Find Lots of Fun Things to Do in the Flagship City
Whether you want to hit the trails or hit the jackpot, you can find what you’re looking for just minutes from the Country Inn & Suites, Erie, PA. Treat the kids to a beachside picnic at the breathtaking Presque Isle State Park, or wander among the amazing wildlife at Erie Zoo. Our hotel is also near two of the area’s top amusement parks. Waldameer & Water World is less than six miles away, while Splash Lagoon is within walking distance. If you feel like your lucky stars are aligned, head down I-90 to Presque Isle Downs and Casino to bet on Thoroughbreds and play the slots. You can spend your winnings at the Millcreek Mall Complex, home to almost 200 retailers and restaurants.
- Splash Lagoon (0.3 miles)
Climb to the top of the 12-level tree house or swim to the bottom of the sparkling pool at this Polynesian-themed indoor water park, consistently rated one of the best in the country by numerous family magazines.
Phone: +1 (814) 217-1111
- Waldameer & Water World (6 miles)
Do you have what it takes to tame the Steel Dragon roller coaster? If not, don’t worry; Waldameer & Water World features more than 100 other rides, slides, shows and attractions for visitors of all ages.
Phone: +1 (814) 838-3591
- Erie Zoo (5 miles)
Set aside at least two hours to see all the attractions at Erie Zoo. Watch the wacky penguins in the Children’s Adventure Area, stop to smell the flowers in the botanical garden, and ride the train from one end of the 15-acre park to the other.
Phone: +1 (814) 864-4091
- Presque Isle State Park (5 miles)
This 3,200-acre park is part of a picturesque peninsula with many miles of coastline along Lake Erie. Recreational activities include boating, bicycling, skating, hiking, fishing and swimming.
Phone: +1 (814) 833-7424
- Tom Ridge Environmental Center (5 miles)
At this environmental center, you and the kids can learn about Erie’s indigenous lifeforms and local conservation efforts. But don’t let the learning fool you—the sculptures, big-screen theater and 70-foot-tall tower are also lots of fun!
Phone: +1 (814) 833-7424
- Millcreek Mall Complex (2 miles)
Among its nearly 200 retailers and restaurants, the Millcreek Mall Complex features anchor stores such as JCPenney and Boscov’s as well as specialty shops like Heritage Wine Cellars, Yankee Candle and Build-A-Bear Workshop.
Phone: +1 (814) 868-9000
- Peach Street Square (0.5 miles)
Find your new favorite outfit at this sprawling outdoor strip mall, which offers brands like Burlington, Gap Outlet, Old Navy and Kohl’s.
Sports and Recreation:
- Peek’n Peak Resort (25 miles)
Cross the state border into New York to find this rousing resort with more than two dozen skiing and snowboarding slopes, a ropes course, zip lines, an 18-hole golf course and much more. When you want to take a break, stop by the on-site Serenity Spa for a therapeutic treatment.
Phone: +1 (716) 355-4141
- Presque Isle Downs and Casino (2 miles)
Play poker or pull the lever on a slot machine at Presque Isle Casino, which also offers a thrilling racetrack. Watch and wager on your favorite Thoroughbred, and then unwind in one of the on-site restaurants such as The Brew Brothers or Backstretch Buffet.
Phone: +1 (866) 374-3386
Erie International Airport
- Roar on the Shore (Jul)
- Celebrate Erie (Aug)
- Erie Insurance
- GE Transportation
- Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
- LORD Corporation
- National Fuel