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Popular amenities for Erie vacation rentals

Stay near Erie's top sights

Erie Zoo50 locals recommend
Erie Insurance Arena8 locals recommend
Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel3 locals recommend
UPMC Park6 locals recommend
Bicentennial Tower14 locals recommend
Erie Art Museum30 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Erie

  • Total rentals

    290 properties

  • Total number of reviews

    15K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    180 properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    90 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    160 properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Wifi availability

    280 properties include access to wifi

Your guide to Erie

Welcome to Erie

As Pennsylvania’s main gateway to the Great Lakes, it’s fitting that Erie bears the name of the lake it hugs. The popular Presque Isle State Park shows off seven miles of sandy shores in Lake Erie with 11 public beaches. But the area also has plenty of trails to hike, mountains to ski, and courses to golf, drawing outdoor lovers of every kind. The museum scene is just as lively, including the Erie Art Museum, the Erie Maritime Museum, the expERIEnce Children’s Museum, and the Hagen History Center. The Erie African American Heritage Trail traces key events in Black history, and the Erie Mural Arts Tour follows more than 80 works of street art. The growing food scene is well represented at the Flagship City Food Hall.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Erie

With its lakefront location, the weather in Erie is often determined by the lake effect conditions. Generally, late spring to early fall is the sweet spot for pleasant temperatures, making it the busiest time of year to book one of the area’s vacation rentals. In the spring and fall, the temperature can swing from perfectly pleasant to near-freezing cold within a day. Winters are so chilly that the lake tends to freeze over, and snow can fall up to 11 times a month. Festivals are a way of life here, with the Erie Microbrew Fest in April; Pridefest, Bikefest, and Cyclefest in June and July; Celebrate Erie and Erie County Fair in August; Honey Harvest Festival in September; and Downtown D’Lights in December. All through the summer months, there are fireworks after the minor league baseball games at the stadium.

Top things to do in Erie

Presque Isle State Park

This 3,200-acre peninsula curving into Lake Erie is considered the state’s only real seashore — and it sure does lake life right. Besides water activities such as swimming, surfing, scuba diving, boating, and fishing, and land-based ones such as hiking and inline skating, it’s also a popular stop for migrating birds, including many that are endangered.

Hagen History Center

On Millionaires Row in Erie, the restored Watson-Curtze Mansion, built in 1892, is itself a sight, with stained glass, mosaic tiles, and intricate wood carvings. But it’s also now part of the Hagen History Center, dedicated to preserving the area’s legacy. Also on site are the Wood-Morrison House and Carriage House Gift Shop.

Lake Erie Arboretum Frontier (LEAF)

Simply put, LEAF is a tree museum. With more than 1,000 trees in the arboretum that sits inside the city’s Frontier Park, the free park has sections of pine, beech, oak, dogwood, and elm trees, as well as a wetlands area and Cascade Creek running throughout. There’s also a labyrinth, for walking meditations, and a winter garden that showcases plants that peak when others aren’t in season.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Erie?

    Located in the northeastern United States, Erie experiences a humid continental climate. Summers are generally warm and humid with average temperatures around 80°F (27°C), while winters are often cold and snowy with temperatures falling to around 20°F (-6°C). Snowfall is a common occurrence, making winter activities like snowboarding and ice fishing popular.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Erie?

    Erie is a wonderful destination brimming with activities for all ages. Visitors can explore the Erie Maritime Museum, unwind at Presque Isle State Park, or interact with marine life at the Erie Zoo. For those interested in history, the Watson-Curtze Mansion is often recommended.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Erie?

    The most popular time to visit Erie is during the summer months, from June to August, when the weather is warmest. During this period, visitors can enjoy local events like the Presque Isle Downs Masters Wine Festival and the Discover Presque Isle Days, which celebrates the natural beauty of Presque Isle State Park.

  • What are the best places to stay in Erie?

    Downtown Erie, with its close proximity to local attractions and a variety of lodging options, is a popular place to stay. The Bayfront area is also frequently suggested, with its stunning lake views and easy access to Presque Isle State Park.

  • What are the best places to visit in Erie?

    Erie is home to diverse attractions. You can explore the Erie Art Museum, visit the Bicentennial Tower for panoramic lake views, or discover the wildlife at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center. The Warner Theatre is also a popular site for its architectural beauty.

  • What are some hiking trails in Erie?

    For nature enthusiasts, Erie provides several hiking trails. The 13.5 miles (22 km) multi-purpose trail at Presque Isle State Park is a popular choice. Other trails frequently suggested include the North Country Trail, which passes through Erie County, and the trails at Asbury Woods Nature Center.

  • What are some family activities to do in Erie?

    Families visiting Erie have a plethora of activities to enjoy. They can explore the ExpERIEnce Children's Museum, meet animals at the Erie Zoo, or spend a day at Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park. The Presque Isle State Park is also a family-friendly destination with its beaches and picnic areas.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Erie?

    Explore Presque Isle State Park, a nature lover's paradise famous for its diverse bird population and serene beaches. Satisfy your cultural curiosity at the Erie Art Museum or delve into the past at the Erie Maritime Museum. For family-friendly entertainment, check out the Erie Zoo and Botanical Gardens or thrill your senses at Waldameer Park & Water World, known for its roller coasters and water slides. Lastly, immerse yourself in nature at Asbury Woods, where you can go hiking, biking, or cross-country skiing during winter.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Erie?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 170 vacation rentals in Erie featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Erie?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Erie. Choose from more than 90 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

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