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.
Erie Pennsylvania is considered by many to have some of the best sunsets in the world.
Dining outdoors in Erie can't be beat. Find out where to sit outside and dine in the fresh air!
Erie’s Bayfront District is set between Downtown Erie and Presque Isle Bay and offers great ways to spend a family outing or a night out with friends. Explore the Erie Maritime Museum where Erie’s very own Tall Ship, U.S. Brig Niagara is berthed. At the museum, learn about Erie's rich nautical history, role in the War of 1812, and get hands-on and up-close to Erie's Flagship. Get a bird’s –eye-view from atop the 138 foot Bicentennial Tower on Dobbins Landing, or take a leisurely stroll along the Bayfront Promenade. During the warmer months, live local bands can be found entertaining crowds at Rum Runners, The Cove or Oliver’s Beer Garden. In the fall and winter when the weather turns cooler, the party moves inside to local restaurants such as Oliver’s Rooftop, the Bayfront Grille and Smugglers Wharf.
Located at the foot of State Street, the Bicentennial Tower is an iconic landmark for the City of Erie. The tower was built in 1996 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the founding of Erie and is a “must see” while visiting the area. While on the top observation deck, 138 feet above Presque Isle Bay, enjoy stunning views of Lake Erie, Presque Isle, the City of Erie and outlying areas. In fact, on a clear day it’s possible to see all the way to Long Point in Ontario, Canada, 27 miles away! There is a small fee to go to the top, however admission is free the first Tuesday of each month from April to October (excluding holidays and weather permitting).
September and May: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (seven days a week)
October through April: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday only)
Memorial Day through Labor Day: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (seven days a week)
You just can’t top dinner with a view in Erie! Our waterfront restaurants offer dining by rooftop or right along the water’s edge. Set the scene for a romantic date night with dinner at Oliver’s Rooftop Restaurant or Pier 6 Rooftop Bar & Restaurant or enjoy a meal under the lush flowering canopy at Smugglers Wharf. Hidden Harbor offers some of the area’s best waterfront dining at its locations: The Cove, Woody’s Backwater BARge & Grill (Erie’s only floating summertime hotspot!), Oliver's Beer Garden or Rum Runners, known for its chill vibes and live music. The new Bay House Oyster Bar and Restaurant features a unique wood-fired Argentine grill, and operates as Erie's only oyster bar. For outstanding marina views, dine on one of two decks overlooking the water at Jr's on the Bay, The Sloppy Duck Saloon. Enjoy spectacular views year-round at waterfront restaurants like the world-class Bayfront Grille (inside the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel), or the Shoreline Bar & Grille (inside the Courtyard by Marriott Erie Bayfront Hotel).
Erie’s most popular natural playground, Presque Isle State Park, is so much more than its sandy beaches! Presque Isle is a year-round outdoor recreation destination for kayaking, canoeing, hiking, biking, in-line skating, birding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, fishing, and ice fishing. Rentals are available at the Park for bicycles, surreys (a four-wheeled carriage style bike), paddle boards, motor boats, row boats, pontoon boats, canoes and kayaks. Rental facilities are located at Waterworks Beach/Rotary Pavillion and at Graveyard Pond across from Misery Bay. Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC) is the gateway to the park and is an educational facility designed to teach the story of how the peninsula formed from glaciers and ice melt. This fascinating (and free) attraction features hands-on, educational exhibits, a glass-enclosed observation tower, and orientation theater.
Sightseeing boat tours of Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie are available May through October aboard numerous vessels such as a narrated 90-minute sail on the Lady Kate, dinner and sunset cruises aboard the Victorian Princess, or a swashbuckling pirate voyage on Scallywags Pirate Adventures. Private and public day or evening sails are available May through September aboard the majestic sailboat at Your Sailing Adventure. Learn the art of traditional seamanship on the U.S. Brig Niagara or the Schooner Lettie G. Howard. Day and sunset sails on both historic vessels are available from late spring to early fall, weather permitting.
For those that don’t have their own personal watercraft, Erie offers a wide variety of opportunities to get out and enjoy the waters of Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie. Small and large watercraft such as, jet skis, pontoon boats, motor boats, canoes, paddle boards, kayaks and more are available for rent throughout the summer months at Port Erie Sports, Presque Isle Boat Rental or Hidden Harbor Boat Rentals.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
The Cork 1794 is the perfect spot for a date night or special occasion! Indoor and outside seating available with amazing food.
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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