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Presque Isle State Park, Erie

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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. For Presque Isle State Park and beyond, use our Erie road trip planner to get the most from your Erie vacation.
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  • Although it was a gloomy day driving around the island was lovely. We were there in October and the leaves we’re still hanging on in very beautiful. The lighthouse is interesting and the small but... 
    Although it was a gloomy day driving around the island was lovely. We were there in October and the leaves we’re still hanging on in very beautiful. The lighthouse is interesting and the small but...  more »
  • We took only a driving visit to the park because of cold and wind but enjoyed it very much. Great views on the city and lake sides of the peninsula. I also enjoyed the Perry Memorial and the... 
    We took only a driving visit to the park because of cold and wind but enjoyed it very much. Great views on the city and lake sides of the peninsula. I also enjoyed the Perry Memorial and the...  more »
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  • This park has a big shore line with multiple beaches, bike and boat rentals, tours and sunset cruise. This is one of the best parks to visit and experience it's natural beauty, huge trees that offer shade and oxygen, biking and walking trails along the shore lines, sand beaches and clean water. During summer weekends, the beaches will be busy with lot of people and dirty water along shore lines. I suggest going here early in the day to find the best spot but given the shore line stretches across multiple miles finding a beach spot shouldn't be a problem. While it would be nice to have more water activities within the island, you can find them by traveling few miles outside the park. The tour was great which helped us learn about the history of the place. There is a museum to visit within the island and a tower which you can climb up top. I had a great time and will recommend going here.
  • This is a great spot for a day trip if you're in NE Ohio or northern PA. There's so much to do & see. Talk to the locals to find all the best spots. The views of Lake Erie are spectacular & of course the sunsets are beautiful. Sara's restaurant is at the entrance of the Isle & is a great spot to get food on your way in or on your way out. There are restrooms throughout the park & from the ones I went into they were all clean. If you have time I recommend driving the entire Isle & seeing it all. You can rent bikes & there's a path around most of the Isle that accommodates the bikes. A walking/running path is also on the Isle if you want to get a workout in. This is a gem for sure with well maintained beaches & sights to see!

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