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Erie, Pennsylvania’s fourth largest city, is on beautiful Presque Isle Bay, one the world’s best-protected harbors, surrounded by a seven-mile peninsula. As a Great Lakes City, Erie has an extensive maritime history, and boasts the state’s only seashore. Central to Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Buffalo and Southern Ontario, Erie is within 500 miles of more than half of the U.S. population and is accessible by automobile, boat, plane, train, or bus.

The sandy surf beaches at Presque Isle State Park along Lake Erie help to make tourism Erie’s second largest industry, next to manufacturing. Sailing, swimming, hiking, biking, birding, kite flying and fishing are popular on the lake as are winter activities ice fishing, ice sailing and cross country skiing. Presque Isle, a National Natural Landmark, is known for its ecological diversity with rare and endangered species of wildflowers and over 320 species of birds. Just outside Presque Isle is the Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC), a year-round facility offering educational and interactive exhibits, Big Green Screen Theater, nature shop, Sunset Café, observation tower and more, celebrating and educating visitors on Presque Isle. Across the street from TREC is Waldameer Park and Water World, one of the country’s oldest family amusement parks.
Erie is known for its lovely residential areas and churches of vintage period architecture. Historic mansions are prevalent along Millionaire’s Row, West Sixth Street. For shoppers, the Millcreek Mall, Upper Peach Street shopping district and neighboring plazas of the adjacent suburbs make Erie a haven for bargain hunters. Annually, thousands of shoppers from New York and Canada are enticed by Pennsylvania’s tax-free clothing. After a full day of shopping, enjoy Erie’s fantastic culinary scene with over 250 establishments to choose from. From fine dining to sidewalk cafes, there is something for even the most finicky of appetites.

The surrounding countryside boasts charming towns, covered bridges, and other historical sites, including the only known statue of George Washington in British uniform. Follow Scenic Pennsylvania Historic Route 6 or the nationally designated America’s Byway™ Great Lakes Seaway Trail to experience miles of serene countryside, vineyards, orchards, and wineries.

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   Erie, Pennsylvania’s fourth largest city, is on beautiful Presque Isle Bay, one the world’s best-protected harbors, surrounded by a seven-mile peninsula. As a Great Lakes City, Erie has an extensive maritime history, and boasts the state’s only seashore. Central to Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Buffalo and Southern Ontario, Erie is within 500 miles of more than half of the U.S. population and is accessible by automobile, boat, plane, train, or bus.

The sandy surf beaches at Presque Isle State Park along Lake Erie help to make tourism Erie’s second largest industry, next to manufacturing. Sailing, swimming, hiking, biking, birding, kite flying and fishing are popular on the lake as are winter activities ice fishing, ice sailing and cross country skiing. Presque Isle, a National Natural Landmark, is known for its ecological diversity with rare and endangered species of wildflowers and over 320 species of birds. Just outside Presque Isle is the Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC), a year-round facility offering educational and interactive exhibits, Big Green Screen Theater, nature shop, Sunset Café, observation tower and more, celebrating and educating visitors on Presque Isle. Across the street from TREC is Waldameer Park and Water World, one of the country’s oldest family amusement parks.
Erie is known for its lovely residential areas and churches of vintage period architecture. Historic mansions are prevalent along Millionaire’s Row, West Sixth Street. For shoppers, the Millcreek Mall, Upper Peach Street shopping district and neighboring plazas of the adjacent suburbs make Erie a haven for bargain hunters. Annually, thousands of shoppers from New York and Canada are enticed by Pennsylvania’s tax-free clothing. After a full day of shopping, enjoy Erie’s fantastic culinary scene with over 250 establishments to choose from. From fine dining to sidewalk cafes, there is something for even the most finicky of appetites.

The surrounding countryside boasts charming towns, covered bridges, and other historical sites, including the only known statue of George Washington in British uniform. Follow Scenic Pennsylvania Historic Route 6 or the nationally designated America’s Byway™ Great Lakes Seaway Trail to experience miles of serene countryside, vineyards, orchards, and wineries.


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Travel south on State Street to visit the Erie Art Museum, the Erie History Center, and the expERIEnce Children’s Museum. Downtown’s impressive Jerry Uht Baseball Field is home to the Erie Seawolves, Division AA farm team of the Detroit Tigers. Adjacent to Uht Field is Erie Insurance Arena, home to the Ontario Hockey League Erie Otters and the NBA D-League Erie Bayhawks, affiliate team of the Orlando Magic. Just up the street is the historic Warner Theater, built by the famous Warner Bros. Home to the Erie Philharmonic, it is the only active Warner Theatre left in the nation still in its original form. Theater lovers can take advantage of Erie’s many venues including the Erie Playhouse, All An Act Theatre, Splash Lagoon Indoor Waterpark & Resort, Presque Isle Downs Casino & Racetrack, Erie Zoo and Botanical Gardens, three area lighthouses, Asbury Woods Nature Center, Lake Erie Speedway with NASCAR sanctioned races, Watson-Curtze Mansion, and the Erie Station Dinner Theatre. Golf lovers can enjoy the 25+ beautifully landscaped golf courses in the area offering challenging holes and scenic views. Lake Erie Wine Country, with 30,000 acres of aromatic vineyards, boasts 24 commercial and estate wineries, many are open year-round for tastings and tours.

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Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority (EMTA) buses, Erie Yellow Cab, Uber, Amtrak, Airport (flights to Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia)

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UPMC Hamot, St. Vincent Health Center, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Millcreek Community Hospital

Climate

Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 Jan  20.3  26.9  33.5  2.5 "
 Feb  20.9  28.1  35.4  2.3 "
 Mar  28.2  36.5  44.7  3.1 "
 Apr  37.9  46.8  55.6  3.4 "
 May  48.7  58.0  67.4  3.3 "
 Jun  58.5  67.3  76.2  4.3 "
 Jul  63.7  72.0  80.4  3.3 "
 Aug  62.7  70.8  79.0  4.2 "
 Sep  55.9  64.0  72.0  4.7 "
 Oct  45.5  53.3  61.0  3.9 "
 Nov  36.4  42.9  49.3  4.0 "
 Dec  26.8  32.7  38.6  3.7 "


Summer temps 75-85. Fall temps 50-60's, winter and srping range 20's-50's

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