There are many ways to explore Presque Isle State Park in Erie – you can hike it, bike it, or even drive around the perimeter of the park in the air-conditioned comfort of your car.
But perhaps the most unique way to explore Presque Isle State Park is by boat, aboard the Lady Kate Boat Tour!
Departing from Misery Bay (right next to the Perry Monument), the Lady Kate is a 65-foot vessel that takes you on a 14 mile, 90 minute tour that ventures out onto the open waters of Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay.
From late May through early October, the Lady Kate takes you on a tour that includes Erie’s historic lighthouses, the Presque Isle State Park beaches and shoreline, and Erie’s skyline along Presque Isle Bay.
My Experience on the Lady Kate Boat Tour
My family and I took the Lady Kate boat tour on a July afternoon.
The tour departs from a berth next to the Perry Monument, and easy landmark to find, with plenty of free parking near the Lady Kate.
Although you can buy tickets ahead of time, we simply walked up and were able to buy tickets for a tour leaving in just a few minutes.
Once out on the open water, the tour guide talked us through the sights we saw as we cruised along the shoreline of Presque Isle State Park.
The tour also takes you along the Erie waterfront, where you can catch a glimpse of the ship-shaped Erie Convention Center.
The water was a little choppy on the day of my tour, but other than a little spray from the waves wafting onto the boat, no one in my family got wet (or seasick!).
As you make your way back towards the starting point, the Lady Kate passes the U.S. Coast Guard station at Presque Isle State Park.
As our 90 minute tour ended, the Lady Kate eased back into its berth on Misery Bay.
Overall, the tour my family and I took aboard the Lady Kate was outstanding, and seeing Presque Isle State Park, Lake Erie, and Presque Isle Bay from the water was a fun and memorable experience.
To book your own tour on the Lady Kate, visit the Presque Isle Boat Tours official website.
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