Presque Isle State Park (16 miles) – Presque Isle State Park, including the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, is a 3,200-acre sandy peninsula that arches into Lake Erie. As Pennsylvania’s only “seashore,” Presque Isle offers its visitors a beautiful coastline and many recreational activities, including swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, bicycling and in-line skating. A National Natural Landmark, Presque Isle is a favorite spot for migrating birds. Because of the many unique habitats, Presque Isle contains a greater number of the state’s endangered, threatened and rare species than any other area of comparable size in Pennsylvania.
Tom Ridge Environmental Center(15.5 miles) – The Tom Ridge Environmental Center is the gateway to Presque Isle. TREC is located before the entrance to Presque Isle State Park, directly across from the entrance to Waldameer Park and Water World. The center is open year-round, offering visitors information and insights into the unique 3,200 acre Presque Isle and the many different forms of life that inhabit it. TREC features interactive exhibits, the Big Green Screen Theater, a Nature Shop and Gallery, the Sunset Café, a regional visitors’ center and a 75-foot-high observation tower overlooking the peninsula.
Wineries & Vineyards
Fox Run Golf Course (7 miles) – One of the area’s finest courses, where you will find country club conditions at daily fee prices. The course offers nine beautifully landscaped and meticulously maintained holes that provide a fun and challenging day for golfers of all skill levels. Call ahead for tee times to minimize your wait.
Golf Courses & Country Clubs
Waldameer Amusement Park & Water World (15.5 miles) – Not that “same little park” anymore, Waldameer is home to the Ravine Flyer II Coaster, winner of the coveted Golden Ticket Award as the Best New Ride in the World for 2008 as presented by Amusement Today. Three new rides have been introduced for the 2011 season. Waldameer and Water World feature scores of amusement park rides, magnificent water park slides, live shows, a modern arcade, midway games, food and refreshment centers, souvenir and gift shops, and numerous picnic pavilions – all surrounded by gorgeous landscaping.
Travel Directions & Area Attractions
Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park(6 miles) – Splash Lagoon is Erie’s indoor water park resort where the temperature is a balmy 84° and there is never a rainy day! The park features the Kid’s Zone, with shallow water attractions just for the kids; Takin’ It Easy, with easy going rides for the times you need to slow down; Wave Pool, Wild Slides, tube and body slides for fast-paced excitement; and Extreme Rides, for the most hardcore thrill seekers. Additional attractions include Lazer Tag, the Treasure Island Family Arcade, the Family Activity Center, Laguna Grill, and more.
Presque Isle Downs & Casino (8 miles) – Presque Isle Downs & Casino is home to 2,000 slots, live thoroughbred racing, exciting live entertainment, Pennsylvania’s finest simulcasting, and traditional & international cuisine.
Erie SeaWolves (13 miles) – The Erie SeaWolves are the Double-A affiliate of the American League’s Detroit Tigers. The stadium at historic Jerry Uht Park features six luxury suites, a picnic area, three main concession stands, and a raised upper deck of seats along the first base side. But perhaps the most unique feature of the park includes a “short porch” in left field where numerous home runs are belted over the fence just 312 feet away from home plate.
Mound Grove Golf and Recreation (6 miles) – Mound Grove Golf & Recreation is a par 72 course that is 6,546 yards from the back tee and has a slope of 108.
Crab Apple Ridge Golf Course (2 miles) – Crab Apple Ridge is 125+ acres of gently rolling terrain sprinkled with Crab Apple trees throughout the course that once marked the state line between Pennsylvania and New York. There are 3 ponds on the course, but they only come into play on 2 holes. Native wetlands come into play on several holes, especially #1. Multiple tee boxes allow golfers to chose a variety of course distances. The course was designed to provide a most enjoyable golfing experience to golfers of every skill level.
Erie Zoo (10 miles) – The Erie Zoo is home to over 400 animals, representing more than 100 species, from around the world. Winding walkways take visitors through the beautifully landscaped grounds which feature 2500 specimens from 600 species of plants. In fact, the zoo has expanded its name to include the Zoological Park and Botanical Garden of Northwestern Pennsylvania. The zoo also features a family-friendly carousel and train ride.
Sparrow Pond Family Campground & Recreation Center is Western Pennsylvania’s newest campground and also one of the easiest to access. The park is located just 6 miles South of I-90 and Peach Street, a 10 minute drive to Erie County’s largest shopping area, and a short distance from several major area attractions. Enjoy our convenient proximity to so much in the area, while still experiencing the serenity of nature. To find us, take I-90 Exit 24, then go South on Route 19. Better yet, use this interactive Google Map to generate precise travel directions from any point of origin, or to find your way from Sparrow Pond to your next destination.