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Presque Isle State Park, Erie

(4.8/5 based on 1,900+ reviews on the web)
From a lighthouse to its environmental center, Presque Isle State Park attracts more than four million visitors per year. Visitors are drawn to the 34 km (21 mi) of recreational trails, 13 beaches for swimming, a marina, and more. Several kinds of birds and endangered species inhabit the area, making it a perfect spot for nature lovers. The environmental center features exhibits and a great view of the park from its tower. If you like, bring a meal and pick out a table at the picnic areas. In winter, the lake creates ice dunes, where people come to fish and iceboat. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Presque Isle State Park by using our Erie itinerary builder.
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  • If you visit Erie Pennsylvania for anything, you have to go to Presque Isle State Park! In the summer it is a hustle and bustle of activity. You can swim on guarded beaches and relax in the sun, walk,...  more »
  • What a wonderful park. Eighteen miles of sandy beaches, a birders' paradise, year round events. The park is beautifully managed and maintained. The rangers and community take great pride in the "PI", ...  more »
  • you can spend a week here just exploring all she has to offer . Everyone who visits us goes and visits our state park lifes a Beach !! 
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  • I would say the only thing I could complain about this park is the no alcohol policy, but that's pretty standard for any state parks, at least in PA. There's really something for everyone here. Beautiful views, beaches, boat ramps, marinas, woods, trails. The list goes on. During the summer you can rent canoes and kayaks at the livery just past Perry monument. The lagoons make for a beautiful, serene paddle. There's countless pavilions for picnics or larger functions, two very large playgrounds a water taxi running to and from Dobbins Landing, two lighthouses. It's a great place. Even in the winter, it's a beautiful place to just take a drive.
  • Park is well maintained. Easy to access. Large number of activities from hiking, swimming, boat and bike rentals, fishing days for the kids and our 7 year old absolutely loves the playground. Epic history lessons around every corner and world class sunsets. Something for everyone!
  • Beautiful park. Great facilities for private events. Adobe better signage would help to find how to get to the pavilion. Overall, the park is incredible. Lots of places to swim, hang out, and enjoy the beach.
  • Everyone loves Presque Isle! What more can I say? I finally got this off my Pennsylvania bucket list, and will be returning if possible. I live 6 hours away, but I would come back.
  • Good for a walk or biking. Playgrounds are not for toddlers. Best beaches in the Reach. Filmed part of The Road there!