60 Ideas for Outdoor Erie Summer Fun

Happy summer! Soak up every moment of this Erie summer

By Kara Murphy | Macaroni KID Erie June 26, 2024

Happy summer! The new season officially arrives today — Thursday, June 20 — and ends Sept. 22. That means we have 95 days of this summer season! To celebrate, we put together a list of 60 outdoor things to do with your family in Erie this summer:

  1. Whoop it up at Waldameer...
  2. Then chill out at Water World

  3. Visit the ExpERIEnce Children's Museum outdoor classroom
  4. Swim at Presque Isle
  5. Explore Wintergreen Gorge
  6. Search for beach glass along Lake Erie's shoreline
  7. Let the kids run the bases after an Erie SeaWolves game
  8. Get wet at the Bayview Park splash pad
  9. Explore the lagoons by kayak on Presque Isle
  10. Whiz down the slides at Frontier Park
  11. Laugh at the orangutans at the Erie Zoo
  12. Go on a mural hunt
  13. Lick your way through an orange vanilla twist cone at Sara's
  14. Don't share a Blue Moon from Denny's Ice Cream Stand
  15. Visit the Grandmother Tree at Asbury Woods
  16. Take the dog and dine on an outdoor patio at one of Erie's amazing locally-owned restaurants
  17. Enjoy a picnic on the steps of the Erie Art Museum
  18. Fly a kite at Sunset Point on Presque Isle
  19. Get wet at the Perry Square fountain
  20. Oooh and ahh over fireworks at Dobbins Landing (July 3)
  21. Zip(line) through the playground at McClelland Park then...
  22. Romp with a four-legged friend at the Larry R. Fabrizi Dog Park
  23. Play pickleball at Zuck Park
  24. Take your picture with a car creature at Schaefer's Auto Art
  25. Catch a fish ("Check out" fishing poles and gear for FREE from Blasco Library!)
  26. Aaargh on a Scallywag pirate cruise
  27. Explore the Erie African-American Heritage Trail
  28. See the view from the top of the Bicentennial Tower (Free the first Sunday of each month!)
  29. Bet on a fast filly at Presque Isle Downs & Casino
  30. Enjoy a sunset concert on the beach
  31. Splash in a shady Erie creek on a hot summer day

  32. Climb the 76 steps to the top of the Erie Land Lighthouse (Free tours the first Tuesday of each month)
  33. Enjoy a family-friendly movie under the stars
  34. Compete in a friendly round of mini-golf while learning some interesting area history at Adventures Erie at Lake Pleasant. Watch out for Bigfoot!
  35. Find a librarian on the loose at different Erie County locations all summer long
  36. Race the go-kart track at Sunview Miniature Golf
  37. Set up a tent for the weekend at Lampe Campground
  38. Take a sunset cruise on the Victorian Princess
  39. Take home a beautiful bouquet from Port Farms Summer Days
  40. Hike to Buttermilk Falls
  41. Find (and leave!) a book at a Little Free Library
  42. Slide at Frontier Park

  1. Take the dogs to Rita's for a pup-cone
  2. Say cheese with the ERIE sign at Bayview Park
  3. Buy local produce and goods at an Erie farmers' market
  4. Grab a yummy meal on Food Truck Fridays at Shades Beach
  5. Explore Erie County on two wheels with Lake Erie CycleFest
  6. Enjoy the sweet sounds of the Erie Philharmonic outdoors at one of the 16 free outdoor community concerts this summer
  7. Welcome the sun with free sunrise yoga at Dobbins Landing 
  8. Park hop through Erie. (12 of Macaroni KID Erie's favorite parks and playgrounds!)
  9. Catch lightning bugs at Brown's Farm
  10. CelebrateErie!

  11. Explore Goodell Gardens in Edinboro
  12. Explore With Asbury Woods’ free Nature In Your Neighborhood Series
  13. Set up for a weekend at Erie Blues & Jazz Fest
  14. Go geocaching
  15. Take a ride on the Lettie G. Howard
  16. Check out' a kayak at Edinboro Lake
  17. Enjoy a round of disc golf at Penn State Behrend

  18. Relax as the sun sets on another day at Presque Isle

Have a GREAT Erie summer!