Geographically speaking, Presque Isle is the 3200 acres of sandy reef that stretches out into the waters of Lake Erie. The State Park, while relatively small, is the unofficial term for a much larger area. Complete with sand, surf, and seaside fun, the only thing that Presque Isle is missing over any of the Atlantic shore beach destinations, is salt water. For the best of the beach without the coast, here is your getaway guide to Presque Isle.
Presque Isle State Park
1 Peninsula Drive
Erie, PA 16505
Unlike any other State Park in Pennsylvania, Presque Isle is a seafront sanctuary on the edge of Lake Erie. Most visitors to the park prefer the summertime scene but there are recreational activities for all seasons there. There’s fishing, both open water and through the ice, 11 miles of scenic hiking trails, cross country skiing, boating, picnicking and much more. Each visit to the Presque Isle State Park is an opportunity to experience something new.
Ciao’s Fishing Charters
4156 West 28th St.
Erie, PA 16506
1.5 million gamefish are caught annually in Lake Erie and its surrounding tributaries. There are no shortage of guides and charter services to choose from if you’re chasing after trophy steelhead, walleye, perch and bass on the Lake. For first time anglers it can be a little difficult to decide which one to choose. Ciao’s is one of the Erie areas best known fishing charters. They provide first class service, safety, and exceptional fishing. For a complete list of packages the guide service provides click here.
Presque Isle Downs and Casino
8199 Perry Highway
Erie, PA 16509
Combining all the excitement of casino gambling with live horse racing events on site, the Presque Isle Downs and Casino is the place to see if you’re looking to hit it big. They offer 44 table games, slots and everything else you’ve come to expect in a full service gambling establishment. Whether you’re looking for a little excitement, fine dining or a bit of night life you’ll find it at Presque Isle Downs and Casino.
Spencer House Bed and Breakfast
519 West 6th St.
Erie, PA 16507
The Spencer house is an Erie landmark. The converted Victorian mansion now serves as one of the areas preeminent Bed and Breakfast. The rooms are luxurious, charming and most importantly comfortable. Breakfast is a true delight, offering spiced potatoes, fresh fruit, thick cut bacon and cinnamon chip pancakes. Click on the Spencer House B and B’s website to find out more about dining options, suites, and booking information.
1662 West 8th St.
Erie, PA 16505
Price: Entrees $15-$25
Since 1975 Avanti’s Restaurant has been a staple of the Presque Dining scene. Look for menu favorites such as the Summer Squash Lasagna, Pan Fried Trout and the Pork Chop Saltimbocca. They offer a genuine harbor side dining experience, with new specials every week, excellent chowders, seafood and much more. Entrée prices are typically less than $20 so you won’t have to break the bank.