This 187-foot tower, located at Dobbins was built to commemorate the 1995 celebration of the city's 200th birthday, the tower has proven to be a popular gathering spot for residents and tourists alike. Two observation decks are attainable by elevator and give visitors breathtaking views of Presque Isle and its bay to the north and the sweep of Erie's historic downtown to the south.
November - March (open Saturday & Sunday only) 12PM - 4PM
April 10AM - 6PM
If you are staying close, or driving by this tower, stop in and check out the view, especially in the summer or fall in the late afternoon. The sunsets are phenomenal, and there are a few great restaurants near by, such as rum runners, but these things are more geared for adults. Your children will like to look around at the top of this "lighthouse-like" tower. But if you have a large party or a group of kds, don't spend the $3 per person to go up. its not THAT great, and like I said unless you are driving by, or staying close, save your gas and go to somewhere better, such as Sarah's restaurant on presque isle, its a 50's style dinor/icecream spot. or the childrens experience museum, or the planetarium at watson curtze mansion.
My family and I stumbled onto the Bicentennial Observation Tour an I am glad we did. The tour cost $3 per person, which included an elevator ride to the top of the Observation deck.
The tower was really crowded when we arrived, but worth the wait. If you visiting Erie, PA you must, must check out the Observation Tour. The tour is well worth $3!!
This 187-foot-tall tower gives an amazing view over Presque Isle, downtown Erie, andLake Erie. Take the 210 stairs to the top observation deck ortake the elevator. If you take the stairs, follow the sixteen stations that point out historic, geographic, and other landmarks.
It's a beautiful tower in a beautiful setting. The kids aren't going to want to spend hours there, but parents will enjoy the breathtaking sunsets and the beautiful views of Lake Erie. The hours are kind of spotty, so make sure you find those out before you go. I think I remember the price being pretty reasonable too. Check it out, it's beautiful.