. Explore our seasons and discover how Erie can be your complete year-round destination getaway.


When it comes to sports, Erie has so much to cheer for! Erie County is home to three minor-pro sports teams, four universities with teams represented in the NCAA Divisions I, II and III and a thriving sports tourism scene.

Self-Guided Tours

Explore Erie on your own time with one of the self-guided tours available here or on VisitErie’s free ‘Hello Erie’ trip planner app!

Have questions about your trip to Erie? 

Call the VisitErie office at (814) 454-1000, and our staff will be happy to help you plan your trip

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All An Act Theatre

652 West 17th Street
Erie, PA 16502

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2602 West 8th Street
Erie, PA 16505

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Bicentennial Tower

1 State Street
Erie, PA 16507

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Board & Brush Erie

3330 West 26th Street
Village West Plaza
Erie, PA 16506

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Erie Art Museum

20 East 5th Street
Erie, PA 16507

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Erie Axe Throwing

7851 Peach Street
(Inside Quaker Steak & Lube)
Erie, PA 16509

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Erie Commodores National Premier Soccer League

Home field is Erie Sports Center
8159 Oliver Road
Erie, PA 16509

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809 French Street
Erie, PA 16501

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Erie Insurance Arena

809 French Street
Erie, PA 16501

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Erie Philharmonic

23 West 10th Street
Erie, PA 16501

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Erie Playhouse

12 West 10th Street
Erie, PA 16501

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Erie Sports Center

8159 Oliver Road
Erie, PA 16509

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Erie Station Dinner Theatre

4940 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16501

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ERIEBANK Sports Park

8159 Oliver Road
Erie, PA 16509

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Escape Game Erie

4838 West Ridge Road
Erie, PA 16506

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Escape Game Erie

23 W 10th Street
Erie, PA 16501

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expERIEnce Children's Museum

420 French Street
Erie, PA 16507

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Flying Monkey Inflata-Park

3515 McClelland Avenue
Erie, PA 16510

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Glass Growers Gallery

10 East 5th Street
Erie, PA 16507

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Kellar's Magic & Comedy Club - TEMPORARILY CLOSED

1402 State Street
Erie, PA 16501

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National Comedy Center

203 W. Second Street
Jamestown, NY 14701

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32 North Center Street
Corry, PA 16407

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Play Port

2730 West 12th Street
Erie, PA 16505

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Presque Isle Downs & Casino

866-ERIE-FUN (374-3386)
8199 Perry Highway/Exit 27, I-90
Erie, PA 16509

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Presque Isle Gallery & Gifts

301 Peninsula Drive
Erie, PA 16505

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Relish Studio & Gallery

3835 West 12th Street
Erie, PA 16505

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Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park Resort

866-3SPLASH (77-5274)
8091 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16509

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Sunview Golf at Nick's Place

12246 Route 99
Edinboro, PA 16412

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the Shops on the Hill

Near the Intersection of 26th and Peach Street
Erie, PA 16502

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Waldameer Park & Water World

220 Peninsula Drive
Erie, PA 16505

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Warner Theatre

811 State Street
Erie, PA 16501

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Partner Spotlight


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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