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Presque Isle State Park is celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2021!  A new educational exhibit showcasing the history of the park will be on display from May 17, 2021 through August 23, 2021 at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center. For more information click here.

Experience AWEsome - Our 7 Fave Activities at  Presque Isle

Erie’s largest outdoor playground, Presque Isle State Park is a National Natural Landmark nestled between the shores of Lake Erie and beautiful Presque 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 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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Top Outdoor Experiences!

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 to access these GPS-based tours:

  • African American History Tour (with audio narration!) celebrating Erie County Black History through numerous historical markers, points of interest, public art and businesses. 
  • 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)
  • West Bayfront Walking Tour which includes the Bicentennial Tower, Dobbins Landing, West Canal Basin and more. 
  • For a list of other tours, please visit our DIY Tours page.  

Downtown Erie Sculpture Walk

Erie Arts & Culture assisted the Erie Downtown Development CorporatioSculpture Walk Big Skyn to plan and implement  the first-ever Downtown Erie Sculpture Walk, a year-round outdoor exhibition of art. This privately funded initiative was curated by a panel of local leaders, art enthusiasts, and Downtown stakeholders. The Downtown Erie Sculpture Walk features 15 sculptures in Downtown Erie and the Bayfront, representing the work of 13 different artists from throughout the United States. The inaugural set of sculptures are on display through August 2023. As you participate in the Downtown Erie Sculpture Walk, we encourage you to think critically about public art. We've created a handy guide to assist you in the process. The questions we encourage you to reflect on are intended to assist you in moving beyond immediate responses such as "I like/don't like it" and "I don't get it." For a list and map of current sculptures, click here.  (pictured is "Big Sky" by Nathan Pierce)

Lighthouse Tours

The Erie Land Lighthouse opened to the public this summer for the first time in the historic site’s history on May 22, 2021.  TheLagoons Lighthouse August 05 2019 050 XL lighthouse, located at the foot of Lighthouse Street on the east side of Erie, has previously only been available to tour during special events.  The Presque Isle Light station, who also operates the Presque Isle Lighthouse on the state park, is open for tours every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, and on every first Tuesday of each month will offer tours free of cost. Visitors will be able to climb the tower, get panoramic views of Lake Erie, Presque Isle, and the North Pier Lighthouse, and learn about the history and function of the lighthouse. The Presque Isle Lighthouse, located on Presque Isle State Park, reopened for the 2021 season on May 27th. That lighthouse will be open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. More information on tours and programs can be found at  www.presqueislelighthouse.org. Both lighthouses have implemented new health protocols to ensure the safety of staff and guests. To view another Erie "light", just walk out along the north pier at Presque Isle (just past the entrance to the Coast Guard Station) and view the North Pier Light.

Erie County Mural Arts Tour!

Take a self-guided tour of Erie's Mural Arts! Explore over 80 murals located throughout Erie County. Explore by yourself or with family and friends.  Make it an adventure in the pursuit of great art! Be inspired by the creativity of our local muralists and residents.  Most of the murals are located outside, however, there are a few located inside buildings (specifics can be found in the mural descriptions).  The majority of murals are not artificially lit, therefore we recommend viewing them during daylight hours.

Download the Erie County Mural List

Download the Erie County Mural Google Map

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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. Check out the newest trail at Wintergreen Gorge.  1.2 miles of gorgeous scenery including four-mile creek and the gorge overlook.  (pictured: Wintergreen Gorge Trail)Wintergreen Gorge Photos 050

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

Underground Railroad Biking Route

Adventure Cycling Association’s Underground Railroad Bicycle Route, which memorializes the network of clandestine routes by which African freedom seekers attempted to escape slavery before and during the Civil War, is a 1,997-mile bicycle route from Mobile, Alabama to Owen Sound, Ontario that passes through the City of Erie and along the shoreline of Erie County. To view the various routes click here

FISHING!

NEW! Lake Erie was ranked #3 out of the Top 100 Best Bass Lakes of the Decade by Bassmaster Magazine.  View the slideshow here.  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, Ramada by Wyndham Bel-Aire Hotel, The Presque Isle Hotel, 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 Wyndham.

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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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Camp Sherwin/YMCA

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

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Diver's World of Erie, Inc.

814-459-3195
1111 Greengarden Road
Erie, PA 16501

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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 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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Hulings Blueberries and Farm Market

814-450-6107
5095 Old State Road
Edinboro, PA 16412

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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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Lettie G. Howard

814-449-9012
150 East Front Street - Erie Maritime Museum
Erie, PA 16507

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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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Peek 'n Peak Ski Resort

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

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Pennsylvania Scenic Route 6

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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Port Farms

814-796-4500
2055 Stone Quarry Road
Waterford, PA 16441

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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 Lighthouse

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

814-860-1385
110 East Dobbins Landing
Erie, PA 16507
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Your Sailing Adventure

Wolverine Park Marina
34 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
Ft. of, Port Access Rd
Erie, PA 16507

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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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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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Land Lighthouse

1200 Lighthouse Street
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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The North Pier Light

814-833-7424
Presque Isle State Park
Erie, PA 16505

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Dobbins Landing

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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U Pick 6 Craft Beer Pubs & Restaurants

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Outdoor Dining at the Bayfront Grille

The Bayfront Grille Restaurant at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel is excited to announce that our Bayside Patio is open for Lunch and Dinner. Please check Open Table for reservations or contact the restaurant directly at 814-454-2005.

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Creation Station

The Creation Station is an unique arts and crafts studio where kids can create and have fun!
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The Cork 1794

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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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Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership

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Port Farms Fall Harvest

Experience Fall Harvest at Port Farms September 18th - October 31st. With a variety of activities, the farm is sure to please guests of all ages. Located in Erie County, PA, the farm offers many activities including a Jumpkin Patch, Slide Mountain, Tiny Town, Pedal Carts, 8-acre Corn Maze, Pumpkin Picking, and MUCH more. Create lasting memories today! www.portfarms.com

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Millcreek Mall

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New Direct Daily Flights to Washington, DC

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Mazza Vineyards and the South Shore Wine Company

The Mazza family welcomes you to Lake Erie Wine Country. Sip and savor award-winning wines at Mazza Vineyards and the historic South Shore Wine Company both located in North East, PA.

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