What to do and see in Erie, United States: The Best Places and Tips

December 8, 2017 Roger Rusk

Located in the very Northwest corner of Pennsylvania, Erie is the State's only Great Lakes port city. The Lake is the main attraction in Erie, with the sparkling water giving Erie its nickname, "Gem City." The nearby peninsula of Presque Isle State Park provides residents and visitors ample opportunities for outdoor activities such as sailing, swimming, hiking, and biking. The city is also part of the Snowbelt, famous for the winter wonderland created by the lake effect.
Restaurants in Erie

1. Presque Isle State Park

1 Peninsula Dr, Erie, PA 16505-2065 +1 814-833-7424
Excellent
79%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Presque Isle State Park

Reviewed By 13ontheroadagain - Erie, Pennsylvania

Presque Isle State Park is THE best. So much to do here including walking trails, jogging/biking/rollerblading paths, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, bird watching etc. Or do nothing and recharge your batteries by sitting on the beach, soaking up nature and the sound of the waves. You can just drive around as well. There are handicapped accessible areas as well. It's FREE.

2. Waldameer Park & Water World

220 Peninsula Dr, Erie, PA 16505-2036 +1 814-838-3591
Excellent
60%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 839 reviews

Waldameer Park & Water World

Give your family all the fun and excitement of more than 75 great attractions at Waldameer. You'll find thrilling rides and family classics, plus some awesome rides for the little ones! Then there's Water World, a whole waterpark full of wet n’ wild fun for everyone.Plus, check out challenging midway games, tasty summertime foods and enjoy great free entertainment with 3 musical shows daily at our Showtime Theatre.Waldameer & Water World is a family-owned and family-friendly – we are proud of our Park’s major expansion in recent years, which has only improved upon the park’s long rich history of providing safe, clean and affordable summertime fun!

Reviewed By bgpopa

For a small amusement park it is huge! This place is clean and fun the wooden roller coaster goes across a busy street and is a great place to catch a view of Lake Erie. Awesome water park. This place grows every year.

3. Erie Maritime Museum

150 E Front St, Erie, PA 16507-1594 814-452-BRIG
Excellent
62%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 224 reviews

Erie Maritime Museum

Multimedia exhibits and a 19th century U.S. Flagship are featured at this museum.

Reviewed By Dan O - Lagrange, Ohio

The volunteer guide was very well versed in the history the museum promotes. Had answers to all my questions and was more than willing to engage in conversation. Well worth the time and money. They were dismantling the sail rigs for Winter storage so, we couldn't actually go on board the US Brig Niagara but, was just as happy getting a close look and ability to take pictures.

4. Tom Ridge Environmental Center

301 Peninsula Dr, Presque Isle State Park, Erie, PA 16505-2042 +1 814-833-7424
Excellent
57%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 379 reviews

Tom Ridge Environmental Center

Reviewed By gabeinthewoods - Pittsburgh, PA

Lot of good things about this nature center. Almost all the buttons on exhibits work! Lots of good information about local plants and animals but limited hands on displays. There is a wonderful sand table with lights that allows you to create lakes and water drainage. There are also back rooms for educational programs but ask to seek them. That's where they have some large aquariums and even an aquaponic set up. Aquaponics is where plants are grown in water using nutrients provided by fish. There's also some nice seating areas, a 4 or 5 story high tower for viewing the lake (and the outdoor waterslide park next to the Center), and binoculars to use. I'd say that kids 8 and older might have a better time. Very easy to find and free parking. There is no cost.

5. Asbury Woods

4105 Asbury Rd, Erie, PA 16506-3642 +1 814-835-5356
Excellent
78%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 91 reviews

Asbury Woods

Reviewed By JanWill - Willoughby, OH

The .25 mi boardwalk trail is a great option for those with limited mobility. Several nice places to sit.

6. Erie Zoo

423 W 38th St, Erie, PA 16508-2701 +1 814-464-4091
Excellent
55%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 658 reviews

Erie Zoo

Reviewed By Robert V - Ave Maria, Florida

The Erie Zoo is quite small, however charming, especially for kids to enjoy their nice collection of animals. The place is clean, accessible, easy to walk, and takes about an hour or so to see and experience all their exhibits, including the train ride.

Located west off 38th street, the best access is to turn east off of Peach Street onto west 38th street. Continue no more than a half mile, as the Zoo is on the right, with free parking just across the street and to the left off of west 38th street.

Bring the whole family oriented and special value to enjoy this top Erie family adventure!

7. Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park Resort

8091 Peach St, Erie, PA 16509-4732 +1 814-217-1111
Excellent
50%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 2 reviews

Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park Resort

Ride, Slide, Splash And Plunge Your Way To Fun At Splash Lagoon In Erie, PA. From 9 Swirling Water Slides, Relax In The Family Whirlpools, Float Down The Lazy River, Play In Adventure Bay, Get drenched by The 1,000 Gallon Tipping Bucket, Toddler Play Areas, Explore The 5 Story Tiki Tree House, 6,000 Sq Ft Of Gaming Fun In Treasure Island Arcade, One Of The Best Places To Kid Around For Your Birthday Or Group Outing.Play All Day Or Play In Stay At One Of Our Award Winning Hotels. Wild Waves Indoor Wavepool opening Fall 2011! Play All Day Or Play In Stay At One Of Our Award Winning Hotels. Coming Soon-10,000 Sq Ft Wave Pool Coming Spring 2009!

Reviewed By LaToya R

Took my sons and their friend to one of their friends Birthday party on Thursday after 4:00. There was no discount for a Birthday add-on and it is a little pricy when traveling 1.5 hours. Make sure you check the bags or kids underclothes for swimwear. The boys swim shorts only go to 4t in the gift shop and that is also where you rent your locker key. I searched the building for the locker location because they didn’t tell me where the 100’s were after returning to another line at the gift shop to rent a small locker for $7 plus $10 key deposit that is returned when you return the key (cards can take a few days). So glad the children enjoyed themselves though.

8. Port Erie Bicentennial Tower

State Street, on Dobbins Landing, Erie, PA +1 814-455-6055
Excellent
41%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 167 reviews

Port Erie Bicentennial Tower

Reviewed By DEEvaluator - Canada

Parking midweek was easy to find walk along the pier for water views. You can choose to climb the stairs to the top but it is very high, better to give $4 for an. Elevator ride unless you enjoy about twenty story's of steps

9. Millcreek Mall

654 Millcreek Mall, Erie, PA 16565-0604 +1 814-868-9000
Excellent
30%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 156 reviews

Millcreek Mall

Reviewed By Aquatamer - Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

Spent a day at there Millcreek Mall shopping. Were fortunate that a new store, Boscov's , had just opened in the Sears location and was offering some amazing deals. For a Canadian with there being no additional taxes charged we got some incredible deals at this store on clothing. The rest of the mall is very well kept, clean but it was empty which some might consider a benefit. Will return the next time we are in the area, I just hope things improve or there won't be has many stores available.

10. Presque Isle Lighthouse

301 Peninsula Dr Ste 2A, Erie, PA 16505-2042 +1 814-833-3604
Excellent
57%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 68 reviews

Presque Isle Lighthouse

Reviewed By Eileen W - Parkton, Maryland

Hubby and I visited the Presque Isle Lighthouse during our two day stay In Erie Pa.
It is located in a beautiful State Park and on Lake Erie. If you enjoy seeing lighthouses, this one is unique in it's shape and the tower part is all white and the house attached is brick, very pretty. I would highly recommend a visit.

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