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Waterfront in Erie

Erie is Pennsylvania’s only port on the Great Lakes: it’s only natural that one of Erie’s best features is its waterfront. Whether you choose to indulge in activities on the water or embrace the charm of its shores, an array of opportunities awaits against the stunning backdrop of Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie.

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Bayfront District Attractions

Set between Downtown Erie and Presque Isle Bay, Erie’s Bayfront District presents an ideal setting for memorable family outings or exciting nights out with friends. Discover the Erie Maritime Museum, where you can tour and sail aboard two historic vessels, the U.S. Brig Niagara and the Schooner Lettie G. Howard, and explore three floors of nautical exhibits that tell the story of Erie’s pivotal role in the War of 1812 and The Battle of Lake Erie. Get a bird’s –eye view from atop the 138-foot Bicentennial Tower on Dobbins Landing, or take a stroll along the Bayfront Promenade. During the spring and summer months, live music and spirited conversations fill the air at Rum RunnersJR’s on the Bay/Sloppy Duck Saloon, and Oliver’s Beer Garden.  As the weather cools and autumn and winter set in, the festivities move indoors to local restaurants such as Oliver’s Restaurant and Rooftop Bar, Two45 Waterfront Grille, and Bay House Oyster Bar and Restaurant.

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Bicentennial Tower

Located at the foot of State Street, the iconic Bicentennial Tower stands proudly as a symbol of Erie’s rich heritage. Built in 1996 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Erie’s founding, this magnificent landmark is a must-visit during your time in Erie. Prepare to be captivated by breathtaking views of Presque Isle Bay, Lake Erie, Presque Isle State Park, the City of Erie, and the surrounding landscapes from atop its 138-foot observation platform. On exceptionally clear days, it’s possible to see Long Point in Ontario, Canada, 27 miles away! Admission is free to explore the lower-level observation platform, concession stand, and gift shop, however, there is a small fee to access the top. On the first Tuesday of each month from April to October, admission is free (weather permitting and excluding holidays). Tickets are available for purchase at the gift shop located at the base of the tower.

Hours: 
May: open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Memorial Day to Labor Day: open daily 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

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Waterfront Dining

You just can’t top dinner with a view in Erie! Erie's waterfront restaurants offer dining by rooftop or right along the water’s edge.  Set the scene for a romantic date night with dinner at Oliver’s Restaurant and Rooftop Bar or Pier 6 Rooftop Bar & Restaurant or enjoy a meal under the lush flowering canopy at Smugglers Wharf. Hidden Harbor offers some of the area’s best waterfront dining at its locations: The CoveWoody’s Backwater BARge & GrillOliver's Beer Garden, and Rum Runners. Relax with a craft beverage and spend a leisurely meal watching the boats sail by.  The Bay House Oyster Bar and Restaurant features a unique wood-fired Argentine grill and floor-to-ceiling windows for expansive views of Presque Isle Bay. Dine on one of two inviting decks at Jr's on the Bay, The Sloppy Duck Saloon, and dance the night away on their spacious outdoor patio. Enjoy spectacular views year-round at world-class waterfront restaurants such as Two45 Waterfront Grille (inside the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel), or The Shoreline Bar and Grill (inside the Courtyard by Marriott Erie Bayfront Hotel).

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Presque Isle State Park

Presque Isle State Park is Pennsylvania’s only “seashore” and a designated National Natural Landmark. French for “almost an island”, Presque Isle is a 3,200-acre peninsula curving gently into Lake Erie with seven miles of beaches, picnic areas, two lighthouses, and a multitude of outdoor recreational opportunities. Presque Isle boasts distinctive qualities that set it apart from other beach destinations, and its eleven beaches each possess unique attributes that make them truly special. Beach 11 is popular for families with younger children due to its shallow, calm waters, playground area, and concession stand. It’s also one of the largest beaches at the park, giving visitors lots of room to spread out and enjoy the sun and sand. Beach 8 (Pettinato Beach) features a ramp that provides ADA access to the water’s edge and Beach 7 (Waterworks Beach) is home to a catch-and-release fishing pond. Experience the peace and tranquility of the park’s lagoon systems via kayak, canoe, or paddleboard to get up close to a variety of plant life, turtles, beavers, and waterfowl. Presque Isle Boat Rental located at the lagoon boat launch provides all the equipment you need plus eco-friendly guided tour options. Presque Isle State Park’s swimming season runs daily, Memorial Day through Labor Day, from Noon until 7:15 p.m.

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On the Water

Sail along the calming waters of Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie from the deck of a historic vessel, a three-level paddlewheel boat, and even a pirate ship! Sightseeing boat tours are available from May through October aboard the Lady Kate for 90-minute, narrated tours or delight in dinner, brunch, themed party, or sunset cruises aboard the Victorian Princess. Embark on a swashbuckling pirate voyage aboard Scallywags Pirate Adventures where everyone is an official member of the crew. Private and public day and evening sails are available May through September aboard the impressive Sotto Voce sailboat at Your Sailing Adventure.

Rent your own watercraft to enjoy the waters of Lake Erie at your own pace. Small and large watercraft including jet skis, pontoon boats with tubing options, motor boats, canoes, paddleboards, kayaks, and more are available throughout the summer at Port Erie Sports, Presque Isle Boat Rental, and Hidden Harbor Boat Rentals. Surfing equipment, rentals, and even lessons are available throughout the summer from The Isle Surf & Skate. Put your fishing skills to the test for fresh perch and walleye on a Lake Erie fishing charter. GypsyLyn Fishing Charters and Tight Lines Sport Fishing both offer individual and group excursions throughout summer and early fall.

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Bicentennial Tower

814-455-6055
1 State Street
Erie, PA 16507

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Edinboro Lake Resort & Sunset Grill

814-434-3307
12670 Edinboro Road
Edinboro, PA 16412
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Erie Maritime Museum/U.S. Brig Niagara

814-452-2744
150 East Front Street
Erie, PA 16507

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GypsyLyn Fishing Charters

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

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Hidden Harbor Water Rentals

814-602-5846
12 East Dobbins Landing
next to Woody's Backwater BARge & Grill
Erie, PA 16507

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Land Lighthouse

1200 Lighthouse Street
Erie, PA 16507

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Lettie G. Howard

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

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Oliver's Bayfront Mini Golf

814-920-9666
130 E Front Street
Erie , PA 16507

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Port Erie Sports

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

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Presque Isle Boat Rental

814-838-3938
Presque Isle State Park
Presque Isle Canoe & Boat Livery
Erie, PA 16505

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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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Presque Isle Yellow Bike Rental

814-835-8900
Waterworks Beach area
Presque Isle State Park
Erie, PA 16505

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Scallywags Pirate Adventures

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

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The North Pier Light

814-833-7424
E Fisher Drive
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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Your Sailing Adventure

Wolverine Park Marina
34 State Street
Erie, PA 16507

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Dobbins Landing

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U Pick 6 Craft Beer Pubs & Restaurants

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Your “Home Away from Home” short term rental sleeps 8 and is in a great location close to Erie Sports Center, Splash Lagoon, shopping and restaurants, as well as Steelhead Fishing. This restored 1881 Farmhouse is located on 10 private acres. Reminisce about bygone days when life was slower and simpler. With a long driveway and large yard, kick back by the firepit, watch wildlife or enjoy a beautiful Erie sunset from the back patio.

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Tia Book Cellar

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The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern

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Mazza Vineyards and the South Shore Wine Company

The Mazza family welcomes you to explore 3 unique locations in 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, and be sure to visit their combination winery, distillery and brewery, Mazza Chautauqua Cellars/Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing, in nearby Westfield, NY.

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Exclusive Tourism Rewards

If you live more than 50 miles from Millcreek Mall, stop by the Customer Service Center to register. You’ll receive a Guest Rewards Tourism Program Luggage Tag. Scanning the QR Code on it will reveal special offers from participating mall merchants. If you spend $200 or more that day, take your receipts back to the Customer Service Center and you’ll get a FREE $20 Mall Gift Card. You get rewarded just for shopping!

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Award-Winning Compassionate Care

Voted Erie’s Choice Best Hospital for eight years in a row

Ante-up, Erie.

Find true action with slots, table games, sports book, and horse racing.

Just for fun!

Experience family summer fun on more than 100 great rides, slides and attractions at Waldameer!

Soak in the fun!

Experience 84 degrees all year at one of the top water parks in the country.

One stop convenience.

Fill your tank, pick up fresh food from local brands, and a six-pack to go in 40 regional locations.