Erie, PA, USA

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Erie, PA, USA

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Erie—the jewel of Pennsylvania

The city of Erie first earned its reputation as “The Gem City” due to its setting—the glistening sapphire waters of Lake Erie along its southern shore lend the area a sparkling beauty. In recent years, however, the city’s reputation as a booming holiday destination has added more strings to its bow. It boasts an enviable proximity to a glamorous casino and racetrack, a family-friendly water park, and Presque Isle State Park, among countless other amenities—and the array of Erie vacation rentals available has made it easier than ever to discover all the city’s gems.

Erie’s ready to thrill you

Waldameer Water World is one of the country’s oldest amusement parks and operates between May and September every year. The park has rides for all ages, from pulse-pounding rollercoasters and drop towers for teenagers and adults to funhouses and carousels for younger children. An arcade offers relief on rainy days, while live shows and music let you take a breather from the action. A number of snack bars and shops are dotted throughout the park, and picnic areas are also available. Preparing lunch in the kitchen of your self-catering Erie vacation rental is a great way to save a little cash.

Art in Erie

The Erie Art Museum showcases a different side to life in the city, with galleries displaying sculptures, paintings, and photography, among other works. The facility is dedicated to fostering local creativity, not only by exhibiting pieces by local artists, but also through educational programs. The itinerary of upcoming events can be found on the museum’s website, along with the center’s opening hours. The museum is typically closed on Mondays and major holidays; free entry is also available on certain days, so make sure to do your research.

Snow on Lake Erie

Winters are the best time to find vacation rentals in Erie, though you’ll have to be prepared to brave the elements. Snowfall is common during these months, with cold snaps forming across the lake. In summer, temperatures rise, as do prices, so booking early is essential to guarantee a good deal. Averages reach the high 70s during this period, so it’s a fabulous time to get out and about and enjoy your surroundings. The fall brings mild conditions and scenic autumnal foliage, and is another great choice for outdoors enthusiasts.

The beauty of Erie

A sandy peninsula jutting into Lake Erie, Presque Isle State Park is the go-to spot for exploring Pennsylvania’s environmental diversity. Over 320 species of birds are known to inhabit the park, making it a top spot for bird-watchers. Osprey and bald eagles are sighted in April and May, while waterfowl and monarch butterflies can be spotted during the migratory period in October. Fishing is another common pastime in the park, with northern pike, perch, and steelhead among the top catches. Leashed dogs are allowed in specified areas, so travelers staying in pet-friendly Erie vacation rentals can take their 4-legged friends for a well-deserved outing.