Set in a tropical Polynesian atmosphere SPLASH LAGOON features the latest in water park rides. It has the largest indoor wave pool in the Eastern United States, with waves that can reach up to 6 feet and features six different wave patterns. Splash Lagoon also has 9 twisting water slides and a Lazy River.
Splash Lagoon is located at the Hotel we stayed at, Residence Inn Marriott. Check out their website for hotel/water park deals.
Located at the foot of State Street, on Erie's beautiful Bayfront at Dobbins Landing is the 187 foot BICENTENNIAL TOWER, built to commemorate the 1995 celebration of Erie's 200th birthday.
The tower is a popular gathering spot for residents and tourists alike. Two observation decks are attainable by elevator and give panoramic views of Presque Isle and its Bay, to the north and Erie's historic downtown, to the south.
May 1 to 30 - 10.00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
May 31 to September 6 - 9:30 to 10:00 p.m.
Children 7 - 12 $2.00
Under 6 - Free
No charge on the first Sunday of each month (unless it falls on a holiday)
Looking for a sightseeing cruise or a dinner cruise, why not go on an old-fashioned Paddle Boat, the VICTORIAN PRINCESS. The boat is located at Dobbins Landing.
They offer a Sunday Brunch Cruise - $24.95
Lunch Cruise - available Tuesday and Thursday - $19.95
Dinner Cruise - available Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - $34.95
Sightseeing Cruise only - $13.00
If you are visiting Presque Isle peninsula stop in and have a look around the environmental center that is just before the drive into the state park. The exhibits are fairly well done, I leaned a couple of things while there. There are films show daily the subject change from time to time. Also loads of interactive things to occupy children. If you didn't know Tom Ridge was Governor of Pennsylvania. Admission is free although there is a charge to watch the films.
The Erie Art Museum is a small but nice museum downtown. Exhibits change relatively frequently, so check the website to see what will be on display during your visit. I saw many of the modern local artwork, which was interesting, as well as old Peter Rabbit book art from an Erie artist. They have ancient Hindu artwork from India, and it is said that they have an impressive collection of Tibetan art, although it was not on display during my visit.
Entrance is $7 adults, $5 students.
Open 11am to 5pm Tues-Thurs and Sat., Fri 11am to 9pm, 1pm to 5pm Sun, Closed Monday
Downtown Erie has a number of points of interest. Gridley Park has several memorials, and a nice fountain. There is an attractive library. Probably the most impressive building is St Peter's Cathedral.
Niagra Falls is only a couple hours drive away. about 2 1/2 hours. My family and I went here in May 2005 and it was absolutely breath-taking! I have been to both the Canadian side and now the American side and I must say that I prefer the American side due to its remaining ode to nature. U.S. side is "Niagra Falls State Park" . With that said, the Canadian side has a LOT to offer if you aren't into the nature part of it. Its like a bustling little city on the Canadian side and a Park full of meandering trails and natural attractions on the American side. PERFECT. access to either side is quite easy, even on foot. there is a trolley that costs 2 dollars for an all day, all access wristband to where ever the trolly goes (the trolley is only on the U.S. side). casinos within walking distance, boat rides into the mist of the falls, tunnel where you can go down and behind the falls, cafes, and lookouts - This place is fun to visit on several occasions throughout a lifetime.
I live in Erie and sometimes, it seems like there isn't much to do. But every year, in North East (as the name indicates, it is located in the North East corner of Erie County close to the New York State Border) we all look forward to the Cherry Festival. It's a great time for everyone, especially families. If you're going to be in the Erie area around the first or second week in July, consider checking it out.
Largest grocery store I have ever seen . . . About 8 different types of cuisine to eat there . . . One side was just gourmet items . . . In the 'regular' side of the grocey store, they sold everything . . . Even patio furniture . . . I was absolutely amazed
Erie has a great Ice Skating Rink.
While visiting my family with my son some of us went skating.
My brother, Mike, Tom, brother-in-law Hugh, sister Irene and son John and myself in the picture at the Ice Skating Rink.
Erie is located on the water and not far from New York State wine country. This was my first trip to Erie since I was a toddler, and all I got to see this time around was the spooky downtown section. I am planning to visit Erie again and see the abundant natural beauty of the region. In all fairness, there's got to be some reason why my mother's family has been based in Erie for the past 60 years, and in my future trips, I intend to learn much more about this city!
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