Check out these great destinations, all within a short drive from anywhere in Western New York
The Millcreek Mall features more than 160 stores, restaurants, and fun for the whole family on Upper Peach Street, Erie’s most popular shopping district! Shopping in Erie means no sales tax on clothing or shoes. Choose from a variety of hotels located on the Mall property and just minutes away at the intersection of Peach Street and Interstate 90.
Showcasing the history of Erie County for the last 200 years, the Hagen History Center includes exhibit buildings archival and curatorial collections and educational museums on two campuses. Visit its Erie Campus in a stunning location along Downtown Erie’s “Millionaire’s Row” to see Frank Lloyd Wright’s original San Francisco office, which is available for visitors to walk through for the first time.
Spend a day at the beach at Erie’s most popular tourist attraction: Presque Isle! The 3200 acre peninsula is a National Natural Landmark, and exhibits natural beauty and recreation for nearly four million visitors a year. The peninsula is best known for its seven miles of sandy beaches, as well as prime opportunities for fishing, flat trails for biking and hiking, unique bird population, and various lagoons and launch areas for kayaking and boating. Stay all day to experience Erie’s world-class sunsets on the beach!
Presque Isle State Park, 1 Peninsula Drive, Erie, PA 16505
The waters of Lake Erie welcome visitors to Erie, Pennsylvania’s only Great Lakes Port. Visitors to the Port each year enjoy recreational activities and experience the picturesque area, including recreational fishing, transient boat dockage, a waterfront campground and 8 Great Tuesdays, a yearly summer concert series held at Highmark Amphitheater at Liberty Park, with stunning views of Presque Isle Bay.
The two newest additions to Erie’s Bayfront District featuring a unique experience, creative cuisine, and breathtaking views of Lake Erie’s Presque Isle Bay!
Bay House Oyster Bar & Restaurant
Bringing Erie, Pennsylvania an experience like no other featuring Erie’s only Fresh Oyster Bar & Argentinian Grill. Enjoy our creative cuisine with chef’s features, fresh oysters, steaks, seafood and more.
Pier 6 Rooftop Bar & Restaurant
DINE. SIP. ENJOY THE VIEW.
Enjoy stunning views of the beautiful Presque Isle Bay, and downtown Erie! Pier 6 is Erie’s only indoor and outdoor rooftop bar and restaurant with full service bar, casual dining, indoor/outdoor fireplaces and more!
Set in a tropical 84-degree atmosphere, Splash Lagoon features weatherproof water park fun that is perfect for all ages! Get set to get wet in one of the largest indoor wave pools in the Eastern United States! Guests can enjoy multiple twisting and turning slides, an activity pool, whirlpools, the FlowRider surf machine, a brand new Tiki Tower- coming summer 2022 and more! There’s also a kids area and the arcade with 75+ state of the art games. Splash Lagoon is conveniently connected to three hotels for your overnight needs.
Loaded with more than 100 thrilling rides, slides and attractions, Waldameer Park and Water World is truly a great summer escape from the everyday routine. With affordable prices and a family friendly atmosphere, visitors come back year after year. Parking is free and there is no charge to enter the amusement park if you’re not riding the rides. New attractions to Water World have been added in the last several years, including the largest wave pool in the tri-state region, and RallyRACER, a six-lane head-first mat racer slide. Make sure you check out popular rides including the Ravine Flyer II, Whacky Shack, and Chaos.
Bring your friends & family to our fun-filled farm this summer, fall, and winter! Port Farms features activities and events for all ages including a Flower Festival, Fall Harvest Festival, and Christmas season. We also make the perfect place for a unique date night. Planning something bigger? We offer space for weddings, corporate events, and school field trips! Join us in 2022 to celebrate 125 years!
Located off Exit 27 on I-90, and part of the Churchill Downs Incorporated family, Presque Isle Downs & Casino is home to the hottest new slots, live table games action, TwinSpires Sportsbook and live thoroughbred racing from mid-May to October. Stay for a great meal at Churchill’s Bourbon and Brew overlooking the racetrack. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER.
The largest grape growing region east of the Rocky Mountains starts in Erie County, PA! Set up a tour and tasting at any of Lake Erie Wine Country’s 20 distinct wineries, including Mazza Vineyards, South Shore Wine Company, Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing and Courtyard Winery! South Shore is one of the region’s most historic wineries, having originally been established 150 years ago in a must-see stone cellar. Courtyard Winery features a large tasting room, outdoor seating and packages, including a Picnic in the Vineyard excursion.
Join us in Erie, PA, August 25 – 28, for Tall Ships Erie. Climb aboard and explore a fleet of tall ships, sail the day away on select ships, or enjoy many other festival highlights including live music and entertainment, children’s activities, a festival marketplace, food vendors, and much more.
Erie Sports Center is Erie’s home of sports and family fun, featuring a fun park, sports fields and more! The Fun Park features a new go-kart experience, batting cages, 36-hole mini golf course, climbing wall, beach arena featuring three beach volleyball courts, beer garden and live music stage.
Set sail for Hidden Harbor, Erie’s one-stop waterfront destination for food and fun! Enjoy a meal right on Presque Isle Bay at Rum Runners, Woody’s Backwater BARge & Grill, or The Cove Bayside Restaurant & Tavern. If you’re looking for fun on the water, book a tour on The Lady Kate or Scallywags Pirate Adventures, or rent a pontoon for a day on the Bay at Hidden Harbor Water Rentals. Back on land, explore the 187-foot Bicentennial Tower at Dobbins Landing, offering panoramic views of Presque Isle Bay.
The area’s first waterfront hotels located in the heart of Erie’s Bayfront Marina District offer sweeping views of Presque Isle Bay, incredible Erie sunsets, award-winning dining, and comfortable accommodations for all travelers. Dine waterside at the Bayfront Grille, rated the number one Sheraton restaurant in the world. A second floor outdoor infinity pool offers guests a unique experience and breathtaking views at the Courtyard Erie Bayfront Hotel.
East Aurora is the place to be this summer for shopping, dining, and events like the annual East Aurora Sidewalk Sale & Street Fair on Saturday, July 30th, brought to you by the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce. Visit the Chamber’s website at eanycc.com for more information.
Located in East Aurora on 82 Acre Estate, right off the 400. Locally referred to as Twin Elms estate. A ‘destination’ health and wellness center, focusing on evidence based medical therapies for a wide variety of conditions. Offering IV therapy, Aesthetics, Yoga, and much more. Private Event space for up to 30 guests in the Mansion at Twin Elms. Beautiful and serene natural setting.
Come on down to the East Aurora Antique Mall for a day of deals! The Antique Mall is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and offers antiques, collectibles, arts & crafts and so much more! There are hundreds of vendors & plenty of parking! Also visit the East Aurora Flea Market, open weekends year-round with outside and inside vendors to explore. The Flea Market is open Saturday & Sunday at 9 a.m. For more information visit www.eastauroraevents.com or call (716) 655.7500.
Taste started as a coffee house when it first started in the 90’s, but has transformed over the years to a full restaurant offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But, we’ve never lost our roots and continue to offer real fresh brewed coffee and espresso drinks by our skilled baristas. We even have our own brew, Aurora Blend which is a medium roast.
Spend a sunny day in East Aurora while exploring the Roycroft Campus, a National Historic Landmark and birthplace of the American Arts & Crafts Movement. Learn about the Roycroft’s rich history by taking a guided walking tour, offered Tuesday-Saturday, from May-October. And don’t miss out on finding the perfect handmade gift at The Copper Shop Gallery, an artisan gift shop and gallery housing the work of over 100 local and international artists, as well as a variety of home goods and unique gifts. For more information visit www.roycroftcampuscorp.com or call 716-655-0261.
Mister’s Bar and Lanes is a family-friendly restaurant and bowling alley in East Aurora, NY. Mister’s always has something going on, from live music, open Mic nights and trivia, it’s a great meeting place to have a night out with friends. Featuring a full service kitchen and bar and a large space to hold any event. Call 716-714-9191 today to book our venue for an upcoming birthday party, or stop by to bowl a few games.
The sun is out. Warm, dry air is making a cold drink sweat in your hands. Delicious smells are billowing out of a grill as fireworks explode in vivid colors over your head. Summer is finally here, and for local families and travelers alike, that means a trip to the Oldest country store in New York State, in business for 171 years, The Marilla Country Store. They carry bulk foods, local food favorites, candy and chocolates, local maple syrup, jams & jellies, local honey, pickles, baking needs and so much more! They offer Farmhouse and garden decor, gifts, jewelry, candles, linens, birdhouses, Polish Pottery and there is a Free large museum featuring the store’s rich history on display.
Vidler’s is the world’s largest 5 & 10 variety store — and nobody’s challenged our claim yet! Over 92 years at same location/same family. 3rd generation now running the store on a daily basis: co-owners and cousins Don Vidler and Cliff DeFlyer. With 4 connected buildings on 2 levels, “You’ll run out of time before you run out of store.” Vidler’s is only 20 minutes from downtown Buffalo.
Located in Lucille Ball’s hometown of Jamestown NY, the National Comedy Center is a state-of-the-art, interactive museum dedicated to the art of comedy. With over 50 immersive exhibits, visitors to take a laugh-filled journey through comedy history, from early vaudeville to the latest viral memes.
Visit the Roger Tory Peterson Institute where art and nature collide. Explore 28-acres of wooded trails and discover how the natural beauty of the area influenced famed American naturalist Roger Tory Peterson. Browse exhibits dedicated to his life’s work as well as works from other renowned wildlife artists.
A picturesque lakeside setting and the beauty of its National Historic Landmark architecture make Chautauqua Institution a thriving community where visitors come to find intellectual and spiritual growth and renewal. This Victorian village features a 9-week summer season of art, education, lectures, top entertainment, religion, recreation, and much more.
Step back into the romance & elegance of the Victorian era at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansions State Historic Park a short drive away, nestled in the Finger Lakes and Ontario county’s number one tourist attraction.
Adventures await at Peek’n Peak! Enjoy premier golfing at the championship-caliber Upper Golf Course and try the exciting Peak Mountain Adventures activities, including the ropes course, ziplines, and more. Play a round of mini golf at Peek’n Putt and take a scenic chairlift ride to take in the slopes and surrounding countryside.