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Presque Isle State Park

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Address: Presque Isle, PA
Phone Number: 814-871-4251
Activities: Picnicking, Hiking
Description: A good park for picnicking.

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A lovely getaway

This is a wonderful place to get away to a beach when you don't have the time to go to the ocean. The park is clean and the beaches are amazing. I was able to sit and read a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 21, 2014
LouiseSP2013
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Columbus, Ohio
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Columbus, Ohio
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

This is a wonderful place to get away to a beach when you don't have the time to go to the ocean. The park is clean and the beaches are amazing. I was able to sit and read a book - just listening to the water hit the shore. This week was my third visit - I'll be coming back!

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North Canton, Ohio
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I rate the park 5 stars but the scenic 90 minute cruise was a bust. There was very little scenery of interest. For example, I would usually take a couple of dozen pics while on a cruise like this. I took one. The engine noise was very loud, the speaker system marginally effective and the narrator could hardly be understood.... More 

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Elyria, Ohio
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Many unique areas to this peninsula. Employees at concessions #10 were very polite and efficient. Beaches seem clean and maintained. We enjoyed a wonderful sunset cruise ($16/adult) from the dock near Perry Monument.

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Pittsburgh
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

My husband and I visited Presque Isle State Park for the first time in over 20 years yesterday. All I can say is "Wow!" The entire area is much cleaner and prettier than we remembered. We visited Beach 10 and enjoyed a fabulous afternoon of lovely sand, waves, breezes and sky. I almost felt like I was visiting the ocean.... More 

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Ellwood City, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We visited yesterday and were so surprised to find that dogs do not appear to be welcome. No sooner than we stepped on the beach was a lifeguard telling us we couldn't walk him there. We could only take him on unguarded areas. I have always loved my past visits to Presque Isle and having been at the ocean with... More 

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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

So if you are on a budget and vacationing in the Erie PA area, this is a must. Free hiking, biking, swimming, sunbathing, rollerblading, and playgrounds for the children! You can bring your kayaks and paddle boards, too. Also, for a very reasonable price you can rent tandem bikes, 4 person bikes, and even Segways! Great way to relax on... More 

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Marysville, Pennsylvania
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Fantastic place to bike and swim. I saw rentals for boats as well. Sand is a bit rocky compared to a traditional beach, but otherwise you do feel like you're at the shore. Lots of life guard coverage. Concession stands are only at some beaches and only open at peak hours. They only take cash and it's expensive. We went... More 

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Charleston
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Too many rules to enjoy the beach. I'm not going back. It felt like I was in a beautiful prison yard.

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Atlanta, GA
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131 reviews 131 reviews
45 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I grew up going to Atlantic beaches, so going to a "real" beach with fresh (cold) water was a new experience for me. Yet there were waves, sand, lifeguards -- the whole nine yards. Presque Isle is a big, wooded sandbar, with lots of bike trails, places to kayak, flat hiking trails, and several different beaches and picnic areas. And... More 

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64 reviews 64 reviews
28 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

This state park was free, which is amazing, considering how much it offered. There are beaches galore, historical monuments and lighthouses, and trails for hiking and biking. My husband and I had a blast renting a bicycle built for two at a shop 3 miles into the park. Families will enjoy the pedal surreys and paddle boats. Near the park... More 

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