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A Guide to 12 of Erie's Best Parks and Playgrounds

Kid-tested, mom-approved! Playgrounds and parks in Erie, Pa. families love

By Kara Murphy April 8, 2021

Erie, Pa., is lucky to have dozens of great parks and playgrounds to explore! Here are 11 of my family's favorite parks and playgrounds in Erie County:

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Top Parks and Playgrounds in Erie, Pa.

Locations are listed alphabetically


Asbury Woods

4105 Asbury Road
Erie, PA 16506




🐟 Ponds and creek access
🏠Nature center 
👫Little Woods Play Area (natural playground)

🅿️ Parking Lot
🍉 Picnic Tables 
🚶 Five miles of trails
🚫No dogs allowed


About Asbury Woods:

Asbury Woods is a great place to get out and explore with 205 natural acres of fields, forests and streams. Don't miss the Grandmother Tree (pictured above), along with the Little Woods natural playground, and make time to visit the Nature Center, where kids can see live animals and insects such as turtles, rabbits and bees.

Bayview Park

West Second and Walnut Streets
Erie, Pa. 



What we love about Bayview Park: 

Bayview Park - as its name suggests - overlooks Presque Isle Bay, offering beautiful waterfront and Presque Isle views. Along with a splash pad, the park is also home to a playground and a little free library. You will also find the new Erie sign so popular for photos on social media on the path nearby! Note: The splash pad is expected to open mid-June 2021.

Amenities at Bayview Park: 

🍉 Picnic tables (covered pavilions)
🚶 Trails

👫Playground
📚Little Free Library




Frontier Park

1501 W. Sixth St.
Erie Pa 16505

The labyrinth at Frontier Park.



🅿️ Parking Lot
🚻 Restroom 
💐 Gardens
🍉 Picnic tables 
🚶 Trails
🐟 Creek access

🎾Tennis courts
⚽️Soccer fields
👫Large playground
🏠LEAF Education Center


About Frontier Park:

The city's Frontier Park, with more than 1,000 trees,  is full of treasures waiting to be discovered. Your kids will want to spend time at the playground, but also make time to find the labyrinth, climb trees and splash in the creek. Coming in June: New 40 foot slides on the bluff next to the playground!



Glenwood Park

4021 Glenwood Park Ave.
Erie, Pa. 16509

Some of the playground equipment at Glenwood Park.


🅿️ Parking Lot
🚻 Restroom 
👫Large playground
🍉 Picnic tables and grills (covered pavilions)
🐴Horseshoe courts



About Glenwood Park:

This park is located right next to the Erie Zoo. Along with a playground, there are covered pavilions which are a popular place to hold birthday parties and other celebrations.


Lake Erie Community Park

10192 W Lake Rd
Lake City, Pa. 16423

The playground at Lake Erie Community Park.


🅿️ Parking Lot
🚻 Restroom 
🍉 Picnic Tables 
🚶 Trails
🐟 Lake views
👫Playground


 About Lake Erie Community Park:

The bluffs here offer spectacular views of Lake Erie. Early in the morning and in the evening you are likely to see  bald eagles flying (plus, sunset!). A playground here, built in 2014, offers lots of fun. The 125-acre park also has trails, including a walking trail that takes you down to the water edge. Pavilions available for rent.


Liberty Park

726 W. Bayfront Parkway
Erie Pa 16507



🅿️ Parking Lot
🚻 Restroom 
🚤Water taxi pickup/dropoff point
👫Large playground
🐟Bay views
🚶 Trails
🍉 Picnic Tables 



About Liberty Park:

This bayfront park offers remarkable views and a fun playground. A wide lawn offers kids a fun place to run and play. 


McClelland Park

2438 E 26th St
Erie, Pa.






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What we love about McClelland Park:

McClelland Park's brand new playground just opened in spring 2021. It includes a really fun zipline, lots of trails — including some that are wheelchair accessible. We also love taking our dogs to the Larry R. Fabrizi Dog Park on site! 

Playground Paradise
9333 Tate Road
Greene Township, Pa. 





What we love about Playground Paradise

Playground Paradise opened the summer of 2019 and became an immediate favorite for families across Erie County. The park, built by the community, includes a three-story climbing structure, lots of fun slides, and tot areas. Watch our video above to see the park up close!

Amenities at Playground Paradise: 

🅿️ Parking Lot
🍉 Picnic tables (covered pavilions)
👫Large playground
⚾️Fields


Picnicana Park

9150 Old French Road
Waterford, Pa 16441

Along the trails at Picnicana.


🅿️ Parking Lot
🚻 Restrooms (handicap accessible)
🍉 Picnic tables (covered pavilions)
🚶 1.5 miles of trails
🐟 Creek access
⚾️Softball field
🐴Horseshoe courts
✊🏽Sand volleyball court
🏀Basketball courts
👫Large playground
🚫No dogs


About Picnicana Park:

Picnicana Park is located on 34 acres. There are two playgrounds, a wooded area, and a trail that takes you over a stream and into a forest carpeted with ferns later in the summer — it's quite magical. There are fully equipped kitchens and pavilions available for rent. 


Presque Isle State Park

301 Peninsula Drive
Erie Pa 16505

View from the top of the lighthouse at Presque Isle State Park. 


🅿️ Parking Lots
🚻 Restrooms 
🍉 Picnic Tables 
🚶 Trails
🚲Bike and boat rentals
🏠Tom Ridge Environmental Center
🐟 Beaches and bayfront access
🍉 Picnic tables and grills
👫Playgrounds
🌅Lighthouse tours. (Kids must be 48 inches tall)



 About Presque Isle State Park:

It feels silly to put Presque Isle on this list. After all, the park gets about 4 million visitors a year and is, by far, Erie's top attraction! There are two playgrounds on Presque Isle: One is near the Waterworks Ponds, and includes fun climbing equipment that can be difficult for younger kids to navigate. The second one, at Beach 11, was just built in 2017, and is made of mostly natural materials. There are lots of places for kids to climb, play hide and seek, and explore. Beach 11 is also my favorite beach with my kids — it's wide and shallow and, since it's a bit of a drive, not typically not as busy as some of the other beaches.


Shades Beach Park

7000 East Lake Road
Harborcreek, Pa. 16511




🅿️ Parking Lot
🚻 Restroom 
🍉 Picnic tables and grills
🐟 Lake Erie and creek access
🏊🏼Beach
🚶Trails
🐴Horseshoe courts
👫Large playground


About Shades Beach Park:

Shades Beach Park includes trails, woodlands, play areas, picnic grounds, a beach area (a good place to find beach glass!), and a boat launch. There are also two picnic facilities available for rent, each with complete kitchen operations.


Whitford Park

5400 Iroquois Ave.
Harborcreek, Pa. 16511




🅿️ Parking Lot
🚻 Restroom 
🍉 Picnic Tables
🚶 Trails
🐟 Creek access
🎾Tennis courts
✊🏽Volleyball
🍦Concession stand
👫Playground


About Whitford Park:

It's easy to spend hours at this park: There are the playground and a creek to splash in. You can also play volleyball and tennis and buy treats (super cheap prices!) at the concession stand, which is open seven days a week all summer long (not clear if this will be open in summer 2021 yet). There are also more than 50 outdoor tables and grilling facilities. Pavilions are available for rent.