Destination guide

Why have one vacation when you can have them all?

There are so many different kinds of vacation _ the beach vacation, the culture trip, the city break, the outdoor adventure, or the theme park blowout. But why make your mind up before you get there? An Erie vacation rental ticks all these boxes and more. You've got outdoor activities, beaches, and birdwatching at Presque Isle State Park; waterslides and roller coasters at Waldameer Park; live music, modern art, and museums; restaurants, wineries, casinos, and microbreweries. Whatever your group, and whatever you're looking to get out of your vacation, this laid-back lakeside city is sure to deliver.

Things to do

How did your bathing suit end up all the way back there?

Ever feel like it's not a proper vacation until you've gone screaming down a waterslide and got a decent amount of water stuck permanently in your ear? An Erie vacation rental won't disappoint. At Waldameer Park, they've got slides and a wave pool, plus roller coasters, thrill rides, and kids' attractions. To tone things down a notch, you could visit the U.S. Brig Niagara museum ship at the Erie Maritime Museum, or explore the modern art collection at the Erie Art Museum. Turn up at the right time, and you might just catch some blues or jazz courtesy of the gallery's concert series.

Activities

Pennsylvania's perfect peninsula paradise

There are lots of reasons to book an Erie vacation rental, but most of them can be summed up in 4 words: Presque Isle State Park. This idyllic peninsula arches out into Lake Erie, and provides Pennsylvania's very own little piece of vacation paradise. It's got sandy beaches for swimming and siestas, miles of hiking and biking trails, its own marina for boating and kayaking, and dedicated birdwatching areas. In fact, Gull Point Natural Area is reckoned to be one of the best places in the whole of the U.S. for spying on migratory birds.

Weather

Erie sees some winters, there's snow doubt about that

Does the term "snow belt" mean anything to you? Well, Erie's in one. Its location at the edge of the vast Lake Erie results in something called lake effect snow, which is complicated, but basically means that Erie regularly features among the snowiest cities in the whole of the States. Pack the parka and the furry hat if you're planning a winter trip. Fortunately, this same lakeside location means that while everyone inland is being broiled alive at the height of summer, the good people of Erie are enjoying cool breezes and fresh air. Fair's fair, after all.

Natural features

Let's hear it for the littlest sister of the Great Lakes

Erie is named after the lake that it's cozied up against. The smallest of the so-called Great Lakes, Lake Erie is just shy of 10,000 miles in surface area. Which still makes her the 13th largest lake in the world, and shows her big sisters for the behemoths they are. The fact that she's so shallow means she often freezes in winter. From the city of Erie, the sandy peninsula of Presque Isle arcs out into the lake, and features shoreline, dunes, marshes, and forest. It's rich wildlife-watching territory, especially for migratory birds who like to stop off at Gull Point.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Erie

The nearest airport is in Erie, PA (ERI-Erie Intl.), located 5.9 mi (9.5 km) from the city center.

If you prefer train travel, you can make your way to Erie Station.

Where to stay around Erie?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 276 vacation rentals near Erie. From 58 Cabins to 137 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Erie for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Erie?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Erie. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Presque Isle State Park: 76 vacation rentals
  • Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier: 60 vacation rentals
  • Waldameer Water World: 53 vacation rentals
  • Bayfront Convention Center: 100 vacation rentals
  • Erie Zoo: 105 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Erie listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Erie?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 58 Cabins in Erie. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Erie include:

  • Houses: 137 rentals available
  • Cottages: 58 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 56 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Erie?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 55 vacation rentals with pool available in Erie. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.