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#1 of 4 campgrounds in Erie
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4.5
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LauraLee wrote a review Oct 2021
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Oh my! Such an unexpected treasure! Lovely stay, and the hosts were amazing! We were kind of winging it on our New York to Houston return road trip and booked this campground on the fly and it became a highlight of the trip. Yes there are several full time residents at this campground but they were wonderful hosts and truly added to the character and charm of the place. Amazing sunset views on Lake Erie. And special kudos to Sandy who cheerfully helped with our reservation and gave great tips on what to do in area and for sharing her amazing handyman husband and co host, Pat, who came to our rescue and repaired the awning that we managed to disconnect from our rig! Can’t say enough good things about this campground and hope to return again. Who knew Erie PA was so wonderful?!?!?
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Marianne wrote a review Aug 2020
Frostburg, Maryland24 contributions37 helpful votes
Everyone was so nice! We pulled in late but because we had reservations we knew our sight and set up camp. We checked in when we checked out - the hostess at the desk was so nice and friendly. It is a very relaxed campground and we walked to Lake Erie to swim. Great experience we will be back!
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Robert C wrote a review Sep 2019
Edinburg, Texas898 contributions228 helpful votes
We were here in late September. I can see how in the summer this would be crowded. But it was just right this time of the year. Beautiful facility on a peninsula into Lake Erie. There is a lake side and a bay side. Each camp site had a fire ring, cable TV (who needs TV in this setting), and picnic table. They keep the place immaculate. I wish we had stayed a few more days.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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familyvisit830 wrote a review Sep 2019
Chicago, Illinois55 contributions11 helpful votes
Sara's Campground is in a perfect location at the entrance to Presque Isle State Park. The park is beautiful and just feet away from Sara's. Sara's Campground is more of a mobile home park than a campground. It spans both sides of the road. The lake side is full of very old trailers/campers that are there year round, but also has a beach where you can pitch your tent. You are not assigned a "site" like a normal campground, it is just space for tents and you are fairly close to your neighbors. Fortunately, we had great neighbors near us. Tent camping cannot be reserved; it is first come, first serve. The bay side also has mainly trailers there for the entire season, but they look newer and are better maintained by their owners. The bay side also has weekly/nightly rental sites for trailers that can be reserved by calling. There are only two "group" tent camp sites on the bay side and they squeeze a lot of people into the sites. I appreciate them trying to accommodate as many tents as possible. The bath house on the bay side was newer, larger, and cleaner than the lake/beach side bath house. The shower stalls on the lake/beach side are a small maze of shower curtains without much privacy or a dry changing area. Most days I chose to walk over to the bay side and use the bath house there. The lake/beach bath house was heavily used by both the beach campers and the trailer campers (older trailers perhaps didn't have functioning bathrooms?). On the bay side, I only saw tent campers in the bath house. It was much less heavily used. Showers are 25 cents for 5-minutes, coin operated. The bay side showers were hot and had good water pressure. The lake/beach side had luke-warm water and poor water pressure. The staff were all very friendly. They had coffee and donuts available for purchase in the office in the morning and were always available. Parking was a problem. Many of the trailer owners had family gatherings and would have 4-6 cars per trailer, taking up most of the spots for the tent campers on the beach. The trailer families were often rude to the tent campers and definitely saw us as encroaching on their private trailer park. Any noise complaints were from the trailers having parties, not the tent campers. It is not a luxurious campground, but you can't beat the view! I have camped from Maine to Alaska and lots of places in between. This campground falls in the middle of the scale for what I have seen.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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ZimaHatBoy wrote a review Aug 2019
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This is a dirty, cramped, run-down trailer park. Maybe the beach side is nice, but the trailer park side is awful. Sites too close together, too many vehicles mixed in, its hard to maneuver. When you come in, you must park by the dumpsters and walk across the street to check in. The restaurants were loud and smelly. The trash was overflowing from the dumpsters to the ground. The hookups were on the wrong side of the site, as they are on a shared pole between. You have to pay to use the showers. People were rude, and the place is just trashy. Do yourself a favor and go anywhere else.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Robin R wrote a review Aug 2019
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Been camping here 15 years, love being on beach. New rule this year that you have to use earphones if you want to listen to music. I have no problem with that, it's all about the water. Unfortunately our last three nights there the neighboring tent has been playing movies. Three nights the security guards came through and nothing was said. It is 4:25 am right now and they are still playing movies. Just wish they would enforce their own rules.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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Abualmuhor wrote a review Jul 2019
Lancaster Pa33 contributions22 helpful votes
We came to visit Presque Isle State Park and, since there is no state park campground, this private alternative looked close and inviting from the website photos. The beach side of the campground was a mosh pit of tents and air mattresses that looked like something from Woodstock. The bay side, where we ended up staying, wasn’t much better. The campsite was cramped, boggy, and surrounded by drunks. Bathrooms were tolerable but not nice. This place seems to be more of an RV park with lots of seasonal sites. Presque Isle State Park was lovely—this campground was not.
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Traveled with family
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Ronald D wrote a review May 2019
Sheffield, Pennsylvania52 contributions4 helpful votes
Sara's Food Stand is great. Smith's hot dogs and orange twist ice cream soft serve cone is great. Food menu compares to amusement/carnival items and is great. Located near the Presque Isle entrance in Erie, PA.
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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jademarine wrote a review Apr 2019
Riverview, Florida21 contributions8 helpful votes
RV Park at entrance to Presqueisle with miles of sandy beaches that are shark free. Sara's has tent camping on the beach with the gentle (usually) waves providing a romantic background for a great night of sleep or just sitting around your campfire. A 50's diner as part of the campground is genuine and a historical site, The owners and family provide excellent service and are genial hosts. A must place to park your RV when in Erie.
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Date of stay: July 2018
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Trip type: Traveled solo
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rescueagreyhound wrote a review Sep 2018
Akron, Ohio481 contributions251 helpful votes
We stayed 2 nights, Friday and Saturday, at Sara's Campground. Staying right on the beach was wonderful. The sound of the waves to sleep to was relaxing. Being able to have a campfire on the beach made the experience even better. Tent camping on the beach is first come first serve after 09:00. We arrived at 10:15 and were able to claim the perfect spot. Water and electric are available. The beach area is approximately 75 yards wide and 25 yards deep. During prime season, I can easily see the beach becoming very packed and crowed. The west end of the beach narrows down significantly and those spots are on concrete slaps, more for very small trailers. Unfortunately erosion has claimed much of the beach. The shower/restroom houses are really clean, spacious and less than 30 yards from the beach. The shower stalls have plenty of hooks and large bench for clothing. However, to take a shower it will cost you .25 for 5 minutes of water time. We did walk over to the bay side to see those tent spots. Sites 61-65 looked perfect for tents. Water and electric also available there. Overall, our stay was perfect. The staff are friendly and welcoming. Beware that during prime season the beach can get very crowed.
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Date of stay: September 2018
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sara's Campground
Which popular attractions are close to Sara's Campground?
Nearby attractions include Escape Game Erie (3.8 miles), Presque Isle State Park (0.2 miles), and Erie Maritime Museum (3.9 miles).
What are some restaurants close to Sara's Campground?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pineapple Eddie Southern Bistro, Mi Scuzi, and Bayfront Grille.
Are pets allowed at Sara's Campground?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Sara's Campground?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Erie Maritime Museum (3.9 miles).