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Welcome to Erie: Explore Life on the Waterfront in The Gem City

Located on the banks of Lake Erie, the city of Erie truly has it all. Whether you’re looking for beautiful beaches, local sports teams, diverse museums, charming locally owned shops, seasonal hunting or anything in between, you’ll find plenty to love in Erie!

Are you thinking of making a move to the Erie County area? Check out some of the highlights that life here has to offer.

Tons of Outdoor Recreation

Erie Lake at Presque Isle.

When you live on the lake, the chances to get outside are pretty endless, whether it’s fishing along the shores, exploring the scenic waterfronts on Presque Island State Park, or going for a swim in the cool blue waters of Lake Erie.

Presque Island is hands down one of the best outdoor areas in Erie. There, you’ll find quiet beaches, beautiful lighthouses, elevated lookout points, and boat and canoe rentals. Aside from the island, there are plenty more green spaces to explore, including one of the many golf courses (Lawerence Park, Downing Golf Course, Whispering Woods, etc.) and city parks like Roma Park and McClelland Park.

Arts & Culture Galore

A museum.

Erie has a rich history, dating back hundreds of years, so there are plenty of museums dedicated to telling the city’s stories. The Erie Maritime Museum is all about the history of the waterfront. The Firefighters Historical Museum’s building has been around since 1903 and is full of artifacts from throughout the years. Plus, there are a number of landmarks, like the Erie Land Lighthouse and Hammermill Three Sister Stacks, that still remain in the same spots they were in hundreds of years ago!

Aside from the historical attractions, the Lake Erie area is also home to a number of art and music venues. Be sure to check out spots like the Warner Theatre, the Erie Playhouse, and Jr’s Last Laugh Comedy Club.

Local Flavors


Italian, down-home Southern cooking, sushi, wood-fired pizza—there’s something for every palate around Erie. If you want a meal with a view, we recommend checking out waterfront eateries like the Shoreline Bar & Grille, Sloppy Duck Saloon, or the Bayfront Grille. For locally renowned stops, be sure to try Mi Scuzi, Serafini’s, Pineapple Eddie Southern Bistro, and Federal Hill Smokehouse.

Honestly, we could keep going on and on about which restaurants are must-tries, so it’s better to just try them all!

Bustling Events Schedule

A woman and a young girl at a festival.

Around Erie, we like to stay busy—and the community events calendar is proof of that! No matter the season, there’s always some sort of event, festival, new show, or movie night going on.

Since the community has been around for a while, many of the most popular events in town are long-running (some have even been around for almost 100 years)! The oldest highlights include the annual Spring Show, the North East Cherry Festival, the Annual Albion Area Fair, and the Lake City Fire Company’s Annual Carnival. Of course, there are always new events hitting the schedule as well, like the Italian, Polish, and Russian Festivals, Wine Fest, and the Erie Microbrew Fest.

Find Your Home in Erie

There’s a lot to love about life around Lake Erie, and we could probably keep telling you about it for hours. But don’t take our word for it! Take some time to browse our in-depth guides to the communities around the lake, and check out our buying resources for more info—from learning what to do before you buy to first-time buying guides.

Ready to get started with your real estate journey? Just give Marsha Marsh Real Estate Services a call anytime!

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