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What's New in Erie 2023

Tuesday Dec 27th, 2022

Here’s a look at what’s new in Erie, Pennsylvania for 2023!

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Mount Pleasant of Edinboro recently upgraded its facility to include a new 120-foot covered conveyor lift. The new addition will increase the beginner’s terrain and allow Mount Pleasant the ability to educate new skiers and snowboarders more effectively. The facility has also completed major renovations to the rental shop with an expanded area for customers. Opening in July 2023, Mount Pleasant will unveil “Mount Pleasant House”, a six-bedroom house that will be available for short-term winter and summer rentals, allowing families and friends to vacation slope side. Image from Mount Pleasant of Edinboro.

Beginning in January 2023, the former Hooch and Blotto’s Sports Bar and Grill at 8071 Peach Street will be the new home for Quaker Steak & Lube restaurant and duck pin bowling. Duck pin bowling is a variation of the sport of bowling, using smaller, lighter balls and pins. 

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The Erie Art Museum is celebrating its 100-year anniversary in March 2023. From stand-alone art sculptures to moving exhibit walls, the Erie Art Museum has seen tremendous growth from its small beginnings at the former Cashier’s House to the 80,000 square foot multi-level, multi-room space that opened in 2010. The Museum’s collection features more than 8,000 objects and exhibits from local, regional, and national artists. Photo by Erie Art Museum.

The National Comedy Center in nearby Jamestown, New York is celebrating the legendary “King of Late Night” Johnny Carson with a new exhibit titled: “Johnny Carson: An Immersive Experience”. The new theatrical experience includes 30 digital projection screens that surround the audience, as well as newly enhanced holographic technology with Jimmy Fallon as the hologram host. Video presentations feature interviews with Steve Martin, Martin Short, Bette Midler, Jay Leno and more, along with archival video from Carson’s Tonight Show.


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Touted as the most thrilling water attraction in park history, Waldameer Park and Water World plans to make a big splash in summer 2023 by launching the Rocket Blast Water Coaster. The new water attraction/water coaster uses inflatable rafts to carry riders at high speeds down 50 feet with long, downhill stretches, and uphill water jet blasts across a 450-foot course taking its riders up and down and even intertwining them with existing water slides.  

Lavery Brewing has acquired the former Hungry Howie’s space on West 12th Street, which was in the same building as Lavery’s, allowing them to move forward with a new development project that will expand their seating capacity and add more restrooms. The opening is planned for early spring 2023.  

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A Compassionate Hart Massage Therapy is increasing its space from 1,000 square feet to 2,300 square feet. With this expansion comes the addition of a wider range of healing modalities to complement massage therapy including two Sensory Deprivation Float Rooms with client-controlled light and sound, a Himalayan Salt Cave with a Halogenerator for dry salt therapy, a cryoskin machine for cryo-physio pain as well as body-sculpting, an infrared light therapy for resolving deep inflammation, and a BioMat amethyst crystal bed.  

Scheduled to open in June 2023, Ascend Erie is a 25,000 square foot, two-story rock climbing gym located at 5th and State Street.  The new attraction will offer bouldering terrain, up to 52’ tall rope walls, yoga classes and workshops, fitness and training areas, youth programming, slacklines, retail and concessions, group spaces, and community events. Ascend Erie is the latest in a line of new businesses opening in Erie’s thriving Downtown District including the Flagship City Food Hall, Flagship City Public Market and Rita’s Downtown Erie at The Shops at 5th and State.

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The Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel has begun a $7.5 million renovation project. The eight-story, 200-room hotel located on Erie’s Bayfront will get new furniture throughout the building, new fixtures, hallway carpeting, and lighting.  The hotel’s restaurant, The Bayfront Grille, will also receive new furniture, equipment, and an updated dining layout. The new designs will have a maritime theme that is consistent with the hotel’s location on the waterfront. Work is scheduled to be complete by summer 2023. 

The Presque Isle Gateway District Plan is continuing with additional progress scheduled throughout 2023. With a goal to revitalize the West 8th Street corridor and the Gateway to Presque Isle between Pittsburgh Avenue and Peninsula Drive, the plan will create a welcoming, walkable streetscape using utility relocation, sidewalks, landscaping, decorative lighting, and road enhancements.  

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The Erie Sports Commission, a division of VisitErie, is looking forward to several new sports tourism developments and events coming in 2023 including two new events: the U.S. Figure Skating Association Intercollegiate Competition at Mercyhurst University (March 24-26), and the American Cornhole League at the Bayfront Convention Center (May 19-21). The Erie region will soon see new pickleball courts at the Erie Sports Center, new multi-purpose trails at Six Mile Creek Mountain Bike Trail by the Northern Allegheny Mountain Bike Association and course improvements at Pleasant Ridge Park Disc Golf.

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The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern

The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern is sure to give you an unforgettable and care-free dining experience. Enjoy a nautical atmosphere with a beautiful view of Presque Isle Bay.

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Outdoor Dining at the Bayfront Grille

The Bayfront Grille Restaurant at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel is excited to announce that our Bayside Patio is open for Lunch and Dinner. Please check Open Table for reservations or contact the restaurant directly at 814-454-2005.

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Erie Events

Erie Events manages a four facility entertainment complex that includes the Warner Theatre, Erie Insurance Arena, Bayfront Convention Center and UPMC Park. These four venues host a variety of events that include world-class entertainment, family friendly shows and sporting events.

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Cart/Horse Distilling is a first-generation woman-owned distillery, pioneering the craft in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. Handcrafted care never goes out of style. We put that artistic attention into every bottle of our small batch spirits. Cart/Horse proudly produces rum, whiskey, vodka, gin, and several award-winning specialty liquors. Our robust cocktail menu uses the finest and freshest ingredients for each custom-built drink.

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AHN Saint Vincent- Award-Winning Medical Care

AHN Saint Vincent has been here from the beginning, providing award-winning inpatient and outpatient medical care. Need express care? We’ve conveniently placed AHN facilities on the west and east side of Erie, just walk-in! AHN Saint Vincent is not only recognized locally (Erie’s Choice- Best Hospital) but nation-wide, so you can expect high-quality care, greater safety, and better results.

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Oliver’s Bayfront Mini Golf

This 18-hole course is the newest addition to Oliver’s Beer Garden, offering stunning views of Erie’s Bayfront and the Bicentennial Tower. Play your round and then enjoy delicious food & drink from the snack bar or Oliver’s Food Truck!

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Mazza Vineyards and the South Shore Wine Company

The Mazza family welcomes you to explore 3 unique locations in Lake Erie Wine Country. Sip and savor award-winning wines at Mazza Vineyards and the historic South Shore Wine Company, both located in North East, PA, and be sure to visit their combination winery, distillery and brewery, Mazza Chautauqua Cellars/Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing, in nearby Westfield, NY.

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Millcreek Mall

The Millcreek Mall features more than 160 stores, restaurants, and fun for the whole family on Upper Peach Street, Erie’s most popular shopping district! Shopping in Erie means no sales tax on clothing or shoes. Choose from a variety of hotels located on the Mall property and just minutes away at the intersection of Peach Street and Interstate 90.

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When you have an opportunity to fly, give Erie a try - support your hometown airport!

Direct daily flights to Charlotte. Erie International Airport is serviced by American Airlines with daily flights to Charlotte with connections to many other destinations.

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Dobbins Landing

Located on the southeast shore of Lake Erie, the Port of Erie has been promoting industrial, commercial, and recreational opportunities on the waters of Lake Erie since 1959.

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U Pick 6 Craft Beer Pubs & Restaurants

Erie’s own local craft beer pubs are a must-visit! With 4 great locations, just pick one that’s convenient for you! A casual, family friendly dining experience with something for everyone! To view our menu, check out what’s on tap, or get to directions to our pubs, learn more now!”

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Fall Harvest at Port Farms

Happy Fall Y’all! Come enjoy the farm during Fall Harvest season September 16 – October 29. Grab your friends and family and enjoy a variety of fall themed activities for every age. With over 25 attractions, our guests create long-lasting memories worth repeating. General admission includes wagon rides, our 8-acre bigfoot corn maze, slide mountain, ball zone, game garden, pedal carts, corn box, Tiny Town, animal exhibits, mindbender mazes, trike track, tire fort and so much more! Plan a birthday party with a campfire spot! PLUS, this year we have added tons of new events that are included with admission!

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UPMC Hamot - See What Makes Us Different

UPMC Hamot is a 458-bed hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services. The hospital serves as a regional referral hub and is the only accredited trauma center in the region.

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814 Photo

Showcasing the incredible year round beauty of the City of Erie and its surrounding areas, commonly referred to as its area code "the 814". Explore some of Erie County's most breathtaking landscape photography.

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Country Fair

We proudly opened our doors in Erie in 1965. A lot has changed between now and then, but our mission remains the same – offer fresh food, from our favorite local brands, at a convenient location. In one stop, you can fill up your gas tank and grab breakfast, lunch, groceries and a bottle of wine or a 6-pack to go. We look forward to serving you and your family during your trip to Erie!

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