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TOURS STARTING JUNE 2024

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Best of Erie's Bayfront

Come explore Erie's bayfront by foot with us, in a small group setting with a local expert guide. Learn about the War of 1812, Battle of Lake Erie, why there are sea animal sculptures on a freshwater lake, why we can thank fisherman for public access to our beautiful bay, how and why the bicentennial tower came to be, what the old smokestack in front of Blasco library is and why it's still there. We'll stop by historical landmarks including, U.S. Brig Niagara (provided she's docked at home), the 9/11 memorial, the Strong Vincent statue, and more. We'll finish our one(ish)-mile walking tour with an optional short jaunt to the skywalk, which connects the Sheraton Hotel to the Bayfront Convention Center, high above the bay. This tour will give you a great overview of Erie and its Beautiful bayfront.

Price: $25 Adults; $10 students in K-12; free for kids 4 and under

Payment: Cash, check (Erie Tours) or book online (coming soon!)

Tour Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 10 am 

Duration: 90 minutes

Walking Distance: 1 to 1.5 miles, mostly flat terrain.

Tour Start/Finish: Bicentennial Tower, foot of State Street. Meet at the flagpole.

Parking: Tower/lower State Street, or there is a parking ramp at the Sheraton Hotel (fee)

 

Bayfront Renaissance Sunset Tour

Erie’s bayfront has undergone an amazing transformation. From a stinky, dank, polluted bay and a shore crammed with factories and fishing shacks to a clean, vibrant, tourist and recreation destination with glittering hotels, public parks, and popular gathering spaces. In this small group tour, we’ll discuss the Erie of yore, show you some then-and-now photos, and talk about what’s still to come, all while walking along Erie’s beautiful bayfront, learning more about the city of Erie and its unique history. We’ll finish our one (Ish)-mile walking tour with an optional, short jaunt to the skywalk, which connects the Sheraton Hotel to the Bayfront Convention Center, high above the bay. This tour will give you an appreciation for how much the city’s bayfront has improved and, Mother Nature providing, finish with a spectacular sunset.​

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Price: $25 Adults; $10 students in K-12; free for kids 4 and under

Payment: Cash, check (Erie Tours) or book online (coming soon!)

Tour Times: Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 90 minutes before sunset. Specific time will be communicated at booking.

Duration: 90 minutes

Walking Distance: 1 to 1.5 miles, mostly flat terrain.

Tour Start/Finish: Bicentennial Tower, foot of State Street. Meet at the flagpole.

Parking: There is a lot of free parking at the Bicentennial Tower/lower State Street, or there is a parking ramp at the Sheraton Hotel (fee)

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Erie's Maritime History

Erie is rich with maritime history. Presque Isle Bay was the setting of the famous Battle of Lake Erie in the War of the 1812 in which Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry uttered the famous words: Don’t Give Up the Ship! (before giving up the ship he was actually on, but that’s a tale for the tour!). But long after the U.S. won that battle and war, Erie continued to be an important hub for shipping, shipbuilding, commercial and sport fishing, and recreational boating. We’ll walk by the restored U.S. Brig Niagara (provided she’s docked at home), the Victorian Princess, the Bayfront Maritime Center, Donjon Ship Building& Repair, and the Erie Maritime Museum (admission not included with tour price), and the Wolverine memorial. We’ll finish our one(ish)-mile walking tour with an optional, short jaunt to the skywalk, which connects the Sheraton Hotel to the Bayfront Convention Center, high above the bay.

Price: $25 Adults; $10 students in K-12; free for kids 4 and under

Payment: Cash, check (Erie Tours) or book online (coming soon!)

Tour Times: Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Duration: 90 minutes

Walking Distance: 1 to 1.5 miles, mostly flat terrain.

Tour Start/Finish: Bicentennial Tower, foot of State Street. Meet at the flagpole.

Parking: There is a lot of free parking at the Bicentennial Tower/lower State Street, or there is a parking ramp at the Sheraton Hotel (fee).

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