Presque Isle Lighthouse
Open Memorial Day - Labor Day
Erie Gives: 2017 Preliminary Results – 8/9/2017
Total Amount Given $4,410,227
Total Number of Donors 7,681
#111. Presque Isle Lighthouse $7,469 – Way to Go!
(total number of non-profits participating: 376)
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The Lighthouse IS NOW OPEN!
Open Monday-Sunday from 10 am-5 pm.
HOURS OPEN AFTER LABOR DAY:
In September: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – Open 10 am – 4 pm
In October: Saturday and Sunday – 11 am – 4 pm
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. Gates are locked at closing. Access to Lighthouse and Leslie beaches would be from the eastward access paths near the brick kiosk.
The LAST climb of the day is at 4:40 pm. The Gift Shop will close at 4:45 pm.
After Labor Day, in Sept-Oct, the last climb is 3:40 pm. Gift Shop will close at 3:45 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 as up-to-date as possible, so follow us for the latest news! See link 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 and beyond! 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. Special hours after Labor Day will be: September-Fri to Sun, 10-4. October-Sat & Sun, 11-4. Last climbs 20 minutes before closing.
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) signed a thirty-five year lease with the Presque Isle Light Station Board in 2014, 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.
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.