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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|
|Hampton Inn Erie-South||1 day ago||$105|
|Days Inn Erie||2 days ago||$65|
|Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel||2 days ago||$93|
|Red Roof Erie||2 days ago||$49|
|Americas Best Value Inn Erie||3 days ago||$49|
|Hilton Garden Inn Erie||3 days ago||$105|
|Wingate by Wyndham Erie||4 days ago||$89|
|The Avalon Hotel||5 days ago||$71|
|Home2 Suites by Hilton Erie, PA||6 days ago||$95|
|Clarion Hotel Lake Erie||9 days ago||$63|
Recently Rated Erie Hotels
|Clarion Hotel Lake Erie||
3.4 / 529 reviews
|Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Erie||
3.7 / 579 reviews
|Hilton Garden Inn Erie||
4.1 / 514 reviews
|Baymont Inn & Suites Erie||
3.3 / 53 reviews
|Holiday Inn Express & Suites ERIE (SUMMIT TOWNSHIP)||
4.1 / 517 reviews
|Days Inn Erie||
3.3 / 540 reviews
|Super 8 Erie/I 90||
3.7 / 547 reviews
|Homewood Suites by Hilton Erie||
4.2 / 529 reviews
|Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel||
4.2 / 567 reviews
|The Avalon Hotel||
2.8 / 533 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...
7865 Perry Hwy
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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...
good staff and clean
8060 Old Oliver Road
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...
Very Good breakfast
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...
Very hot room and very cold coffee
7820 Perry Hwy
The La Quinta Inn & Suites Erie has been awarded the 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. The smoke-free, pet friendly La Quinta Inn & Suites hotel in Erie, Pennsylvania is...
Terrible business trip
2 Sassafras Pier
Includes Breakfast and Dinner for two
The new state-of-the-art Courtyard Erie Bayfront offers plentiful amenities. Located on the shore of Presque Isle Bay, the hotel offers vistas of Presque Isle State Park and is connected to Erie's...
2087 Interchange Road
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...
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
8035 Oliver Road
Complimentary breakfast, Wi-Fi Internet Access
Feel welcome the moment you arrive at Home2 Suites by Hilton Erie, PA. Located just minutes from I-90 and I-79, this eco-friendly Erie, PA, hotel offers easy access to local businesses and...
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...
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...
We couldn't have been more pleased.
8050 Old Oliver Road
Free On The House hot breakfast, Wi-Fi
Pennsylvania's gem of a port...welcome to the Hampton Inn Erie-South. Climb up into the 187-foot Bicentennial Tower overlooking Presque Isle Bay, and you'll come away with a much better...
Great value & comfortable
2225 Downs Drive
Complimentary wired and Wi-Fi Internet Access
The Hilton Garden Inn Erie hotel is the premier hotel in Erie, Pennsylvania. This beautiful new Erie, PA hotel offers the latest in guest comfort and service is conveniently located just off Exit...
Very friendly and accomodating staff.
6101 Wattsburg Road
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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...
Just what I needed
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...
Very cheap trip
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,...
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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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,...
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...
2090 Interchange Road
Rate includes breakfast & internet access
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!...