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!
Get ready for a tropical getaway inside the Polynesian-themed Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park, where it’s 84 degrees year-round! Splash Lagoon offers 80,000 square feet of turning, twisting slides, two hot tubs, an activity pool, a giant wave pool, tree tops ropes course, food court, Treasure Island arcade, and a special children’s area for its littlest visitors. The indoor water park recently unveiled their updated multi-level Tree House complete with new splash buckets, water sprayers, a giant Tipping Coconut, and two NEW slides: The Typhoon Twister and the Riptide Racers! Get set to get soaked!
Erie's home for sports and family fun, the Erie Sports Center includes a sports park, fun park and sports fields. The fun park features a Go Kart driving experience, batting cages, 36 hole mini-golf, climbing wall and beach arena featuring 3 beach volleyball courts, a Tiki Bar, the Lumi Cafe, live local music on the Horseheads Brewing stage and beer garden.
As the snowflakes begin to fall, Erie transforms into a wintry playground for outdoor enthusiasts! Opportunities to ski, tube, snowshoe and more abound winter-long.
Theatrical performances, sleigh rides, and festivals of light throughout Erie County are certain to set a festive mood this season.
The expERIEnce Children’s Museum invites its visitors to create, explore and imagine at its hands-on interactive exhibit space designed to stimulate and inspire young children from ages one through eight. Currently, the museum is in the midst of a multi-million dollar renovation which will include new exhibits, building space and activities.
Waldameer is the fourth oldest amusement park in Pennsylvania and the tenth oldest in the nation, with classic vibes and updated features, packed with fun and excitement for the young and young at heart. The multi-generational family-owned park features thrilling slides and rides, traditional midway games and refreshment centers all set among beautifully landscaped grounds and picnic groves. Parking and admission to Waldameer are free! Don’t miss out on breathtaking views of Lake Erie from atop Waldameer’s gondola-style Ferris Wheel or the highest hill of the Ravine Flyer II roller coaster. Cool off from a hot summer day at Water World where you can float down the Endless River, plunge down the Liquid Lightning slide or splash around at the Battle of Lake Erie water complex. Waldameer is open May through Labor Day.
Home to more than 400 animals and 11 botanical gardens, the Erie Zoo is a great place to learn about animal and plant wildlife, whether for the day or just a few hours! Explore the many animal exhibits including Kiboka Outpost, Wild Asia, Safariland and Children’s Adventure. Ride the Safariland Train or take a spin around the Wildlife Carousel. Throughout its season, the Zoo hosts many events such as the hugely popular ZooBoo, Wild Wednesdays, Animals are the Artists, Egg-Venture Easter Egg Hunt and more. The Zoo is open March 1 through November 30.
The feeling you get when your team slips a puck past the goalie, or when the crack of a bat sends a home run high in the sky is unforgettable, especially when shared among family, friends, and a crowd of like-minded fans. In Erie, your family can get up-close to the action any time of year! The Erie SeaWolves (an AA affiliate of the Detroit Tigers) play April through September at UPMC Park, and at the adjacent Erie Insurance Arena, catch an Erie Otters game (Ontario Hockey Leauge) from October through April. During the summer months, check out Erie's development soccer team, the Erie Commodores FC (NPSL). Every year, Erie’s hometown teams give their fans something extra to cheer about through up close and personal events such as player meet-and-greets, autograph signings, special promotions, and themed events. It’s more than a game, it’s an event!
Enjoy Santa’s Workshop every weekend for visits with Santa, live music, crafts, cookie decorating, and holiday food & drinks! They also offer cut-your-own trees, pre-cut trees, freshly made wreaths, holiday décor, and other great gifts throughout the week. The Port Farms Christmas season is November 25th - December 23rd and there is no admission fee. Plan an enchanting Christmas experience at Port Farms today! Visit www.portfarms.com for more info!
The Cork 1794 is the perfect spot for a date night or special occasion! Indoor and outside seating available with amazing food.
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.
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!”
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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