Outdoor Adventures

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Explore the Outdoors


Whether your adventurous spirit enjoys swimming, skiing, biking, running, fishing, camping, horseback riding, golfing or simply laying on the beach, we’ve got space for you!  Erie was named the Best Destination for Sports with Natural Venues by SportsEvents Magazine and the reasons are abundant.  Hike our nature trails, delve into Lake Erie waters, creeks, streams and tributaries or sleep under the stars.


Erie’s largest outdoor playground and National Natural Landmark, Presque Isle State Park, on the shores of Lake Erie and beautiful Presque Isle Bay, welcomes over 4 million visitors each year. Enjoy swimming, surfing, hiking, biking, boating, kayaking, segways, surreys, ice-kiting, cross country skiing, canoeing, birding, fishing and more.  Seven miles of sandy beaches and world-class sunsets await you.  Recreation equipment rentals are available outside and inside the Park.  Presque Isle is part of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail, an America’s Byway™, a 518-mile scenic driving route that follows the shores of Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario, and the St. Lawrence River in New York and Pennsylvania.


Explore Asbury Woods Nature Center’s 250-acre property with well-kept trails perfect for exploring on foot, bike or even snow shoes!   Saddle up and travel miles of trails through fields, woods, freshwater creeks and wild flowers at Double D.A.B. Riding Stables.  Not too far down the road, Peek’n Peak Ski Resort’s new Aerial Adventure Course provides the best thrill seeker “fix”.  This newly opened attraction consists of 69 obstacles in 8 separate courses of varying difficulties with giant zip lines, ultimate bungee, rope bridges, tight ropes and more!


Bundle up for Pennsylvania’s coolest ride and go snowmobiling throughout Erie County or test your skills at downhill skiing and tubing at Peek ‘n Peak Ski Resort or Mount Pleasant of Edinboro.  Cross country ski or snow shoe at Presque Isle State Park, Asbury Woods or Erie Bluffs State Park.


Additional outdoor recreation includes:  camping, birding, ice fishing, geocaching plus Erie Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Goodell Gardens & Homestead, Family First Sports Park, Isabell’s Painted Gardens, Lake Effect Sailing, Pennsylvania’s Scenic Route 6, Presque Isle Scenic Boat Tours, Scallywags Pirate Adventures, and Victorian Princess Cruises.


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Twenty-eight golf courses are ready to challenge your skills in the Erie region. For a challenging game play 18 at Whispering Woods Golf Club, or 36 holes at Peek ‘n Peak Resort in nearby Clymer NY. Enjoy Erie Golf Course and be pleasantly surprised at how close the courses are to the city. If the family is along, hone your putting at HarborView Miniature Golf on Erie’s picturesque Bayfront.   Ranked 9th Best Public Golf Course in Pennsylvania by PGA.com, Whispering Woods Golf Club features five sets of tees, chiseled fairways, 50 bunkers and creatively shaped greens, all designed by late golf course architect John Exley. Erie Golf Club, designed by A.W. Tillinghast is a tough yet rewarding course with rolling fairways, hilly terrain, challenging greens and 30+ bunkers. Peek ‘N Peak’s upper course features a unique terrain and natural qualities with panoramic rolling hills, great elevation changes, deep sand bunkers and mature woods. Their lower course bent-grass fairways are lined by mature hardwoods, strategic bunkers and ponds. Crab Apple Ridge Golf Course is one of the best golf courses in the tri-state area with 125+ acres of gently rolling terrain sprinkled with apple trees, generous fairways, large greens, and multiple tee boxes to accommodate golfers of all skill levels.



Fish from shore or stream, bring your boat or hire a charter (we suggest Tiny Tim’s Charters or Bassin’ on the Bay). Marinas, boat launches and bait and tackle concessions dot Erie’s Bayfront. Northwest fisherie
Pennsylvania is one of the country’s greatest angling destinations and Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay and the surrounding creeks, streams, tributaries and ponds are the places to land your big catch!  Cast your line for diverse game fish species including steelhead, trout, muskies, walleye, pan fish, pike, bluegill, smallmouth and largemouth bass, salmon, catfish, perch and crappies.


Fish Tips: Fishing enthusiasts are presented with a variety of options in the spring. Steelhead is plentiful from late September to early May in Lake Erie tributaries and creeks.  In April, pan fish and bass are found in smaller ponds, while pike and muskies are seen in Presque Isle Bay depending on the ice melt.  April also brings the arrival of trout season plus the appearance of bass and walleye in Lake Erie.  All of the above mentioned fish species are available in May with the exception of Steelhead.  Smallmouth bass travel to Presque Isle Bay in May to spawn and June is heavy with trout, bluegill and inland pike.

Click here for more interesting fish bits: ESC FishingInfo sheet and
The Northwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report

Fishing Charters

Bassin' on the Bay Charters 

Foot of State Street/East Canal Basin
Erie, PA 16507

Tiny Tims Fishing Charters

2 State Street
Erie, PA 16507


Erie Golf Course

6050 Old Zuck Road
Erie, PA 16506

Harbor Ridge Golf Course 

3730 Harbor Ridge Trail
Erie, PA 16510
(814) 898-4653

Harbor View Miniature Golf

36 State Street
Erie, PA 16507

Millcreek Golf Course

3100 West 17th Street
Erie, PA 16505

Peek N' Peak Ski Resort & Spa

1405 Olde Road
Clymer, NY 14724

Whispering Woods Golf Club

7214 Grubb Road
Erie, PA 16506

Outdoor Attractions/Recreation

Asbury Woods Nature Center 

4105 Asbury Road
Erie, PA 16506

Camp Sherwin/YMCA 

8600 West Lake Road
Lake City, PA 16423

Double D.A.B. Riding Stables

5811 Welch Hill Road
Ripley, NY 14775

Erie Zoo & Botanical Gardens

423 West 38th Street
Erie, PA 16508

Great Lakes Seaway Trail - An America's Byway™

Route 5 and Presque Isle
Erie, PA 16505
1-800-SEAWAY-T (732-9298)

Isabell's Painted Gardens  

11851 Eureka Road
Edinboro, PA 16412

Lake Effect Sailing

West Canal Basin near foot of State Street
Erie, PA 16507

Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park (LEAF) 

1501 West 6th Street
Erie, PA 16505

Lake Erie Outfitters

421 Peninsula Drive
Erie, PA 16505

Mount Pleasant of Edinboro

14510 Mt. Pleasant Road
Cambridge Springs, PA 16403

Peek N' Peak Ski Resort & Spa

1405 Olde Road
Clymer, NY 14724

Pennsylvania International Academy (PIA) 

8155 Oliver Road
Erie, PA 16501

Pennsylvania Scenic Route 6

Erie, PA 16501
1-87-PA-ROUTE6 (877-276-8836)

Pennsylvania State Snow Mobile Association

Harrisburg, PA 17102

Presque Isle Aquabus/Water Taxi 

3 pick up locations along Presque Isle Bay
Erie, PA 16507

Presque Isle Boat Tours/The Lady Kate 

Perry Monument at Presque Isle
Erie, PA 16501

Presque Isle Canoe & Boat Livery

Presque Isle State Park/Lagoon Boat Launch
Erie, PA 16505

Presque Isle State Park 

Foot of Peninsula Drive
Erie, PA 16505

Scallywags Pirate Adventures

2 State Street
Erie, PA 16507

Victorian Princess Cruises 

Foot of State Street/Dobbins Landing
Erie, PA 16507

Yellow Bike Rental Company 

Presque Isle State Park / Waterworks Area
Erie, PA 16505

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