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Besides Cycling, Erie is a Busy Town

Have you ever wondered what makes a Great Lakes city like Erie so great? Well the short answer is the lake itself. It's a pretty big deal. Lake Erie sculpts our shorelines, controls our weather and provides endless hours of recreation. Lake Erie is a gravitational force in the lives of all of us who call the Lake Erie Region home. It inspires us to do great things. And one of the greatest things we do is to set aside the first weekend in August every year to celebrate our rich culture.

Hello Erie
Click to download the free Hello Erie smart phone app, your personal Erie, Pennsylvania tour guide. With features such as an Eat, Stay, Play Directory, Calendar of Events, Turn-by-Turn Directions and a one-touch "Call" button for each attraction - Hello Erie will help you get the most out Lake Erie Cyclefest Weekend.

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Explore the Arboretum
Known simply as LEAF, the arboretum is a marvel - an urban oasis whose creation was due to partnerships between citizens living near the park, local government, and philanthropy. Explore the arboretum. There are multiple stages, events and trails.

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Go for a Dip!
Nestled between the shores of Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay is Erie's top attraction – Presque Isle State Park. With sandy beaches and endless outdoor recreation, Presque Isle (French for "almost an island") is a National Natural Landmark and one of Pennsylvania's top vacation destinations, welcoming over 4 million visitors annually.

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Pop a Cork!
Satisfy all your wine desires exploring Lake Erie Wine Country. Pennsylvania's moderate climate and rolling terrain provides some of the best grape growing conditions on the East Coast.

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What's on Tap?
Pennsylvania's only Great Lakes City is known for its port as well as its porters! The Erie region is home to several breweries: Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing, Arundel Cellars & Brewing, The Blue Canoe Brewery, Erie Ale Works, Erie Brewing Company, Lavery Brewing Company, Millcreek Brewing Company, The Brewerie at Union Station, Voodoo Brewing Company, Timbercreek Tap & Table and Sprague Farm & Brew Works. Learn more by following the Lake Erie Ale Trail.

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Where to Eat
NO visit to Erie is complete without checking out some of our fantastic restaurants! The Erie area restaurant scene has plenty of traditional and non-traditional dining options; a treasure trove of tastes. From fine dining, casual dining, family-friendly and fast foods to ethnic restaurants and a variety of unique dining experiences. Be sure to call ahead for reservations as indoor and outdoor dining capacity is limited to help maintain a safe environment for all. Ask about grab & go options for cocktails and meal packages.

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There's More to Explore in Erie
Our host city, Erie is Pennsylvania's only Great Lakes port city. Swimming, boating, and fishing are abundant at Presque Isle State Park; with 7 miles of beaches, world-class sunsets and plentiful outdoor recreation. A bike ride around Presque Isle is a "must" for any visiting cyclist. Be sure to check outdoor treasures like Wintergreen Gorge, Asbury Woods, Elk Creek Legion Park, Erie Bluffs State Park, Lake Erie Community Park and more!

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Also, be sure to check out the North East Area Chamber of Commerce Event Calendar for more fun things to do.

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