Fun things to do in Erie, Pennsylvania

Eerie Horror Film Festival
Erie beachesThe Eerie Horror Film Festival (EHFF) was conceived, born and raised in Erie County, Pennsylvania and has since grown up to become one of the most popular and respected horror film festivals in the country. We hope to encourage these young filmmakers by giving them a rare chance to have their works viewed on the big screen and to give them the opportunity to learn and mingle with others with an interest in film including fellow filmmakers and celebrities.

Erie Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB)
Visit Erie's Bayfront featuring the Bicentennial Tower, Liberty Park, U.S. Brig Niagara, Erie Maritime Museum, Perry's Landing, Bayfront Miniature Golf, and the Sloppy Duck Saloon. 1 mile from the hotel

Presque Isle State Park & Beaches
Erie beachesTake in one of Erie's gorgeous sunsets at one of Presque Isle's 11 guarded beaches. Cruise miles of trails for walking, biking and rollerblading. Canoe or paddleboat through the park's beautiful lagoons; observe water birds and turtles in their protected natural habitat. Visit Perry Monument and learn about Erie's rich nautical history. 6 miles from hotel

Waldameer Park & Waterworld
Come out for a day of rides, slides, games, food and fun for the whole family! At the foot of Presque Isle State Park, Waldameer features numerous rides and attractions, great food, and picnic groves. Seasonal, open Memorial Day-Labor Day. 6 miles from hotel

Erie Zoo
Come and see the new Orangutan exhibit & expanded botanical gardens, and have fun at the newly renovated Children's Zoo! 2 miles from hotel

Erie Seawolves Erie Seawolves AA Baseball
Visit family-friendly Jerry Uht Park and see the Erie Seawolves (an affiliate of the Detroit Tigers) in action! 1/2 mile from hotel




Erie Civic Center
Visit the Erie Civic Center, home of the Erie Otters Hockey and Erie Freeze Indoor Football Team! 1/2 mile from hotel
• Erie Otters Hockey
• Erie Freeze AIFL Team

Great Lakes Film Festival
Great Lakes Film Festival The Great Lakes Film Festival takes place every fall in the great city of Erie, PA. at the Road House Theatre. This fun-filled event includes celebrities, parties, film screenings, award ceremonies, industry professionals, and much more. The Great Lakes Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing independent films in the digital medium; to present the best of the Great Lakes to the peoples of the region and beyond, and to bring a world of stories to its shores. More information on bookings, events, and activities is available on the web.

Erie Events
The Erie Art Museum, Historic Warner Theater, and Erie Playhouse are just minutes away 1/2 mile from hotel

The Millcreek Mall
Shop tax-free in Erie! 5 miles from hotel

Port Authority
Great Lakes Film Festival It is the mission of the Port Authority to promote industrial, commercial, and recreational opportunities for the citizens of Pennsylvania on Presque Isle Bay and adjacent waters. The Port Authority also coordinates community events such as 8 Great Tuesdays and the Garage Band Blowout.


Erie Area Wineries
Take a tour of the largest wine producing region of the Eastern US! Lake Erie creates the ideal climate for growing grapes, and numerous wineries along the coast are open for tours and wine tasting year round! Approx. 10-15 miles from hotel

Hidden Tourist Attractions in USA

Tired of spending your holidays where every one else does? It gets repetitive, the fun in many tourist hot-spots is overrated and there are the crowds you have to fight your way through. Why not try something else, something off the beaten track. The beauty of these hidden gems is that not many people know about them so you can have the place to yourself or almost to yourself. 

Julia Davis Park, Boise, Idaho

When you visit Boise, Idaho, aka the City of Trees, go look for those marvelous trees and there’s no better place to do that than along its famous Greenbelt. 

The Boise River Greenbelt unites like a ribbon the parks surrounding the city. The most famous among them is the Julia Davis Park, named after one of the city’s prominent civic leaders.

The Park is sprawled over 89 acres of land where you can bike or hike, jog or simply relax. One day in Julia Davis Park is nowhere near enough as there are so many things to do or see - the Boise Zoo, the Art Museum, the Idaho State Historical Museum, the Discovery Center of Idaho and the Idaho Black History Museum. 

You can enjoy discovering the local wildlife or have an entertaining few hours playing tennis, bocce and horseshoe games, or indeed go fishing. Don’t worry about the little ones, they have ample play areas to run around until they cannot run anymore.

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, Tennessee

If you love hiking, this is the place for you. The 5.5-miles-long trail in the Great Smoky Mountains runs through an amazing decor, with breathtaking sights. Your pictures will probably be just as breathtaking, as there’s no way you can take bad photos in this area. The trail takes you along one of the biggest and fastest flowing mountain streams in the country. Need more reasons to visit this place? Try the Rainbow Falls, a 80 ft tall waterfall, where you can indeed see a rainbow.

Block Island, Rhode Island

Everybody knows about Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket which are two very popular destinations and very crowded. Few people know about Block Island, which is very close to those tourist hot-spots. The island features 17 miles of pristine beaches which to this day remain almost crowd-free. It is also a great place for bicycling, hiking, sailing or fishing. Take your time on the array of hiking trails at your disposal and you will discover one of the main attractions of Block Island, the historic lighthouses, some of them centuries old.

Hamilton Pool Preserve, Texas

This magnificent place was created thousands of years ago when the dome of an underground river collapsed to create a natural and incredibly blue pool, that spills into a 50-foot waterfall. The pool is surrounded by huge slabs of limestone that rest by the water's edge and stalactites that grow from the ceiling high above. This little know place right outside Austin is open all year round and on a really nice day you can enjoy swimming in the crystal clear water.

Fort Jefferson, Florida

Who wouldn’t  like  a vacation to Florida? If you want to escape the crowds at least for one day and see something unique go to Fort Jefferson. Located some 60 miles from Key West, the fort is the largest masonry structure in the western hemisphere, being composed of 16 million bricks.

Construction started in 1846 and the main goal of this fortress was to protect US shipping in the Gulf. Back in the 19th century the places was also known as Devil’s Island because it was used for criminals of the Union Army and being sent here was considered to be a fate worse than death.

Downtown Erie Hotel
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This Erie Hotel is minutes from the
Erie Art Museum, great shopping at
the Millcreek Mall, Erie Playhouse,
Warner Theater, Erie Civic Center,
Jerry Uht Park, Jr.’s Last Laugh
Comedy Club, The Beautiful Beaches
and Trails of Presque Isle State Park,
Erie Court House, Gannon University,
and Mercyhurst College.


18 West 18th Street | Erie, PA 16501 | Local: (814) 456-2961 | Toll Free: (800) 832-9101