17 Easy Day Trips From Erie Your Family Can Take This Summer

Family fun in Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio that's an easy drive

By Kara Murphy May 31, 2021

Are you looking for a day getaway with the family? Here are 17 easy day trips from Erie your family can take this summer.

Driving times are approximate from Erie.

New York

Chautauqua County, New York

All Chautauqua County attractions are an hour or less drive from Erie.

Panama Rocks

45 minute drive

Explore crevices, passageways, and caves hidden in an ancient forest among 60-foot high rocks. 

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Peek'n PeakResort

35 minute drive

Challenge the whole family on the Peek'n Peak Resort's Aerial Adventure Course. Kids as young as five allowed. (Read about Macaroni Kid's experience at the Aerial Adventure Course!) The Peak also has a great indoor/outdoor pool complex where you can purchase day passes.

National Comedy Center

55 minute drive

More than 50 interactive exhibits, including kid-friendly fun like a chance to "cartoon" yourself. See our review!

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Buffalo, N.Y.

Buffalo is about a 90-minute drive from Erie.

Explore and More Children's Museum

Travel time: 1 hour, 35 minutes

Every day is a play date at the Children's Museum! Exhibits introduce children to the magic of hands-on discovery.

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Albright-Knox Gallery

Travel time: 1 hour, 43 minutes

This world-class art museum has tons of kid-friendly activities and interesting art. 


Ashtabula County, Ohio

Covered Bridge Tour

About one hour driving time

There are 19 covered bridges in Ashtabula County. We explored some of them recently — it's an easy family road trip!

Kirtland, Ohio

Holden Arboretum

1 hour, 20 minute drive

A 120-foot tall tower to climb, hanging bridges to cross, and a secret garden around every corner to explore. Definitely worth the trip!

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Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland attractions are all about a 90-minute drive from Erie.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

A can't miss spot for music lovers of all ages.

Children's Museum of Cleveland

The museum features innovative exhibits and programs designed for kids through age 8.  

Greater Cleveland Aquarium

From moon jellyfish to a Giant Pacific Octopus, you’ll discover more than 1,400 animals representing 250 species.

Heading to Cleveland? Check out our sister site at Cleveland Macaroni Kid for event listings and more ideas on family fun in the Cleveland area!


Crawford County

Linesville Spillway

1-hour drive

Where the ducks walk on the back of fish. Open daily. The Spillway Concession opens for the season Memorial Day. 

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Mercer County

Keystone Safari

1 hour, 15 minute drive

With both a walk-thru and a drive-thru park you'll find plenty of family fun here — especially if you don't mind a bison sticking his head in your car! There is also a zipline course for the extra adventurous.

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Lawrence County

Living Treasures Wild Animal Park

1 hour, 20 minute drive

More than 400 animals, some of which you are invited to interact with some animals and feed others. This is also only about a 20-minute drive from Keystone Safari so you can do both in one day if you're feeling ambitious!

Cattaraugus County

Griffis Sculptural Park

1 hour, 40 minute drive

Open daily from dawn until dusk.  (Read about Macaroni Kid Erie's trip to Griffis Sculputural Park here.)


Pittsburgh attractions are all about a 2-hour drive from Erie.

Carnegie Science Center

Carnegie Science Center offers four floors of interactive exhibits that are geared for all ages.

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Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

A hands-on interactive children's museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania including the MAKESHOP, Attic, Studio, Backyard, Garage, Garden, Theater, Waterplay, and Nursery areas.

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

You'll find more than 475 species represented by 4,000 animals at this combo zoo and aquarium.

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