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Family Fun in Erie

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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Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park & Resort

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!

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Erie Sports Center

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.

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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.

 

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Waldameer Park & Water World

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.

 

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Erie Zoo

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.

 

Play Port

Play Port Arcade and Family Fun Center

Enjoy all your favorite classic 80’s and 90’s arcade games, all set to free play! Play Port has more than 100 arcade games plus a laser tag arena and laser maze, glow golf, pool and cutting edge virtual reality games. They also host birthday parties, corporate team building events, adult BYOB parties and more. Some things never get old, they get better!

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Miniature Golf

Bring the family or spend date night with a fun 18-hole mini-golf experience at Sunview Golf at Nick’s Place(pictured). There are plenty of other activities here including a driving range, all speed baseball and softball cages, arcade games, go karts, bumper boats and Sweet Memories Candy Shop. When the weather outside isn’t cooperative, head indoors for a round of Glow Golf at Play Port. Each hole at Play Port’s 9-hole course has a different fun obstacle challenge that is reminiscent of old school goofy golf with funky visual effects. The whole family can tee up for 18 holes of winding greens, rolling slopes, streams and waterfalls at Peek’N Putt at Peek’n Peak.  Now open! The new Fun Park at the Erie Sports Center includes a 36-hole mini-golf course, go karts, batting cages, beach volleyball courts, Lumi Cafe and climbing wall. 

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5 Wits

(814) 618-6071
400 Millcreek Mall Blvd
Erie, PA 16565

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All An Act Theatre

814-450-8553
652 West 17th Street
Erie, PA 16502

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Asbury Woods Nature Center

814-835-5356
4105 Asbury Road
Pet friendly (outside trails only)
Erie, PA 16506

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Bicentennial Tower

814-455-6055
1 State Street
Erie, PA 16507

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Board & Brush Erie

814-392-3500
3330 West 26th Street
Village West Plaza
Erie, PA 16506

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Diver's World of Erie, Inc.

814-459-3195
1111 Greengarden Road
Erie, PA 16501

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Double D.A.B. Riding Stables

716-736-4418
5811 Welch Hill Road
Ripley, NY 14775

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Erie Art Museum

814-459-5477
20 East 5th Street
Erie, PA 16507

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Erie Commodores National Premier Soccer League

814-392-4785
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8159 Oliver Road
Erie, PA 16509

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Erie Events

814-453-7117
809 French Street
Erie, PA 16501

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Erie Food Tours

814-572-1407
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Erie, PA 16501

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Erie Maritime Museum/U.S. Brig Niagara

814-452-2744
150 East Front Street
Erie, PA 16507

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Erie Otters OHL Hockey

814-455-7779
Erie Insurance Arena/ 833 French Street
Erie, PA 16501

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Erie Philharmonic

814-455-1375
23 West 10th Street
Erie, PA 16501

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Erie Playhouse

814-454-2852
12 West 10th Street
Erie, PA 16501

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Erie SeaWolves AA Baseball

814-456-1300
Home games - UPMC Park/110 East 10 Street
Business Office - 831 French 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

814-864-2022
4940 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16501

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Erie Zoo & Botanical Gardens

814-864-4091
423 West 38th Street
Erie, PA 16508

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Escape Game Erie

814-580-9905
4838 West Ridge Road
Erie, PA 16506

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Escape Game Erie

814-580-9905
23 W 10th Street
Erie, PA 16501

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expERIEnce Children's Museum

814-453-3743
420 French Street
Erie, PA 16507

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Flying Monkey Inflata-Park

814-897-5815
3515 McClelland Avenue
Erie, PA 16510

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GypsyLyn Fishing Charters

724-316-2529
35 State Street
Erie , PA 16507

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Hagen History Center Museum

814-454-1813
356 West 6th Street
Erie, PA 16501

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Hidden Harbor Water Rentals

814-602-5846
12 East Dobbins Landing
next to Woody's Backwater BARge & Grill
Erie, PA 16507

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Hooch & Blotto's

814-217-1140
8071 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16509

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Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park (LEAF)

814-453-5323
1501 West 6th Street
Erie, PA 16505

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Lake Erie Speedway

814-725-3303
10700 Delmas Drive
North East, PA 16428

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Land Lighthouse

1200 Lighthouse Street
Erie, PA 16507

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Lettie G. Howard

814-449-9012
150 East Front Street - Erie Maritime Museum
Erie, PA 16507

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National Comedy Center

716-484-222
203 W. Second Street
Jamestown, NY 14701

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Peek 'n Peak Ski Resort

716-355-4141
1405 Olde Road
Clymer, NY 14724
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Play Port

814-528-5247
2730 West 12th Street
Erie, PA 16505

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Port Erie Sports

814-452-2628
402 West Bayfront Parkway
Erie, PA 16507

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Port Farms

814-796-4500
2055 Stone Quarry Road
Waterford, PA 16441

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Presque Isle Boat Rental

814-838-3938
Presque Isle State Park
Presque Isle Canoe & Boat Livery
Erie, PA 16505

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Presque Isle Boat Tours - The Lady Kate

814-836-0201
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Erie, PA 16501

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Presque Isle Lighthouse

814-833-3604
Presque Isle State Park, east of Beach 6
Erie, PA 16505

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Presque Isle State Park

814-833-7424
Foot of Peninsula Drive
Erie, PA 16505

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Presque Isle Yellow Bike Rental

814-835-8900
Waterworks Beach area
Presque Isle State Park
Erie, PA 16505

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Scallywags Pirate Adventures

814-453-2627
2 State Street
Erie, PA 16507

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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

814-734-5098
12246 Route 99
Edinboro, PA 16412

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The North Pier Light

814-833-7424
Presque Isle State Park
Erie, PA 16505

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Tight Lines Sport Fishing LLC

724-880-1283
Captain John E. Lampe Marina, Foot of Port Access Road
Erie, PA 16507

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Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC)

814-833-7424
301 Peninsula Drive
Erie, PA 16505

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Victorian Princess Cruises

814-459-9696
Foot of State Street/Dobbins Landing
Erie, PA 16507

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Waldameer Park & Water World

877-817-1009
220 Peninsula Drive
Erie, PA 16505

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Your Sailing Adventure

Wolverine Park Marina
34 State Street
Erie, PA 16507

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fall Harvest at Port Farms

Happy Fall Y’all! Celebrate 125 years of Port Farms during the Fall Harvest season from September 17th – October 30th. Grab your friends and family and enjoy a variety of fall themed activities for every age. With over 25 attractions here at the farms, our guests create long-lasting memories worth repeating. General admission includes hay wagon rides, 8-acre corn maze, slide mountain, ball zone, game garden, pedal carts, animal exhibits, mindbender mazes, trike track, tire fort and so much more! PLUS, this year we have added tons of new events that are included with admission! Learn more and purchase tickets: https://portfarms.simpletix.com

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