Presque Isle State Park
Presque Isle State Park
4.5
5:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
5:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
5:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
5:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Presque Isle State Park is a 3,200-acre sandy peninsula that arches into Lake Erie and offers travelers a beautiful coastline and lots of fun in the water. Stop by the 19th-century lighthouse to enjoy the views, then go for a swim in one of the park’s sandy beaches or take a boat tour on the open waters of Lake Erie. You can also hike the marshy shores of the Gull Point Trail while spotting several threatened species and migrating birds. Presque Isle State Park is open from the early morning to sunset year-round. If visiting during winter, you may get to do some ice fishing too. – Tripadvisor
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Robin K
York, PA3 contributions
Nov 2022
This time of year the park is good for walking, and we took a drive, as well as some cool pics on the beach.
Written November 23, 2022
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Barbara M
1 contribution
Oct 2022 • Friends
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 well stocked gift shop lovely!
Written November 2, 2022
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Doug W
Littleton, CO513 contributions
Oct 2022
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 information placards at the point where the memorial is located.
Written October 22, 2022
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jeff77664
Downingtown, PA516 contributions
Sep 2022
The park was great and had plenty of smaller walks and viewpoints to take it.
I mainly wanted to comment on Gull Point Trail (when we were there) - the trail was rerouted around the beach and took about 3 miles roundtrip. Lead to an observation tower. It as a mix of beaches/gravel/grass walk. Overall, the wall and views were not worth the length of the trail.
But the park overall, is great.
Written October 3, 2022
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Steve H
Camp Hill, PA19 contributions
Sep 2022
Enjoyed a relaxing and invigorating day in this park hiking and exploring its beaches.. Worth at least a few hours of time spent in fresh air and sunshine. The two lighthouses are picturesque, and the wildlife is abundant. Only tip I would leave is to double check on bike rentals become coming. The rental company was close for weekday rentals, opening only on weekends, while we were there (end of September). Otherwise, a top attraction in this state and deservedly so.
Written October 1, 2022
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Ann M
57 contributions
Aug 2022
A great place to be! Bike trails, hiking, beaches, lighthouse, fishing, boating, bird watching, nature, and picnic areas!!! Spend the day or a few hours bring your lunch or grab one at Sara's on the way in. We love it here. Visit Perry Monument and watch the boats catch a glimpse of the old Niagara sailing vessel. Perfect for families too!
Written September 14, 2022
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307leven
Stroudsburg, PA281 contributions
Aug 2022
Visited the last weekend of August. This park has it all: beaches/swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, bicycling, picknicking, lighthouses, monument/history, etc. There is literally something for everyone at Presque Isle. Entrance to the park is free, but they accept donations. After making a donation, I received a map which was helpful at illustrating all the trails, beaches, boating/fishing areas, etc. I toured the Presque Isle Lighthouse which cost $10, but had historical exhibits that I viewed before walking to the top. The other lighthouse - the North Pier Light - is not available for tours, but can be viewed from the pier on which it sits. The Perry Monument is within an easy walk to the parking lot and commemorates Oliver Hazard Perry's successful defense of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. There are multiple trails throughout the park and they are easy to walk or bicycle as they are all on level ground. The park offers many parking areas and pull over areas to either walk to beaches, picnic areas or other points of interest. But, the park gets very crowded on the weekends, so plan accordingly and consider going during the week if you have that option. Also, if you can, plan to spend more than 1 day at this place because there are so many outdoor activities to do that you will want to spend more time here.
Written September 11, 2022
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TYPSUKR
Arlington, VA758 contributions
Aug 2022
We went to Beach 6 on a Friday in August. Unsurprisingly, people came out to enjoy the sun (bring some sunscreen). This freshwater beach is free to visit, and the only possible issue you may run into is getting a good parking spot. There are lifeguards stationed along the beach, and they only let you swim where there is coverage. The sand is decently clean and easy to walk on, and there is plenty of space to set up your beach, whatever it may be. While the lake is as clean as it has been in recent memory, we still opt to only go in waist-deep, but plenty of people were still swimming.
Written September 11, 2022
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Dakota B
Lewistown, PA8 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
My husband and I came to Erie for a week. Usually, we’d only spend a day at one attraction and move on. We endes up spending almost every day of our trip on the Isle; there was just so much to do there!
Written September 7, 2022
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Kristy G
Pittsburgh, PA11 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
Enjoyed a day at beach 6 and beach 8 this weekend. Had a great time swimming in Lake. Had no issues parking at either beach. Beach 8 parking lot is less sandy. Both beaches have places to clean off feet. Food stand not open at beach 8.
Written September 5, 2022
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