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Media FAQs

Does VisitErie assist the media with visits?

Yes, we welcome members of the media and under certain criteria, can assist visiting press with lodging, admission passes, dining vouchers, and personalized itineraries. VisitErie may also assist with transportation, including travel within the area.

For more information on our media policy, request a visit

Can the media bring guests and/or family members while visiting Erie?

Yes, we encourage you to bring family and friends to experience Erie with you; however, VisitErie cannot guarantee lodging, meals, or admission into attractions and tours for guests of working media. On occasion, the story may necessitate family members or friends visiting, and we will make accommodations on a case-by-case basis.

What is the best time of year to visit?

Erie is a four-season destination with something to do year-round.

The summer is brimming with activity including the beaches of Presque Isle, family-friendly attractions such as the Erie Zoo, expERIEnce Children’s Museum, Erie SeaWolves AA baseball, and numerous festivals and events spanning Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Fall is a beautiful time to be in Erie due to its spectacular fall colors that permeate the region. Explore the vineyards of Lake Erie Wine Country, farmers markets, Erie Bluffs State Park, and Asbury Woods.

Spring is a great time for media who are looking to file an advance story on some of Erie’s summer and fall events such as WineFest and Discover Presque Isle Days.

In winter, Erie doesn’t slow down, in fact, it’s a hub of recreation, inside and outside! Snow-covered hills boast snow sports for all skill levels from tubing at Mount Pleasant of Edinboro to downhill skiing at Peek’n Peak Ski Resort. Erie also has a diverse arts and cultural scene filled with performance venues, museums, and galleries such as the historic Warner Theatre, Erie Art Museum, Erie Maritime Museum,  and the Erie Playhouse. To further enhance your visit, we invite you to check out our Events Calendar.

Are there experts and/or tour guide available to the media to answer questions? 

Yes. VisitErie is happy to put the media in touch with the appropriate expert as a source in your story. Please contact Christine Temple for assistance.

Are there images and video available to the media?

Yes. VisitErie has a selection of photos and b-roll footage that we are happy to provide you with. Please contact Christine Temple and she will assist you.

 

What are the drone restrictions and guidelines in Pennsylvania?

All drones, both recreational- and commercial-use weighing between 0.55 lbs. and 55 lbs., must be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Operating drones in a manner that provides, transmits, or furnishes contraband is unlawful. Complete Pennsylvania Department of Transportation unmanned aircraft/drone information is here.

Partner Spotlight

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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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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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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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Poverty Knob Farmhouse Ales

Stop by Port Farms to check out the newest addition, Poverty Knob Farmhouse Ales. We offer hand-crafted beers and delicious sharable food year-round. The brewery is family and dog friendly with both indoor and outdoor spaces. We offer games, music and entertainment for all ages!

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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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The Cork 1794

Open for Lunch and Dinner. Get ready for an experience like no other. An atmosphere where uncommon style, comfort and service seamlessly meld. Where food and beverages are expertly crafted to be beautiful, satisfying and truly special. A place that makes every day feel like a reason to celebrate.

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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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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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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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ASCEND Erie - Climbing | Fitness | Yoga

NOW OPEN! ASCEND fosters a community-centered climbing, fitness, and yoga experience by serving individuals and groups of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Located in Downtown Erie, ASCEND welcomes Erie visitors to stop in and give climbing a try!

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Farmhouse Retreat

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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Two45 Waterfront Grille Now Open!

Savor an exquisite waterfront dining experience at Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel, where culinary excellence meets panoramic views. This signature restaurant invites you to indulge in a delectable journey with a menu showcasing locally sourced ingredients and global inspirations while overlooking the serene waters of Lake Erie.

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

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.

Soak in the fun!

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

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Award-Winning Compassionate Care

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

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.

One stop convenience.

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

Just for fun!

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