Fun Things to Do

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Presque Isle State Park Beaches

 

 

People love Erie because no matter what the season, there’s ALWAYS something to do!  Downtown, around town and throughout the entire County, Erie boasts a variety of entertainment and cultural venues that set the stage for endless amounts of fun!  Fast paced thrills, educational adventures and affordable family-size entertainment are waiting for you.  Spend a few hours, a day, a week or longer and experience our beautiful Great Lakes City yourself!

 

We’ve Got Beaches!

Nestled between the shores of Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay is Erie’s top attraction – Presque Isle State Park. With sandy beaches and endless outdoor recreation, Presque Isle (French for “almost an island”) is a National Natural Landmark and one of Pennsylvania’s top vacation destinations, welcoming over 4 million visitors annually.  Visitors flock to Presque Isle for its distinctive blend of natural beauty and year-round recreation including swimming, boating, biking, surfing, birding and fishing.  Explore on foot, wheels, segways, surreys, skis or pontoons and kayaks.   Just outside the Park’s entrance is the Tom Ridge Environmental Center or “TREC”.  TREC is a state-of-the-art, “green” facility, focused on educating visitors about the unique 3,200 acres that is Presque Isle State Park.  TREC features interactive exhibits, a 75’ observation tower, nature shop & gallery, informative workshops, programs and lectures, Sunset Café and The Big Green Screen, a 4-story high, 45 feet wide theater.

 

Family Fun for Everyone!

Located near the entrance to Presque Isle set among beautifully landscaped grounds and picnic groves, Waldameer Park & Water World is one of America’s oldest amusement parks.  Open May to September, Waldameer features amusement park rides including the Ravine Flyer II, ranked as the 6th best wooden coaster in the world!  Thrilling water park slides, live shows, modern arcade, traditional midway games, food and refreshment centers and numerous picnic groves make Waldameer a family favorite. Catch a wave this summer when Waldameer debuts their newest attraction – a giant outdoor wave pool, the largest in the tri-state area!   If the weather outside is frightful, head inside to one of the largest indoor water parks in the Eastern United States, Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park & Resort.  It’s 87º of year-round water soaking excitement!  With a South Sea Island atmosphere, multiple twisting and turning slides, a 1000 gallon Tiki tipping bucket, multi-level activity Tree House, indoor wave pool, tree tops ropes course, arcade, food court, hot tubs, kiddie area and more, Splash Lagoon is over an acre of fun!  The Water Park is connected to three hotels and a restaurant so you never have to venture outside. A family excursion to Erie wouldn’t be complete without spending time at the Erie Zoo & Botanical Gardens.  Located on 15 acres in the heart of the City, the Zoo has over 400 animals, representing 200 species around the world. Stroll their walkways and discover over 2,500 varieties from 600 species of plants among the landscaped grounds. Highlights include the historic Main Building, Kiboka Outpost, Wild Asia and the Children’s Zoo.  New in 2015 is the opening of the Zoo’s Big Cat Exhibit! Open March 1- November 30.

 

The Albion Area Fair

 


Erie’s Arts & Culture Scene

Spanning performance stages to exhibit walls, Erie’s cultural diversity blends a large metropolitan feel with affordable, engaging settings.  Catch riveting concerts, Broadway performances, theatrical musicals and dramas, national touring acts, comedians and artists at venues throughout downtown and the surrounding area.  Outstanding entertainment awaits you whether it’s an evening of live music, theatrical performances or a day filled with museum and gallery tours. The stars shine bright over the Erie Playhouse, one of the oldest and largest community theatres in the nation offering mainstage, youtheatre and special events performances year-round. The comfortable setting of All An Act Theatre provides the perfect backdrop for smaller intimate productions.  Be a part of the show during interactive theater at the Erie Station Dinner Theatre and Riverside Inn Dinner Theatre.  Melodic symphonies and trendy pops concerts of the Erie Philharmonic or the Erie Art Museum’s permanent collection, current exhibits and special events radiate culture. Bring the little ones to discover the wonders of the expERIEnce Children’s Museum where history, mysteries, magic and fun prevail!

 

Get IN Your Game!

Join the excitement of hot gaming action at Presque Isle Downs & Casino, northern Pennsylvania’s premier gambling destination and racetrack! Try your luck at over 2,000 slot machines and 48 table games or place bets on off-track and live thoroughbred racing.  Minutes from downtown Erie, Presque Isle Downs spans 272 acres with all the bells, whistles and high stakes excitement of a first-class Vegas casino.  Featuring a new state-of-the-art poker room, award-winning dining, four lounges, live entertainment and customer incentives. The gaming and excitement is 24/7!.  Live horse racing (May – September).

 

Root, Root, Root for the Home Team!

Sports enthusiasts have plenty to cheer about in Erie.  Our local sports scene is thriving with four local colleges and four professional sports teams calling Erie home.  The Erie Bayhawks NBA D-league affiliate team of the Orlando Magic thrills audiences with slam dunks, three-pointers and high-flying excitement.  The Erie Otters Ontario Hockey League team gets crowds on their feet with hard checking, in-your-face hockey maneuvers.  The cracking of bats and cheers from the stands fill the air when the Erie Seawolves AA Detroit Tigers affiliate team takes the field.  In nearby North East, PA squealing tires and roaring engines rev up racing fans at the NASCAR-sanctioned Lake Erie Speedway.

 

 

Other GREAT (and fun!) Things to Do!

Wineries & Breweries, Erie History & Heritage, Outdoor Adventures. Plus: Erie Admirals National Premier Soccer League, Erie’s lighthouses: Presque Isle Lighthouse and The North Pier Light and the Land Lighthouse, Family First Sports Park

 

So plot your summer vacations, schedule fall outings, cure those winter blues or make it a spring fling.  Whatever the reason and whatever the season, take a trip to entertain and educate yourself, your family and your friends. It’s a Pennsylvania adventure worth planning for!
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Fun Things to Do

9-11 Memorial

In front of Blasco Library/160 East Front Street
Erie, PA 16507

All An Act Theatre

652 West 17th Street
Erie, PA 16502
814-450-8553
www.allanact.net

Arrowhead Wine Cellars 

12073 East Main Road
North East, PA 16428
814-725-5509
www.arrowheadwine.com

Arundel Cellars & Brewing Company 

11727 East Main Road
North East, PA 16428
814-725-1079
www.ArundelCellars.com

Asbury Woods Nature Center 

4105 Asbury Road
Erie, PA 16506
814-835-5356
www.asburywoods.org

Bassin' on the Bay Charters 

Foot of State Street/East Canal Basin
Erie, PA 16507
814-460-3160
www.facebook.com/pages/Bassin-on-the-Bay-Charters/236841363068228

Battles Museum of Rural Life 

436 Walnut Street
Girard, PA 16417
814-454-1813
www.eriecountyhistory.org

Brig. Gen. Strong Vincent Statue

In front of Blasco Library/160 East Front Street
Erie, PA 16507

Brotherton's Covered Bridge

Niemeyer Road
Waterford, PA 16441

Camp Sherwin/YMCA 

8600 West Lake Road
Lake City, PA 16423
814-774-9416
www.ymcaerie.org

Civil War Memorials


Girard & Union City, PA

Courtyard Wineries

10021 West Main Road
North East, PA 16428
814-725-0236
www.courtyardwineries.com

Double D.A.B. Riding Stables

5811 Welch Hill Road
Ripley, NY 14775
716-736-4418
www.doubledab.net

Edinboro Area Historical Society/Doucette House

126 Water Street
Edinboro, PA 16412
814-734-6109

Elk Creek Township Historical Society


Elk Creek Township, PA
echistoricalsociety@gmail.com

Erie Ale Works 

416 West 12th Street
Erie, PA 16501
814-218-0321
www.eriealeworks.com

Erie Art Museum 

20 East 5th Street
Erie, PA 16507
814-459-5477
www.erieartmuseum.org

Erie Bayhawks NBA D-League Basketball 

Erie Insurance Arena/110 East 8th Street
Erie, PA 16501
814-790-5600
www.eriebayhawks.com

Erie Brewing Company

1213 Veshecco Drive
Erie, PA 16501
814-459-7741
www.eriebrewingco.com

Erie Cemetery (Historical Walking Tours) 

2116 Chestnut Street
Erie, PA 16501
814-459-2463
www.eriecemeteryassoc.com

Erie Commodores National Premier Soccer League 

Visit the website for game locations
Erie, PA 16501
814-392-4785
www.erieadmiralsnpsl.com/

Erie Golf Course

6050 Old Zuck Road
Erie, PA 16506
814-866-0641
www.eriegolflinks.com

Erie Insurance Arena 

809 French Street
Erie, PA 16501
814-453-7117
www.erieevents.com

Erie Maritime Museum/U.S. Brig Niagara 

150 East Front Street
Erie, PA 16507
814-452-2744
www.flagshipniagara.org

Erie Otters OHL Hockey 

Erie Insurance Arena/ 201 East 8th Street
Erie, PA 16501
814-455-7779
www.ottershockey.com

Erie Philharmonic 

609 Walnut Street
Erie, PA 16502
814-455-1375
www.eriephil.org

Erie Playhouse 

12 West 10th Street
Erie, PA 16501
814-454-2852
www.erieplayhouse.org

Erie Seawolves AA Baseball 

Jerry Uht Park/110 East 10 St.
Erie, PA 16501
814-456-1300
www.seawolves.com

Erie Station Dinner Theatre 

4940 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16501
814-864-2022
www.canterburyfeast.com

Erie Yesterday

419 State Street
Erie, PA 16501
814-824-2190
www.erieyesterday.org

Erie Zoo & Botanical Gardens

423 West 38th Street
Erie, PA 16508

expERIEnce Children's Museum 

420 French Street
Erie, PA 16507
814-453-3743
www.eriechildrensmuseum.org

Fairview Area Historical Society/The Sturgeon House

4302 Avonia Road
Fairview, PA 16415
814-474-5855

Family First Sports Park-PAC 

8155 Oliver Road
Erie, PA 16501
814-866-5425
www.eriesportspark.com

Firefighters Historical Museum

428 Chestnut Street
Erie, PA 16507
814-456-5969

Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing 

8398 West Route 20
Westfield, NY 14787
716-793-9463
www.fiveand20.com

Fort LeBoeuf Historical Society 

P.O. Box 622
Waterford, PA 16441
814-796-4817
www.fortleboeufhistoricalsociety.org

George Washington Monument (only one in a British uniform)


Waterford, PA 16441

Gigi's Route 6 Heritage Center & Diner

344 East Columbus Avenue
Corry, PA 16407
814-664-8646

Goodell Gardens & Homestead 

221 Waterford Street
Edinboro, PA 16412
814-734-6699
www.goodellgardens.org

Grape Discovery Center, The

8305 West Main Road
Westfield, NY 14787
716-326-2003
www.grapediscoverycenter.org

Great Lakes Seaway Trail - An America's Byway™

Route 5 and Presque Isle
Erie, PA 16505
1-800-SEAWAY-T (732-9298)
www.seawaytrail.com

Hagen History Center/Watson Curtze Mansion 

356 West 6th Street
Erie, PA 16501
814-454-1813
www.eriecountyhistory.org

Harbor Ridge Golf Course 

3730 Harbor Ridge Trail
Erie, PA 16510
(814) 898-4653
www.hrgolfclub.com/

Harbor View Miniature Golf

36 State Street
Erie, PA 16507
814-874-3536
www.harborviewminigolf.com

Harborcreek Historical Society

5451 Merwin Lane
Erie, PA 16510
814-899-4447

Harrington Covered Bridge

Barney Road
Albion, PA

Hazel Kibler Museum of Local History

522 East Main Street
Girard, PA 16417
814-774-3653
www.eriecountyhistory.org

Historic Eagle Hotel

32 High Street
Waterford, PA 16441
814-796-0060

Hornby School Restoration Society

10000 Colt Station Road
North East, PA 16428
814-323-4404

Hubbard House Underground Railroad Museum

1603 Walnut Boulevard
Ashtabula, OH 44004
440-964-8168

Isabell's Painted Gardens 

6260 Crane Road
Edinboro, PA 16412
814-823-3401
www.isabellspaintedgardens.com

Jerry Uht Park 

110 East 10th Street
Erie, PA 16501
814-456-1300
www.erieevents.com

Lake Effect Sailing

West Canal Basin near foot of State Street
Erie, PA 16507
814-434-0600
www.lakeeffectsailing.com

Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park (LEAF) 

1501 West 6th Street
Erie, PA 16505
814-453-5323
www.leaferie.org

Lake Erie Outfitters

421 Peninsula Drive
Erie, PA 16505
814-860-1144
www.lakeerieoutfitters.com

Lake Erie Speedway 

10700 Delmas Drive
North East, PA 16428
814-725-3303
www.lakeeriespeedway.com

Lake Erie Wine Country


North East, PA 16428
877-326-6561
www.lakeeriewinecountry.org

Lake Shore Railway Museum

31 Wall Street
North East, PA 16428
814-725-1911

Lakeview Wine Cellars 

8440 Singer Road
North East, PA 16428
814-725-4440
www.lakeviewwinecellars.com

Land Lighthouse

Foot of Lighthouse Street/Route 5/Great Lakes Seaway Trail
Erie, PA 16501

Laser Tag at Splash Lagoon 

8091 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16509
814-864-9463
www.splashlagoon.com

Lavery Brewing Company 

128 West 12th Street
Erie, PA 16501
814-454-0405
www.laverybrewing.com

Lawrence Park Historical Society

4230 Iroquois Avenue
Erie, PA 16511
814-899-7119

Mazza Vineyards

11815 East Lake Road
North East, PA 16428
800-796-WINE (9463)
www.mazzawines.com

Military Park (World War II, Korean War, Purple Heart & Vietnam War Memorials)

Intersection of 27th & State Streets
Erie, PA 16508

Millcreek Golf Course

3100 West 17th Street
Erie, PA 16505
814-835-5168
www.eriegolflinks.com

Mount Pleasant of Edinboro

14510 Mt. Pleasant Road
Cambridge Springs, PA 16403
814-734-1641
www.skimountpleasant.com

North East Historical Society/Museum

25 Vine Street
North East, PA 16428
814-403-8709

Oliver Hazard Perry Statue/Monument

Presque Isle State Park & East Perry Square
Erie, PA

Operation Desert Storm Memorial

Waterford Park/Gazebo
Waterford, PA 16441

Peek N' Peak Ski Resort & Spa

1405 Olde Road
Clymer, NY 14724
716-355-4141
www.pknpk.com

Pennsylvania Scenic Route 6


Erie, PA 16501
1-87-PA-ROUTE6 (877-276-8836)
www.paroute6.com

Pennsylvania State Snow Mobile Association


Harrisburg, PA 17102
717-441-6065
www.pasnow.org

Presque Isle Aquabus/Water Taxi 

3 pick up locations along Presque Isle Bay
Erie, PA 16507
814-881-2502
www.porterie.org

Presque Isle Boat Tours/The Lady Kate 

Perry Monument at Presque Isle
Erie, PA 16501
814-836-0201
www.piboattours.com

Presque Isle Canoe & Boat Livery

Presque Isle State Park/Lagoon Boat Launch
Erie, PA 16505
814-838-3938

Presque Isle Downs & Casino 

8199 Perry Highway/Exit 27, I-90
Erie, PA 16509
866-ERIE-FUN (374-3386)
www.presqueisledowns.com

Presque Isle Lighthouse

Presque Isle State Park
Erie, PA 16505

Presque Isle State Park 

Foot of Peninsula Drive
Erie, PA 16505
814-833-7424
www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/presqueisle.aspx

Relish, Inc. 

3835 West 12th Street
Erie, PA 16505
814-836-1827
www.relishinc.com

Riverside Inn Dinner Theatre

One Fountain Avenue
Cambridge Springs, PA 16403
800-956-9490
www.theriersideinn.com

Scallywags Pirate Adventures

2 State Street
Erie, PA 16507
814-453-2627
www.scallywagspirateadventures.com

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial

West Perry Square/Downtown Erie
Erie, PA 16501

South Shore Wine Company 

1120 Freeport Road
North East, PA 16428
814-725-1585
www.ss.mazzawines.com

Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park Resort 

8091 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16509
866-3SPLASH (77-5274)
www.splashlagoon.com

Sprague Farm & Brew Works 

22043 US Hwy 6 & 19
Venango, PA 16440
814-398-2885
www.Sleepingchainsaw/brew_works

The BIG Green Screen at TREC 

301 Peninsula Drive
Erie, PA 16501
814-838-4123
www.trecpi.org

The Brewerie at Union Station 

123 West 14th Street
Erie, PA 16501
814-454-2200
www.brewerie.com

The Historical Society of Erie County, History Center & Cashier's House 

419 State Street
Erie, PA 16501
814-454-1813
www.eriecountyhistory.org

The North Pier Light 

Presque Isle State Park
Erie, PA 16505
814-833-7424

Tiny Tims Fishing Charters

2 State Street
Erie, PA 16507
814-450-3571
www.tinytimsfishing.com

Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC) 

301 Peninsula Drive
Erie, PA 16505
814-833-7424
www.trecpi.org

U.S. Revolutionary War Memorial


Waterford, PA 16441

Union City Museum & Historical Society


Union City, PA
814-438-7573

Valley School Museum Society


814-756-4764

Veterans Memorials


North East, Lake City, Girard and Albion, PA

Victorian Princess Cruises 

Foot of State Street/Dobbins Landing
Erie, PA 16507
814-459-9696
www.victorianprincess.com

Vietnam War Memorial

Military Park - 2614 Glennwood Park Avenue
Erie, PA 16508

visitPAcasinos 

707 West 38th Street, #310
Erie, PA 16508
814-636-7133
www.visitPAcasinos.com

Waldameer Park & Water World 

220 Peninsula Drive
Erie, PA 16505
877-817-1009
www.waldameer.com

Warner Theatre 

811 State Street
Erie, PA 16501
814-452-4857
www.erieevents.com

Wattsburg Historical Society


Wattsburg, PA
814-438-9226

Wayne Blockhouse

Foot of Ash Street
Erie, PA 16507

West County Historical Association


814-774-3653

Whispering Woods Golf Club

7214 Grubb Road
Erie, PA 16506
814-838-9942
www.whisperingwoodsgc.com

World War I Memorial

Corner of 1st Ave. & West High Street
Union City, PA

Yellow Bike Rental Company 

Presque Isle State Park / Waterworks Area
Erie, PA 16505
814-838-3938

Entertainment & Arts

All An Act Theatre

652 West 17th Street
Erie, PA 16502
814-450-8553
www.allanact.net

Erie Insurance Arena 

809 French Street
Erie, PA 16501
814-453-7117
www.erieevents.com

Erie Philharmonic 

609 Walnut Street
Erie, PA 16502
814-455-1375
www.eriephil.org

Erie Playhouse 

12 West 10th Street
Erie, PA 16501
814-454-2852
www.erieplayhouse.org

Erie Station Dinner Theatre 

4940 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16501
814-864-2022
www.canterburyfeast.com

expERIEnce Children's Museum 

420 French Street
Erie, PA 16507
814-453-3743
www.eriechildrensmuseum.org

Relish, Inc. 

3835 West 12th Street
Erie, PA 16505
814-836-1827
www.relishinc.com

Riverside Inn Dinner Theatre

One Fountain Avenue
Cambridge Springs, PA 16403
800-956-9490
www.theriersideinn.com

visitPAcasinos 

707 West 38th Street, #310
Erie, PA 16508
814-636-7133
www.visitPAcasinos.com

Warner Theatre 

811 State Street
Erie, PA 16501
814-452-4857
www.erieevents.com

Professional Sports

Erie Bayhawks NBA D-League Basketball 

Erie Insurance Arena/110 East 8th Street
Erie, PA 16501
814-790-5600
www.eriebayhawks.com

Erie Commodores National Premier Soccer League 

Visit the website for game locations
Erie, PA 16501
814-392-4785
www.erieadmiralsnpsl.com/

Erie Insurance Arena 

809 French Street
Erie, PA 16501
814-453-7117
www.erieevents.com

Erie Otters OHL Hockey 

Erie Insurance Arena/ 201 East 8th Street
Erie, PA 16501
814-455-7779
www.ottershockey.com

Erie Seawolves AA Baseball 

Jerry Uht Park/110 East 10 St.
Erie, PA 16501
814-456-1300
www.seawolves.com

Jerry Uht Park 

110 East 10th Street
Erie, PA 16501
814-456-1300
www.erieevents.com

Lake Erie Speedway 

10700 Delmas Drive
North East, PA 16428
814-725-3303
www.lakeeriespeedway.com

Wineries & Breweries

Arrowhead Wine Cellars 

12073 East Main Road
North East, PA 16428
814-725-5509
www.arrowheadwine.com

Arundel Cellars & Brewing Company 

11727 East Main Road
North East, PA 16428
814-725-1079
www.ArundelCellars.com

Courtyard Wineries

10021 West Main Road
North East, PA 16428
814-725-0236
www.courtyardwineries.com

Erie Ale Works 

416 West 12th Street
Erie, PA 16501
814-218-0321
www.eriealeworks.com

Erie Brewing Company

1213 Veshecco Drive
Erie, PA 16501
814-459-7741
www.eriebrewingco.com

Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing 

8398 West Route 20
Westfield, NY 14787
716-793-9463
www.fiveand20.com

Lake Erie Wine Country


North East, PA 16428
877-326-6561
www.lakeeriewinecountry.org

Lakeview Wine Cellars 

8440 Singer Road
North East, PA 16428
814-725-4440
www.lakeviewwinecellars.com

Lavery Brewing Company 

128 West 12th Street
Erie, PA 16501
814-454-0405
www.laverybrewing.com

Mazza Vineyards

11815 East Lake Road
North East, PA 16428
800-796-WINE (9463)
www.mazzawines.com

South Shore Wine Company 

1120 Freeport Road
North East, PA 16428
814-725-1585
www.ss.mazzawines.com

Sprague Farm & Brew Works 

22043 US Hwy 6 & 19
Venango, PA 16440
814-398-2885
www.Sleepingchainsaw/brew_works

The Brewerie at Union Station 

123 West 14th Street
Erie, PA 16501
814-454-2200
www.brewerie.com

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