Melissa takes all the credit for this year’s week away from home and family; she researched and planned our trip to Erie last week. At first I was thinking “what’s there to do there besides visit Presque Isle?”, but as I started to read the tourism-related information I realized they have a lot of stuff for families to do there. We had a great week there; here’s what we did:
- St. James Catholic Church (map)
- Presque Isle State Park (map): Our first visit was a drive through about half of the park, visiting the Ranger Station and one of the beaches, and walking for a bit on one of the multi-purpose trails.
- Presque Isle: Biked the lower half of the peninsula in the morning, ate a picnic lunch, then hung out at Beach 6 for the early afternoon.
- expERIEnce Children’s Museum (map)
- Erie Maritime Museum (map): Unfortunately, the rebuilt Niagara had set sail a few days earlier, so we couldn’t see her. Fortunately, the museum was great! I bought a Niagara cap.
- Penn Shore Winery and Vineyards (map)
- Mazza Vineyards (map)
- Erie Zoo (map): Erie’s Zoo seemed only a little larger than Hershey’s ZooAmerica, but I found it much more charming.
- Waldameer Park (map): A great amusement park, similar to Knoebel’s. Free parking and pay-as-you-go or less than $20 to ride everything. Ryan loved it.
- Panama Rocks (in Panama, NY) (map): Interesting rock formations that climbers would have a lot of fun with. The owners were very friendly and offered excellent facilities and info.