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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.
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Recently booked Erie hotels
|Hotel||Last booked||Stars||Price from|
|Homewood Suites by Hilton Erie||1 day ago||$88|
|Wingate by Wyndham Erie||1 day ago||$71|
|Days Inn Erie||1 day ago||$50|
|Fairfield Inn by Marriott Erie||2 days ago||$73|
|Hilton Garden Inn Erie||2 days ago||$92|
|Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel||3 days ago||$119|
|Red Roof Erie||4 days ago||$48|
|Econo Lodge Erie||4 days ago||$47|
|Holiday Inn Express & Suites ERIE (SUMMIT TOWNSHIP)||5 days ago||$94|
|Lake Erie Lodge Erie||5 days ago||$49|
Recently Rated Erie Hotels
|Comfort Inn Presque Isle||
3.4 / 541 reviews
|Fairfield Inn by Marriott Erie||
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|Red Roof Erie||
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|Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel||
4.3 / 566 reviews
|Home2 Suites by Hilton Erie, PA||
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|Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Erie South, PA||
3.8 / 542 reviews
|Holiday Inn Express & Suites ERIE (SUMMIT TOWNSHIP)||
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|Knights Inn Erie Downtown||
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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... More
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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... More
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... More
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... More
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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... More
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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... More
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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... More
At the El Patio, you're just minutes from 7 miles of beaches at Presque Isle State Park. In addition to great swimming and sunbathing, here you'll find hiking, biking and rollerblading trails,... More
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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... More
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... More
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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... More
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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... More
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... More
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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!... More
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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... More
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Residence Inn by Marriott in breath taking Erie PA is conveniently located between Buffalo, NY, Pittsburgh PA, and Cleveland OH. With easy access to General Electric, Lord Corporation, Tom Ridge... More