Route: 5 and Alternate Route 5, the Bayfront Parkway and Peninsula Drive, Erie County
Escape to Pennsylvania's very own seashore. The Seaway Trail offers excellent views of Lake Erie and Presque Isle State Park, a 3,200-acre peninsula that's a haven to swimmers, hikers, bikers, and rollerbladers. Boat, fish, or take a plunge along seven miles of unfettered surf beaches. The glorious sunsets alone are worth the trip.
Hang out at Downtown Erie's Renaissance Bayfront District, home to the Erie Maritime Museum, the Presque Isle Lighthouse, built in 1872, and the 1867 Land Lighthouse. Restaurants, festivals, historic districts, and amusement parks make the Erie coastline a divine playground. And its winding roads through the quaint towns of Pennsylvania's wine country make it a trip you’ll never forget.
Take a guided winery tour. Learn about the fine art of winemaking and the delicate decisions of the wine master as he blends modern science with his ancient art at Mazza Vineyards, nestled along the shores of Lake Erie Wine Country.
Before leaving, check out the interactive Tom Ridge Environmental Center to feel, see, and hear the wonders of the natural world. At the Erie Maritime Museum, stop in the U.S. Brig Niagara, a Sailing School Vessel where you’ll learn about the War of 1812 and the Battle of Lake Erie.
The gateway to Presque Isle and Lake Erie and home to one of the most stimulating and memorable experiences in Pennsylvania, Tom Ridge Environmental Center is an educational center at heart. Dedicated to teaching visitors about the Unique 3,200 acres of Presque Isle and the different forms of life that inhabit the peninsula.
Bigger IS better! The Big Green Screen Theater at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center offers vivid images, dynamic sound and captivating films for the entire family. Experience the only large format theater in Northwest Pennsylvania with its 4 story high, 45 foot wide screen that brings you as close to reality as you can get without being there.Read More >