Things to do in the spring

Spring in the PA Great Lakes Region is a season of awakening, where the thawing lakes and blooming landscapes invite you to experience the rebirth of nature.

As the region bursts into life, offering a perfect blend of natural beauty and community warmth, leisurely walks along the vibrant shores of Lake Erie and the festive spirit of local events beckon. Erie, Crawford, Mercer, and Venango counties become a canvas of vibrant life and activities, with the season bringing a refreshing change marked by warmer breezes, sparkling waters, and trails adorned with the first blooms. It’s an invitation to step outside, soak in the scenic beauty, and partake in the array of events that celebrate the region’s rich heritage and natural splendor.

Cobblehaus At The Falls Taproom - Mercer County
Conneaut Lake - Crawford County
Titusville Roughneck Gravel Roubaix - Venango County

Outdoor Activities

Dive into the blossoming beauty of spring as you explore the delights of the PA Great Lakes Region

Spring brings a resurgence of outdoor activities amidst its blooming landscapes and warming weather. Hiking trails, biking paths, and waterways come alive, offering endless opportunities for exploration and adventure. 

A family is posing for a picture in a park. Drake's Well - Venango County
Oil Creek State Park - Venango County
Lake Erie Fishing Charter - Erie County

Arts & Culture

Spring ushers in a vibrant arts and culture scene, with festivals, galleries, and theaters showcasing local talent and heritage. The season inspires a calendar filled with live music, art exhibitions, and cultural events that reflect the region’s diverse community.

Family Fun

Spring offers a bouquet of family-friendly activities

From playful days at parks and zoos to interactive museum visits. The mild weather is perfect for picnics, nature walks, and exploring the region’s scenic beauty through family-oriented events and attractions. 

Erie Zoo - Erie County

Wines, Brews, & Spirits

Springtime brings a refreshing twist to the local brews and spirits scene

With craft breweries and distilleries unveiling seasonal offerings that capture the essence of the season. Tasting rooms and outdoor patios become lively gathering spots, where everyone can enjoy the unique flavors of the region under the blossoming canopy.

Fat Eddy's BBQ - Mercer County
Sara's Restaurant - Erie County
Conneaut Cellars - Crawford County

Food & Beverage

Spring ushers in a vibrant array of food and beverage experiences in the PA Great Lakes Region

Where local chefs showcase dishes made from fresh, seasonal ingredients. The awakening landscape complements al fresco dining and food festivals, inviting you to indulge in the flavors that define the region’s culinary identity. 


The season’s mild weather encourages leisurely strolls through charming downtown areas

Where you can discover unique finds, from handcrafted jewelry to artisanal home decor. It’s an ideal time for treasure hunters and fashion enthusiasts to explore the vibrant retail landscape, punctuated by seasonal sales and outdoor vendor events.

Wendell August Forge - Mercer County