Boating, Fishing, and Travel Information for Erie, PA

Erie, on the south shore of Lake Erie was named for the lake and the Native American Erie people who lived in the area until the mid-17th century. Erie’s manufacturing sector remains prominent in the local economy, though healthcare, higher education, technology, service industries, and tourism are emerging as significant economic drivers. Over four million people visit Erie during summer months for recreation at Presque Isle State Park, as well as attractions such as Waldameer Park. Other tourist destinations include the Bayfront Convention Center; the Bicentennial Tower that overlooks Lake Erie; Dobbins Landing, a pier in downtown Erie; the Erie Land Light, and the Erie Maritime Museum, the home port of the Niagara.

Things to do in Erie

Presque Isle State Park
Stretching out into Lake Erie, Presque Isle State Park is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Covering over 3,000 acres, the park contains 7 ecological zones. The park features beaches, trails and several picnic areas. Find out more here.

Presque Isle Lighthouse
Built in 1872-73, the Presque Isle Lighthouse is open seasonally to visitors. The lighthouse sits on the northern shore of Presque Isle, offering views across Lake Erie. Find out more here.

Erie Maritime Museum
Home of the U.S. Brig Niagara, a replica of the flagship of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, the Maritime Museum on the shores of Lake Erie is the place to go to learn the history of maritime life on Lake Erie (and beyond). Find out more here.

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