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#814BucketList: All Your Erie Summer Fun!

Enjoy Erie this summer and use #814BucketList on social media posts for your chance to win prizes!

By Kara Murphy June 3, 2021

Looking for summer fun in Erie, Pa.? We all are after the year we've had!

The City of Erie and Macaroni Kid Erie wanted to help you make the most of this summer too! So we put together this list of  81.4 ways to celebrate family fun in Erie this summer (see what we did there?).

To encourage you to squeeze out everylastbit of family fun this beautiful Erie summer, a few of our amazing local businesses are partnering with the City of Erie to offer three AMAZING prizes! To enter, simply use the hashtag #814bucketlist when completing any of the 81.4 bucket list items on the list below. Or you can simply submit a photo here!  

The City of Erie will announce winners on 814 Day! The more you enter the more chances you'll have to win!

The prize packages include: 

Grand Prize, presented by Scott Enterprises: Overnight package at Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park Resort (Value $500)
Splash Lagoon water park passes for up to four, plus an overnight stay at a hotel connected to the park, and a $100 gift card for Treasure Island Arcade

Prize Pack #2: Waldameer Season Passes (Value $250)
Two Waldameer Park & Water World 2022 season passes

Prize Pack #3: Year-Round Family Fun Pack (Value $250)
Erie Zoo and ExpERIEnce Children’s Museum annual family season passes, plus a Scallywags Family Pirate Cruise

See complete rules here.

Excited? So are we! Let's get started!

How many of our #814BucketList items can you get through this summer?

Don't forget to use hashtag #814BucketList or submit a photo here for a chance to WIN!


Your #814BucketList of Summer Fun!

1. Whoop it up at Waldameer...

2. Then chill out at Water World




3. Create in the outside classroom at ExpERIEnce Children’s Museum


4. Swim at Presque Isle State Park

5. Search for beach glass along Lake Erie's shoreline





6. Go Into the Woods with the Erie Playhouse (July 9-17)


7. Let the kids run the bases after an Erie SeaWolves game

8. Get wet at the Bayview Park splash pad (Opening by June 14)

9. Race to the finish line in a summer fun run

10. Explore the lagoons by kayak on Presque Isle

11. Whiz down the brand new slides at Frontier Park (Expected to open mid-June)

12. Take part in the Summer Out Loud Family Challenge with the YMCA of Greater Erie — no membership necessary! (Registration opens June 22)






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13. Play peek-a-boo with the orangutans at the Erie Zoo


14. Support an Erie business owned by a refugee

15. Indulge in a glazed twist from Mighty Fine Donuts

16. Load up a Smith's hotdog with all the fixin's




17. Go on a mural hunt


18. Lick your way through an orange-vanilla twist cone at Sara's

19. Don't share a Blue Moon from Denny's Ice Cream Stand







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20. Visit the Grandmother Tree at Asbury Woods


21. Dine on an outdoor patio at one of Erie's amazing locally-owned restaurants

22. Order the seafood boil for the whole family from the new downtown Chippers Seafood & Southern Fusion







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23. Fall in love with bubble tea at Andora's Bubble Shop


24. Crumble a cookie (or three!) from Ye Olde Sweet Shop

25. Enjoy a picnic on the steps of the Erie Art Museum

26. Fly a kite at Sunset Point on Presque Isle





Don't forget: Use hashtag #814BucketList on social media for a chance to WIN! You can also submit a photo here. 


27. Gallery hop during gallery nights (Dates to be announced)

28. Learn about the important role of the U.S. Brig Niagara at the Erie Maritime Museum

29. Get wet at the Perry Square fountain

30. Oooh and aaah over fireworks at Dobbins Landing (July 3)







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31. Zip(line) through the new playground at McClelland Park then...


32. Romp with a four-legged friend at the Larry R. Fabrizi Dog Park

33. Learn to play tennis, golf or just have a good time at one of the city's recreation programs!





34. Take your picture with a car creature at Schaefer's Auto Art


35. Catch a fish ("Check out" fishing poles and gear for FREE from Blasco Library!)

36. Laugh it up at a family show at Kellar's Modern Magic & Comedy Club

37. Find a favorite piece at the Erie Art Museum

38. Eat your way through the Flagship City Food Hall (expected to open later this summer)







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39. Aaargh on a Scallywag pirate cruise


40. Explore the new Erie African-American Heritage Trail 





41. See the view from the top of the Bicentennial Tower (Free the first Sunday of each month!)


42. Show off your Erie pride with a shirt from Erie Apparel

43. Bet on a fast filly at Presque Isle Downs & Casino




44. Aim for the bullseye at Archery Encounters


45. Learn to throw with a class at Erie Clayspace

46. See Oliver Hazard Perry's sword at Hagen History Museum (re-opening July 17)

47. Enjoy 8 Great Tuesdays at Liberty Park (Tuesdays, July 6-Aug. 24)

48. Climb to the top of the Erie Land Lighthouse (Free tours the first Tuesday of each month)

49. Enjoy a family-friendly movie under the stars at Perry Square with the Erie Downtown Partnership (see list of dates here)

50. Pick your own strawberries, cherries and more at one of Erie County's amazing farms

51. Compete in a friendly round of mini-golf while learning some interesting area history at Adventures Erie at Lake Pleasant. Watch out for Bigfoot!

52. Take part in the summer reading contest with the Erie County Public Library

53. Set up a tent for the weekend at Lampe Campground

54. Take a sunset cruise on the Victorian Princess





55. Walk to Buttermilk Falls


56. Find a book at a Little Free Library







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57. Plant a tree with LEAF


58. Find (and rehide) a painted rock ... just about anywhere! #rockouterie

59. Visit the Firefighters Historical Museum (reopening Sundays starting in June)







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60. Say cheese with the ERIE sign at Bayview Park


61. Buy local produce and goods at the weekly Perry Square farmers' market (Sundays, starting June 20)

62. Grab a yummy meal from a locally-owned food truck 

63. Slow your roll with Bike Erie through downtown Erie and beyond (Thursdays and Sundays) and...

64. Explore Erie County on two wheels with Lake Erie CycleFest (July 30-Aug. 1)

65. Ride the surf at Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park Resort on a rainy day and ...




66. Have all the rainy day fun at Splash Lagoon's newly expanded Treasure Island Arcade


67. Adopt an Erie city park!

68. Learn about the Eriez Indians, early inhabitants of this region







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69. Escape The Niagara with Escape Game Erie 


69. Enjoy the sweet sounds of the Erie Philharmonic outdoors at one of the 16 free outdoor community concerts this summer

70. Welcome the sun with free sunrise yoga at Dobbins Landing (Wednesdays, June 2-Sept. 29)

71. Get messy with chocolate chip pancakes at Zodiac Dinor

72. Thrill the kids with a free ride on the Bayview Trolley's downtown loop

73. Park hop through Erie. Did you know the City of Erie has 54 parks and 23 playgrounds? Visit a new-to-you one each week! Here's a list of 12 of Macaroni Kid Erie's favorite parks and playgrounds.

74. Splash through Wintergreen Gorge on a hot summer day

75. Catch lightning bugs at Brown's Farm

76. Bite into sponge candy at Stefanelli's

77. Get the kids an octo-dog and funnel cake fries at Lucky Louie's

78. Count the number of trees you can find at Frontier Park







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79. Walk the paths at Goodell Gardens in Edinboro


80. Splurge on a staycation for the family with a night at one of Erie's bayfront hotels







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81.4 Visit the Pointe Foure Vintage Boutique, Federal Hill Smokehouse (best BBQ in Pa. according to Food & Wine magazine!), along with the rest of the great retail shops and restaurants that make up the Hill District, during one of their Sidewalk Sunday events (held the last Sunday of the month May-Sept.)