Things to do in the Summer

Summer in the PA Great Lakes Region is an invitation to bask in the sunshine and embrace the outdoor life.

Erie, Crawford, Mercer, and Venango counties come alive with sparkling waters ideal for boating, fishing, and kayaking, while trails and parks offer scenic routes for hiking and biking. The season is rich with community festivals that celebrate local culture, music, and food under the clear, blue skies. It’s a time for lively adventures by day and relaxing under starlit skies by night, making every moment in the Great Lakes area a cherished summer memory.

A large crowd gathers around a bonfire on the beach. Discover Presque Isle - Erie County
Allegheny River - Venango County
Lake View Country Club - Erie County

Outdoor Activities

Summer transforms the outdoors into an expansive playground

With the sunlit days and warm evenings perfect for water sports on the lakes, leisurely hikes through lush trails, and family-friendly picnics in the numerous parks. The region’s abundant natural beauty provides the ultimate backdrop for adventure, from kayaking and fishing to cycling and camping under the stars.

U.S. Brig Niagara - Erie County
Party At The Pines - Crawford County
Boating on Lake Erie - Erie County

Arts & Culture

Summer brings the arts and culture scene to life

With outdoor concerts, art festivals, and live theater performances under the stars. The warm months provide a perfect setting for exploring the region’s rich heritage through historic sites, museums, and cultural events that celebrate local traditions and talents.


Summer shopping offers a delightful experience

With vibrant farmers’ markets, outdoor flea markets, and bustling street fairs showcasing local produce, crafts, and unique finds. The season’s warmth encourages leisurely exploration of quaint downtown boutiques and specialty shops, where you can find everything from artisanal goods to summer fashion.

Second Saturday Community Market - Crawford County

Family Fun

The Summer months are a treasure trove of family fun

With endless days spent at water parks, zoos, and interactive museums tailored for young explorers. The region’s parks and natural reserves offer a backdrop for memorable outdoor adventures, from picnics and nature trails to beach outings and boat rides.

Missy's Arcade Restaurant - Venango County
Hanks Frozen Custard - Crawford County
Waldameer Park & Water World - Erie County

Food & Beverage

The season’s relaxed vibe is perfect for indulging in the favors of summer

From backyard barbecues to gourmet meals on waterfront patios, and ice cream treats under the sun or stars, making every meal an occasion to remember.


Summer transforms the PA Great Lakes Region into a golfer’s paradise, with lush, meticulously maintained courses

Offering breathtaking views and challenging play for all skill levels. The long, sunny days provide ample time for a leisurely 18 holes, followed by relaxing clubhouse amenities and picturesque sunsets.

Cross Creek Resort - Crawford County
Webb Winery - Mercer County

Wines, Brews, and Spirits

Summer is a vibrant time for exploring the local wines, brews, and spirits scene

Vineyards, breweries, and distilleries host tours, tastings, live music and other events. The warm weather and scenic views create the perfect ambiance for sipping on a variety of handcrafted beverages, from refreshing white wines and fruity ciders to artisanal beers and spirits.