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!
The enduring joy of shared traditions and timeless activities make Erie the ideal setting to create new memories and pass down moments from generation to generation. At Waldameer Park and Water World, iconic rides such as Wacky Shack, Pirate’s Cove, and Dodgem Cars greet park guests with their whimsical décor and that nostalgic amusement park scent. In addition to its long standing status as a family summer destination, Waldameer offers free parking and admission, all while continuing to update and expand rides. Water World offers a perfect remedy to beat the heat with more than 30 slides, a 500,000-gallon wave pool, and two dedicated family areas. Home to more than 400 animals in a compact and streamlined design, the Erie Zoo is a refreshing departure from sprawling metropolitan zoos, allowing visitors to explore its array of exhibits and wildlife in a couple hours, perfectly suited for young children and limited attention spans. The Zoo hosts several annual events including ZooBoo (October), and the Egg-Venture Easter Egg Hunt (March). The crack of a bat and the eruption of cheers from a home run resonates through UPMC Park when the Erie SeaWolves take the field. The SeaWolves are the AA affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. The SeaWolves' season (April – September) is filled with special promotions, and family fun, including frequent fireworks nights and a designated Kids Fun Zone.
During this special time of the year, the Erie region hosts many festive events, from dazzling light displays to heart-warming performances.
Presque Isle is mainly known for its sandy beaches, there are many ways to enjoy and explore the park’s natural beauty any time of year.
Escape from the ordinary as you explore Erie’s variety of indoor attractions. Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park is a tropical oasis for families craving more thrills and less chills, especially in the colder months. Consistently ranked one of the Top 10 Water Park Resorts in the country by USA Today’s Readers’ Choice, Splash Lagoon features nine dynamic water slides, a 200,000-gallon wave pool, FlowRider surf machine, arcade, food court, and a newly renovated Tiki Tree House complete with a giant tipping coconut! Splash Lagoon’s newest attraction is the Froggy Family splash pad featuring a zero-depth pool, fun water sprayers, and colorful frog figures. The feeling you get when your team slips a puck past the goalie is unforgettable, especially when shared among family, friends, and a crowd of like-minded fans when the Erie Otters take the ice at Erie Insurance Arena. Erie’s minor-league Ontario Hockey League team has a major following, with home games from October through April that entertain crowds both on the ice and in the stands with fun family promotions and giveaways.
Here in Erie there are a multitude of ways to spend time outside and discover Erie’s natural side. Nature and recreation come together seamlessly at Asbury Woods where families can explore more than five miles of winding trails set among 216 acres of lush fields, forests, and wetlands. Asbury Woods Nature Center has interactive educational programs complete with animal exhibits, a gift shop, and annual family-forward events such as Maple Festival (March), Scary Creature Feature (October), and Winter Wonderland (December). Set in the scenic foothills of Clymer, NY just across the Pennsylvania border, Peek’n Peak Ski Resort’s picturesque setting and wide range of activities is a great spot for families seeking relaxation and excitement in one location. From downhill skiing, tubing, and snowboarding in the winter to giant zip lines, aerial ropes course, swimming, and mini golf in the summer, the Peek is a year-round destination for outdoor recreation. With a charming rural farm setting, Port Farms is a delightful place to take the family for a variety of farmed-themed activities and seasonal attractions. From picking pumpkins, and winding through corn mazes to horse-drawn holiday carriage rides and visits with Santa, Port Farms provides a wholesome environment for everyone. Their newly opened Poverty Knob Farmhouse Ales serves locally hand-crafted beer made with regional ingredients, including some from their own farm!
Engaging, hands-on activities combine entertainment and education to inspire creativity, strengthen family bonds, and make lasting memories. There’s always something imaginative, inventive, and immersive happening at the newly renovated expERIEnce Children’s Museum. The new three-story, 19,000-square-foot building features exhibits that pay homage to the Erie community: “Lake Life” celebrates Lake Erie and boasts the second-largest interactive water table in the country, featuring miniature versions of iconic Erie structures, and “My Town," a kid-sized town is packed with hands-on experiences from taking orders at a restaurant to changing the oil on a car. Inside the Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC), find two floors of interactive exhibits where guests can learn about the history and formation of Presque Isle State Park as well as its inhabitants. The free facility is open year-round and also features a 75-foot observation tower offering spectacular panoramic views of Lake Erie. Located approximately 40 minutes from Erie in Jamestown, NY, the National Comedy Center uses state-of-the-art technology and interactivity to create personalized environments by way of laugh wristbands and custom Sense of Humor profiles., created via easy-to-use kiosks. Once created, begin interacting with more than 50 immersive exhibits tailored to comedic tastes as well as age-appropriate material.
Showcasing the incredible year round beauty of the City of Erie and its surrounding areas, commonly referred to as its area code "the 814". Explore some of Erie County's most breathtaking landscape photography.
We proudly opened our doors in Erie in 1965. A lot has changed between now and then, but our mission remains the same – offer fresh food, from our favorite local brands, at a convenient location. In one stop, you can fill up your gas tank and grab breakfast, lunch, groceries and a bottle of wine or a 6-pack to go. We look forward to serving you and your family during your trip to Erie!
Join us at Peek'n Peak Resort for a Fall adventure you won't want to miss! From the 35th Annual Fall Fest on October 14-15 and 21-22 to the epic German Beer Fest known as the Wurst Party Ever on November 4 and the hilarious Medieval Feast Dinner Theater on November 10-12 & 17-19, there's something for everyone! Check out our full event schedule and secure your tickets now at pknpk.com/events.
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.
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.
UPMC Hamot is a 458-bed hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services. The hospital serves as a regional referral hub and is the only accredited trauma center in the region.
Erie Events manages a four facility entertainment complex that includes the Warner Theatre, Erie Insurance Arena, Bayfront Convention Center and UPMC Park. These four venues host a variety of events that include world-class entertainment, family friendly shows and sporting events.
AHN Saint Vincent has been here from the beginning, providing award-winning inpatient and outpatient medical care. Need express care? We’ve conveniently placed AHN facilities on the west and east side of Erie, just walk-in! AHN Saint Vincent is not only recognized locally (Erie’s Choice- Best Hospital) but nation-wide, so you can expect high-quality care, greater safety, and better results.
NOW OPEN! ASCEND fosters a community-centered climbing, fitness, and yoga experience by serving individuals and groups of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Located in Downtown Erie, ASCEND welcomes Erie visitors to stop in and give climbing a try!
The Mazza family welcomes you to explore 3 unique locations in 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, and be sure to visit their combination winery, distillery and brewery, Mazza Chautauqua Cellars/Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing, in nearby Westfield, NY.
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.
The Bayfront Grille Restaurant at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel is a relaxed hotel eatery offering American fare all day in a scenic setting with a patio & bay views. Experience a fresh take on casual dining, from breakfast to dinner, with creative menu selections and regional cuisine in our waterfront restaurant. Please check Open Table for reservations or contact the restaurant directly at 814-454-2005.
Whether you’re searching for the perfect Christmas tree or a place to experience a magical horse-drawn sleigh ride, plan a trip to Port Farms! Join us at Santa’s Workshop every weekend for visits with Santa, live music, crafts, cookie decorating, and holiday food & drinks! We also offer cut-your-own trees, pre-cut trees, freshly made wreaths, holiday décor, and other great gifts throughout the week. Activities are a la carte. Plan an enchanting Christmas experience at Port Farms today! Plus, check out our new brewery, Poverty Knob Farmhouse Ales!
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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