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9 Day Trips From Erie Your Kids Will Love

Remember to maintain social distancing and bring masks!

By Kara Murphy, publisher of Macaroni Kid Erie May 21, 2020

Are you looking for a short getaway with the family? Remember it's best to stay close to home, but if you do feel the need to get out and explore, here are nine easy road trips from Erie your family can take while still maintaining social distancing. 

Please visit the websites for each location on specifics regarding cost, hours, health and safety guidelines such as mask requirements. 

Keep in mind restrooms and food and drink options might be scarce at some of these locations, so come prepared. 

Driving times are approximate and are from downtown Erie. Locations are listed in order of proximity to downtown Erie.

Panama Rocks

Explore crevices, passageways, and caves hidden in an ancient forest among 60-foot high rocks at this Chautauqua County attraction. Open by reservation only. Waivers must be signed online before arrival. Please note: Bathrooms remain closed. 45 minute drive

Chautauqua Institution

The grounds are open at no cost and the Afterwords Cafe is open for takeout. You can access the grounds through the Main Gate only. 45 minute drive

Covered Bridge Tour

There are 19 covered bridges in Ashtabula County in Ohio. 1 hour drive

Linesville Spillway

Where the ducks walk on the back of fish. Open daily. The Spillway Concession will be open starting Saturday, May 23 from 10 am to 8 pm daily. 1 hour drive.

Pymatuning Deer Park

Pymatuning Deer Park, just a short drive from the Linesville Spillway, features animals and birds from around the world. Visitors encounter both domestic and exotic animals including Siberian Tigers, African Lions, Camels, Black Bears, assorted Primates and of course, several species of deer. The kiddie zoo also has many animals to pet and feed. 1 hour drive

Keystone Safari

Keystone Safari is an interactive zoo and adventure park in Grove City designed to educate and entertain guests of all ages. General admission provides access to the park, including the reindeer barn and giraffe barn. Walk-through tours available. 1 hour 10 minute drive

Living Treasures Wild Animal Park

This animal park is located in New Castle, Pa., 4 miles from the New Castle/Butler Exit on I-79 and about 20 minutes from Keystone Safari.  With over 400 animals of 70 different species, the Living Treasures Wild Animal Park provide a unique interactive experience that allows visitors to get closer to the animals than ever before. You can do things like ride a camel, hold a baby kangaroo, and reach out to feed and touch wildlife! Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 1 hour, 20 minute drive

Griffis Sculptural Park

Open daily from dawn until dusk.  (Read about Macaroni Kid Erie's trip to Griffis Sculputural Park here.) 1 hour, 40 minute drive.

Pittsburgh Zoo

The Pittsburgh Zoo is now open. You must purchase timed tickets in advance online. Some park amenities will remain closed, such as the playgrounds, trams, the log ride and the zip line. 2 hour drive

Want to stay closer to home?

Check our Macaroni Kid Erie Summer Fun Guide for lots of ideas for Erie fun!

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