Directly across the bay from Presque Isle State Park, in Dunn Park, stands one of the oldest Great Lakes lighthouses, the Erie Land Lighthouse. It was established in 1819, and the current structure was built with large blocks of sandstone in 1867, on the sandy lakeshore at Erie, PA. Although the lighthouse has not been in operation since 1890, it is in a remarkably well preserved condition.
From Presque Isle State Park follow Lake Road East (Alt. 5) through downtown Erie, and turn left (north) on Lighthouse Street, which comes to a dead-end at Lake Erie and the lighthouse.
Just across Presque Isle Bay from the state park is historic Erie, Pennsylvania. This very interesting small city has much to offer the visitor and is definitely worth a visit in its own right. Points of interest include:
Erie Land Lighthouse
Niagara US Brig
ExpERIEnce Children Museum
Fire Fighter History Museum
Marx Toy Museum
Erie Art Museum
Waldameer Water World
and much more.
Erie also offers many different venues for culture, music and the arts. The telephone number below is for the Erie Area Chamber of Commerce.
The more energetic visitor to Presque Isle should consider trekking the paved Multipurpose National Recreational Trail, a 10-mile long paved surface that is popular
with bicyclists, in-line skaters, joggers and walkers of all speeds and styles. This trail,
which conforms to Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility standards,
encompasses the entire park and affords splendid views of Presque Isle Bay, Lake
Erie and the park's dazzlingly diverse ecological zones.