Presque Isle Lighthouse
Open Memorial Day - Labor Day
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The Lighthouse OPENS May 26th @ 10 am!
Open Monday-Sunday from 10-5 .
We will be open daily until Labor Day Weekend, then weekends until October 1st.
Admission to climb the tower is $6. Walking the grounds, visiting the house, and going to the PILS Gift Shop are free and open to the public. Tickets may be purchased on the day of your climb; advance tickets are available on the day your climb.
The LAST climb of the day is at 4:40 pm. The Gift Shop will close at 4:45 pm.
Children under 44 inches tall are not permitted to climb the tower for safety reasons.
Please view our rules and safety tips before your visit.
The Lighthouse tower closes during rainy, stormy weather. You can find out when the Lighthouse is open, or will reopen, during inclement weather by calling the Lighthouse at (814) 833-3604. We will keep Facebook and Twitter as up-to-date as possible, so follow us on both! See links above.
The following numbers can also be used for questions about weather or activities on the park:
Volunteers are needed for the 2017 summer season! Please visit our volunteer page for more information. You can contact Mary Ambrose, the volunteer coordinator at:
About the Lighthouse
The Presque Isle Light Station, one of Erie’s most treasured historic sites, will be open to the public daily, Monday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the 2017 summer season.
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) signed a thirty-five year lease, with the recently formed Presque Isle Light Station Board, to restore the site as a heritage attraction. The lighthouse is located at Lighthouse Beach, on the north shore of Presque Isle State Park, in Erie, Pennsylvania. Dating from 1872-73, the lighthouse was leased in 2014 by the Board of Directors with two over-riding goals in mind.
Our Two Principle Goals
Our first goal is to restore the lighthouse and grounds to a significant period of operation from 1901 through 1927. There are several photos from this era that will help bring authenticity to this phase of the project. Included in this year's plans are the restoration of a wooden fence surrounding the site, in place of the current chain-link fence, and also a repainting of the oil shed to its original brick color.
Our second goal is to have the lighthouse open to visitors on a regular basis during the summer season. Efforts are underway to improve the surrounding grounds for the safety and convenience of our visitors. In addition to new public restrooms being installed by the DCNR, there will be a reconstruction of the existing garage to convert it into the Operation Center, a building that will include a waiting area, an office, and a gift shop. Safety lighting, new sidewalks and benches will also be installed, and safety repairs will be undertaken, wherever needed. Repairs are to be made to the lantern room along with an installation of a rail extension at the top of the tower
Come, Join The Fun!
In the summer of 2015 we had over 5,300 visitors, while being open for 30 days, only on weekends and only when the weather permitted a climb to the top of the tower. We're currently open every day except Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.
To facilitate the restoration, the grounds improvements, and the lighthouse tours, we need volunteers, memberships and donations. See this website for more information on all of this, as well as lighthouse history, current news, and some great photos.