Presque Isle State Park

Presque Isle State Park, Erie: Hours, Address, Presque Isle State Park Reviews: 4.5/5

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
About
Presque Isle State Park is a 3,200-acre sandy peninsula that arches into Lake Erie. As Pennsylvania’s only “seashore,” Presque Isle offers its visitors a beautiful coastline and many recreational activities, including swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, bicycling, and in-line skating. The neck of the peninsula is attached to the mainland four miles west of downtown Erie. The park creates Presque Isle Bay, a wide and deep harbor for the city of Erie. The bay attracts many pleasure boats and worldwide freighters -- making Erie an important Great Lakes shipping port. A National Natural Landmark, Presque Isle is a favorite spot for migrating birds. Because of the many unique habitats, Presque Isle contains a greater number of the state's endangered, threatened, and rare species than any other area of comparable size in Pennsylvania. Open 5AM to sunset year-round, after sunset visitors must be in a vehicle.
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wilsonoldie
Lima, OH67 contributions
Beautiful!
Sep 2021 • Friends
We were driving through the area and decided to visit the park. We weren’t able to enjoy the beaches since it was a chilly day, but the drive was beautiful. What a treasure!
Written September 24, 2021
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Mrs C
5 contributions
Plenty of uncrowded beaches and clean facilities.
Sep 2021
We have three grown children and our family of five had a wonderful time!! We've already told others they should go here for a visit.
We spent two full days on the beaches and the Bay side.
We wre able to swim and play in the water with plenty of room away from other people so it made it a nice time with just our family and not feeling like we were with a whole group of strangers. We don't like crowded beaches! With 13 beaches to go to it was easy to find one not crowded. There are life guards on duty and you are not allowed to swim until they get there at noon. There is even a beach that has waves big enough to surf. We enjoyed just body surfing in the waves.
We toured the main lighthouse. The $7 fee is worth the view from the top and the history is interesting. The other two lighthouses do not allow you to go inside of them.
We rented jet skis from the Bay side one day and had a blast. The park does not have jet ski rentals but they do offer other boat and bike rentals. There is even a free pontoon boat ride we didn't have time to take advantage of.
We went during Labor Day weekend and it wasn't crowded so I was really impressed!
Written September 9, 2021
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David S
6 contributions
Good place for birdwatching if there aren't too many people around.
Oct 2020
I grew up going to "the peninsula" and always had a good time while there. I liked going in the water at the various beaches as a kid although I did get an infection once which wasn't pleasant at all. Overall considering the wear and tear Presque Isle gets each year it is not a bad experience. I think that cars should pay a fee to get onto the peninsula--fewer cars and more nature. Presque Isle once had cranberry bogs, but as usual human interference messed that up in time. Presque Isle is best appreciated in the off season.
Written September 7, 2021
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Dianna S
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States25 contributions
Presque Isle is one of our favorite destinations. Love the sandy beached and bike and hiking trails
Aug 2021 • Family
One of the most visited state parks in the US. Stay for the sunset! So much to do and see! Bring a bike, a fishing rod or kayak. Or just walk along the beach and look for glass!
Written August 30, 2021
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LORI D
9 contributions
Pleasant surprise! Loved it!
Aug 2021 • Couples
First time visitors to the park. We absolutely loved it. We are PA state park enthusiasts and this one did not disappoint. So wonderfully different from the rest. I do believe it may have been the first week back to school for the local communities and perhaps that was in our favor. Great variety of activities for all ages and activity levels. Ample parking and restroom/changing facilities. Glorious sunsets over the lake. The rocky sand is a little rough on the feet but nothing a pair of water shoes wouldn't remedy. We rented a Surry at the Yellow Bike rental and took a sunset cruise on the Mary Kate. Other park visitors were respectable and responsible save for some trash left here and there. Encountered congestion at the entrance, at Sara's, but otherwise didn't incur a lot of car traffic. Beach #8 was our personal favorite. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Presque Isle State Park. Never would have imagined eastern PA lake beaches to be anything comparable to ocean beaches in our southern states but I am very impressed!
Written August 27, 2021
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travelgirl179
Pennsylvania250 contributions
Perfect summer activity
Jul 2021 • Couples
This is the perfect place for summer activities, including enjoying a day at the beach, exploring, walking, biking, roller skating and best of all, watching the sunset. I highly recommend coming here during the evenings and choosing a beach, because you’ll enjoy such a beautiful sunset!
Written August 25, 2021
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Scarlett T
Midway, PA209 contributions
Lots to do at this park!
Aug 2021 • Family
We had such a good time at the park today! There is so much to do we couldn’t fit it all in. This park is well maintained and lots of amenities. Being able to disconnect by walking along the beach listening to the waves crashing was priceless. So relaxing looking out into the lake and watching the boats go by.
Written August 21, 2021
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arla h
12 contributions
beach
Aug 2021
The water at beach 11 was so dirty with sea grass all over you, foamy water, bird feathers floating in the water ,we left. The next day we tries beach 6 it was a better beach, and of course they all had algee alerts so we spent little time there.
Written August 21, 2021
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Michael R
Delaware, OH5 contributions
Erie Adventure
Aug 2021 • Couples
Had a fabulous time kayaking and biking with my wife! The scenery is breathtaking and the people are very friendly!
Written August 15, 2021
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tammys4224
Baldwinsville, NY181 contributions
Beautiful way to end the day
Aug 2021 • Couples
Took a Lady Kate sunset cruise. Went out to Lake Erie to catch the sunset. On the way out our captain shared the history of Presque Isle and the role Lake Erie plays in the life of residents and wildlife there. Very informative and fun. Great for both adults and kids. Well spent 90 min and we captured the most beautiful sunset.
Written August 15, 2021
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