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 19, 2021

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. 21-27

3. Surprise them with a trip to Splash Lagoon

There areFOUR Mommy & Me Days before our school year begins! On these dates, purchase one child admission (ages 8 and under) & one adult can swim for FREE! (Yes, dads allowed too!) Aug. 20, 23, 27 and 30

4. Head to the beach

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

5. Visit Waldameer & Water World

Waldameer & Water World are only open three more weekends for the season! Operating dates: Aug. 19-22, Aug. 28 and 29, and Sept. 4-6. Go ride the Ravine Flyer before it's too late!

6. Cheer on the SeaWolves

The SeaWolves only have two last homestands this season! You can see them take on the Harrisburg Senators Aug. 31-Sept. 5 and the Richmond Squirrels Sept. 14-19. Get the kids to a game before the season ends!

7. 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!

8. 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. 

9. Walk to Buttermilk Falls

We went on this adventure earlier this summer ... always one of my kids' favorite summer activities. Here is a list of five area creeks your kids can splash in before summer ends. 

10. Visit the zoo

Have you been to the zoo this summer? Take the kids to visit their favorite animals before summer ends.