Erie Travel Guide

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Erie Highlights

  • Pro
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    James_Lawrence says…

     Inexpensive; Natural Beauty in ALL four seasons; mid-sized city=sophistication-arrogance 

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     Not much beyond this 

  • In a nutshell
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     Erie: A four season outdoor recreation paradise on the most beautiful natural harbor on the Great Lakes. 

Erie Things to Do

  • Presque Isle State Park

    On Erie's waterfront, overlooking Lake Erie and Presque Isle, is Bicentennial Tower. Built in 1995 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the city's founding, it stands 187 feet high. The observation deck, at 138 feet, offers the best view of the city and the surrounding areas. It is one of the city's must-see attractions. Across the water is...

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  • Brig Niagara

    This is a great history lesson about the war of 1812. Ride in the brig Niagara,and help put up the sails by hand. The captain gives a talk of the battle for Lake Erie and the hero Comodore Perry. His battlecry was "Don't give up the ship"

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  • Warner Theater

    Located in downtown Erie at 811 State Street, the fabulous WARNER THEATER bears the name of the famous Warner Bros. who commissioned it to be built in 1929. The theater provides more than 2,250 seats. Designed by the famous Rapp & Rapp Company of Chicago, the theater opened its doors in 1931. Furnished and decorated in the Art Deco and French...

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  • Erie Maritime Museum

    This museum on the lakeshore is dedicated to Erie's history as a Great Lakes port with emphasis on Erie's role in the War of 1812. The highlight of the museum is a tour on a recreation of the Brig US Niagra, which was commanded by Oliver Perry in the war of 1812.

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  • Erie Peninsula

    When in Erie, a great thing to do is take a small trip to the peninsula. It is a popular place for walks, swimming, fishing, bike rides, picnics, boat rides, and so on. Also, being a peninsula, it provides very nice views of Lake Erie. If you are planning to spend some time in Erie, the peninsula is well worth the visit.

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  • Erie Zoo

    Hey, I am kind of an animal person... I don't really agree with keeping animals caged in an environment that isn't natural to them. I do think that in order for knowledge and awareness to occur, there has to be a grey area. I have mixed feelings. I just hope that the animals are well taken care of, loved, and kept in environments that are at least...

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Erie Restaurants

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  • Nectar of the gods.

    After doing some research on this place the reviews were less than flattering on service and food. I'm telling you they may be ultra picky or were of their face before the first beer. My service was excellent, food was delicious and the beer OK. The atmosphere is old train station motif.

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  • Friendly Place with Homestyle Cooking

    Great family style entrees, such as goulash, baked turkey with the trimmings, chicken, meatloaf, chops, spaghetti, shrimp, etc. All of your old family favorites from when you were growing up. I like the goulash and the tuna noodle casserole, when they are on the daily special menu.

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  • Had a great lunch at Molly Brannigans

    We visited Molly Brannigans based on the advice of a local Erie resident we came across. As the name suggests, Molly Brannigans is an Irish Pub, with an attractive exterior and a very warm, inviting interior. There was a warm fire burning in the fireplace that separates the bar from the main dining room.The menu is fairly extensive, with normal bar...

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Erie Nightlife

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  • Complete Guide to Bar Hopping

    First of all, let me warn you: It's dirt cheap to get totally wasted around here. There are always awesome specials. You can find Quarter Drafts at one of these bars on any night of the week. Decent parking, all within walking distance. We'll start on the corner of 5th and State: Sherlocks / Parkplace: Usually a cover, always a fun crowd, live...

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  • GOOD FOOD, GREAT DRINKS, INTERESTING...

    a group of us got rained out of a "seawolves" game (Eries minor league baseball team) and we all decided to head over to the Plymouth Tavern for some drinks and a bite to eat. Apparently a lot of people had the same idea. we had a great time here, cheap, yummie food, interesting people, and .25 cent beer! The beer was on a specific day of the week...

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  • Maximilian's (at the Bel-Aire...

    Maximilian's (at the Bel-Aire Hotel)Cozy seating areas in the lounge with fireplace . . . Beautiful surrounding . . . You feel like you are at a really small initimate club when it is really rather large Dressy casual

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Erie Transportation

  • Ferry from downtown Erie to Presque Isle...

    From Memorial Day to Labor Day, a comfortable water taxi provides a link between two locations along Erie's bayfront and popular Presque Isle State Park.Cost is $3 one way and $5 round trip.Catch it by the Tower at Dobbins Landing, Liberty Park Pier, or the Water Works Ferry Dock at Presque Isle.Bikes can come with you at no extra charge.If you...

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  • Erie is served By...

    Erie is served By Amtrack,Busses,Erie international Airport, also Cars and other motor Vehicles will Get Ya there.

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  • My son and I flew from Florida...

    My son and I flew from Florida to Pittsburg and changed planes to fly into Erie.My family picked us up and drove us every place we wanted to go.My son and I in the picture at the Air Port in Erie.

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Erie Shopping

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  • Good Selection and no Sales Tax

    This mall has over 175 stores/restaurants/services. There are some main department store anchors: Macy's, Sears, Bon Tons, JC Penny, and Burlington Coat Factory. In between there are many choices for all ages and sizes. There is a food court, and also a couple of restaurants either in the main mall building, or on the mall property in outer...

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  • MILLCREEK MALL

    its a mall... its a goodsize mall with a large selection of shops, movie theaters, and bona fide restaurants (not your typical mcdonalds or cinnabon) like Ruby Tuesdays restaurants.

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  • The Erie Mall

    The Milcreek Mall is a great place for anyone who loves to shop! There are many stores, so I've listed the website below, since I can't possibly list every single shop here. Prices are typical. Some shops are more pricey than others, but most of them have decent prices.

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Erie Local Customs

  • THE FROGS

    Okay, so my husband and I are driving around and I keep noticing these big statue-like frogs all over the place. At first I though "those must be some kind of theme restaurant or something like that" then I started to notice that they were painted all different colors and realized that they are one of those outside art projects that some cities...

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  • These pictures were taken at...

    These pictures were taken at St. Ann's Grade School of my sister Eleanor and I when we were little girls.

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  • Work on restoring the 71 year...

    Work on restoring the 71 year old Warner Theatre is expected to be completed by October 2003.Crews have been working to restore the lobby's ceiling and the auditorium as part of this first phase of a $13.5 million restoration project. Nearly 30 artist from around the nation are almost halfway to their goal of making the old Warner Theatre new...

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Erie Warnings and Dangers

  • NO DANGER TO TRAVELERS

    I am from erie and will admit that we are not the town that is free of crime, but we do care very much about our travelers!! Erie has several things to down town and around erie. The places where many travelers visit are always well kept and in areas that are safe!! If you go into residential areas DOWN TOWN there is some crime,but those areas are...

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  • Erie Is Not Dangerous -- Agreed

    I'm from Ontario and on the way home I missed our exit and landed in Erie at 2am... I was downtown driving around looking for the highway, even stopping and getting out to spread a map and stretch our legs. There are places that look a little "run down", but it certainly didn't strike me as a dangerous place. And as a female with a confused tourist...

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  • Downtown Erie is NOT dangerous!!!

    Someone posting as buick mackane has trashed my town. Contrary to what this person posted, Erie does not have a high unemployment rate, a high crime rate, or a a high degree of urban decay.Take it from a native that works downtown and spends a lot of time at sporting events, concerts, and dines at downtown restaurants. Downtown Erie is clean and...

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Erie Tourist Traps

  • Centennial Tower

    For 3 dollars, you can take an elevator up this tower on the Erie Pier to get a bird's eye view of Erie. Not much to be seen though and it's not particularly a scenic town or lake front.

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  • Invasion of the Chain Restaurants

    Avoid Peach St at all costs... Unless you're looking for the same experience you can have anywhere else. Think of Peach St as a not-so-scenic commute to a worthwhile place, if you should have the misfortune of getting a room there. If you have to go there, stay on your toes!! There are crazed cellphone-equipped newly liscenced drivers all over the...

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  • Summit Township = Anywhere, USA

    Visibile from Interstate 90 is the Summit Township Experience. Big Box stores, chain restaurants, strip malls, and the usual collection of corporate motels.This area is definitely NOT Erie. If you have to stay at a motel or hotel on the I-90 corridor, know that there are a number of good local restaurants and interesting places to visit within...

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Erie What to Pack

  • Working with and for America's Veterans

    Erie VA consists of the main campus plus five Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC). You may want to refer to our driving directions. Please refer to our map to find your way around the main campus. At VAMC Erie, we strive to hire only the best! Working with and for America's veterans is a privilege, and we pride ourselves on the quality of...

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  • Must Have

    Whatever In summer bring a jacket and pants, it can get chilly in the evening because of the Lake. If it is late summer don't worry .Winter.... think of yourself on the back of a dogsled running a race, dress that way.

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Erie Off The Beaten Path

  • Sand and Gravel Company Shoreline, Part...

    The shoreline is as thick with debris that washes up from storms as it is with birdlife. So, it's very hard to walk safely along the beach. I talked to a fisherman busy baiting his hook with a worm about this debris problem, and he felt that this was mainly that way because garbage from the lake tended to collect there during storms. This did...

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  • Sand and Gravel Company Shoreline, Part...

    The sand and gravel company appears to have inherited a shoreline already contaminated by lots of rebar and concrete that was used to stabilize the shoreline in places. This business is makes sense in the region, because the Presque Isle itself is a large sandbar. So opposite the state park is a business that mines this resource. Much of this is...

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  • NEW YORK CITY 5 1/2 HOUR DRIVE

    When I am on the Eastern side of the country, I try to get a visit in to both my Family and my good friend who lives in New York City. Its quite a drive, but the scenery is pretty along the way. Its about a 5 1/2 - 6 hour drive from Erie to NYC or visa versa.

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  • A BIT ABOUT ERIE

    Located in northwestern Pennsylvania, ERIE is named for the Lake and the native American tribe that resided along its southern shore. Millions visit Erie for recreation at Presque Isle State Park and for the Casino and horse racetrack.We visited Erie to attend my Nephew's wedding which was held at the beautiful Warner Theater and reception at the...

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  • DOBBINS LANDING

    Located at the end of State Street, at the edge of Presque Isle Bay, DOBBINS LANDING consists of a wharf and adjoining facilities including Bicentennial Tower, the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel and the Bayfront Convention Center. The Landing is named after Captain Daniel Dobbins, an early 19th century sailing master in the U.S. Navy.

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  • This Time of Year...

    We see Spring after March.A few days ago, we had a record low of 1F/-17C.View of Presque Isle State Park and Lake Erie from the upper elevations of the City.(See my Presque Isle Pic)

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