Check out these great destinations, all within a short drive from anywhere in Western New York
Visit Millcreek Mall with over 130 stores, restaurants, and fun for the whole family! Stop by Customer Service to learn about our Exclusive Guest Rewards program for out-of-town shoppers. Don’t forget, Pennsylvania has no tax on clothing or shoes; so come shop, dine, and play today! Choose from a variety of hotels located on the Mall property and at the intersection of Peach Street and Interstate 90 (minutes away).
Experience a self-guided evening driving tour of seasonal lights throughout Presque Isle State Park from the comfort and safety of your vehicle. Follow the Park’s 13-mile loop road encountering a variety of lights and displays coupled with Presque Isle’s natural nighttime beauty. Donations are appreciated.
Presque Isle State Park, 1 Peninsula Drive, Erie, PA 16505
December 5-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27, January 1-3 from 6 pm to 9 pm.
Live theatre meets the drive-in! Pack up the family and join us for a live performance of “A Christmas Carol” from the east lot of Waldameer Park. The Charles Dickens holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast, complete with vintage commercials for fruitcake (extra-fancy), and the magic of live sound effects and musical underscoring.
Tickets are $40 per car, pre-purchase required. Tickets will not be available at the venue.
Waldameer Park & Water World, Parking lot off of Peninsula Drive, 3100 West Lake Road. Erie, PA 16505.
December 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 at 7 pm.
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Explore the beautiful and intricate holiday displays throughout the Watson-Curtze Mansion.
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from 11 AM- 5PM. November 27 through December 20
Holiday shopping available in our gift shop! Or check out our pop up vendors (Saturdays Only) Dragon Fly Lake Scents, LLC & Re-Visioned
356 West 6th St. Erie, PA 16509
Holiday lights will twinkle in the woods and wetlands along the boardwalk (1/3 mile). Access to the lighted area is free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated.
Asbury Woods Nature Center, 4105 Asbury Road Erie, PA 16505.
December 4-31 (no program Dec 24-25) from 5 pm to 8 pm.
The waters of Lake Erie welcome visitors to Erie, Pennsylvania’s only Great Lakes Port. Erie’s Bayfront District on Presque Isle Bay includes a 187 foot Bicentennial tower offering panoramic views, restaurants, miniature golf, charter and offshore fishing, campground and marinas, as well as transient boat dockage.
Set in a tropical 84 degrees Polynesian atmosphere, Splash Lagoon features the latest and most exciting rides in the water park industry today! Get set to get wet in the largest indoor wave pool in the Eastern United States with fun for kids ages 2 to 92. Guests can enjoy swimming and splashing around in this fantastic watery playground featuring four twisting and turning body slides, a swirling body coaster with speeds of over 40 MPH, a swirling tube coaster, an 80,000 gallon activity pool, adult and kid whirlpools, 5-story Million Dollar Tree House, FlowRider surf experience, Tree Tops ropes course, arcade, food court and much more! Splash Lagoon is conveniently connected to three hotels for your overnight needs.
Real Food. Real Beer. Real Historic Atmosphere. That’s what you’ll find at The Brewerie at Union Station, rated one of the best restaurants in Erie, PA. A brewpub & restaurant serving up fresh handcrafted ales paired with a unique menu of exceptional quality. Come & join us for a meal in the breathtaking Rotunda. Grab a booth or pull up a stool in the old Tap Room. Join us for summers in the Trackside Beer Garden where you can enjoy a pint of ale as the trains go barreling by.
Accredited Arboretum, Public Garden, and Community Gathering Place in beautiful Edinboro, Pennsylvania. Visit and view their beautiful gardens, woodland landscapes, and learn about their agriculture heritage, or attend one of their many well-loved community events.
The Mazza family has made their home and wines in Lake Erie Wine Country since 1972. Today, visit them at three distinct locations: The original winery, Mazza Vineyards and the historical South Shore Wine Co. in North East, PA, and New York’s first combination winery, distillery, brewery featuring Mazza Chautauqua Cellars and Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing in Westfield.
The area’s first waterfront hotel located in the heart of Erie’s Bayfront Marina District offers sweeping views of Presque Isle Bay, award winning dining experience in the Bayfront Grille, and an indoor pool and fitness center. Situated on the Sassafras Street Pier, the Courtyard Erie Bayfront boasts breathtaking views of Presque Isle Bay. The Shoreline Bar and Grille or The Bistro offer great dining selections. Lounge at the outdoor infinity pool or enjoy a few laps in the indoor pool.
Cobblestone hotels offer 3 convenient locations in Erie County Pennsylvania for your next vacation; on Erie’s Bayfront, near Penn State Behrend off exit 32 and in Corry PA along Historic Route 6. Enjoy their newer modern accommodations with free Wi-Fi, breakfast, and bar open daily.