Now that longer days and warmer temperatures are approaching, it’s time to seize the moment and embrace the season by trying out some favorite springtime activities. Here are some top suggestions for making the most of Erie’s stunning waterfront this spring!
Experience New Heights
One of the area’s most recognizable landmarks, the Bicentennial Tower, is open year-round and offers birds-eye views of Downtown Erie, Presque Isle State Park, Lake Erie, and on clear days, even Canada! You can access the 138-foot top-level observation deck via stairs or elevator. From the top deck you can view a unique perspective of the abstract mural entitled “Flotsam”. It is painted on the entire second-level observation deck and was created by internationally-known artist SatOne.
Dig for Hidden Treasure
Bring a keen eye to scour the sandy beaches of Presque Isle State Park and uncover beach glass in various shades of blue, green, brown, white, or maybe even rare red or orange. Jennifer Reed, owner and metalsmith artist at Relish Inc. hints that the best beach glass can be found at Beach 1, located near the entrance to the Park. These sparkly, colorful gems are great for making crafts such as jewelry or picture frames.
Indulge in a Meal with a View
Whether you choose to dine indoors or out, the stunning views of Presque Isle Bay will make your meal an unforgettable experience at The Bayfront Grille. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, lunch, or dinner at this award-winning waterfront restaurant. The Bayfront Grille’s menu boasts a delightful blend of sophisticated American cuisine with signature dishes including corn and crab chowder, chorizo breakfast bowl, and sirloin burger with truffle fries.
Discover Erie’s Maritime Heritage
Step inside the Erie Maritime Museum where Erie's significant role in the War of 1812 and its pivotal contribution to shaping the history of Pennsylvania comes to life. The museum’s main attraction is the awe-inspiring U.S. Brig Niagara, a floating museum and sail training vessel moored right outside the museum. In the warmer months, visitors have the unique opportunity to embark on day and sunset sails aboard the Niagara and the Lettie G. Howard schooner, both of which offer an unforgettable experience.
Cruise Presque Isle Bay
Celebrate life's special moments with loved ones while enjoying the picturesque beauty of Presque Isle Bay aboard the Victorian Princess. This three-level Victorian-style paddleboat has been sailing the waters since 1998, earning her the title of "Grand Dame". From May to October guests can choose from an array of cruise options, including sunset, sightseeing, dining, and themed party cruises.