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Sample Itinerary Suggestions

Whether you're a professional tour director or just the head of your club or organization, you may find yourself in need of a little inspiration to help put together some of the details of your group tour. VisitErie is ready to help you plan your group getaway and make it an unforgettable experience. 

For further group tour assistance, please contact Janice Friedrichsmeyer via email or phone 814-454-1000 ext. 132. 



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Erie’s Maritime History 

Tour the Erie Maritime Museum and learn of Erie’s extensive maritime history and its role during the War of 1812/Battle of Lake Erie. Exhibits highlight multiple maritime and nautical themes from the early 1800’s to present day including the U.S. Brig Niagara, Pennsylvania’s official Great Lakes Ambassador and the Lettie G. Howard, a Fredonia wooden schooner built in 1893. Visitors can test their skills at tying knots, loading a cannon, and raising/ lowering the mid mizzen mast and special sail setting demonstrations.  Pictured: Erie Maritime Museum

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Amazing Eats (and Drinks!)

Sample the best our region has to offer with an Erie Foodie adventure! The top suggestions for restaurants, wineries, breweries, distilleries and local producers in the Erie area are waiting for your group to explore. From fine dining to casual, family friendly, ethnic, fusion and grab and go, there is a cuisine and a creative beverage here to please every palate. 

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Spend a day or two shopping your way through the Erie area to find all sorts of great deals and bargains.  Remember, Pennsylvania has NO SALES TAX on clothing and apparel, what a great savings!  After a full day of shopping, end your Erie adventure with a relaxing scenic boat tour on the waters of Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay or take time to “unwined” among the fragrant vineyards, bustling wineries and charming towns of Lake Erie Wine Country (LEWC). 

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Eco-Friendly Attractions

Erie County is home to many attractions that are environmentally friendly, or “green.”  Through certain guidelines, materials and practices, eco-friendly attractions produce less greenhouse gas emissions making them less harmful and more helpful to the Earth.  Discover our region’s green attractions such as Asbury Woods (pictured), Presque Isle State Park and the Erie Zoo and book your group for a tour.

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Discover Lake Erie Wine Country

Erie County is home to Lake Erie Wine Country, one of the largest grape growing regions in the U.S., featuring fragrant vineyards, twenty estate wineries and charming towns. Lake Erie Wine Country is situated along the southern shores of Lake Erie across Pennsylvania and New York.  Group tours and tastings are offered year-round at most of the wineries.

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Student Tours (ages 10 and up)

Bring your students to the Erie region and give them a taste of Erie Pennsylvania’s rich maritime history, diverse heritage, thriving agriculture, outdoor recreation and so much more! Educational student tours and field trips are available year-round and can be arranged by contacting the individual attraction directly. 

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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:

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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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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 or

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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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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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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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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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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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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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