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Things to do in Erie County

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“Presque Isle State Park is a 3,200-acre sandy peninsula that arches into Lake Erie. As Pennsylvania’s only “seashore,” Presque Isle offers a beautiful coastline and many recreational activities, including swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, bicycling, and in-line skating. Thanks to the many unique habitats, Presque Isle, a National Natural Landmark, contains a greater number of the state's endangered, threatened, and rare species than any other area of comparable size in Pennsylvania. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Great tax-free shopping mall in Erie! Find stores like H&M, Forever 21, Guitar Center, and many more. Good food options as well.. I recommend Firebirds”
  • 13 locals recommend
Theme Park
“It’s fun!! Great place to spend a day or two. It’s located right near Presque Isle State Park. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Rural resort 26 miles away in Clymer, NY offering skiing on 27 trails, golfing on 2 courses, ropes course, ziplines, spa treatments, restaurants, a pub with live music, and a low-key cafe. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Zoo
“Always a great time to visit the Erie Zoo and only about 2 miles from the cozy bungalow”
  • 11 locals recommend
Casino
“Casino and horse racing track with over 1,500 slots, 32 table games, 7 poker tables and 50 BetAmerica sports betting kiosks. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Park
“This lovely state park is an absolute must. A very special place of natural beauty, with wonderful swimming beaches, hiking, biking, boating, fishing, and paddle boarding. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“This is a fabulous museum and well worth a visit. Check their calendar for fun events. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Nature
“The best sunsets in the world are right here in Erie. Pick a beach, any beach, and you won't be disappointed.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Water Park
“Splash Lagoon Indoor Waterpark Resort is a Polynesian-themed large indoor waterpark located just a couple miles down the road. The park is approximately 80,000 square feet. It features seven water slides, two hot tubs, one large activity pool, and a children's area.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Great outdoors & woodsy walking, running, hiking, and biking trails. Great for getting your dose of nature and exploration... and free! Also excellent for snowshoeing, cross country skiing (both available to rent at the nature center in the winter.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“The Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC) is an educational center dedicated to teaching visitors about the unique 3,200 acres of Presque Isle and the many different forms of life that inhabit the peninsula. While some facilities along the Great Lakes offer environmental education and others do research, none offer research, education, and visitor services in one place, making TREC a unique destination for learning, wonder, and fun. TREC is open year-round and offers free admission to its interactive exhibits, glass-enclosed tower, and orientation movie.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Museum
“From the War of 1812 through present day, the Erie Maritime Museum will take visitors though time, the people and events surrounding Lake Erie. When in homeport, the U.S. Brig Niagara is the premier exhibit.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Historic Theatre where you can see all sorts of world class entertainment coming to Erie”
  • 3 locals recommend
Off-Licence
  • 1 local recommends
Diner
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“This is THE must visit food attraction in Erie, PA. Only open in the warm months, if you’ve never been to Sara’s, well.. you just have to try it (and be sure to get their ice cream). Eat here before or after visiting the beach, Waldameer park, or Presque Isle State Park.”
  • 7 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Diner
“This is THE must visit food attraction in Erie, PA. Only open in the warm months, if you’ve never been to Sara’s, well.. you just have to try it (and be sure to get their ice cream). Eat here before or after visiting the beach, Waldameer park, or Presque Isle State Park.”
  • 7 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Great atmosphere. Secluded location, inviting outdoor fire pits and places to store your gear while having diner makes this restaurant popular with motorcyclists and snowmobilers. Sweet potatoes fries yum. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Café
“Natural and Organic Foods Cooperative grocery store 1341 W 26th St, Erie, PA 16508”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The chef-owners provide delicious homemade cooking with a New Orleans flair, along with homemade desserts. Full bar. On weekends call ahead for reservations.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“This restaurant is worth the drive to North East. If you are going wine tasting, this is the perfect end to your day. Great casual menu in an old bank - complete with vault!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is a great bar-restaurant that has been in business over 40 years. Nightly food and drink specials. A big place with a lively atmosphere. Not a place for children. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“The food is great and the beer-garita is delicious! Don’t forget to ask about the old railway tunnels!!”
  • 3 locals recommend

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