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Cool Activities for Hot Summer Days – Water, Water Everywhere!

Tuesday Jun 9th, 2020

While things may not be completely back to normal, we are all eager to get outside and enjoy the warmer temperatures and have some fun this summer!  What better way to celebrate than by getting out on the water?!  Whether it’s Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay, Edinboro Lake or our many streams and creeks; Erie has plenty of watery opportunities to splash around, sail on or simply take in the beautiful views. 

Here are some of our top picks for summertime fun in and on the water.

Presque Isle State Park  - As of June 6, beaches are open for swimming!  Erie’s largest outdoor playground and National Natural Landmark, Presque Isle State Park is waiting for you with its seven miles of sandy surf beaches to stretch out on, fly a kite, swim,

kidsinwaterbuild a sandcastle or just soak in some rays. NOTE: Beaches, pools, and associated parking areas will be limited to 50 percent of normal capacity. Possession of a mask is required and recommended to wear when not in the water. Visitors are asked to follow social distancing mitigation measures. For additional information on protocols while at Presque Isle, please visit their web site.

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Port Erie Sports - For a boat load of fun, choose Port Erie Sports, providing boat, and Jet Ski rentals. The waters of beautiful Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay are waiting for you, with miles of sandy beaches and picturesque sunsets second to none! Whether you are looking to fish, ski, tube, or just enjoy beautiful Lake Erie, Port Erie Sports has the right vessel for you. They carry a selection of runabouts, Jet Ski’s, offshore fishing and bay fishing boats, kayaks, and canoes.  The best part is, if you’ve never driven a boat before, they take the time to acquaint you with your watercraft rental and all safety equipment, ensuring you have a safe and enjoyable experience on the bay and lake.  Port Erie Sports is following all CDC guidelines and safety/cleaning protocols.

Fishing - Fish from shore or stream, bring your boat or hire a charter. Northwest Pennsylvania is one of the country’s greatest angling destinations and Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay and the surrounding creeks, streams, tributaries and ponds are the places to land your big catch!  Cast your line for diverse game fish species including steelhead, trout, muskies, walleye, pan fish, pike, bluegill, smallmouth and largemouth bass, salmon, catfish, perch and crappies. All of our partner charter fishing boats are following CDC guidelines and safety/cleaning protocols.

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Our Top Fishing Charter Picks:

Buckets Fishing Charters

Gypsylyn Fishing Charters

Tight Lines Sports Fishing

XTR Fishing Charters

 

Scallywags Pirate Adventures
It's a pirate life for everyone! Climb aboard for a swashbuckling adventure! Family, happy hour and private cruises available.

Victorian Princess 
Take a leisurely ride along the beautiful waters of Presque Isle Bay on this authentic paddle wheel boat.  Lunch, dinner and sunset cruises available along with special event cruises. Victorian Princess 4

 

 

 

 

 

Edinboro Lake Resort – Located minutes away from downtown Erie in the town of Edinboro PA, Edinboro Lake Resort offers lakefront cabins as well as canoe, kayak and boat rentals.  Newly remodeled, this hidden gem is a perfect getaway nestled along the shores of Edinboro Lake.  Edinboro Lake Resort is following CDC guidelines and safety/cleaning protocols. 

Edinboro Lake Resort

 

Marinas  

Wolverine Park Transient Marina

North East Marina

 

 

 

Consider booking a hotel to complement your Erie Staycation and make a night or two of it! Erie County has plenty of lodging opportunities from first-class hotels to quaint Bed & Breakfasts, family-owned motels, cottages and campgrounds.  For a complete list of lodging options, click here

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