B.A.S.S. Nation Northeast Regional Championship
The 2021 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Northeast Regional Championship is coming to Erie, PA!
Competing anglers will represent state associations from throughout B.A.S.S. Nation's Northeast Region, which encompasses 11 states (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware) and Spain. The top boater and non-boater from each state will advance to the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, where the top 3 anglers will qualify for the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic.
The announcement from Bassmaster can be found here.
B.A.S.S. Nation is a global network of locally organized clubs whose members participate in and support a range of activities, including tournaments, conservation intiatives and youth programs. Three competitors, who qualify through a rigorous series of local and regional tournaments, and then the national championship, advance to the Bassmaster Classic.
Erie is Pennsylvania's only port to the Great Lakes. Located on the southern shore of our namesake Lake Erie, the Flagship City is a popular destination for its outdoor recreational activities, year-round cultural scene, maritime heritage, delectable local eateries and so much more. Get the full picture at VisitErie.com.
Presque Isle State Park
A trip to Erie isn't complete without a trip to Presque Isle State Park, no matter the time of year. The 3,200-acre peninsula arches into Lake Erie, making it a popular location for visitors looking to spend time along the water. The park features 25 miles of flat trails for walking and cycling, with 13 miles of sandy beaches on the lake side, and views of the City of Erie across Presque Isle Bay on the other. Make sure to check out the Presque Isle Lighthouse, or the North Pier Lighthouse, look for beach glass, or spend the day in nature on the various hiking trails. Learn more about Presque Isle State Park here.
There's just nothing like spending a day on the water, and one of the best places to do that in Erie is in our Bayfront district. Check out Dobbins Landing for loads of "Instagrammable" spots! Walk up to the 2nd level observation platform to see the mural "Flotsam" by SatOne - one of the largest pieces of public art in Erie. Enjoy a meal with a view at one of the Bayfront's many waterfront dining options, take a pirate cruise on Scallywag's Pirate Adventures, rent watercraft for a day of adventure on Presque Isle Bay, or check out the Erie Maritime Museum and Flagship Niagara for a glimpse into Erie's maritime past.
Presque Isle Downs & Casino
Presque Isle Downs & Casino is open with more ways to win than ever before! Located on Interstate 90 just east of Erie, Presque Isle Downs offers more than 1,500 slots as well as 32 table games, seven poker tables and 50 BetAmerica sports betting kiosks. One thing that's always a safe bet at the Casino - a good meal! Check out complete dining options and make reservations here.
Tax-Free Shopping in Erie
Funky boutiques, national brand names, and one of the nation's largest online fishing retailers... Erie County features it all! With no tax on apparel and a ton of options, Erie County is a popular shopping destination. Get all the supplies you need for a successful bass fishing tournament at FishUSA! The online retailer's Pro Shop features a variety of daily services including line spooling, permits, and a wide selection of products. Peach Street is Erie's busiest shopping district, as it features the Millcreek Mall and all of your favorite brands. For a local flair, check out the Shops on the Hill, one of Erie's newest and most colorful districts. The area is comprised of an array of funky, independently owned small shops and restaurants- like Federal Hill Smokehouse, voted the Best Barbeque in Pennsylvania by Food & Wine in 2020! Venture further into the city of Erie and you'll find several shopping plazas that feature shopping that's all-local: check out the Shops at the Colony or Village West for unique gifts, fresh smoothies, and more.
Lake Erie Wine Country
The largest grape-growing region east of the Rocky Mountains starts in Erie County, Pa! More than 20 unique wineries and vineyard vistas are nestled along the shoreline of Lake Erie, stretching over 53 miles into New York state. Sip and savor the flavors of the Lake Erie region and learn from our expert vintners to discover your favorites. Tasting options will vary by winery, so be sure to plan ahead! Map our your trip to Lake Erie Wine Country here. Don't worry, beer drinkers - we have a trail for you too. The Lake Erie Ale Trail is comprised of 15 breweries in Erie County and surrounding region. At each, you'll find a wide variety of microbrews each with their own local flavor.
Waldameer Park & Water World
With more than 100 rides, five roller coasters, 31 slides in the water park, and attractions for all ages, the whole family will love a day at Waldameer. General admission to the park is free - guests only pay for the rides and amenities they utilize! Located at the entrance to Presque Isle State Park, Waldameer is family-owned and has a long history of providing high-quality family fun, as the 10th oldest amusement park in the United States. Finish up the day with an orange twist or a footlong hot dog at Sara's - an Erie staple!