What's New for 2019

Tuesday Nov 6th, 2018
  • Tall Ships Erie returns to our shores August 22-25, 2019 showcasing approximately 8-10 tall ships, on-board tours & sail-aways, live music and entertainment, children’s activities, a festival marketplace, food vendors, a beer garden and MUCH more!  www.TallShipsErie.org
  • Waldameer Amusement Park is growing again!  Coming summer 2019, the new Chaos pendulum thrill ride will send you swinging, then spinning and then turn you upside down as you soar 60 feet in the air! In Water World, a new, heated relaxation pool will be installed near the wave pool, with a capacity of 125 people. www.waldameer.com  Niagara Firing canons
  • Set to sail Memorial Day Weekend, the newly constructed U.S. Ariel, a 40′ Dyer will offer historic tours on Presque Isle Bay. The original ship, constructed in 1813 at Erie, Pennsylvania, the U.S.S. Ariel was made for war and had a reputation for speed. During the Battle of Lake Erie, the Ariel led the fleet into battle along with the Scorpion.  www.usariel.com
  • Splash Lagoon has a new virtual reality (VR) game, Hologate! Hologate is a multiplayer virtual reality attraction that transports players into a new dimension. Once the players put on the headsets, the advanced technology creates a realistic experience that is suitable for players of any age or skill level. Hologate offers multiple games that are easy to learn but difficult to master. The players are transported to a new world where they could be battling robots and dragons, having a snowball fight or fighting off zombies. Also new at Splash Lagoon is an enhanced Lazer Tag Experience.
  • Erie County Historical Society Education Center - Coming spring 2019, there will be a new addition to the Hagen History Center campus.  The former Wood-Morrison House, located just east of the Watson-Curtze Mansion, will become The Erie County Historical Society’s Education Center. This building will also feature exhibits on the Dr. Wood and Captain Morrison families in addition to an exhibit on the Erie Extension Canal.
  • The Erie Maritime Museum welcomed the Lettie G. Howard a 125-foot, two-masted gaff topsail fishing schooner to our Port in 2018.  Built in 1893 in Essex, Massachusetts, the Lettie G. Howard has joined the Flagship Niagara to enhance the visitor experience at the Erie Maritime Museum.  Lettie will be offering a variety of sailing opportunities for the Erie community for the 2019 season. www.flagshipniagara.org
  • UPMC Park is getting a facelift! Plans for the 2019 season include a new field, scoreboard, state-of-the-art team store along with various features around the complex to improve the fan experience.  www.erieevents.com 
  • Millcreek Mall announced several newly opened businesses: Vertical Jump Park, Windsor, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Guitar Center, Fresh Healthy Café and Round One Entertainment… a new family-friendly fun facility with TWO FLOORS of entertainment including 12 lanes of bowling, over 250 arcades games, and a bar/restaurant. www.millcreekmall.net
  • “Old Fort Forge” at Fort LeBoeuf Historic Campus- New Blacksmith Shop exhibit featuring 18th century style blacksmith operation used at French Fort LeBoeuf in 1753!  Classes will be available in the future.  fortleboeufhistory.com
  • The Erie Philharmonic has announced a new feature to the 2018-2019 concert series - the Bruce Morton Wright Chamber Series features 8 to 10, one-of-a-kind free chamber concerts each season in venues outside of the Warner Theatre to ensure that the dream of free music for all lives on. Free and open to the public!  www.eriephil.org/bmw 
  • ErieBank Sports Park, formerly Family First Sports Park, re-opened after a major renovation in Fall 2018. The updated venue now features two NHL regulation-sized ice rinks, new locker rooms and a restoration of the four existing basketball courts. www.eriebanksportspark.org
  • For the first time since 2014, Erie will host more than 5,000 bowlers from across the state for the PA USBC State Bowling Tournament, which runs over 10 weekends April 6 – June 16, 2019.
  • PA ROUTE 6 NOW PART OF NATIONAL BIKE ROUTE SYSTEM - Explore the quaint towns and lush colors of the countryside as you bike on America’s newest addition to the US Bike Route System (USBR). US Route 6 in Pennsylvania, previously known as PA Bike Route Y, has been designated as USBR 36. GPS mapping for USBR 36 is now available on the Ride with GPS website - a website used by travelling bicyclists to download GPS map and cue sheets to their portable devices. The map follows PA Route 6 with the exception of detouring off Rt. 6 and using Rt 107 from Factoryville to Mayfield. Check it out here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27578108
  • The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Department of Community and Economic Developed (DCED) announced a new designated U.S. Bicycle Route (USBR) in Pennsylvania: USBRs 30.  U.S. Bicycle Route 30 extends 46 miles along the shore of Lake Erie, from Ohio to New York, and is locally known as BicyclePA Route Z. Cyclists utilizing USBR 30 will ride along the nationally designated Seaway Trail Scenic Byway (Great Lakes Seaway Trail) and enjoy sandy beaches, historic lighthouses, ecological diversity – as well as the 3,200-acre National Landmark, Presque Isle State Park, which is ranked as the #1 Freshwater Beach in North America. For more information, visit “Ride A Bike” under the “Travel in PA” tab of www.penndot.gov.