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Stephen-KarenConn Says: This old square metal pierhead has been guiding ships into Erie Harbor since 1858, but not always from this exact spot. The 30-foot tower has been moved twice, the last move in the 1940s, when it was placed at its present location. Earlier it stood on the grounds of the US...
There are no restaurants in Presque Isle State Park, although you can find plenty of them in nearby Erie, PA, and there are concessions at some of the beaches. But if you want to eat in the park your best bet will is to bring your own picnic and take advantage of one of the many waterfront picnic areas, including charcoal grills, scattered about the peninsula. Karen and I came prepared with a cooler full of drinks and a basket of snacks and sandwich fixings.
Favorite Dish: My lunch at Presque Isle was a new creation - my first ever peanut butter, raspberry jam and banana sandwich, on nine-grain bread. I thought the ripe sliced banana between the peanut butter and jam was an absolutely delicious addition to the old standby. In fact, I liked it so much that I had the same thing for lunch again the following day.
Updated Jul 11, 2005
Travel on I-79 North and turn onto Exit 183-B. Then go West onto 12th Street. When you reach Peninsula Drive, turn right. You should see Waldameer Park and Water World on the left and the Tom Ridge Environmental Center on the right. Peninsula Drive will take you to Presque Isle State Park.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
This very nice interpretive center and nature shop is operated by the non-profit Presque Isle Partnership, and proceeds benefit environmental programs and projects at Presque Isle. Karen and I bought postcards, a refrigerator magnet, and lighthouse Christmas tree ornaments.
Spring and Fall: Thurs-Sun, 10 am - 4 pm
Memorial Day - Labor Day: Daily 10 am - 5 pm
What to buy: Bird Books
Children's Nature Items
Presque Isle Tour Tapes
Prints and Notecards by Local Artists
Local Lighthouse Replicas
Presque Isle Patches
Presque Isle T-Shirts
Updated Jul 12, 2005
Address: P.O. Box 8510, Erie, PA 16505
Located at Misery Bay, an inlet of Presque Isle Bay, in Presque Isle State Park. Dedicated to those who died in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. Viewing
daily, 8 am to sunset.
Written Oct 7, 2002
Just a few days before our trip I read an article which listed Presque Isle State Park, Pennsylvania, as one of the 25 worst tourist destinations in America for traffic bottlenecks due to summer vacation travel. We were expecting the worst, and were pleasantly surprised. Karen and I arrived at Presque Isle at about noon on Sunday, July 3, and although traffic was steady we were not unduly delayed. However the parking lots at most of the beaches were packed. Maybe most of the vacationers were already there. We stayed for the remainder of the day and had no serious problem finding places to park or picnic.
Updated Jul 12, 2005
Stephen-KarenConn Says: 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...
Stephen-KarenConn Says: The sandy beaches of Presque Isle, washed by the sparkling clear waters of Lake Erie, provide the only opportunity for surf swimming in the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Of the five great lakes, all of which are known for their cold waters, Lake Erie is the warmest....
Stephen-KarenConn Says: Presque Isle is not the kind of place one would go to find a wilderness hiking experience, but for the casual day-hiker it offers wonderful opportunities. There are 15 short trails, each with its unique interest, ranging in length from 0.2 to 2 miles, and totaling 11 miles....
Stephen-KarenConn Says: Fishing is a very popular activity at Presque Isle, and we saw many people fishing both from the shore and aboard boats. Common species are perch, bass, walleye, trout and steelhead in Lake Erie. Panfish, perch, bass, muskellunge, walleye, northern pike, crappies, smelt and...