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Explore the Outdoors!

Winner of "Pennsylvania's #1 Attraction for 2017"  and the “#1 Freshwater Beach in the Country 2016” designation by USA Today Reader’s Choice, Erie’s largest outdoor playground, Presque Isle State Park is a National Natural Landmark nestled between the shores of Lake Erie and beautifulPresque Isle Bay.

Welcoming over 4 million visitors each year, enjoy seven miles of sandy surf beaches to stretch out on, fly a kite, build a sandcastle or just soak in some rays. 

Open year-round and free to the public, Presque Isle offers swimming, surfing, hiking, biking, rollerblading, boating, kayaking, surreys, ice-kiting, cross country skiing, canoeing, birding, fishing and world-class sunsets.Recreation equipment rentals are available outside and inside the Park.

Presque Isle State Park is part of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail, an America’s Byway™, a 518-mile scenic driving route that follows the shores of Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario, and the St. Lawrence River in New York and Pennsylvania.

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Aerial view of Presque Isle State Park

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Bicyclists along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail

Fishing Tips

Fishing enthusiasts are presented with a variety of options in the spring. Steelhead is plentiful from late September to early May in Lake Erie tributaries and creeks.  In April, pan fish and bass are found in smaller ponds, while pike and muskies are seen in Presque Isle Bay depending on the ice melt.  April also brings the arrival of trout season plus the appearance of bass and walleye in Lake Erie.  All of the above mentioned fish species are available in May with the exception of Steelhead.  Smallmouth bass travel to Presque Isle Bay in May to spawn and June is heavy with trout, bluegill and inland pike.

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Boat Plug-ins 

Charge your boat battery at any of the following locations (visit our Stay page for contact info):

Bayfront Inn, Clarion Lake Erie Hotel, Comfort Inn Presque Isle, Courtyard Bayfront Marriott, Glass House Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn Express (Peach St.), Quality Inn & Suites Presque Isle, Riviera Motel, Sheraton Erie Bayfront, SpringHill Suites, Steelhead Inn, Sunset Motel, TownePlace Suites, Wingate by Wnydham.

Self Guided Tours - Driving/Walking

Grab your family or friends and set out for a do-it-yourself outdoor adventure! Here are our suggestions for fun outdoor tours:

Download the FREE Hello Erie mobile app and check out two  GPS-based walking tours: Gems of The City, a walking tour of historic (lower) Downtown Erie (Dickson House, Hamot House, Captain John Richard’s House, St. Patrick’s Church and more) and the West Bayfront Walking Tour which includes the Bicentennial Tower, Dobbins Landing, West Canal Basin and more.  FOODIES!  Eat your way through downtown Erie or the charming town of North East on the Erie Food Tours which includes stops and tastings and a bite of history at the area's most popular restaurants.

NEW! Erie Mural Arts Tour

Take a self-guide tour of Erie's Mural Arts! Explore 11 murals located throughout Erie's Little Italy district, East 12th Street Corridor and Center City.  

Download a Mural Arts Tour Map    View the Virtual Map Online

Greater Erie Regional Trail Network

Do you like to hike in the woods, walk in a city park, and take a stroll on the waterfront? Erie County has a vast array of park and recreational opportunities to explore.  To find trail locations, go to www.erietrails.org to view trail route maps, photos of venues and terrain, plus upcoming activities and events.


Lake Erie Wine Country

Pennsylvania's moderate climate and rolling terrain provide some of the best grape growing conditions on the East Coast. Experience the 22 distinct wineries that make up Lake Erie Wine Country which span PA and NY along the southern shores of Lake Erie.  With approximately 14,000 acres of grapes, Pennsylvania ranks 4th nationally in the amount of grapes grown and 8th in wine production. The warm waters of Lake Erie are ideal for grape growing.  

Learn more at LakeErieWineCountry.org

 

Lake Erie Ale Trail

Pennsylvania’s only Great Lakes City is also known for its port and its porters!  The Erie region is home to a variety of breweries that make up the Lake Erie Ale Trail.  Each brewery refines their beer from simple ingredients, mixing in a passion for their craft with a personable twist that gives uniqueness to an ever-expanding assortment of flavors, styles and funky names.

Learn more at LakeErieAleTrail.com

 

Let’s Move Outside!

The Let’s Move Outside! Erie County Recreational Passport is a collaborative program of Erie Yesterday, Erie County Department of Health and VisitErie. It’s an innovative program promoting healthy living and physical activity through the use of public art, local history and outdoor recreation. Download a PDF of the new, pocket-sized Let’s Move Outside! Erie County Recreational Passport

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Don’t Give Up the Drip

Don’t Give Up the Drip Community Rain Barrel Art Project is simultaneously showcasing Erie’s local art talent while educating the community about the benefits of harvesting rainwater.  Take a cool “green” tour throughout Erie County of of 52 locally designed and created rain barrels commissioned by the Erie County Conservation District and Environment Erie. Perfect for those interested in environmental/nature sites. 

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Washington's Trail

This trail is a driving route through western Pennsylvania. Traversing modern highways, the route commemorates young George Washington's first military and diplomatic venture in the Fall and Winter 1753 - 1754. Today, the route follows major roads. However, in some areas there are alternate historic or scenic routes suggested which may more closely align with Washington's travel in the Fall of 1753, and these are likely to be back roads.

Download the Washington's Trail brochure

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Asbury Woods Nature Center

814-835-5356
4105 Asbury Road
Pet friendly (outside trails only)
Erie, PA 16506

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Buckets Fishing Charters

724-321-6729
5 State Street
Erie, PA 16507

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Camp Sherwin/YMCA

814-774-9416
8600 West Lake Road
Lake City, PA 16423

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Double D.A.B. Riding Stables

716-736-4418
5811 Welch Hill Road
Ripley, NY 14775

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Erie Bluffs State Park

814-833-7424
11100 West Lake Road
Lake City, PA 16423

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Erie Extreme Inc.

814-602-9286

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Erie Zoo & Botanical Gardens

814-864-4091
423 West 38th Street
Erie, PA 16508

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FishUSA

800-922-1219
6960 West Ridge Road
Fairview, PA 16415

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Greater Erie Regional Trail Network

814-454-1770
150 East Front Street, Ste 300
Erie, PA 16507

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Lake Effect Sailing

814-434-0600
West Canal Basin near foot of State Street
Erie, PA 16507

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Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park (LEAF)

814-453-5323
1501 West 6th Street
Erie, PA 16505

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Lake Erie Outfitters

814-860-1144
421 Peninsula Drive
Erie, PA 16505

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Lakeshore Towing Services Inc & Wolverine Park Transient Marina

814-453-6387
34 State Street
Erie, PA 16507

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Meadville KOA Campground

814-789-3251
25164 State Highway 27
Meadville, PA 16335

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Mound Grove Golf Course

814-796-2767
10760 Donation Road
Waterford, PA 16441

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Mount Pleasant of Edinboro- Skiing, Tubing, Walking & Biking Trails

814-734-1641
14510 Mt. Pleasant Road
Cambridge Springs, PA 16403

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North East Marina

814-725-8244
11950 Lake Road
North East, PA 16428

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Panama Rocks Scenic Park

716-782-2845
11 Rock Hill Road
Panama, NY 14767

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Peek 'n Peak Ski Resort

716-355-4141
1405 Olde Road
Clymer, NY 14724

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1-87-PA-ROUTE6 (877-276-8836)

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Port Erie Sports

814-452-2628
402 West Bayfront Parkway
Erie, PA 16507

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Presque Isle Boat Tours - The Lady Kate

814-836-0201
Perry Monument at Presque Isle
Erie, PA 16501

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Presque Isle Boat Tours - Water Taxi

814-455-0055
3 pick up locations along Presque Isle Bay
Erie, PA 16507

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Presque Isle Lighthouse

814-833-3604
Presque Isle State Park, east of Beach 6
Erie, PA 16505

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Presque Isle Partnership

814-838-5138
301 Peninsula Drive Suite 2
Erie, PA 16505

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Presque Isle State Park

814-833-7424
Foot of Peninsula Drive
Erie, PA 16505

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Scallywags Pirate Adventures

814-453-2627
2 State Street
Erie, PA 16507

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Tight Lines Sport Fishing LLC

724-880-1283
Captain John E. Lampe Marina, Foot of Port Access Road
Erie, PA 16507

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Victorian Princess Cruises

814-459-9696
Foot of State Street/Dobbins Landing
Erie, PA 16507

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Waldameer Park & Water World

877-817-1009
220 Peninsula Drive
Erie, PA 16505

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Woody's Backwater Barge & Grill

110 East Dobbins Landing
Erie, PA 16507

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Buckets Fishing Charters

724-321-6729
5 State Street
Erie, PA 16507

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GypsyLyn Fishing Charters

724-316-2529
35 State Street
Erie , PA 16507

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Tight Lines Sport Fishing LLC

724-880-1283
Captain John E. Lampe Marina, Foot of Port Access Road
Erie, PA 16507

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XTR Fishing Charters

724-679-4510

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Erie Golf Club

814-866-0641
6050 Old Zuck Road
Erie, PA 16506

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Harbor Ridge Golf Course

814-898-4653
3730 Harbor Ridge Trail
Erie, PA 16510

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Harbor View Miniature Golf

814-874-3536
36 State Street
Erie, PA 16507

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Lake View Country Club

814-725-9644
Private club. Limited availability
North East, PA 16428

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Mound Grove Golf Course

814-796-2767
10760 Donation Road
Waterford, PA 16441

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Peek 'n Peak Ski Resort

716-355-4141
1405 Olde Road
Clymer, NY 14724

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Whispering Woods Golf Club

814-838-9942
7214 Grubb Road
Erie, PA 16506

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North East Marina

814-725-8244
11950 Lake Road
North East, PA 16428

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Wolverine Park Marina

814-874-0698
34 State St.
Erie, PA 16507

Partner Spotlight

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Fall is the perfect time to visit wine country!

Enjoy a scenic ride to North East and stop in Mazza Vineyards and the historic South Shore Wine Company to sip and savor the local flavor.

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Millcreek Mall

A destination for shopping, dining and entertainment.
Experience it all!

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TSA PRECHECK ENROLLMENT

The Erie Regional Airport Authority will host a TSA Precheck Enrollment Event in the terminal of the Erie International Airport November 4th – November 8th from 9 am to Noon AND 1 pm to 5 pm. Appointments are suggested, but walk-ins are welcome.

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The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern

Join us today! The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern is sure to give you an unforgettable and care-free dining experience. Enjoy a nautical atmosphere with a beautiful view of Presque Isle Bay.

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Port of Erie!

Located on the southeast shore of Lake Erie, the Port of Erie has been promoting industrial, commercial, and recreational opportunities on the waters of Lake Erie since 1959.

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Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership

The Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership, providing advocacy and access to people, information and education. Learn how you can get involved!

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The Cork 1794

The Cork 1794 is the perfect spot for a date night or special occasion!

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U Pick 6 Craft Beer Pubs & Restaurants

Erie’s own local craft beer pubs are a must-visit! With 4 great locations, just pick one that’s convenient for you! A casual, family friendly dining experience with something for everyone! To view our menu, check out what’s on tap, or get to directions to our pubs, learn more now!”

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