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FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions 

If you have a question that isn't listed below, please call our office for assistance at (814) 454-1000. 

How can I request an Erie Visitor Guide?

Request your free Erie Visitor Guide here or by calling the VisitErie office at (814) 454-1000. 

Do you have any maps of the area? 

Though countywide maps are not available at the VisitErie office, you can request a complimentary detailed map of Erie’s Downtown District and Presque Isle State Park is available by calling VisitErie at 814-454-1000. You can also email your map request along with your mailing address to info@visiterie.com. Maps are also included in the 2024 Erie Visitor Guide.

Does Erie have any hotels on the water?

Yes. Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel, Courtyard Erie Bayfront Hotel,  Lakeview on the Lake, and the Hampton Inn & Suites Erie Bayfront.

What is the general phone number for Presque Isle State Park?

(814) 833-7424

What are Presque Isle State Park’s hours of operation?

The park is open daily, year-round unless weather conditions are not favorable, from 5:00 a.m. to sunset.
Day use areas (restrooms) close at dusk.

What beaches are pet-friendly in Erie?

Presque Isle State Park is Erie’s top attraction for beaches and outdoor recreation, and a great place to let your leashed pup splash around! Click here for a complete list of things to do with your pet in Erie. 

What are Presque Isle State Park’s hours of operation?

Presque Isle State Park is open every day of the year, from 5 a.m. to sunset, unless otherwise noted. After sunset, only tenants and people engaged in evening driving are allowed in the park. There is no parking permitted after sundown.

What are the water temperatures for Lake Erie/Presque Isle beaches?

You can find up-to-date water temperatures here.

 Where is the nearest airport?

Erie International Airport/Tom Ridge Field is located at 4411 West 12th Street.  The airport features daily flights to and from Charlotte, NC via American Airlines. 

 Does Erie have a train station?

Yes. The Erie area is serviced by Amtrak/Lake Shore Limited based out of Union Station, 123 West 14th Street, Erie, PA 16501. It is an unstaffed station with a waiting room.

 What other types of public transportation does Erie offer?

The Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority (EMTA) currently operates 28 routes through the City of Erie and Erie County, Monday through Saturday. Complete schedule and route information is here. Uber and Lyft services are also available in the area.

 

What is the phone number for the Bayfront Convention Center?

(814) 455-1260

Where is the Erie Visitor Center located?

The Erie Visitor Center is inside the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, 301 Peninsula Drive.
Phone: 814-833-2940
Hours of operation are:
April 1 – October 31, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
November 1 – March 31, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday

Visitor information is also available at:
VisitErie
208 East Bayfront Parkway, 1st floor
Erie, PA 16507

Are there any vacation rentals near the beach/water?

Kelso Beach Rentals and Virginia’s Beach Lakefront Cottages & Camping. Note: Vacation rentals or other types of overnight lodging are not available at Presque Isle State Park.

Are there wine tours of Lake Erie Wine Country?

Rupp Limousine offers public and private tours of Lake Erie Wine Country. To learn more, phone 814-806-1371 or visit their website.  

 

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