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Erie Zoo’s ZooBoo

Check out the Erie Zoo’s ZooBoo, which is happening at the zoo on various days through Oct. 30.

Various events are planned on different days. Check out the full schedule here.

“ZooBoo serves as a major fundraiser for the Erie Zoo’s animal care and daily operations,” the zoo said.

Waldameer to make $7 million splash into 2023

Waldameer Park & Water World will make a big splash in 2023.

The park that sits along the Lake Erie shore near Presque Isle plans to invest between $7 million and $8 million by way of a new water slide.

Tentatively named RocketBlast, the new slide bucks traditional slides that use gravity and water to move riders downhill.

Waldameer’s addition will use water jets to blast riders uphill in some sections of the ride.

The new slide will be twice as long as any other slide at Waldameer and will intertwine riders throughout the park’s existing slides.

The slide is built by Canadian-based Proslide.

Waldameer’s slide is expected to open in May.

Best spots to see Tall Ships Erie’s Parade of Sail

These are the best spots to watch the Parade of Sail, which begins at 4 p.m. Aug. 25.

  • Perry Monument at Presque Isle State Park. Follow signs for Tall Ships Erie parking areas.
  • East Pier at Presque Isle State Park. Follow signs for Tall Ships Erie parking areas.
  • North Pier at Presque Isle
  • Foot of Holland Street
  • Liberty Park along the Bayfront
  • Lampe Marina at the foot of the Port Access Road
  • Bayview Park near West Second and Cherry streets
  • East Avenue boat launch
  • Lakeside Recreational Area in Lawrence Park

Helping to keep Presque Isle clean

Presque Isle State Park attendance jumped to almost 5 million people in each of the last two years.

With all of those visitors, unfortunately, not everybody cleans up after themselves.

It could be as simple as leaving your milkshake cup or a chips bag behind.

But with the increase in visitors comes a greater increase in people wanting to keep Presque Isle clean.

Jeff McCullor, the co-founder of Erie Ale Works, organized a recent cleanup.

“The beach over the summer takes a pounding from just a lot of heavy traffic use and we feel like it’s an important asset to the community and we just want to keep it that way,” McCullor told Erie News Now.

What are beachgoers littering Presque Isle with?

“The biggest item that we see are cigarette butts and just plastics of any sort. It’s plastic stuff like plastic bottles, plastic bottle rings, the caps — things that people may not be aware that are leaving behind,” McCullor told the television news station.

You, too, can take part in cleaning up Presque Isle.


  • If you’re a visitor, be sure to take everything you brought back with you.
  • Place trash in the proper bins located throughout the park.
  • It’s usually windy at Presque Isle. So, use rocks or other heavy items to keep items in place.
  • Be alert of children with plastics, food wrappers, drink containers, toys, etc.
  • Try to pack using reusable containers that often are heavier than plastics.
  • Bring a bag with you to clean up other people’s messes. Don’t just walk over the trash, pick it up.

Remember: Leave Presque Isle better than you found it.

Ja Rule, Mýa to perform at Celebrate Erie

You read that headline correctly: Ja Rule and Mýa will perform Aug. 20 at Celebrate Erie on State Street in Downtown Erie.

Mýa is, of course, known for “Ghetto Superstar,” among other singles, and for her collaboration work with Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Pink and Missy Elliot on the “Lady Marmalade” single used in “Moulin Rouge.”

Ja Rule is known for a number of hits, including “I’m Real (Remix)” with Jennifer Lopez and “Always on Time” with Ashanti.

On Aug. 21, country musician Jimmie Allen performs.

Check out the Celebrate Erie schedule to see musicians scheduled to perform.

Celebrate Erie is back!

Erie’s biggest Downtown celebration returns.

Celebrate Erie is back!

The three-day festival is designed to celebrate all things Erie — food, business, art, culture and family.

Check out the 40 vibrant chalk displays along State Street.

Along with local and regional music acts, Celebrate Erie will feature a number of national musicians:

  • X Ambassadors, 8 p.m. Aug. 19
  • Mýa, 7:15 p.m. Aug. 20
  • Ja Rule, 8:30 p.m. Aug. 20
  • Jimmie Allen, 8 p.m. Aug. 20

For more information, visit celebrateerie.com.

Erie named a top Pennsylvania city for young professionals

No surprise here!

Erie has been named among the top Pennsylvania cities for young professionals.

Livability said Erie is “one of the state’s best-kept secrets.” Obviously.

Presque Isle State Park, the relatively low cost of living and opportunities for business are among the reasons Erie was named to the list.

Also on the list were Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Scranton.

Read more here.

Talls Ships returns to Erie in 2022

Talls Ships Erie is back!

Tall Ships Erie returns to Erie’s bayfront on Aug. 25-28.

The festival celebrates Erie’s maritime heritage with ships from across the world.

Among the highlights of the festival is the Parade of Sail, where viewers can see the tall ships entering Presque Isle Bay. The Parade of Sail begins at 4 p.m. Aug. 25.

The remainder of the festival will take place around the Bayfront Convention Center, Dobbins Landing and the Erie Maritime Museum.

Visiting ships

Visitors will have a chance to view seven ships during the festival.

And, more might be added!

Mama duck, baby duck

In a return to Erie, visitors will get to see what’s considered the “World’s Largest Rubber Duck” and a smaller duck.

Admission tickets

» Single-day pass: $10
Includes: All-day access to festival sites. Dockside viewing of tall ships fleet. Live music and entertainment. Educational seminars. Family activities. Food vendors. Vendor marketplace.
Does not include access onto ships for deck tours. A deck tour add-on must be purchased for access onto available ships for deck tours.

Deck tour add-on: $5: The deck tour add-on must be purchased with a corresponding single-day pass.

» Weekend Pass (Friday, Saturday and Sunday): $39
Includes access to festival sites and deck tours for all three days of the festival. Does not include sailing tours. Weekend passes are non-transferable. Does not include sailing tours.

» VIP Pass: $199
Includes festival sites and deck tours for the weekend as well as all VIP-only hospitality areas. VIP areas include complimentary refreshments and appetizers. VIP passes also include VIP line access and VIP parking. VIP passes are non-transferable. Does not include sailing tours.

» Sailing tours
Check the Tall Ships Erie link for available sailing tours.

Plan your visit

Looking to spend the weekend? Hotels fill up quickly and can be pricy. Plus, there are campgrounds, RV parks and a variety of other options. Plan ahead. Find a list of places to stay.

No parking is available on festival grounds. But there are many parking opportunities nearby with shuttle service or a quick walk. Find more details here.

And if you’re coming from out of town, visit this link for driving details.

Volunteer, vendors, sponsorships

Want to volunteer, be a vendor or sponsor? Visit the Tall Ships Erie site for more details.

What to know about taking your dog to Presque Isle

Presque Isle State Park in Erie, Pennsylvania, is the perfect spot for your pooch.

With 3,200 acres, Pennsylvania’s only seashore offers a great experience for you, your family and your dog.

With all of the fun, though, there are some things you should know and prepare for before heading to Presque Isle with your dog.

  • Dogs must be leashed at all times on leashes of no more than 6 feet.
  • Dogs are not permitted at guarded beaches in the summer. Dogs can walk and be in the water at unguarded beaches.
  • At guarded beaches, dogs are only allowed along the tree line.
  • Harmful algal blooms can kill your dog. More information is below.
  • Dog owners must properly clean up after their dogs.
  • Ticks are prevalent at Presque Isle.
  • Presque Isle is home to a variety of animals. Caution should be taken at all times.

Harmful algal blooms

The Erie County Department of Health regularly tests water from beaches for swimming safety.

Advisories are issued by the health department to help protect people and their pets from risks of contracting waterborne diseases from contaminated waters, including exposure to toxins found in harmful algal blooms.

The thresholds for dogs are lower than for humans because dogs tend to drink water when they swim.

The advisory map is updated regularly from late May to the end of October.

The Erie County Health Department site details more information about what harmful algal blooms look like and the damage they can do.


There are many locations along the shore for your dog to have fun.

Some popular shoreline spots include:

  • Sunset Point (Kite Beach): Located west of Beach 10
  • Between Sunset Point and Beach 9
  • Between Barracks Beach and Beach 6
  • East of Beach 10 to Gull Point
  • Shoreline near North Pier Lighthouse to Beach 11

Other popular spots for dogs include:

  • Any of the trails throughout the park
  • Picnic areas
  • Perry Monument area

For more information, call the Presque Isle State Park office at 814-833-7424.