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NEW YORK * 90 79 OHIO Although Erie is the fourth-largest city in the state, it is relatively small and you can travel easily to the various areas. Venture to State Street via the Bayfront Highway. At the foot of State Street you’ll be at Dobbins Landing and notice the Bicentennial Tower with an observation deck offering a nice view of the Peninsula over the bay. Nearby is the Erie Maritime Museum and U.S. Brig Niagara. For a meal with a spectacular waterside view, visit the Sheraton Erie Bayfront or Marriott Courtyard Erie Bayfront. As you travel a short distance from Erie’s Presque Isle and downtown areas, you’ll find plenty more to do. Two of our favorites include a visit to the horse races at Presque Isle Downs and Casino and the Adventure Park at Peek N’ Peak Resort, which is actually located in Clymer, N.Y., a short 40-minute drive from the Peninsula. Their Ariel Adventure Course has been a must for me and my children, each year trying to challenge ourselves further. If zip-lining is up your alley, they have that too, along with golf, miniature golf, archery, mountain biking trails and Segway tours. If you need a break from the sunshine, Erie has its own indoor waterpark, Splash Lagoon. Because families travel from all over to visit Splash Lagoon, they are connected to a hotel and offer plenty of options for eating and shopping in immediate proximity. When you’re ready to completely relax from all you’ve enjoyed in Erie, take a day trip to the many surrounding wineries. The fertile ground along the Erie shore line makes it ripe for wineries and grape production. Your favorite grape jelly, Welch’s, obtains much of its concord grapes from this region. Starting your wine experience in Erie and continuing along the shore line into New York, 20 vineyards within a 53-mile stretch of lakeside drive are calling your name. I’m a proud Erie girl, and believe Erie should not be known only for her record snowfall. It should be known for the immense natural beauty that Lake Erie and Presque Isle has provided and for all that there is to do once that snow finally melts…in April. RESOURCES PRESQUE ISLE PARTNERSHIP discoverpi.com LAKE ERIE WINE COUNTRY INFORMATION lakeeriewinecountry.org/trip-planner TO VISIT PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS & CASINO 8199 Perry Highway 814-860-8999 presqueisledowns.com PEEK’N PEAK RESORT 1405 Olde Road, Clymer, NY 716-355-4141 pknpk.com WALDAMEER & WATER WORLD 3100 W. Lake Road 814-838-3591 waldameer.com 86 PENNSYLVANIA PRESQUE ISLE LIGHTHOUSE 301 Peninsula Drive 814-833-3604 presqueislelighthouse.org TO EAT SARA’S 25 Peninsula Drive sarasandsallys.com ROMOLO CHOCOLATES 1525 W. 8th Street 814-452-1933 romolochocolates.com STEFANELLI’S CANDIES 2054 W. 8th Street 814-459-2451 stefanelliscandies.com PULAKOS CHOCOLATES 2530 Parade Street 814-452-4026 pulakoschocolates.com THE JUICE JAR Colony Plaza 2620 W. 8th Street 814-450-0074 facebook.com/ErieJuiceJar SPLASH LAGOON INDOOR WATER PARK RESORT 8091 Peach Street 814-217-1111 splashlagoon.com TO STAY COURTYARD ERIE BAYFRONT 2 Sassafras Pier 814-636-1005 marriott.com/hotels/travel/eridt- courtyard-erie-bayfront PRESQUE ISLE STATE PARK 301 Peninsula Drive 814-833-7424 presqueisle.org SHERATON ERIE BAYFRONT HOTEL 55 W. Bay Drive 814-454-2005 sheratoneriebayfront.com CANOE & BOAT LIVERY Thompson Drive 814-838-3938 presqueisleboatrental.com EASTERN HOME & TRAVEL 63