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Frequently Asked Questions 


How can I request an Erie Visitor Guide?

You can request our free guide by clicking here or by phoning our offices at 814-454-1000.  You can also email us your mailing address.

How can I get a map of Erie?

Maps can be found on our Getting Here page.  We have maps of: Presque Isle State Park, Downtown Erie, City of Erie and Erie County.

Does Erie have any hotels on the water?

Of course!
Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel
Courtyard Erie Bayfront Hotel
Lakeview on the Lake
Hampton Inn & Suites Bayfront 

What beaches are pet-friendly in Erie?

Presque Isle State Park is Erie’s top attraction for beaches and outdoor recreation, and a great place to let your leashed pup splash around! Click here for a complete list of things to do with your pet in Erie. 

What is the phone number for Presque Isle State Park?

Their main office line is 814-833-7424. To learn more about the Park, click here

What are Presque Isle State Park’s hours of operation?

The park is open daily, year-round unless weather conditions are not favorable, from 5:00 a.m. to sunset.
Day use areas (restrooms) close at dusk.

What are the water temperatures for Lake Erie/Presque Isle beaches?

You can find up-to-date water temperatures here

What is the phone number for the Bayfront Convention Center?


Where is the Erie Visitor Center located?

The Erie Visitor Center is located inside the Tom Ridge Environmental Center at 301 Peninsula Drive.  The visitor center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  You can also get visitor information at the VisitErie office - 208 East Bayfront Parkway, 1st floor, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Where is the nearest airport?

Erie International Airport/Tom Ridge Field is located at 4411 West 12th Street.  The airport features daily flights to and from Chicago, IL (United Airlines) and Charlotte, NC (American Airlines).  

Are there any vacation rentals near the beach/water?

There are no rentals directly on Presque Isle State Park. For a list of cabins, cottages and campgrounds, click here.

How can I get brochures for Lake Erie Wine Country or Lake Erie Ale Trail?

You can email us your request or phone our office at 814-454-1000.  

Are there wine tours available?

Yes!  Wine tour information can be found here.

Are there tours of the City available or other tours of interest?

You can find a list of Self-Guided Tours here or you view them by downloading our ‘Hello Erie’ trip planner app.  The area also offers Erie Food Tours and various sightseeing boat tours during the summer months.  

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When you have an opportunity to fly, give Erie a try - support your hometown airport!

Direct daily flights to Charlotte. Erie International Airport is serviced by American Airlines with daily flights to Charlotte with connections to many other destinations.

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The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern

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U Pick 6 Craft Beer Pubs & Restaurants

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Erie Events

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