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From our beaches and namesake waterfront, to wine country, family friendly attractions and everything in between - when you arrive in Erie County, you’re going to want to stay a while. Plan your summer getaway in Erie, Pa. Learn more at VisitErie.com.
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Dining in Erie, Pa
From unique settings to casual team dining, Erie’s local restaurant scene is both eclectic and mainstream, offering a wide variety of options to suit any palate, budget or occasion. Check out the festive atmosphere at Molly Brannigan's in downtown Erie as they take holiday decor to the next level, or dine in an outdoor igloo at the Bayfront Grille! Use the interactive map on VisitErie’s Hello Erie App to see where things are located and plot your visit, and get a complete list of restaurant suggestions here.
Feel the Lake Effect
The Lake Effect snow that Erie is known for offers outdoor enthusiasts year-round recreational adventures! Hit the slopes at Peek’n Peak, where 27 lighted ski slopes and trails, state-of-the-art chair lifts and terrain parks are available for every skill level. Head south on I-79 for more skiing and tubing at Mt. Pleasant of Edinboro, where a 600 ft., eight-lane snow tubing hill awaits! Pennsylvania’s most popular state park, Presque Isle State Park, is popular for cross country skiing on the multipurpose trail, weather permitting.
Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park
At Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park, it’s 84 degrees year-round! Recently named a top indoor water park by USA Today, Splash Lagoon features seven water slides, pools, hot tubs, a 12-level interactive Tree House, a Tree Tops Ropes Course, a 6,500 square foot arcade and a wave pool. The water park is attached to three hotels as well as Hooch & Blotto’s Sports Bar & Grill.
Get in the game!
Game on: sports are back in Erie County for the 2021-22 season! Catch the future pros in action at an Erie Otters game as the team welcomes fans back to Erie Insurance Arena. The team, a member of the Ontario Hockey League, has recently been home to NHL stars like Connor McDavid, and 2021 Stanley Cup champions Eric Cernak and Anthony Cirelli. Put yourself in the game at Presque Isle Downs & Casino, where more than 1,500 slots, 30 table games and a TwinSpires Sportsbook await your bets. Erie is also home to four colleges with NCAA DI, DII and DIII programs – check the schedules at Edinboro University, Gannon University, Mercyhurst University and Penn State Behrend to catch a game, tournament or match while you’re in town.
The largest grape-growing region east of the Rocky Mountains starts in Erie County! Lake Erie Wine Country features more than 20 unique wineries and vineyard vistas are nestled along the shoreline of Lake Erie. When winter chill sets in, it’s the perfect time to get cozy, to sip and savor the flavors of the Lake Erie region and learn from expert vintners about the winemaking process. Erie has a trail for beer drinkers as well: the Lake Erie Ale Trail features 15 breweries in Erie County and the surrounding region, each with its own unique flavor. If spirits are on your radar, grab a cocktail at Erie's locally-owned distilleries: Altered State, Erie Distillery or 5 & 20 Spirits!
Celebrate the Season
Erie attractions are getting festive this winter! Mr. and Mrs. Claus kick start the season in downtown Erie at Downtown D’Lights, as they light up Perry Square Park. Enjoy multi-weekend outdoor lights festivals, like Presque Isle Lights and the Asbury Woods Winter Wonderland, or take a horse-drawn sleigh around Port Farms. Check out the full list of winter events at VisitErie.com.
History, Art and Culture
Maritime history, modern murals and sculpture walks, and an active calendar of music and theater are just some of the highlights of Erie's cultural scene. Take a step back in time at any of the 18 unique exhibits at the Hagan History Center in downtown Erie, including Frank Lloyd Wright's original San Francisco office. The Erie Maritime Museum offers guests a glimpse into the contributions that Erie and Pennsylvania have made on the maritime industry, including Erie's own tall ship, the Flagship Niagara. Indulge your creative side at the Erie Art Museum, on a self-guided mural arts or sculpture tour or by creating a project at Creation Station! Kids can get in on the action too: the expERIEnce Children's Museum offers hands-on fun, well suited for children up to age 8. Erie welcomes a variety of nationally-touring acts as well as local theater as well - check out the calendars of Erie Events, the Erie Philharmonic and Erie Playhouse to get tickets to a show while you're in town.