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.
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.
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, Hagen Historical Center (formerly the Watson-Curtze Mansion), 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
Presque Isle Downs Casino and Racetrack
So much to do in one place, casino, racing, dining, and entertainment. Visit Website
Lions 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. Visit Website
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 Park
It'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. Visit Website
Tom Ridge Nature Center
See how Presque Isle became our beach, see the Big Green Screen films, and visit the gift shop and snack area Visit Website
Looking 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. Visit Website
A great bike trail to take you around the bayfront and historic Erie.
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.
Soar high watching the many species that migrate through Presque Isle and those that make their nest for the season.
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 World
Get 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. Visit Website
The 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. Visit Website
Lake Erie Speedway
Don't be too quick to pass up a good time at the races. Races are held every weekend from May-September. Visit Website
Erie Otters Hockey
Don'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. Visit Website
Sea Wolves Baseball
Take 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. Visit Website
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.