10 Fun Things to Do in Erie With Kids Before Summer Ends

Your kids will love to make the most of these last days of summer with you!

By Kara Murphy August 10, 2023

The first day of school is coming up FAST!

Want to make the most of it? Here are 10 ideas on things to do before summer ends:

1. Go on a day trip

We have 17 ideas for day trips, all within a two-hour drive of Erie!

2. Head to the Crawford County Fair

This is a perennial favorite for my kids and a tradition for us in the week before they head back to the books. Seeing all the animals is a great way to entertain the kids for the day. Aug. 20-26

3. Get lost in the flowers

Port Farms' Summer Days gives your family a chance to get lost in 5 acres of sunflowers, cosmos and zinnias (hello, Insta opps!), and play at Port Farms' attractions, like the charming "tiny town," the game garden and slide mountain. And don't miss the live music and the Beer Garden! Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 10.

Get 10% off tickets to Summer Days at Port Farms by using code MACARONI23 at checkout!

4. Head to the beach

Because we can never soak up enough time at Presque Isle. And don't miss Sara's!

5. Scream at Waldameer & Water World

There's only a few days left to enjoy Waldameer & Water World before it closes for the season! Go ride the Ravine Flyer before it's too late!

6. Cheer on the SeaWolves

The SeaWolves only have a few remaining homestands this season! Get the kids to a game before the season ends!

7. Get to an outdoor movie

We're planning to get to the FREE Hunger Games Aug. 17 at Goodell Gardens! We love Goodell Gardens: It's the perfect spot to take the kids for a summer picnic on a warm afternoon too. Explore the trails, admire the gardens and get out those wiggles! Plus, visiting is FREE!

8. Go park hopping

Erie County is home to so many beautiful parks and playgrounds, all free! See our list of Erie's top parks and playgrounds here!

9. Take a ride on a pirate ship

Have you taken the kids for a ride on Scallywags yet this summer? It's always a blast! This pirate ship, docked at Dobbins Landing, will take the whole family on an epic adventure as you chase the bad guy around Presque Isle Bay, firing on him with water cannons. Kids have their faces painted, hunt for treasure, and have an onboard water gunfight. 

10. Walk to Buttermilk Falls

Always one of my kids' favorite summer activities! Here is a list of five area creeks your kids can splash in before summer ends.