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Take Your Summer From Boring to Roaring

Many people in the Erie area complain that they are bored, without even recognizing all of the activities available in the area. Place like Presque Isle State Park, downtown Erie, and Peek’n Peak offer a range of changes to have fun in the sun, many on a teenage budget. This summer VisitErie is sponsoring an Instagram contest called #HelloErie.

#HelloErie Instagram Contest Details

  1. Take a photo of the Erie region, upload it to Instagram, and tag it with #HelloErie.
  2. Click ‘Register to Enter‘ at the top of this page to claim your photos.
  3. Continue to use the tag #HelloErie, and your photos will automatically be entered into the contest.

Every week, one #HelloErie winner will be selected and awarded VisitErie swag. So share your summer fun everywhere you go. Here are some suggestions to get you started.  You can go to For more to do around Erie and more details about #HelloErie.

Presque Isle Features Fun On and Around The Beaches

From walking to volleyball and fishing to sunbathing, at Presque Isle there’s always something going on. The Sunset Music Concerts at Beach 1 start on June 8 and play every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. through July 13. The cost is free and all ages are welcome.

On the Bike Path around Presque Isle you can bring your own bike or rent from the Yellow Bike Rental Co, open everyday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bike rentals are $20 per hour.

There are Lighthouse tours every Saturday and Sunday from Memorial Day to Labor Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Keep in mind that this does cost $5 per person.IMG_0156

If you want to explore the waters of Presque Isle there are Canoe/Kayak Rentals from either the Presque Isle Canoe and Boat Livery at Presque Isle State Park or Lake Erie Outfitters located just before the park entrance at 421 Peninsula Dr. Presque Isle Canoe and Boat Livery is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., while Lake Erie Outfitters is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, costing $25 for children and adults for two hours each or a group of three on a three person boat for two hours is $45.

Downtown Erie in a Great Big Roar

Downtown Erie has some fun events too, such as 8 Great Tuesdays, every Tuesday at the Amphitheater in Liberty Park. These free summer concerts are family friendly and offer a range of music styles.

Motorcycles of all shapes and sizes roll into town for the 10th anniversary of Roar on the Shore starting July 13 and running until July 17. Gather downtown for motorcycles, music, and more, even if you aren’t a biker yourself, all are welcome. This is a charity, free to the public but donations are accepted.

Iroquois graduate, Alex Price, likes to see the the different styles of motorcycles and unique designs people put on their bikes set up for display at Roar on the Shore. Price also likes how it has a popular person show up and lead the motorcycles. “It’s nice to walk around and see all the different vendors there. I think it’s a good time, even for people who aren’t really interested in motorcycles, I think they’ll still have fun if they go.”

Later in the summer, the Celebrate Erie festival runs from Fourth Street on State Street to 11th Street from August 18 and ending on August 21. Walking around is free, but there are also options to buy food, clothes, and other things sold by vendors.


Close by are Ziplines

Close to Erie Peek n’ Peak has a new Adventure Course and a Zip-line. The Adventure Course consists of 69 obstacles in 8 different courses ranging in different colors for different ages and difficulty. The three hour, self-guided experience allows guests to explore the course on their own, working their way from treetop to treetop and platform to platform via rope bridges, ziplines, tight ropes, cargo nets and more.

The Giant Dual Zipline lets you soar through the trees down the mountainside with side by side ziplines to race your friend 2,000 feet in the air. McDowell senior, Alexa Evanoff says the zipline was really fun with a group. “I went with a few other girls, and it was something none of us had done before,” she said.  “It took awhile to get the hang of it, but after we got it we had a great time. Being up in the woods made it neat too.”

It’s currently closed weekdays, but it’s open May 7 to June 17 on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.. Hours and dates are expected to change in the summer. A three hour Climb on Adventure Course for adults is $48. Combo passes that include a Zipline ride and and a 3-hour course are $66 for adults.  Get a groups of 15 or more together and get a three-hour Climb on an Adventure Course for $39 or the combo for $59.

Amusement Park Dare

About two hours away from Erie, Darien Lake offers an amusement experience that is bigger than Waldameer, but not as big as Cedar Point. It features a water park that has a new water slide called the Rip Curl Racer. The amusement park has thrill rides too, such as Rolling Thunder, a 7-story steel loop. Check out the park’s event calendar for the free music concerts throughout the summer. Darien Lake is open daily from 10 a.m. and closes anywhere between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. The entry fee is $38.99 for one day.

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