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“Beaches galore”

Presque Isle State Park
Ranked #1 of 60 things to do in Erie
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Erie, Pennsylvania, United States
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“Beaches galore”
Reviewed December 7, 2013

loads of free parking (8 miles) with sandy beaches. Ride a bike, walk your dog (or you) rollar blade, stroll, etc. thru 8 miles of pristine area with no commercial intrusion. More people visit the Peninsula (3 million) than do Yellowstone Park. well worth the visit.

Visited November 2013
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“Awesome beach!! Wish I lived in Erie, PA so I could go here all the time!! Will definately be back!!”
Reviewed December 6, 2013

My husband and I went to Presque Isle for my 30th birthday weekend getaway. I had never even heard of this beach before, but boy were we not disappointed. We stayed at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel, so it was very close to the hotel which was nice & conveinant. The beach was awesome!! There are many different places to park, so it is really accomodating for all types of people - families, party animals, older people, etc. We parked where the familes are ( I forgot where, i think like site 17 or 18. Kind of further down), and the beach was awesome. It was an overcast day, but the beach was still beautiful with lots of people at it. There were snack bars for food, and you are able to bring a cooler onto the beach with you. There was lots of parking, as well as storage lockers. We saw lots of boats pulled up to the edge of the beach, as well as jet ski riders, so there must be a dock somewhere. When driving into the beach area, the bay is on the other side & present a very scenic view while driving in. We were here for Labor Day weekend & the beach was not crowded at all, but then again, there were many,many beaches to visit in this State Park.

I would love to go back to Erie, PA as there is so much to do & this beach was just one of the awesome tourist attractions. Oh & it was free to get in!!! Being from NYS, we have to pay $7-$9 to visit any of our state parks, just another bonus! Will definately be back one of these summers!!

Visited September 2013
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North East, Pa
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“Best kept secret”
Reviewed November 30, 2013

This state park was overlooked for many years in terms of the majesty it has to offer. This "best kept secret" is starting to leak out now, but not to the extent where it is a beaten path. Unique bird populations, sand dunes, nature trails, paved multi-use path, kayaking, canoeing, picnicking are just some of the things to do while being under a canopy of trees the whole time. One of my favorite things I have done at Presque Isle is "yoga on the beach," which commenced just before sunset. If you want to do that too, sign up through Michael Plasha's Yoga.

Visited August 2013
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Erie, PA.
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“Erie's Year around Jewel”
Reviewed November 27, 2013

Some local people are here everyday, and in all seasons. There are great activities, one of the most popular is swimming in the summer because we have 7 miles of beach with lifeguards and no fee. There are places to change and lockers. The sand would make it difficult for wheelchairs,
but the paved areas are accessable. Over 320 variety of birds stop at Gull Point as they migrate. Some of these are rare birds. However, Gull point is not open to people the entire year because the purpose is to encourage the birds to nest. The park office can tell you more or call the Tom Ridge Center.

Deer and several kinds of small animals make the Penisula home. If you enjoy nature there are several trails that make it easy to enjoy the interior. Also, do not miss the free lagoon rides. I advise being there an hour before they leave because they take people as they sign up, but there are several trips, including an evening one.

A new feature is the Seqways you can rent, so you don't always have to walk. You can rent bicycles and surreys that are pedal powered available to rent. A campground (Sara's) near the neck of the Peninsula rents places for the summer and people stay all summer. It may be difficult
to rent one because I think many people renew every year, but ask at Sara's. Sara also has a 1950 era restaurant. If you enjoyed that decade it is worth a visit.

Visited September 2013
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Erie, Pennsylvania
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“So much to do and see...”
Reviewed November 26, 2013

Whether you like to lay on the beach or sitesee, Presque Isle is for you. Besides the standards mentioned, you can walk the nature trails, walk or jog on the pedestrian trails or bike around the park. There are lagoons to nature watch and navigate by canoe or kayak. You can even go on a free Pontoon Boat ride (by reservation only). Picnic tables, changing rooms and facilities are abundant throughout the park. Cabins and covered picnic facilites for larger groups and family events are also available by reservation and a reasonable fee. We have celebrated our family reunion at the cabins for over 40 years. Get back in touch with nature and enjoy!

Visited July 2013
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