The Erie Bayhawks are an expansion team in the NBA Development League and is an affiliate of the New York Knicks. The team plays it's home games at the Louis J. Tullio Arena, just 2 blocks from the Avalon Hotel and Conference Center.
The Bayhawks name is in reference to Presque Isle Bay and the city's wildlife and naval history. The greatly respected birds were used by naval expeditions to send important messages. The teams colors of black, red and gold pay homage to the Erie based Oliver Hazard Perry and to the naval uniforms worn during the American Revolution.
Erie Otters Hockey
The Erie Otters are a junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Their home games are played at the Louis J. Tullio Arena, just 2 blocks from the Avalon Hotel.
The Otters are the only PA based team in the OHL and 1 of only 3 U.S. based teams in the league. A total of 21 players have been selected at the National Hockey League Entry Draft since the franchise relocated to Erie.
Erie Maritime Museum
The Erie Maritime Museum, located in Downtown Erie, offers a wide range of multi-media and interactive exhibits coupled with lively interpretive programs that vividly illustrate the regions' rich maritime heritage. It is also the home of the Brig Niagara, when she is is homeport.
The Erie SeaWolves, a minor league baseball team, is the Double-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers Major League Baseball club. The home games are played at Jerry Uht Park, just 2 blocks from the Avalon, which seats 6,000 fans.
The Erie Playhouse is one of the oldest community theatres in the nation, founded in 1916 by Henry B. Vincent. Interrupted only by World War I and II, the Playhouse has enjoyed many years of successful shows. The Erie Playhouse is home to over 20 productions pf plays, musicals, special events and Youtheatre shows every year. With a staff of 11 full time theatre professionals, a dedicated support group known as "The Wing" and hundres of volunteers, the Erie Playhouse can proudly boast "We are the busiest community theatre in Pennsylvania"
Erie Art Museum
In 1898, a group of artists under the leadership of Lovisa Card-Catlin came together to form the Art Club of Erie. The members organized exhibits of both local and national artists and raised funds to acquire artwork. The Museum recently completed an addition that links the Museum to the Annex and provides guests with extensive new galleries.
Presque Isle Downs and Casino
With 2,000 of your favorite slots, 48 table games, a poker room and live horse races, there's plenty of fun to be had at Presque Isle Downs and Casino. Enjoy a meal at Sensory 3 or experience one of the 4 lounges, Zelda's, The Trackside Bar, The Speakeasy Saloon and The Downs Clubhouse and Lounge.
The Erie Zoo is the perfect place to spend the day or just a few hours. A comfortable walk throughout the Zoo and Botanical Gardens takes about 2 hours. You'll enjoy visiting with nearly 400 hundred animals, as well as the 11 beautiful gardens throughout the park. The kids will love the Carousel and the Train.
Waldameer Park & Water World
Erie is home to the 10th oldest amusement park in the U.S., Waldameer Park & Water World. Since 1896, Waldameer has evolved into an amusement park, water park and picnic complex offering families and groups a full day of fun at affordable prices. Its ever-growing variety of rides, slides, and attractions includes the incredible Ravine Flyer II - ranked 6th best wooden coaster in the world! This beautifully landscaped family park is dedicated to providing a fun-filled atmosphere for the entire family, no matter what age or thrill level. Plus Waldameer features free parking, free family shows and free admission (except on fireworks and holidays when those under 20 not accompanied by a parent must purchase a Ride-A-Rama to enter the park). Waldameer is the perfect place to make lasting memories with your family and friends. So come on out and we’ll put a smile on your face!