208 East Bayfront Parkway
Erie, PA 16507
Learn about all the greatest additions, attractions, exhibits hitting our shores in 2018!
USA Today’s Reader’s Choice “Top Pennsylvania Attraction” for 2017 and “#1 Freshwater Beach in the Country 2016”, a National Natural Landmark and Pennsylvania’s most visited state park. Sandy beaches, endless outdoor recreation. Presque Isle (French for “almost an island”) welcomes over 4 million visitors annually.
Come discover Presque Isle’s distinctive blend of natural beauty plus year-round recreation: swimming, boating, biking, surfing, birding and fishing. Explore on foot, wheels, surreys, skis, pontoons or kayaks.
Erie provides entertainment found in a larger city with the affordable, easily accessible and convenience of a smaller town. Erie’s extraordinary arts and cultural community provide residents and tourists alike with experiences that deepen the roots of our region, enliven neighborhoods, fuel creativity, and learning and bridge cultural divides.
Our community proudly tells the story of our heritage. It paints a picture of who we are today and our aspirations for an even more vibrant future.
Traditional, non-traditional, casual, fancy, family-friendly, waterfront views, ethnic, diners and grab-n-go…a treasure trove of tastes.
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: www.LakeErieWineCountry.org.
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.
Erie County was formed in the 1800’s after Pennsylvania purchased the Erie Triangle from the U.S. Government in 1792 for approximately $151,000. Taken from part of Allegheny County, the new county was then named for Lake Erie and the Eriez Native American Indian tribe, which was destroyed by a combination of pestilence and the Seneca nation under Chief Cornplanter in the mid-seventeenth century.
The first European settlers in the area were the French, who built Fort Presque Isle on the city's site in 1753. The French abandoned the fort to the English, who lost it in 1763 at the start of Pontiac's Rebellion. When General "Mad" Anthony Wayne induced the native tribes to make peace in 1794, the area was opened to settlement.
The city was laid out in 1795 and became a port in 1801. In 1813, in what is often referred to as Erie's proudest historical moment, Commodore Oliver Perry defeated the British in the Battle of Lake Erie. Most of Commodore Perry's ships were built in Erie.
Grab your family or friends and set out for a do-it-yourself outdoor adventure! Here are our suggestions for fun outdoor tours:
Chances are, you are planning your trip to Erie. Why not download your free guide that's been put together right here, by those who know the region the best!