Located at the intersection of I-90 and I-79 and central to the Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Cleveland triangle, Erie is within 500 miles of more than half the U.S. population and only 100 miles from Canada.
A seven-mile peninsula, on beautiful Presque Isle Bay, one of the world’s best-protected harbors, surrounds Erie, Pennsylvania’s fourth largest city. As a Great Lakes City, Erie features the State’s only seashore, boasts an extensive maritime history and accommodates Great Lakes and ocean-going vessels at The Port of Erie.
Surf swimming on the many sandy, guarded, fresh-water Lake Erie beaches at Presque Isle State Park on the peninsula helps to make tourism Erie’s second largest industry, next to manufacturing. Sail and power boating and fishing is popular on the lake and in Presque Isle Bay, as is winter ice fishing, ice sailing and kit skiing. The peninsula, a National Natural Landmark, is a natural gem, known for its ecological diversity, with rare and endangered species of wildflowers, migratory birds and other plants and animals.
Charming small towns and miles of vineyards supporting five Erie County wineries offering tours and tasting surround the Erie area.
Discovery Square is Erie’s regional cultural and educational center that will soon physically join three museums on the same block—Erie History Center and Society of Genealogical Research, ExpERIEnce Children’s Museum and Erie Art Museum.
Theatre lovers can take advantage of Erie’s first-rate art scene at the elegant Warner Theater, home to the Erie Philharmonic and venue for Broadway hits. Dance, theater, music and visual arts thrive at the Erie area’s four colleges and for comedy there’s JR’s Last Laugh Comedy Club.
Erie is also home to the Erie SeaWolves AA baseball team (affiliated with the Detroit Tigers) and Erie BayHawks basketball team (affiliated with the Orlando Magic).
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