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What's New in 2020


‘Hello Erie’ App Trip Planner Update

Planning the perfect day just got much easier with our NEW integrated mobile app. Map out everything you don’t want to miss in Erie! This tool provides a new way to explore what the area has to offer, including upcoming events, popular restaurants, area hot spots, shopping, and points of interest.

View it all at once or search by categories See an upcoming Event you don’t want to miss? Click “Join” and the event will be added to your plan. That restaurant everyone keeps telling you about? Click “Add to Plan” and you won’t forget to try it. Want to invite some friends? Share your plan with them directly or via social media, email or SMS. Available FREE for Apple and Android devices.

Experiential Tours with VisitErie!

Looking to try new things, be immersed in unique local activities, and create memories? We’ve got just the thing for you adventurous, hands-on types.

  • Pottery Making
  • Whiskey Barrel Tasting
  • Erie Food Tours
  • Winery Tours
  • Horse-back riding

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Waldameer Amusement Park & Water World

Growing yet again! Waldameer and Water World is racing into Summer 2020 with an exciting 6-lane Rally Racer waterslide debuting in Water World. Racers will collect their racing mat at ground level and make their way up to the starting line atop a 50 ft tower. From the start line, racers will spiral down headfirst on their mats in enclosed tubes that meet and form an open-flume “rally section.” Then, racers will spiral again in enclosed tubes until they meet in a final rally section with a drop into finish line.

The amusement park wasn’t left out for 2020, as a new family spinning coaster, Whirlwind, will offer pint-size thrills for children and their families. 

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U.S. Ariel Historic Adventures

Climb aboard the U.S. Ariel and experience Erie’s role in the Battle of Lake Erie first-hand. Venture onto Presque Isle Bay and tour key historical locations like Cascade Creek Inlet, Dobbins Landing, Misery Bay, Perry’s Monument.

Knowledgeable guides identify and describe points of interest while they supply enlightening information about the area’s history. Learning history has never been this fun! Take part in on-board activities (including water cannon battles) and feel what it was like to be a sailor on a tall ship at war.

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Lot 10 

There’s a new spot downtown where you can step out to enjoy some fresh air. Lot 10, located off of East 5 Street between the Erie Art Museum and expERIEnce Children’s Museum has recently transformed into a unique new garden setting for Erie.

Whether you’re looking to just sit and relax to enjoy the day, or even to host a meeting to catch up on work, there is something for everyone in the newly renovated lot. The Lot’s one-of-a kind hut, archway and trashcans were designed by local artist Evan Everhart and made out of recycled materials.

John Russell Brewing Company

Formerly known as the U Pick 6 Beer Store on upper Peach Street, this brewery will brew on-site house recipes and feature a wide variety of craft beers. Coming Winter 2019.

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The Bay House Restaurant & Rooftop Bar

This new venue will feature indoor & outdoor panoramic views of Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie, seafood-forward menu with raw bar, private dining, upper mezzanine, fire pits and more. Coming Summer 2020.

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Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park & Resort

Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park & Resort has undergone a major expansion! New features include the Flow Rider indoor surfing machine, expanded arcade, improved food service and additional space for guests.

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Hampton Inn Bayfront & Oliver's Rooftop Bar

Erie's newest hotel, a Hampton Inn & Suites along Erie's Bayfront opens in early 2020! Featuring stunning views of Presque Isle Bay, including panoramic views from Oliver's Rooftop restaurant on the hotel's eighth floor.

The hotel's interior design pays tribute to the Erie region's rich naval history and is inspired by Oliver Hazard Perry, a naval commander in the War of 1812.​ 

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Sneaky Pete's Tapas Bar & Restaurant

One of Erie’s hidden gems has expanded! Step back into days gone by with Tiffany lamps, Waterford crystal, wood burning fireplace, good drinks & food, specializing in imported CharcutERIE! Make the trip to check out their new outdoor patio and bocce court! 

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Presque Isle Downs & Casino Bet America Sportsbook

Featuring 50 state-of-the-art sports wagering kiosks. BetAmerica is an online and retail sportsbook, casino, advance-deposit wagering website and mobile app offering a world-class, full-spectrum solution for betting on sports, casino games and horseracing.

Around-the-clock pre-match and live sports betting are available on professional football, college football and basketball, hockey, golf, tennis, soccer, combat sports, auto racing and dozens of other sporting events.

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Dobbins Landing Mural

One of the most popular spots on Erie’s Bayfront got a face lift! Designed by internationally-known street artist SatOne, the eye-popping abstract mural covers the observation deck at Dobbins Landing (foot of State Street). 

The best way to view the complete mural is from the top of the Bicentennial Tower. This public art project is a collaboration between Erie Arts & Culture and the Erie Western Pennsylvania Port Authority.

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Erie County Historical Society

Watch for the new exhibit building on the campus of the Hagen History Center which will provide 6000 square feet of new exhibit space. The construction of the building should be completed in Fall 2019 and the first floor exhibit should be completed by Spring 2020.

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Arrowhead Wine Cellars

Arrowhead Wine Cellars recently unveiled their new tasting room and retail space. Celebrating over 20 years of success, Arrowhead still features their award-winning wines along with some new varieties. 

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