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What's New This Summer in Erie, PA

Tuesday May 21st, 2024

Get ready for an electrifying summer in Erie, PA! This year promises an abundance of excitement with the unveiling of new attractions, restaurants, and services. Prepare to be wowed at the Erie Zoo, Erie Maritime Museum, and expERIEnce Children’s Museum's latest exhibits. And that's not all—Erie's culinary scene is booming with the arrival of Roma's Italian Kitchen, Two45 Waterfront Grille, and a second Bro Man's Sammiches location. Be sure to add these hotspots and others listed below to your vacation itinerary must-visit list and dive into the region’s latest offerings.

  • This year, the Erie Zoo gave its North American river otter habitat a complete makeover. The new exhibit will debut later this summer and is designed after one of Erie’s beloved parks, Wintergreen Gorge. Other additions to the exhibit are a new holding facility and an elevated boardwalk, giving visitors optimum views of its playful residents, Max and Mimi. The zoo also upgraded its red panda exhibit, the children’s zoo bridge, and the zoo's main entrance.

  • The Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel gave its restaurant a makeover, transforming the former Bayfront grille, into the modern, chic Two45 Waterfront Grille. Inspired by Colonel Oliver Hazard Perry’s bravery during the Battle of Lake Erie and the War of 1812, the new restaurant offers upscale American cuisine with a focus on seafood including macadamia-crusted grouper and walleye fish and chips. Two45 Waterfront Grille is open daily for dinner and Sunday brunch.

  • Great news for visitors to Presque Isle State Park! If you’re with AT&T , you’ll now enjoy boosted service throughout the park thanks to additional equipment installations aimed at strengthening connectivity. This upgrade not only ensures uninterrupted communication for park rangers and state police, but also enhances public safety by preventing dropped calls.

  • Bro Man’s Sammiches is now delighting fans with birria and burger cravings at its spacious, second location. Bro Man’s Birria N’ Burger Joint opened at 2614 Glenwood Park Avenue with an expanded seating area and a mouth-watering menu. Brimming with birria tacos, smash burgers, mac and cheese, cheesesteaks, wings, and exciting additions like The Colonel Sammich hot chicken sandwich and Bro-Tato dippers (fries), Bro Man’s latest addition is a gastronomic paradise!

  • Getting out on the waters of Edinboro Lake has gotten a little easier. The Edinboro Borough entered into a partnership with Rent.Fun to install a kayak library on Lakeside Drive. Simply scan the Rent.Fun app to your smartphone, pay, and check out a kayak. Rates are hourly and include life vests and paddles. Kayaks are accessible 24/7. Presently, the library houses eight kayaks.

  • The expERIEnce Children’s Museum wraps up its $18 million renovation and expansion project in July with the unveiling of the museum’s renovated original building. The space features three renovated floors: Level One - three classrooms and a smART studio filled with varying art-related activities. Level Two - sensory-friendly quiet coves, a tinkering tank, testing station for rockets, airplanes and parachutes, and an Erie Recycling exhibit. Level Three - traveling exhibit space. Additionally, the museum’s spacious Certified Nature Outdoor Classroom opened this May. The first phase of the museum’s project, a 19,000-square-foot, three-story building addition, opened in June 2023.

  • “Treasures of NOAA’s Ark” traveling exhibit is on display from May 2024 through April 2025 on the second floor of the Erie Maritime Museum. The exhibit showcases heritage artifacts detailing the story of how people and technology shaped NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) for more than 200 years. See instruments used to chart the undersea landscape, pay tribute to WWII heroes, and explore how everyone is connected to their environment and ecosystems.

  • There’s a new restaurant making its debut this summer on Erie’s west side. Roma’s Italian Kitchen opened May 15 near the corner of West 12th Street and Peninsula Drive. The restaurant, operated by local family corporation Scott Enterprises, aspires to satisfy burgeoning appetites for Italian fare, celebrating authentic, hand-crafted dishes inspired from across the Italian peninsula.
  • The Presque Isle Lighthouse opened for its 2024 season with the addition of two new exhibits. “Play on Presque Isle” explores the lives of the children who lived at the lighthouse. The newly preserved early 1900s summer kitchen will open later this season and includes an ice box, a Hoosier cabinet, and a sink with a hand pump. Tickets are $5 for house admission, $8 for house and tower climb and $12 for a combo pass. 

  • Lampe Marina is celebrating the completion of a new refrigerated building and fish cleaning station. Besides efficiently cleaning the fish, the 253-slip marina on Erie’s eastern shoreline will also repurpose the waste for environmental sustainability, thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, Save Our Native Species (SONS) of Lake Erie, and the Erie Western PA Port Authority. Lampe Marina's public fish cleaning station is the first public fish cleaning station in the City of Erie.

  • Congratulations to Altered State Distillery on winning multiple awards at the American Distilling Institute’s (ADI) 2024 International Spirits Competition. Additionally, Altered State Distillery has maintained its position as the top choice in Erie, winning the title of Best Distillery in the "Erie’s Choice" awards for four consecutive years. The distillery’s ADI 2024 awards are:
    • 2024 Best of Category: American Single Malt Whiskey
    • 2024 Double Gold Medal: Cask Series Single Malt Whiskey
    • 2024 Silver Medal: B-Side Bourbon (Bloody Butcher Series)
    • 2024 Bronze Medal: Spiced Rum
    • 2024 Silver Medal Excellence in Packaging: American Blended Whiskey
  • Although Waldameer Park & Water World isn’t debuting a new ride this summer, the park continues to make improvements. Here’s what guests can expect this season:
    • An expanded Snack Shack near XScream with new menu items: hot apple pie logs and chicken sandwiches.
    • Six new cabanas and shade structures inside Water World.
    • Three hundred feet of new track for the Ravine Flyer II coaster.
    • A refreshed façade for the iconic Pirates Cove.
    • Additional parking.

Partner Spotlight

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Two45 Waterfront Grille Now Open!

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Your “Home Away from Home” short term rental sleeps 8 and is in a great location close to Erie Sports Center, Splash Lagoon, shopping and restaurants, as well as Steelhead Fishing. This restored 1881 Farmhouse is located on 10 private acres. Reminisce about bygone days when life was slower and simpler. With a long driveway and large yard, kick back by the firepit, watch wildlife or enjoy a beautiful Erie sunset from the back patio.

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

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

Soak in the fun!

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

Ante-up, Erie.

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

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

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!

Ante-up, Erie.

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