5 reasons to visit Erie County

Living in Erie is beautiful any time of the year, but especially during the summer. Last year I spent my first summer in Erie, and while it wasn’t quite normal, I still managed to find several activities that I’m already looking forward to this time around.

Here are five reasons why someone should visit Erie County this summer―or plan a backyard vacation.

1.Presque Isle State Park

Whenever family members or friends ask me what I like to do in Erie, I always hang out at Almost Isle State Park. It’s obvious. The peninsula is unlike any other experience I’ve had on Lake Erie.

The beaches (all 11 in number) are perfect for sunbathing, building sandcastles or simply strolling along the shore. If a day at the beach isn’t your style, the island also offers tons of different summer activities. There’s fishing, boat rentals, and even boat tours that take you to the shores of the island and the open waters of Lake Erie.

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Throughout the park, trails are shaded by canopies of trees and provide ideal terrain for walking, running, and biking. Roller skating along Peninsula Bay has become a favorite summer activity.

2. Local purchases

I love shopping at small businesses, and Erie has plenty of them. In the summer, I definitely head to Local Lovin’ pop-up shops and the Sisters of St. Joseph Neighborhood Network’s Little Italy Farmer’s Market.

The products are shown, July 27, 2020, for sale at the Flagship Farms booth at the Little Italy Farmer's Market, 331 W. 18th St. in Erie.  Flagship Farm, which is a USCRI-Erie-sponsored refugee agricultural program known locally as the Erie International Institute, was one of seven vendors at the market, which will be open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays until the end of September.  More sellers will be added every week.

Local Lovin’ pop-up shops are held in different locations on the first Saturday of each month and feature local artisans, music and food. Many of these small businesses don’t have physical spaces, so it’s always a pleasure to meet the owners in person and browse their products. Everything from homemade soap and jewelry to herbal teas and fresh flowers can be found at these events.

SSJNN’s Little Italy Farmers’ Market is held every Monday from 3-6 p.m. at 331 W. 18th St. The first market of the season is June 27. The outdoor market features produce grown locally by teenagers at the SSJNN Urban Farm as well as several other local farms. It’s a great way to support local farmers who sell quality produce.

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3. Lake Erie Ale Trail

The abundance of breweries in northwest Pennsylvania made me a craft beer lover. Each brewery on the Lake Erie Ale Trail offers unique beers, and the atmosphere at each is always inviting.

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There are 11 breweries in the NWPA region and most reside in Erie County. From Twisted Elk Brewery located in Lake City, Voodoo Brewing Company in the heart of downtown Erie, or Nostrovia Brewing Company in the northeast, I’m never short of options when it comes to finding a good one. year-round or seasonal beer.

If craft beer isn’t your thing, northern Erie County is home to a plethora of wineries that are part of the Lake Erie Wine Country Trail. If I could spend every Sunday afternoon tasting wine and eating cheese, life would be good.

4. A SeaWolves baseball game

Going to an Erie SeaWolves game is a summer staple. You experience everything you usually would at an MLB game, minus the big city traffic or crowded stands.

Erie SeaWolves shortstop Gage Workman, left, throws a low throw as Altoona Curve base runner Connor Scott steals second base during the seventh inning at UPMC Park in Erie May 6.  Erie catcher Dillon Dingler was charged with a throwing error on the play.

UPMC Park isn’t Progressive or PNC Park, but everyone has a great view of the game. And like any baseball game, the SeaWolves hold themed or special games, hold fireworks shows, raffles special raffles and even allow fans to bring their dogs.

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5. Erie County Fairs

One of my favorite times of the year growing up was county fair week in my hometown. I loved seeing all the animals, going through the 4-H projects, and of course eating the fried foods.

People fill in a midway at the Waterford Community Fair in Waterford Township on September 4, 2018.

It was only once a year, but in Erie County there are several community fairs in August and September. If I get a funnel cake at the Erie County Fair in Wattsburg, I can get another one at the Waterford Community Fair next week. Good for me or not, I can feast on funnel cakes and elephant ears for weeks.

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I haven’t been to every fair in Erie County, but of the ones I have, it’s great to see what each community has to offer. A chicken is a chicken, but seeing the various art projects and award-winning products from each community is always something new to look forward to.

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Erie Times-News writer Baylee DeMuth roller skates on the multi-purpose trail at the Près Isle State Park near Erie on June 15, 2022.

Baylee DeMuth can be reached at 814-450-3425 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @BayleeDeMuth.

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