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Summer in Erie

Spend your Summer in Erie

When it comes to summer getaways, Erie is in a league of its own. Experience a destination of vibrant energy, where outdoor festivals and live music events come alive against a backdrop of sun-soaked days and refreshing Lake Erie breezes. Nestled amidst calming waters and sandy beaches, Erie beckons you to embark on an effortless and invigorating escape.

Beaches and Waterfront

Escape the daily grind with time spent on seven miles of sandy beaches and out on the glistening waters of Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay. Presque Isle State Park offers an unparalleled sanctuary where peacefulness and excitement intertwine, making it the ultimate beach destination to quench your thirst for serenity and adventure. Each beach has its own distinct attributes ranging from the family-friendly shallow waters at Beach 11 and high-energy sand volleyball at Beach 6 to ADA-accessible Beaches 7 and 8. It’s easy to picture yourself on one of Presque Isle’s pristine beaches basking in the sun, feeling the cool breeze on your skin, with the soothing sounds of waves lapping the shore. You can also explore the park’s lagoon system and natural beauty via kayak, canoe, pontoon, or paddleboard and get up close to a variety of wildlife including ducks, beavers, or turtles sunning themselves in perfect formation. Bring your own equipment or easily rent from Presque Isle Boat Rental located on the park grounds. Narrated 90-minute boat tours telling the vast history of Presque Isle, Erie’s lighthouses, and the War of 1812/Battle of Lake Erie depart regularly during the summer from Perry Monument aboard The Lady Kate

When the weather is hot, you'll find a myriad of opportunities to get out on Erie's namesake lake. Get an exhilarating rush and feel the spray of water racing across Presque Isle Bay on the back of a jet ski or motor boat from Port Erie Sports. For a more leisurely ride and all kinds of room to spread out, take a 24 and 20-foot pontoon boat out on the water from Hidden Harbor Water Rentals. Kick it up a notch and add a towable water tube to the back of your pontoon. Everyone gets sworn in to be an official buccaneer when you set sail on a treasure-hunting voyage on the Scallywags. It’s an immersive, swash-buckling pirate adventure for all ages! Gain a deeper understanding of Erie’s rich maritime history and learn the art of square-rigged sailing with a day or sunset sail aboard the U.S. Brig Niagara and the Schooner Lettie G. Howard. Take a leisurely sunset,  dinner, or themed cruise aboard the majestic Victorian Princess, or create memories while enjoying pleasant conversations and light snacks from the deck of the luxurious 33-foot Sotto Voce at Your Sailing Adventure.

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Bayfront District

Erie’s Bayfront District truly comes alive during the summer months. Set between Downtown Erie and Presque Isle Bay, the bayfront offers a vibrant and unique experience both during the day and at night. It’s a perfect blend of entertainment and relaxation. During the daytime, visitors can soak in the spectacular view of Lake Erie and the Bay while strolling along the Bayfront Promenade, taking in panoramic views from atop the 138-foot Bicentennial Tower, or sitting at the foot of State Street to watch the boats and fishermen. The district boasts a variety of attractions, including the Erie Maritime Museum, where history enthusiasts can learn about the region’s rich maritime heritage and tour the U.S. Brig Niagara or the Schooner Lettie G. Howard. Additionally, visitors can explore the impressive Bayfront Convention Center, which hosts various events and exhibitions throughout the year. As the sun sets, the Bayfront District transforms into a lively hub of nightlife. Restaurants and bars come alive with locals and visitors enjoying delicious meals, craft beers, and cocktails. Live music venues such as Oliver’s Beer Garden provide a platform for talented artists, enhancing the vibrant atmosphere.

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Fun for the Whole Family

Embark on an unforgettable family journey brimming with excitement and treasured moments, creating lasting memories that will make your Erie summer getaway truly remarkable. Before or after your day at the beach, stop at Sara’s, a 50s diner-inspired restaurant with fun photo cutouts, whimsical cartoon figures, plus affordable wallet-friendly deals on burgers, hot dogs, milkshakes, and orange/vanilla twist cones. Get your meal to go and have a beach picnic at Presque Isle. Picnic tables and charcoal grills are available throughout the park for guests to enjoy their favorite summertime fare in between frolicking in the sand and surf. 

From incredible views atop the 100-foot Ferris Wheel to the endless smiles inside the Kidz Zone spray park, there’s something for everyone at Waldameer Park and Water World. The family-owned park features thrilling slides and rides, traditional midway games, and refreshments set among beautifully landscaped grounds and picnic groves and best of all, admission and parking are always free! Cheer alongside C. Wolf when the Erie SeaWolves AA baseball team takes the field at UPMC Park. The SeaWolves season is filled with special promotions, fireworks, and family fun, plus they have a designated Kids Fun Zone for children to expend their energy. Experience Erie’s warm weather hospitality and culture at family-friendly festivals throughout the summer, many of which are free, such as CelebrateErie, Discover Presque Isle, and AmeriMasala.

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Summer Concerts and Live Music

Throughout the summer, outdoor concerts and live music resonate around the Erie region. Pick your perfect spot and let the soothing sounds of live music wash over you. Discover the perfect perch on the grassy hill of the Highmark Amphitheater at Liberty Park during 8 Great Tuesdays. Each week is a different music genre accompanied by gorgeous views of Presque Isle Bay and spectacular sunsets that grace Erie’s skyline. Speaking of sunsets, Beach 11 at Presque Isle State Park sets the stage for the lively UPMC Sunset Music Series, held on select Wednesday evenings in June and July. Lose yourself in the harmonious tunes while the family-friendly atmosphere invites you to frolic in the water and savor live music. Downtown parks come alive with the sounds of live outdoor concerts, courtesy of the Erie Downtown Partnership. In early August, Frontier Park transforms into a haven for blues and jazz enthusiasts as the Erie Blues and Jazz Fest showcases, national, regional, and local musicians performing infectious rhythms and soulful melodies. During the annual CelebrateErie festival in Downtown Erie, live music floods the area across multiple performance stages. Combine music with the joy of a delicious meal and invigorate all your senses at Edinboro Lake Resort’s Sunset Grill, where you can relish in live music and fantastic food on their spacious waterfront patio. For a complete listing of summer concerts, click here.

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The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern

Join us today! 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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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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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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UPMC Hamot - See What Makes Us Different

UPMC Hamot is a 423-bed hospital in Erie, PA, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services, and serves as a regional referral hub and Level II Trauma Center.

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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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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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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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The Cork 1794

The Cork 1794 is the perfect spot for a date night or special occasion! Indoor and outside seating available with amazing food.

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Dobbins Landing

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Port Farms Corporate Events

Treat your employees to a unique, country experience that is sure to inspire with all of the magic the farm has to offer! Located just outside of Erie, Port Farms offers a charming countryside venue for your next company retreat! Our unique space is located on 200 rural acres and includes everything you will need to host a successful work session, work event, or company picnic. Learn more about how we can help you plan the perfect event!

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Cart/Horse

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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Mazza Vineyards and the South Shore Wine Company

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