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Seasonal Activities

Seasonal Activities in Erie

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 some of Erie’s favorite activities.

Spring

Shake off those winter chills and embrace the arrival of spring in Erie! Race outside to welcome warmer temperatures and fresh spring air. Take yourself on an adventurous bike ride or hike across the many trails of the Greater Erie Regional Trail Network. Cast your line at the perfect fishing hole in Lake Erie’s many tributaries, creeks and streams. Gather your friends for a night of laughter at Kellar’s Magic & Comedy Club. Root, root, root for the home team at UPMC Park for the start of the Erie SeaWolves AA Baseball Team season. Say hello to your favorite animal friends when the Erie Zoo opens its gates for another Zoo-rrific year. Pictured: Erie Zoo wildlife carousel 

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Summer

Plan a family-friendly getaway and get ready for summertime fun in the sun! Erie’s summer months are filled with ways for you to heat things up or cool off and chill. The beaches of Presque Isle are the area’s most popular summer spot for summer fun, with soft, sandy beaches and refreshing waters. Don’t forget to cool off at Sara’s on your way out with their famous orange twist cone! Splash around at Waldameer Park & Water World or take the family for a fun round of miniature golf. Kick back with an ice cold beer on a steamy summer evening along the Lake Erie Ale Trail. Soak up the summer sun and listen to live summer music concerts or embark on an educational boat tour of Presque Isle Bay. Catch Erie’s world class sunsets from the deck of the Victorian Princess. Sample incredible food and stroll the streets of Downtown Erie on an Erie Food Tour.

Fall

The fall colors in Erie are nothing short of spectacular. Beautiful golds, fiery reds and brilliant oranges fill the area from Presque Isle State Park to Lake Erie Wine Country. The best fall foliage views can be found from atop the Bicentennial Tower or the Tom Ridge Environmental Center. Breathe in the fragrant smells of Erie’s vineyards as they mingle with crisp Lake Erie breezes. Browse local art gallery exhibits or take in a riveting theatrical performance. Shop roadside stands and farmers markets for the best locally grown products such as concord grapes, apples, squash and cider. Spend the day driving scenic byways like the Great Lakes Seaway Trail or historic Pennsylvania Route 6. Challenge your friends to a round of golf among the region’s sprawling fairways and end your day with a great meal and a great view of live thoroughbred horse racing (through October 27, 2022) at Presque Isle Downs and Casino.

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Winter

When the snowflakes begin to fall, Erie transforms into a wintry wonderland packed with snowy adventures! Whether you enjoy the briskness of the outdoors or the cozy warmth of indoors, there’s so much to do here. Plan your winter retreat and book a week or weekend at one of Erie’s many hotels, cabins or bed and breakfasts. For downhill skiing, snowboarding or tubing, test your skills on the slopes at Peek ‘N Peak Ski Resort or Mount Pleasant of Edinboro. Bundle up the kids for a day of sledding at Frontier Park or escape the cold temperatures and splash around in the tropical 84 degree comfort of Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park. Grab a seat at Erie Insurance Arena for a fast-paced Erie Otters OHL Hockey game or do some holiday shopping at the Millcreek Mall. Spend time here during the holiday season attending our area’s special events, performances and celebrations.

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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
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:: Craft Beers on Tap & Beer To-Go
:: Indoor & Outdoor Dining & Bar
:: Online Ordering & Takeout
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:: Conveniently located of I-90 on Peach Street

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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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Make memories all year at Port Farms!

Bring your family to Port Farms this summer, fall and winter! Port Farms is a fun-filled family destination located in Waterford, PA (30 minutes outside of Erie). The farm features many activities for all ages including a NEW Flower Festival, animal exhibits, slides, pedal carts, wagon rides, 8-acre corn maze, jumping pillows, pumpkin picking, Christmas tree picking, visiting with Santa, and much more. Options for wedding venues, corporate events, birthday parties, and school field trips are also available. To learn more, purchase tickets, or book an event visit www.portfarms.com.

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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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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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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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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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