Presque Isle State Park was named the Best Freshwater Beach in the United States by USA Today, because with seven miles of sandy beaches you will never run out of things to do. Play volleyball on the courts at Beach 6 or 11, swim at any of the guarded beaches, and watch one of our famous sunsets over the Lake. The multipurpose trail is perfect for your own trip around Presque Isle, or you can take any of the offered tours by boat, bike, or even Segway. Kayaks, canoes, motorboats, and pontoon boats are all available to rent, and fishing is plentiful on Lake Erie. To learn more, visit http://www.presqueisle.org/.
Waldameer Park and Water World is located on the shores of Lake Erie at the entrance to Presque Isle State Park and is full of fun things to do with your family. With more than 75 different attractions, there is something to do for everybody! Water World, which was recently ranked in the top 10 water parks in the country by TripAdvisor, added a new wave pool in 2015 which holds half a million gallons of water, and is big enough for 1,000 people to enjoy. The newest addition to Water World is the Kidz Zone, meant for children shorter than four feet. The best part is, you pay no fee to get into the park, you only pay for the rides, food, or games that you want to play. For more information visit http://www.waldameer.com/.
Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park is one of the largest indoor water parks in America with 97,700 square feet of space and the capacity to hold up to 3,000 visitors. Slide down the Big Kahuna or Hurricane Hole, relax on the lazy river, and enjoy each one of the 28 attractions all heated to 84 degrees Fahrenheit. With a convenient location off I-90 and many tasty food options on site, your family can easily enjoy a day of tropical themed fun. Visit http://www.splashlagoon.com/ for more information.
Erie is known for its waterfront location, so while you’re here spend some time enjoying Lake Erie on one of our many bayfront attractions. Schedule a tour on the U.S. Brig Niagara, a replica of the flagship that Commodore Perry used to defeat the British squadron in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. Enjoy a meal while taking in Erie from the water on the Victorian Princess, an authentic Paddle Wheel Boat. Hop aboard Scallywag’s Pirate Ship to dress, talk, sing, and dance like a pirate. If fishing is your thing, schedule a trip on one of Erie’s many charter boats and fish for Walleye, Bass, and Perch. Learn more about Erie’s Bayfront at http://www.visiteriepa.com/.
The Erie Zoo is a great way to enjoy some time with the family. From penguins to rhinoceroses, there are more than 400 animals representing 200 species to see while at the zoo. The Big Cat Exhibit opened in April 2015, featuring Canadian Lynx and Amur Leopards. Ride the train, carousel and watch a show between looking at all of the animals. To learn more visit https://www.eriezoo.org/.
While in Erie, stop and watch the Erie Seawolves, a AA affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, at UPMC Park, which was named one of the best minor league baseball fields to watch a game by Examiner. Join the hometown fans and enjoy the friendly atmosphere as they cheer on the team to victory. Check the schedule and come out for fireworks, Buck Night, or enjoy one of the many other specials throughout the summer. For more information visit www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t106
With 30,000 acres of grapes, 25 distinct wineries have opened near Erie. Several of these wineries have expanded from wine and now also have beer and spirits. Stretching from Erie to Silver Creek, NY, a wine tour would be a great way to spend a day, and see some of the beautiful scenery in between Erie and Buffalo. To learn more visit http://www.lakeeriewinecountry.org/.
Erie has many attractions during the summer allowing people to come out and have a good time. Block parties are hosted downtown every Thursday featuring concerts. Every Monday during the summer Erie hosts a sunset concert allowing a beautiful view while listening to great music at Beach 1 Presque Isle State Park. Throughout the summer Erie also has several Heritage Festivals, which have great food and are always a good time. To learn more about the special events check out http://www.eriedowntown.com/calendar/.
Presque Isle Downs & Casino is the only casino around that you can come out and bet on your favorite thoroughbred horse. Spend your time inside on more than 2,000 slot machines, 48 table games, or poker room. You could be the next big winner! In addition, the newly-renovated Brew Brothers on the second floor features live entertainment six days a week, thirty beers on tap, and delicious food. For more information visit http://www.presqueisledowns.com/.