Erie has lots of history, but...
Erie has lots of history, but was especially important during the French & Indian war. The site of Fort d la presque Isle is marked with a commerative display at the northern end of parade street. You can stand there and look out over the harbor and imagine you are Pierre Pouchout in 1757.
Sail back in time with the U.S. Brig Niagara
The original brig Niagara was built in Erie in 1812-1813. She sailed from Erie to the Western end of Lake Erie in September 1813 to engage the British fleet.
After the British were defeated, Commodore Oliver H. Perry uttered the now famous words:
"We have met the enemy and they are ours-- two ships, two brigs, one schooner and one sloop."
If you visit the Erie Maritime Museum, you will get a great history lesson about the Niagara, the Battle of Lake Erie, and Commodore Perry.
You'll be able to tour the brig with admission, and if you plan ahead, you may be able to go for a sail out on Lake Erie. Contact the museum about a "day sail". It's an amazing experience.
The Niagara is sometimes away from its homeport in Erie, so visit the website or call the museum before you go.
Erie Pennyslvania is a 6-8hour drive from were I live it has a mall and some other stuff but it's not the best place, My uncle calls it the enima state because it is kinda boring of course I was only there a few times and did not have the time to look at much while there but from the exsperence I got from the trip it was kinda boring.