Region: Pennsylvania's Great Lakes Region
Erie is the Commonwealth's only Great Lakes port city. Swimming, boating, and fishing are abundant at Presque Isle State Park; with 7 miles of beaches, world-class sunsets and plentiful outdoor recreation. Erie offers cultural and historical attractions, AA baseball, OHL hockey, NBA D-League Basketball, cross-country and downhill skiing, golf, theater, shopping, wineries, amusement parks, a casino and more. Lake Erie is the world's 13th-largest natural lake and home port of the U.S. Brig Niagara, the flagship of Commodore Perry. The Niagara was vital to the Commodore's victory at the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812; she is now a floating maritime museum. Erie is home to the oldest land lighthouse on the Great Lakes and was chosen as one of the top-20 family-fishing spots in the nation by Field and Stream. The city was named for the Eriez tribe, who spoke an Iroquois language. "Erie" means "raccoon."