GREAT Adventures: Ride our historic rails and experience history first-hand on the deck of a tall ship or at the first successful oil well ever drilled. Come spend some time with us, explore our region and experience all the adventures awaiting you. Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Region is within a short drive from southern Ontario, Canada, located on the on the borders of New York, Ohio and Lake Erie to the north. We welcome you to come and visit our wonderful and GREAT region which includes Crawford, Erie, Mercer and Venango counties.

GREAT Vacations: From Presque Isle State Park’s 7 miles of beaches, light houses, wineries, Presque Downs & Casino and 84 degree year round Splash Lagoon in Erie County to Crawford County’s Pymatuning State Park where “the ducks walk on the fishes’ backs”, 119 year old Conneaut Lake Park with nostalgic rides and the sixth oldest wooden roller coaster, lakefront night life, hotel and beach, and dinner theatre at the historic Riverside Inn with beautiful gardens, the Great Lakes Region has something GREAT for the entire family! Shop to your heart’s content at Mercer County’s Premium Outlets in Grove City, Reyer’s the world’s largest shoe store, Wendell August Forge, and stay at Tara A Country Inn which was inspired by the movie Gone With the Wind. Explore Venango County’s Oil Heritage Region, the birth place of the oil industry where Colonel Drake successfully drilled the first oil well, take a historic trail ride “through the valley that changed the world”, and stop in DeBence Antique Music World, the largest museum of antique mechanical instruments in the world.

GREAT  Outdoors: There may be no place where the outdoors is more inviting, with abundant places to golf, hunt, fish, hike, camp, and enjoy our four-season climate and natural beauty. From luxury camping to primitive enjoy a campfire along a lake and relax in quiet surroundings.

GREAT Shopping & Entertainment: The region’s largest shopping outlets can be found here along with boutiques, specialty and antique shops. Great bargains! Without a doubt, especially since there is no sales tax on clothing and shoes. The Pennsylvania Great Lakes Region’s colorful array of performing and visual arts, festivals, museums and events are exciting and memorable.

The Great Lakes Region offers everything from grand cities, charismatic towns, unique shops and historical houses to tempting treats and homemade eats. If your travels haven’t brought you to this GREAT region in the northwestern corner of Pennsylvania, then assemble the troops and head out for one GREAT journey. By traveling along the highways and roads that lead into the Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Region, you’ll discover places full of diversity and rich in culture. You may even encounter a few surprises along the way! Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Region is filled to the brim with new places to explore from our extensive maritime history and oil heritage to our lush sprawling forests and beautiful waterfronts. Come discover us and find what is so GREAT about Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Region.

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