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Say Cheese! The Best Places to take a Picture in the Erie Region

Thursday Jun 29th, 2023

The most cherished memories are those best captured within the photographs we take. Whether they showcase loved ones, including friends, family, furry companions, or simply selfies, these pictures serve as lasting keepsakes, preserving great times and special moments. Choosing the right backdrop is equally important and fortunately, the Erie region offers many locations ensuring that every snapshot is picture-perfect.

(pictured: Summer Days at Port Farms by @gardens_of_erie on Instagram)

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Presque Isle State Park presents a wealth of photo opportunities and Sunset Point, also called Kite Beach, hits the photo jackpot. Because the beach is not a designated swimming area, it’s an ideal space for kite enthusiasts to spread out and soar their magnificent kites and for sunset chasers to get an unobstructed view of Erie’s world-class sunsets. Sunset Point is located between Beaches 9 and 10. 
(pictured, above. Photo by @nshore00 on Instagram)

One of Erie’s most iconic symbols, the Bicentennial Tower has two observation decks. At 138 feet, the top deck offers spectacular views of Downtown Erie, Presque Isle Bay, and Lake Erie.

Although not quite as tall as the Bicentennial Tower, the views from atop the 75-foot observation tower at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center are just as incredible and provide expansive backdrop views of Lake Erie, Presque Isle and Waldameer Park, and Water World. 

East Ave Vortex 2 credit LakeEffectAerial

Mural art adorns the sides of buildings throughout the region, showcasing the creativity of local, regional, national, and international muralists as well as area residents. Photogenic murals include “East Avenue Vortex”, “Odessa’s Place”, “Flotsam”, and “Carla Hughes”. Click here for information on how to take a self-guided tour of Erie County murals.

(pictured above: East Ave Vortex, photo by @lakeeffectaerial, Bryan Geary)

Sara’s Restaurant presents endless photo opportunities that are simply irresistible. The funky 50s-style diner is filled with a mix of amusing characters and photo cutouts and is a popular stop to enjoy summertime treats such as Smith’s hot dogs and orange/vanilla twists before or after a visit to Presque Isle State Park. 

Erie’s Lighthouses: The Erie Land Lighthouse is located in east Erie and overlooks Erie and Presque Isle State Park.  The Presque Isle Lighthouse and the North Pier Light are inside Presque Isle State Park, both offering picturesque beach settings. The Presque Isle Lighthouse features an observation platform with breathtaking views of Lake Erie and the North Pier Light is a welcoming beacon to the many sailing vessels that travel through the channel connecting Lake Erie to Presque Isle Bay.

Erie Sign on Bayfront cherryverns

The ERIE sign at Bayview Park, with its bright white letters and whimsical design, is fast becoming a must-stop spot to take a photo. The impressive 10-foot wide, 5-foot high sign is on the west end of the park, on the bluffs overlooking beautiful Presque Isle Bay.

(pictured above: credit @cherryverns on Instagram)

 

Immerse yourself in five vibrant acres of zinnias, cosmos, and sunflowers during the annual Port Farms Summer Days (formerly known as The Flower Festival), August 5 through September 10.  The bright cheery colors create the perfect backdrop for your special memories. 

An eye-catching pink pachyderm named Ella graces the entrance to 21 Brix Winery. The life-sized elephant statue got her name and color from the winery’s Pink Catawba wine, Ellatawba. Read Ella’s full story here!

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Erie’s rooftop dining scene pairs incredible food with spectacular views! Perched atop the Courtyard Marriott Bayfront Hotel parking garage, Pier 6 Rooftop Bar and Restaurant boasts two sizeable outdoor patio areas that provide an idyllic backdrop for capturing memorable photos. The birds-eye-views of Erie’s Bayfront District, Presque Isle Bay, and Lake Erie from Oliver’s Rooftop on the top of the Hampton Inn & Suites Erie Bayfront Hotel are equally breathtaking.

(pictured: Oliver's Rooftop)

Wintergreen Gorge is a captivating natural wonder that offers an excellent setting for photography enthusiasts. Located east of the city, the gorge’s beauty consists of lush greenery, cascading waterfalls, and rugged rock formations.

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Ante-up, Erie.

Find true action with slots, table games, sports book, and horse racing.

Soak in the fun!

Experience 84 degrees all year at one of the top water parks in the country.

Just for fun!

Experience family summer fun on more than 100 great rides, slides and attractions at Waldameer!

One stop convenience.

Fill your tank, pick up fresh food from local brands, and a six-pack to go in 40 regional locations.

Award-Winning Compassionate Care

Voted Erie’s Choice Best Hospital for eight years in a row