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Seasonal Activities

Seasonal Activities in Erie

Erie is a great destination for a waterfront escape in any season. Whether it’s sunbathing on the beach or snow shoeing the trails, visitors never run out of things to do. Explore some of Erie’s favorite activities every season.

Spring

Shake off those winter chills and embrace the arrival of spring in Erie! Race outside to welcome warmer temperatures and fresh spring air. Take yourself on an adventurous bike ride or hike across the many trails of the Greater Erie Regional Trail Network. Cast your line  in Lake Erie’s many tributaries, creeks and streams to try and hook a prized Erie Steelhead. Root, root, root for the home team at UPMC Park for the start of the Erie SeaWolves AA Baseball Team season. Say hello to your favorite animal friends when the Erie Zoo opens its gates for another Zoo-rrific year. Hit the links at one of Erie's pristine golf courses, and make a weekend of it with dinner, drinks and a hotel stay afterward. 

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Summer

Plan a family-friendly getaway and get ready for summertime fun in the sun! Erie’s summer months are filled with ways for you to heat things up or cool off and chill. The beaches of Presque Isle are the area’s most popular summer spot for summer fun, with soft, sandy beaches and refreshing waters. Don’t forget to cool off at Sara’s on your way out with their famous orange twist cone! Splash around at Waldameer Park & Water World or take the family for a fun round of miniature golf. Kick back with an ice cold beer on a steamy summer evening along the Lake Erie Ale Trail. Soak up the summer sun and listen to live summer music concerts or embark on an educational boat tour of Presque Isle Bay. Catch Erie’s world class sunsets from the deck of the Victorian Princess. Sample incredible food and stroll the streets of Downtown Erie on an Erie Food Tour.

Fall

The fall colors in Erie are nothing short of spectacular. Beautiful golds, fiery reds and brilliant oranges fill the area from Presque Isle State Park to Lake Erie Wine Country. The best fall foliage views can be found from atop the Bicentennial Tower or the Tom Ridge Environmental Center. Breathe in the fragrant smells of Erie’s vineyards as they mingle with crisp Lake Erie breezes. Browse local art gallery exhibits or take in a riveting theatrical performance. Shop roadside stands and farmers markets for the best locally grown products such as concord grapes, apples, squash and cider. Spend the day driving scenic byways like the Great Lakes Seaway Trail or historic Pennsylvania Route 6. Challenge your friends to a round of golf among the region’s sprawling fairways and end your day with a great meal and a great view of live thoroughbred horse racing (through October) at Presque Isle Downs and Casino.

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Winter

When the snowflakes begin to fall, Erie transforms into a wintry wonderland packed with snowy adventures! Whether you enjoy the briskness of the outdoors or the cozy warmth of indoors, there’s so much to do here. Plan your winter retreat and book a week or weekend at one of Erie’s many hotels, cabins or bed and breakfasts. For downhill skiing, snowboarding or tubing, test your skills on the slopes at Peek ‘N Peak Ski Resort or Mount Pleasant of Edinboro. Bundle up the kids for a day of sledding at Frontier Park or escape the cold temperatures and splash around in the tropical 84 degree comfort of Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park. Grab a seat at Erie Insurance Arena for a fast-paced Erie Otters OHL Hockey game or do some holiday shopping at the Millcreek Mall. Spend time here during the holiday season attending our area’s special events, performances and celebrations.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Just for fun!

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

Soak in the fun!

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

Award-Winning Compassionate Care

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

One stop convenience.

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

Ante-up, Erie.

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

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.

Just for fun!

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

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.