Saturday, April 23, 2011

Out of Town: Downtown Erie

The second day of our trip, we awoke to me being a little under the weather, and pouring rain.  Those two things foiled our plans to go to the zoo, so instead we headed into downtown Erie to check out some of the sites.

The first place we went was the Erie Maritime Museum, where the Flagship Niagara is located.  The museum is dedicated to the history of the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812, and moving on to present day.  However,  most of it is dedicated to the War of 1812.


The coolest part of the whole darn thing was that we got to board the Niagara and take a look around.  The weather was not too cooperative, but it was still amazing!


After this, we decided to find the land lighthouse, the 3rd of the lighthouses located in Erie.  It was still raining pretty good, so we did not linger too much, but this would be a great place to visit in a prettier day.


After this we headed to State Street.  The first place we headed was Ye Olde Sweet Shoppe.  Everything here looked delicious, so we got some cookies and of course treats for the dogs.  The cookies were amazing, and judging by the dogs happiness, so were the treats.  

We then decided to take in some more history at The Museum of Erie County History.  This was a really neat little museum, run my the Historical Society.  There was more nautical history, as well as some other unusual sites.  We particularly like the room dedicated to the history of the telephone.

Next, we headed to the Erie Art Museum.  The Spring Show was going on, so we got to see some really amazing stuff.
Plus, they have a gallery where all the art is made by kids.  One piece was interactive, in that we got to stick a scale on the dragon.  I loved it!



After the museum, we grabbed some lunch, and headed back to the room to spend some quality time with the doggies.  We packed a lot of activity into one morning in downtown Erie!