Tour the park

Whether by bike, boat or foot, there are several ways to tour the beautiful 3,200-acre sandy peninsula known as Presque Isle State Park. As Pennsylvania’s only “seashore,” Presque Isle offers its visitors a beautiful coastline and many recreational activities.

Tour by bike

What: Unguided tours on the Karl Boyes Multi-purpose National Recreation Trail
Where: 13.5 mile paved circuit beginning near entrance of the park
Rentals: Bicycles, four wheeled surreys, tricycles and roller blades available for rent from the Yellow Bike Company near Waterworks Pumphouse area.
When: The trail is open year-round for visitors. During the winter, the trail is plowed from the entrance to the park office for hikers. For cross-country skiers, the trail is left snow covered from the park office to Perry Monument. The bike rental is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends during May and September, weather permitting.
More info: Call 814-835-8900.

Tour by segway

What: Guided Segway tours of the park on a brand new Segway X-2
Where: Yellow Bike Rental near Waterworks
When: Summer season
Cost: $50-$55
More info: 814-833-SEGS (7347) or presqueisletouringcompany.com to reserve your tour

Tour by boat

What: Lagoons by Pontoon boat tours
Where: Dock near East Boat Livery
When: Daily. Sign up in person at 10 a.m. for rides at 11 a.m., 1 and 2 p.m.
Cost: Free
More info: 814-833-7424

What: Evening Lagoons by Pontoon boat tours
Where: Dock near East Boat Livery
When: Wednesdays and Fridays starting May 29; 7 p.m.; reservations taken by phone Mondays beginning at 10 a.m.
Cost: Free
More info: 814-833-7424

Tour by foot

What: Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC), dedicated to teaching visitors about Presque Isle and the many different forms of life that inhabit this unique peninsula
Where: Entrance to Presque Isle State Park, 301 Peninsula Drive
When: Seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: Free admission to the interactive exhibits and the 75-foot observation tower
More info: 814-833-7424 or trecpi.org

A Walk on the Park by Eugene WareWalks

Eugene Ware is a local expert on all things Presque Isle. He is the author of three books, “A Walk on the Park,” “The Moods of Presque Isle” and “Whispers Across the Pond.” He is in the process of completing two more books, a pictorial history of Presque Isle and a narrative history of the peninsula. “A Walk on the Park” chronicles 20 different routes you can take to enjoy the vast resources the park has to offer. With Mr. Ware’s permission, we have reprinted brief descriptions of the 20 walks from his book and included them here. The actual book is more than 150 pages and includes in-depth information on wildlife, photography and other tips to fully enjoy your time at the park. The book can be purchased throughout the area, including at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center.