Spencer House Bed & Breakfast : While You're Here

Things To Do

 

What is there to do in Erie? Let us say that one of the nicest surprises about Erie is just how much there is to do. In the summer, there are free concerts including 8 Great Tuesdays featuring music from Big Band to Country to Jazz to Blues, etc. at the outdoor amphitheater on the Bayfront (just down the street). On Wednesday, there are free concerts at the Art Museum as well as free admission.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday there are festivals. For example, Celebrate Erie, Arts Festival, Jazz and Blues Festival, Presque Isle Days, Tall Ships Festival, Beer on the Bay, Wine Festival, Rib Festival, Cherry Festival, Greek Festival, Roar on the Shore. The list goes on and on.  There is a comprehensive listing of activities at VisitEriePA.com.


You may have to come back sooner than you think!  Check below for even more details.

Higher Education:  We are within walking distance of Gannon University, and a short drive to MercyhurstPenn State Behrend, LECOM, and Edinboro.

Great Tuesdays and Downtown Friday Nights:
All summer long, Tuesday's are the night to head on over to Liberty Park on the Bayfront. Free concerts at the Pepsi Amphitheater keep the summer hot.  Every Friday night during the summer, Erie celebrates. Free concerts in Perry Square, a free trolley to take you up and down state street and lots of fabulous drink and dinner specials at local establishments. Every week is different. From Gourmet fine dining with someone special to casual cafes for quick bites among friends. Downtown Fridays is the best way to celebrate this summer--Don't miss Celebrate Erie days each August.

Festivals:
Northwest Pennsylvania is well known for their extreme number of festivals throughout the seasons. From the National Rib Fest to the Cherry Festival, Strawberry Festival, Haborcreek, Waterford Days, Greek Festival, Italian Festival, Irish Festival, Arts Festival, Jazz Festival, Maple Syrup Festival, Erie Country Fair, Zoo Boo, Cascade of Lights, Wine Country Harvest Festival, Great Lakes Film Festival.....there's just too many to list. Keep you eyes out weekly for events that appeal to everyone.

Museums:
All the art, history and culture of Erie are represented throughout several museums. Enjoy the Erie Art Museum, Erie County Historical Society, Cashier's House, Firefighters Museum, Watson-Curtze Mansion and Planetarium, and the Maritime Museum, home to the Flagship Niagara which was won by Commodore Perry during the war of 1812. Tours of the ship are available when the vessel is in port and observations of the lake can be taken from the top of Bicentennial Tower.

Theater:
Erie takes its place as one of the top ten theater communities for mid-sized cities in the United States. And no wonder with headliners at the completely restored Warner Theater featuring the Erie Philharmonic, or the Erie Civic Center. Local productions at the Erie Playhouse, All An Act Theatre, Mercyhurst, Gannon and the Station Dinner TheaterJr's Last Laugh Comedy Club is also a great way to spend an evening.

Presque Isle Downs Casino and RacetrackSo much to do in one place, casino, racing, dining, and entertainment.

Erie ZooLions and Tigers and Bears...oh my! There's so much more at the Erie Zoo from endangered species to Monkeys and Polar Bears. Enjoy the children's area with petting zoo and large carousal Fun for the entire family.

The Vineyards:  Presque Isle, Arrowhead, Penn Shore, Heritage and Mazza are just a few of the vineyard tours you can enjoy while visiting Northwest Pennsylvania. 

Presque Isle State ParkIt's time to head out to the beaches. Presque is a pristine 7 mile peninsula with over 14 beaches, 2 lighthouses, fishing ponds, biking, running and hiking trails, Coast Guard station, Boat Tours, Perry Monument, cross country skiing, hunting, ice skating, picnic areas, grills and lots of activities all year long. The beauty of this state park is unsurpassed and truly the best place to watch the Erie sunsets which have been rated the 2nd best in the world.

Tom Ridge Nature CenterSee how Presque Isle became our beach, see the Big Green Screen films, and visit the gift shop and snack area

Asbury WoodsLooking for a simpler and quieter way to spend your day? Head out to Asbury Woods with their unique Nature Center, Gift Shop and Nature Trails to help you unwind. Don't miss the Maple Syrup Festival each fall.

Seaway Trail:  A great bike trail to take you around the bayfront and historic Erie.

Fishing:  This is no small tail. Anglers from all over the world come to Erie's creeks during Steelhead trout season. The Steelhead are plentiful and the stories about the one that got away even better.  Nearly undiscovered, Presque Isle Bay has some of the best Bass fishing in all of Pennsylvania.  The Smallmouth Bass fishing in Lake Erie is considered "world class" due to the unusually large size of the fish that can be caught here.

Bird Watching:  Soar high watching the many species that migrate through Presque Isle and those that make their nest for the season.

Golf:  Choose from a number of great golf courses in the area.

Jet Skiing and Boat Rentals: Thrill seekers can enjoy coasting over the bayfront and beaches. Reservations are needed. 

Waldameer Amusement Park and Water WorldGet ready to have fun. One of the countries oldest amusement parks dates back to the 1800s. Enjoy wooden coasters and flume rides, great food, the midway and now their newest spinning roller coaster. There's also Water World filled with water slides, lazy rivers and more. Presque Isle is a great place to watch the sunset but if your really looking for a treat, ride the large ferris wheel at Waldameer just during sunset. They'll run it extra long and the view is spectacular. You can buy all day wrist bands for the parks or individual ride tickets.

Splash LagoonThe East coast's largest indoor water park offers summer fun all year long. A warm temperature in the 80 keeps the chill out and the fun in. Water slides, lazy rivers, pools, family and adult only hot tubs and a big bucket of water that soaks the park every 10-15 minutes. Concessions are available.

Lake Erie SpeedwayDon't be too quick to pass up a good time at the races. Races are held every weekend from May-September.

Erie Otters HockeyDon't miss a chance to see the Erie Otters take on the OHL. Tickets are available in advance or at the door on game night.

Sea Wolves BaseballTake me out to the ballgame and don't make an error by missing Erie's minor league baseball team in their beautiful new park. Concessions, discounts and specials are always available.

Millcreek Mall:  Shop to you drop at 160-store mall, and when you're hungry, there is Japanese, Italian, and a British pub just to name a few of the 15 restaurants. A Cinemark TInseltown theater is nearby.

 

Dining 

 

We would be happy to make you reservations for lunch or dinner.  We highly recommend the following local establishments.


Twelve O’ One:  A small restaurant that fills a tall order. This cozy wine bar offers a large and varied selection of fabulous wine. Complimented by their wonderful chefs and gourmet style dining.

Bertrand’s BistroA great little bistro offering authentic French cuisine, and newly opened Cloud9 Wine Bar a few blocks away featuring wine, a refined menu, and New American tapas.  All we can say is Yum!

Pie In The Sky: 
A local favorite could be easy to miss, but we suggest you don't.  Located just 2 blocks from Spencer House, this cafe style restaurant makes each dish fresh when you order it. A dining experience and portions are generous. They only accept cash and checks and are only open for dinner on the weekends.

Tap House
Fun atmosphere, great menu, and simply the best stone cooked bar pizza and flatbreads - Excellent! Unusual beer menu that changes weekly.

Molly Branigans Located downtown this Irish pub offers true ambiance. The inside has been restored and they owners had ever either imported from Ireland or Irish craftsman to come over and complete the work. Great food, atmosphere and Guinness is served on draft.

Sara's and Sally's:  Casual dining located at the entrance to Presque Isle. 1950s style hot dogs, hamburgers and homemade ice cream.  Sally's is the newest edition to Sara's is located right new store and is an old tin trailer dinner serving a great selection of pies, soups and sandwiches.  You know it's summer!

Joe Roots Grill:  Stop in for great steaks and seafood in a causal style atmosphere. Also located near the entrance to Presque Isle.

Pufferbelly's:  Located in the old firehouse this restaurant offers more than just nostalgia, but great food too. Save room for peanut butter pie.

Smuggler's Wharf:  Located on the bayfront, a great place to casually enjoy steaks and seafood or fish fresh from the lake.

Alto Cucina:  Does Erie need another Italian restaurant?  You bet we do when it's this good!

Colao's Ristorante:  Home-made Italian dining in a quaint residential area.

Mi Scuzi:  Wonderful Italian, home-made, and delicious.

The Brewerie:  Microbrewery located in the old Union Station of downtown Erie.

Plymouth Tavern:  Sports bar tavern located in Downtown Erie. Grab some wings and a draft while shooting pool or watching the game.

Victorian Princess:  Take a brunch or dinner cruise along scenic Lake Erie. This Victorian paddle boat graces the water all summer long.



If you don't find what you’re looking for, just ask...we have plenty of suggestions.