Taking the Lady Kate Boat Tour at Presque Isle State Park

Exploring Presque Isle State Park by boat on the Lady Kate.

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.

Bicycling is a popular activity at Presque Isle State Park.
Bicycling is a popular way to explore Presque Isle State Park in Erie.

But perhaps the most unique way to explore Presque Isle State Park is by boat, aboard the Lady Kate Boat Tour!

Exploring Presque Isle Bay aboard the Lady Kate tour boat.
Exploring Presque Isle Bay aboard the Lady Kate tour boat.

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. 

Passing a sailboat near the North Pier at Presque Isle State Park.
Passing a sailboat near the North Pier at Presque Isle State Park.

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.

The North Pier Lighthouse as view from the Lady Kate tour boat at Presque Isle State Park.
The North Pier Lighthouse as view from the Lady Kate tour boat at Presque Isle State Park.

My Experience on the Lady Kate Boat Tour

My family and I took the Lady Kate boat tour on a July afternoon.

Exploring Presque Isle State Park and Lake Erie by boat onboard the Lady Kate.
Exploring Presque Isle State Park and Lake Erie by boat onboard the Lady Kate.

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.

The Commodore Perry Monument as viewed from the Lady Kate boat tour at Presque Isle State Park.
The Commodore Perry Monument as viewed from the Lady Kate boat tour at Presque Isle State Park.

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.

The Lady Kate tour boat at Presque Isle State Park.
The Lady Kate tour boat at Presque Isle State Park.

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.

A sailing ship on Presque Isle Bay passing the Lady Kate tour boat.
A sailing ship on Presque Isle Bay passing the Lady Kate tour boat.

The tour also takes you along the Erie waterfront, where you can catch a glimpse of the ship-shaped Erie Convention Center.

A view of the Erie Convention Center from the Lady Kate boat tour of Presque Isle Bay.
A view of the Erie Convention Center from the Lady Kate boat tour of Presque Isle Bay.

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!).

The Erie waterfront and Bicentennial Tower as viewed from the Lady Kate tour boat at Presque Isle State Park.
The Erie waterfront and Bicentennial Tower as viewed from the Lady Kate tour boat at Presque Isle State Park.

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.

The US Coast Guard Station at Presque Isle State Park, as viewed from the Lady Kate boat tour.
The U.S. Coast Guard Station at Presque Isle State Park, as viewed from the Lady Kate boat tour.

As our 90 minute tour ended, the Lady Kate eased back into its berth on Misery Bay.

The Lady Kate preparing to dock after a tour of Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay.
The Lady Kate preparing to dock after a tour of Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay.

Final Thoughts

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.

The North Pier Lighthouse at Presque Isle State Park, as viewed from the Lady Kate boat tour.
The North Pier Lighthouse at Presque Isle State Park, as viewed from the Lady Kate boat tour.

To book your own tour on the Lady Kate, visit the Presque Isle Boat Tours official website.

The Lady Kate Boat Tour on Presque Isle State Park.
The Lady Kate Boat Tour on Presque Isle State Park.

Nearby Attractions

Exploring Presque Isle State Park in Erie is your guide to the 10 best things to do at Presque Isle State Park.

The best things to see and do at Presque Isle State Park in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Exploring the beaches at Presque Isle State Park.

From walking the sandy beaches to exploring historic lighthouses, discover why Presque Isle State Park is the most-visited state park in Pennsylvania!

The beach view of the Presque Isle Lighthouse in Erie.
The beach view of the Presque Isle Lighthouse in Erie.

Speaking of lighthouses, Exploring the Historic Lighthouses of Erie, PA takes you on a detailed tour of all three nautical landmarks, with maps, photos, historical accounts, and driving directions.

The Erie Land Lighthouse sits in what is now a residential neighborhood on the banks of Presque Isle Bay in Erie.
The Erie Land Lighthouse sits in what is now a residential neighborhood on the banks of Presque Isle Bay in Erie.

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