Outdoor Adventures

Take a kayak tour of Presque Isle lagoons – Photo by Christina Ricchiuti

 

 

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 recently 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. Miles of sandy surf beaches are waiting for you to stretch out on, fly a kite, build a sandcastle or just soak in some rays.  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.

Surrey rentals available at Presque Isle State Park

Join Capt. Jack Sparrow aboard the Scallywags Pirate Ship!

Set sail for a Great Lakes adventure aboard one of three touring vessels. It’s a pirate’s life for everyone on board the Scallywag, an interactive tour for swashbucklers of all ages.  Are you brave enough to man the ship’s water cannons and help win back its stolen treasure? The Victorian Princess is an authentic paddle wheel boat cruising beautiful Presque Isle Bay May through October, hosting weekly brunch, lunch, dinner, happy hour and themed cruises. Enjoy a 14-mile, 90-minute narrated cruise through the open waters of Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay on The Lady Kate. View Presque Isle’s shores, Erie’s skyline, lighthouses, ships, the beaches, Gull Point Nature Preserve, wildlife and Lake Erie’s world-class sunsets.

Explore Asbury Woods Nature Center’s 250-acre property with well-kept trails perfect for exploring on foot, bike or even snow shoes!   Asbury Woods offers a variety of nature programs that are specifically designed for children along with a variety of programs that are fun for the whole family to enjoy together.  Bundle up for Pennsylvania’s coolest ride and go snowmobiling on various trails throughout Erie County as designated by the Pennsylvania State Snowmobiling Association or test your skills at downhill skiing and tubing at Mount Pleasant of Edinboro.  Cross country ski or snow shoe at Presque Isle State Park, Asbury Woods or Erie Bluffs State Park.

Just across the PA/NY border get ready to 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 is a destination designed specifically for the outdoor enthusiast.  Try your hand at one of two golf courses, take a Segway tour or relax at their spa. The Peek’s Aerial Adventure Course provides the best thrill seeker “fix” offering 69 obstacles in 8 separate courses of varying difficulties with giant zip lines, ultimate bungee, rope bridges, tight ropes and more! Winter activities at the Peek include downhill skiing, tubing and cross country skiing.

 

Additional outdoor recreation includes:  Camping, birding, ice fishing, geocaching plus Erie Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Goodell Gardens & Homestead, Lake Effect Sailing, Pennsylvania’s Scenic Route 6, Great Lakes Seaway Trail and Presque Isle Touring Company.

 

Peek n Peak 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, ranked 9th Best Public Golf Course in Pennsylvania by PGA.com, featuring five sets of tees, chiseled fairways, 50 bunkers and creatively shaped greens, all designed by late golf course architect John Exleyor. Enjoy Erie Golf Course and be pleasantly surprised at how close the courses are to the city. Designed by A.W. Tillinghast, EGC is a tough yet rewarding course with rolling fairways, hilly terrain, challenging greens and 30+ bunkers. Peek ‘N Peak’s combined 36 holes on two courses (upper and lower) feature unique terrains and natural qualities with panoramic rolling hills, great elevation changes, bent-grass fairways, deep sand ponds and mature woods. 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. Harbor Ridge Golf Club is a challenging 9-hole golf course that is family friendly and open to the public with bent grass tees, fairways and greens from four sets of regulation tees and a family tee that has a USGA slope/rating. Bring the family or a group of friends to enjoy mini golf, bayside at Harborview Miniature Golf nestled in Erie’s picturesque Bayfront.

A true “hidden gem” in the Erie County area is North Hills Golf Course in neighboring Corry PA.  North Hills offers large greens, tree-lined fairways, and multiple tee boxes to provide an outstanding golf experience.  The layout, designed by noted architect Ed Ault, provides gentle rolling hills and scenic views that make for an unforgettable round of golf.  The 34 sand bunkers and numerous water hazards will keep you challenged. Lake View Country Club is a private golf club located 20 miles from Erie in North East, Pa, ½ mile south of I-90 at Exit 41. The Championship course is maintained to a very high standard and offers spectacular views. The par 72 layout measures 6854 from the back tees. Five sets of tees allow the course to be enjoyable for all players.

 

Fish from shore or stream, bring your boat or hire a charter (we suggest 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.

Hook the big one on the waters of Lake Erie

Fish Bits: 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

Outdoor Attractions/Recreation

Asbury Woods Nature Center 

4105 Asbury Road
Erie, PA 16506
814-835-5356
www.asburywoods.org

Camp Sherwin/YMCA 

8600 West Lake Road
Lake City, PA 16423
814-774-9416
www.ymcaerie.org

Double D.A.B. Riding Stables

5811 Welch Hill Road
Ripley, NY 14775
716-736-4418
www.doubledab.net

Erie Zoo & Botanical Gardens 

423 West 38th Street
Erie, PA 16508
814-864-4091
www.eriezoo.org

Great Lakes Seaway Trail - An America's Byway™

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

Isabell's Painted Gardens  

11851 Eureka Road
Edinboro, PA 16412
814-823-3401
www.isabellspaintedgardens.com

Lake Effect Sailing

West Canal Basin near foot of State Street
Erie, PA 16507
814-434-0600
www.lakeeffectsailing.com

Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park (LEAF) 

1501 West 6th Street
Erie, PA 16505
814-453-5323
www.leaferie.org

Lake Erie Outfitters

421 Peninsula Drive
Erie, PA 16505
814-860-1144
www.lakeerieoutfitters.com

Mount Pleasant of Edinboro

14510 Mt. Pleasant Road
Cambridge Springs, PA 16403
814-734-1641
www.skimountpleasant.com

Peek N' Peak Ski Resort & Spa

1405 Olde Road
Clymer, NY 14724
716-355-4141
www.pknpk.com

Pennsylvania International Academy (PIA) 

8155 Oliver Road
Erie, PA 16501
814-866-5425
www.PIAcademy.org

Pennsylvania Scenic Route 6


Erie, PA 16501
1-87-PA-ROUTE6 (877-276-8836)
www.paroute6.com

Pennsylvania State Snow Mobile Association


Harrisburg, PA 17102
717-441-6065
www.pasnow.org

Presque Isle Aquabus/Water Taxi 

3 pick up locations along Presque Isle Bay
Erie, PA 16507
814-881-2502
www.porterie.org

Presque Isle Boat Tours/The Lady Kate 

Perry Monument at Presque Isle
Erie, PA 16501
814-836-0201
www.piboattours.com

Presque Isle Canoe & Boat Livery

Presque Isle State Park/Lagoon Boat Launch
Erie, PA 16505
814-838-3938

Presque Isle State Park 

Foot of Peninsula Drive
Erie, PA 16505
814-833-7424
www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/presqueisle.aspx

Scallywags Pirate Adventures

2 State Street
Erie, PA 16507
814-453-2627
www.scallywagspirateadventures.com

Victorian Princess Cruises 

Foot of State Street/Dobbins Landing
Erie, PA 16507
814-459-9696
www.victorianprincess.com

Yellow Bike Rental Company 

Presque Isle State Park / Waterworks Area
Erie, PA 16505
814-838-3938

Fishing Charters

Bassin' on the Bay Charters 

Foot of State Street/East Canal Basin
Erie, PA 16507
814-460-3160
www.facebook.com/pages/Bassin-on-the-Bay-Charters/236841363068228

Golf

Erie Golf Course

6050 Old Zuck Road
Erie, PA 16506
814-866-0641
www.eriegolflinks.com

Harbor Ridge Golf Course 

3730 Harbor Ridge Trail
Erie, PA 16510
(814) 898-4653
www.hrgolfclub.com/

Harbor View Miniature Golf

36 State Street
Erie, PA 16507
814-874-3536
www.harborviewminigolf.com

Lake View Country Club 

Private club. Limited availability, 8351 Route 89
North East, PA 16428
814-725-9644
www.lakeviewcc.com

Millcreek Golf Course

3100 West 17th Street
Erie, PA 16505
814-835-5168
www.eriegolflinks.com

North Hills Municipal Golf Course

1450 North Center Street
Corry, PA 16407
814-664-4477
www.northhillsgolf.com

Peek N' Peak Ski Resort & Spa

1405 Olde Road
Clymer, NY 14724
716-355-4141
www.pknpk.com

Whispering Woods Golf Club

7214 Grubb Road
Erie, PA 16506
814-838-9942
www.whisperingwoodsgc.com

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