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.
Crab Apple Ridge Golf Course
GOLF, FISH, GO!
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
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.
Bassin' on the Bay ChartersFoot of State Street/East Canal Basin
Erie, PA 16507
Erie Zoo & Botanical Gardens423 West 38th Street
Erie, PA 16508
Isabell's Painted Gardens6260 Crane Road
Edinboro, PA 16412
Lake Effect SailingWest Canal Basin near foot of State Street
Erie, PA 16507
Mount Pleasant of Edinboro14510 Mt. Pleasant Road
Cambridge Springs, PA 16403
Presque Isle Boat Tours/The Lady KatePerry Monument at Presque Isle
Erie, PA 16501
Presque Isle Canoe & Boat LiveryPresque Isle State Park/Lagoon Boat Launch
Erie, PA 16505
Scallywags Pirate Adventures2 State Street
Erie, PA 16507
Victorian Princess CruisesFoot of State Street/Dobbins Landing
Erie, PA 16507
Yellow Bike Rental CompanyPresque Isle State Park / Waterworks Area
Erie, PA 16505