The City of Erie is the perfect destination for families looking for a beach, couples seeking a romantic hide-away, and sportsmen in search of that big catch. The Port of Erie has something for everyone at every time of year. Most visitors come to the Port of Erie during the spring and summer to enjoy one of the many beaches, explore the trails, go bird-watching, or enjoy a picnic. But autumn is a treat in the Port of Erie as the forests blaze with the rich fall colors. In the winter, skiers, tubers, and snowmobile lovers find the Port of Erie area a snowy delight.
The Port of Erie has four clearly distinct seasons. Temperatures range from an average high of 25.5 °C (78 °F) in August to an average low of 7.7 °C (18 °F) in January. Summers are comfortable, if a little humid. Winters see a lot of snow and many opportunities for outdoor recreation. Spring and autumn are glorious.
Being Pennsylvania's only Great Lakes port, the Port of Erie is excited about its revitalized waterfront area. The Port of Erie is a favorite place for recreational boaters on Lake Erie. The Bayfront District waterfront contains restaurants, entertainment, shopping, and recreational opportunities. Within walking distance of the Bayfront District are several museums and art galleries. Boaters will find that the Port of Erie offers a wide range of charter services for people who want to fish, sail, take a riverboat ride, or service their own boat.
The Port of Erie's Presque Isle State Park, a 1.3 hectare peninsula protects the harbor and forms the bay. This sandy National Natural Landmark supports many rare species and offers 11 kilometers of unspoiled beaches. Visitors to the State Park enjoy the many opportunities to swim, fish, hike, bicycle, boat, body surf, and skate. Water taxis at the Bayfront's Dobbins Landing and Liberty Park carry visitors to the park.
The Port of Erie Maritime Museum is also located in the Bayfront District, and it is home to the US Brig Niagara, the official flagship of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Built to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie, the Niagara is now a floating museum with interactive exhibits that tell the story of Erie's role in the War of 1812.