Five Ways to Spend a Spring Day on Erie’s Waterfront April 8, 2022 by Visit Erie Now that warmer temperatures are on the way, are you ready to “spring” out of the house and find some fun things to do? Here are our top suggestions on how you can enjoy Erie’s beautiful waterfront this spring! Experience New Heights at the Bicentennial Tower One of our area’s most recognizable landmarks, the Bicentennial Tower, is open year-round and offers birds-eye views of Downtown Erie, Presque Isle State Park, Lake Erie and on a clear day, Canada! You can access the 138-foot top level observation deck via stairs or elevator. From the top deck you can also get a unique perspective of the abstract mural entitled “Flotsam”. It is painted on the entire second-level observation deck and was created by internationally-known artist SatOne. Dig for Hidden Treasure at Presque Isle Bring a bag for beach glass hunting on the sandy beaches of Presque Isle State Park! Our friends at Relish Inc. tell us that the best beach glass can be found at Beach 1, located near the entrance to the Park. These sparkly, colorful gems are great for making crafts and gifts such as jewelry or picture frames. For tips of the trade, seminars and of course, tons of beach glass products, make plans to come back in October for The Great Lakes Beach Glass & Coastal Arts Festival. Order Lunch with a View One of Erie’s dining hot spots is the Bayfront Grille’s outdoor patio at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel. The Bayfront Grille is the top-rated Sheraton restaurant in the world, features American fare with flair! Enjoy your lunch amid the relaxing waters of Presque Isle Bay set in a casual atmosphere. We recommend their signature house salad or the chicken salad croissant with a side of truffle fries. Discover Erie’s Maritime Heritage at the Erie Maritime Museum Learn Erie’s role during the War of 1812 and the Battle of Lake Erie and how it helped shape the history of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The museum’s central exhibit is the U.S. Brig Niagara. It is home –ported just outside the maritime museum and serves as a floating exhibit and sail training vessel. During the summer, you can board this majestic Tall Ship for a day or sunset sail. Cruise Presque Isle Bay aboard the Victorian Princess Sailing the waters of Presque Isle Bay since 1998, this three-level Victorian-style paddlewheel boat is the Grand Dame of Erie boat tours. Sunset, sightseeing, dining and party cruises are available May to October. It’s the perfect way to enjoy life’s special events with friends and family.