Port Erie Bicentennial Tower, Erie

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The Bicentennial Tower is an observation tower located in Erie, Pennsylvania and features panoramic views of Lake Erie, Presque Isle State Park, and downtown Erie. The tower was built to signify the city's bicentennial year 1996. It is tall and has 2 observation decks. It's located at the end of State Street on Dobbins Landing.
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  • August 8, 2017
    We mainly only visited this because it was free on the first Sunday of the month. I don't think I would pay to ride the elevator up. The view is pretty but not worth $4. There are some historical mark...  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    A few dollars to ride up/down the elevator for just fantastic views of the city, the lake, and the isle! Wind was whistling through this day, as I suspect it may often, but we really enjoyed all that ...  more »
  • July 29, 2017
    We went here when it was really windy outside. The cost is $4 for adults and $2 for kids. It's on the third floor. You can see all of the lake and where the beaches are located. Worth the view.  more »
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  • June 6, 2017
    Nice iconic tower on the Erie Bayfront. Relatively well kept. The Observation deck is only about 130 feet so it seems odd to charge $4 a person to take a 10 story elevator trip. And unlike the tower at the TREC, you can't walk up or down the stairs. That's unfortunate because a rider to the top combined with a slow walk down the stairs - seeing the city and bay from different heights - would be a much better experience.
  • June 8, 2017
    Nice view but thinking it should be little or no cost to go up the tower.
  • May 28, 2017
    Victorian Princess Sunday brunch paddle wheel boat trip​. Hooray for fun!
  • April 4, 2017
    Fantastic way to view the lake and the sunsets. However do not look at downtown Erie. The eyesore will spoil the moment unless the city fixes major tourism issues to attract tourists.
  • June 18, 2017
    Love the view, and gift shop and food and fishing

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Lake resorts offering comfortable accommodations and access to the water stand along the shores. For more intimate lodgings, consider a bed and breakfast or inn in the town center, with easy access to the lake. Chain hotels are affordable and convenient, while nature lovers may enjoy the campgrounds on the outskirts of the city.
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