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Enjoy a lakeside vacation at Erie, Pennsylvania
Located on the shores of Lake Erie, this city holds a special place in the state because it is the only port on the Great Lakes. In fact, much of life and tourism in Erie revolves around the sparkling waters of the lake. Erie mixes a Midwestern small-town feel, the personality of a distinctive, thriving city, and long-established accommodations across its neighborhoods.
Things to see and do
Erie is the perfect stop on a family vacation. Beaches call to the young and the young at heart; Liberty Park and Lampe Campground are located directly on the lake. The Erie Zoo offers full-fledged adventure with a train ride through the zoo and large botanical gardens. Waldameer Water World is another family favorite found at the base of Presque Isle. From kiddie rides to soaring roller coasters, Waldameer offers laughs for everyone as well as a great way to cool off on hot, mid-summer days.
Erie offers accessible history through its beautifully maintained museums. For a nominal admission price, the Erie Art Museum boasts a collection of over 5,000 pieces and also hosts traveling collections throughout the year. The Erie Maritime Museum is located on the waterfront and houses the U.S. Brig Niagara, a flagship from the War of 1812. Children will love the expERIEnce Children's Museum, which houses many hands-on, educational exhibits.
Although Erie may not be the largest city in Pennsylvania, it still has a wide variety of arts options, including the Erie Philharmonic, which offers a pop and symphonic series, as well as the Erie Playhouse, offering several dramas, comedies and musicals throughout the year.
Several minor league teams draw sports enthusiasts to Erie during any month of the year. The Erie Seawolves play baseball at Jerry Uht Park during the summer while the Erie Insurance Arena hosts the BayHawks basketball and Otters hockey teams.
Best time to visit
Summer is the best time to visit as Erie comes alive with festivals, beach activities and family-friendly amusements on the lakeside. Average highs in mid-summer are around 80 degrees with cooling breezes. In winter, Lake Erie may freeze over by January, leaving the skies crystal clear and the well-maintained roads free from ice and snow.
The Erie International Airport (ERI) is the nearest airport with only a 12-minute drive to the city center; major airlines, including United, Delta and US Airways, offer daily service.
Those who prefer train travel can pull directly into Union Station in downtown Erie. However, most trains arrive and depart sometime after midnight. For even more budget-friendly travel, visitors can use the Greyhound Bus Station with connections to Buffalo, New York and Cleveland. Drivers have easy access to all of Erie.
Where to stay
The Glass House Inn offers comfortable, tastefully decorated rooms near Presque Isle State Park. The Fairfield Inn by Marriot, conveniently located off the interstate, is a popular choice for business travelers. Accommodations close to the waterfront include the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel with gorgeous lake views, and Homewood Suites for longer stays.
Erie offers warm summers with moderate humidity and cold winters with lots of snow. Spring features some very warm days mixed in with unexpected snow or ice storms. Autumn sees crisp days with prolonged sunshine. Winter squalls occasionally blow in from Canada, picking up a great deal of moisture over the lake.
Recently booked Erie hotels
|Hotel||Last booked||Stars||Price from|
|Americas Best Value Inn Erie||3 hours ago||$66|
|Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Erie||4 hours ago||$63|
|Super 8 Erie/I 90||7 hours ago||$67|
|Courtyard by Marriott Erie||17 hours ago||$119|
|Holiday Inn Express & Suites ERIE (SUMMIT TOWNSHIP)||21 hours ago||$103|
|La Quinta Inn & Suites Erie||1 day ago||$75|
|Homewood Suites by Hilton Erie||1 day ago||$115|
|Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Erie South, PA||1 day ago||$79|
|Red Roof Erie||1 day ago||$62|
|Home2 Suites by Hilton Erie, PA||1 day ago||$125|
Recently Rated Erie Hotels
|La Quinta Inn & Suites Erie||
4.2 / 586 reviews
|Quality Inn & Suites Conference Center||
3.1 / 528 reviews
|Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel||
4.3 / 571 reviews
|Comfort Inn Presque Isle||
3.5 / 545 reviews
|Red Roof Erie||
3.8 / 570 reviews
|Super 8 Erie/I 90||
3.7 / 554 reviews
|Baymont Inn & Suites Erie||
1.0 / 51 reviews
|Wingate by Wyndham Erie||
4.0 / 598 reviews
|Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Erie||
3.6 / 578 reviews
|Home2 Suites by Hilton Erie, PA||
4.7 / 59 reviews
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Featured Erie Hotels
55 West Bay Drive
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Experience the new Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel, the area's very first waterfront hotel located near State Street in the heart of Erie's Bayfront Marina District. Our stylish hotel offers sweeping...
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7865 Perry Hwy
A great 100 Percent Smoke-Free location with newly renovated rooms less than one half mile from Presque Isle Downs! Mercyhurst College, Gannon University, Millcreek Mall, Erie Zoo, Family First...
7820 Perry Hwy
The La Quinta Inn & Suites Erie was recently named a 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award winner! 100% Non Smoking Hotel The smoke-free, pet friendly La Quinta Inn & Suites hotel...
16 West 10th Street
The Avalon Hotel and Conference Center is without exception a luxurious convention quality hotel. Each guestroom was created with your comfort in mind designed in rich traditional furnishings...
7415 Schultz Road
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The Days Inn Erie is conveniently located at the intersection of I-90 and Route 97 at exit 27, just minutes from Presque Isle Downs Casino and just 5 minutes from the resort area with miles of...
Overpriced and outdated; great staff
2800 W 8th Street
Presque Isle State park- swimming, biking, boating, and fishing, Waldameer Park and Water World, Millcreek Mall Complex, Erie Art Museum, Bicentennial Tower, Tom Ridge Environmental Center, Pepsi...
205 West 10th Street
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Centrally located in downtown Erie. Many fine restaurants close by Within walking distance to the Historical Warner Theatre, Erie Civic Center, Jerry Uht Baseball Stadium, Firefighters Historical...
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1015 Peninsula Drive (PA rt. 832)
The Lake Erie Lodge is ideally located to many of Pennsylvania's most appealing sites such as Lake Erie, Waldameer Park & Water World, Erie Civic Center, Presque Isle Sate Park and the Erie Zoo...
8040 B Perry Hwy
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This 91-room, 4-floor, Super 8 is located in Erie, PA just off of Exit 27 on I-90 South. The property is conveniently located near the Interstate which allows for easy on and off access for your...
6101 Wattsburg Road
Americas Best Value Inn Erie welcomes you to a great city on a great lake. Prepare to be charmed by the unbeatable combination of small-town charm and security with large-city energy and...
2084 Interchange Road
Free hot breakfast and high speed internet access
Welcome Home to Erie, PennsylvaniaSituated on the Millcreek Mall property, close to Presque Isle State Park and a short drive from Erie International Airport, Homewood Suites by Hilton® Erie offers...
3041 West 12th Street
This Comfort Inn hotel is only three miles from the downtown area. Visitors will enjoy the many beaches, nature trails, tennis courts, golf courses and museums in the area. This Erie hotel is...
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2082 Interchange Road
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Fairfield Inn Erie by Marriott has a proud reputation as one of the favorite hotels in Erie, PA for business and leisure guests. We have a convenient location near tax-free shopping at Millcreek...
visitor to convention center
8170 Perry Highway
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Stay close to entertainment at the Baymont Inn and Suites Erie. Located across the street from the Presque Isle Downs and Casino, the hotel offers 24-hour shuttle service to and from the casino,...
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8040-A Perry Highway
The Quality Inn and Suites is just minutes from Pesque Isle Downs Casino and racetrack and only one exit from the Millcreek Mall and other shopping opportunities. Our guests recieve a 7.00 USD free...
2087 Interchange Road
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SpringHill Suites Erie by Marriott is located in beautiful Erie County just 6 miles from the Erie International Airport. Our all suite hotel provides guests all the comforts of home with separate...
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2540 W. 8th Street
Conveniently located near Interstate 79 and Highway 20, this Rodeway Inn hotel is walking distance from Lake Erie and Scott Park. Guests will enjoy our close proximity to Yoga Erie, Colony Pub and...
8060 Old Oliver Road
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Conveniently located off Interstate 90 in the heart of the restaurant and shopping district, this Wingate by Wyndham Erie is near Erie International Airport, Tom Ridge Field, Presque Isle Downs and...
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2090 Interchange Road
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Hello! The TownePlace Suites by Marriott Erie, PA, adjacent to the newly remodeled 170+ store Millcreek Mall Complex, is just the destination whether you need to stay one or one hundred nights!...
8100 Peach Street
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This Microtel Inn by Wyndham Erie is just off Interstate 90, close to Presque Isle Downs and Casino, and family-friendly fun at Splash Lagoon Water Park. Family First Sports Park, restaurants,...