Erie is Pennsylvania's fourth largest city, with a population of nearly 300,000 people.
Despite Lake Erie being the smallest of the Great Lakes, there isn't a lack of things to do in around its 871 miles of shoreline. Located along the shore of Lake Erie, the town of Erie has a zoo and botanical gardens, a children's museum, an amusement park and houses the famous Flagship Niagara, a vessel that captured the lake from the British during the War of 1812.
Get back to nature with a group of birdwatchers at Presque Isle State Park, or go boating along Misery Bay where you will find other recreation seekers canoeing and rowing away an afternoon. The circumference of Erie hosts an array of wineries and vineyards, and camping is also a popular way of spending the night in Erie.
Erie Bluffs State Park has over 500 acres of forestlands and wetlands, and gorgeous rare flora to discover. Lake Erie has great fishing, camping, and boating opportunities, and of course, has Presque Isle, the only beach in the PA. With miles of hiking and cross country skiing in the winter, Lake Erie is a proven popular family vacation destination.
Erie is located along the shore of Lake Erie in Northwestern Pennsylvania and is accessible off I-90 east/west, or I-79 North.