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Tom Ridge Center

301 Peninsula Drive, Presque Isle State Park, Erie, PA 16505
814-833-5049
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Ranked #11 of 22 Attractions in Erie
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, History Museums
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Erie, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

This is a great place that you get to see & learn everything Lake Erie. Free admission. They have movies (fee) that change according to the season, etc. depending upon the time of year. A beautiful view from the top of the center across Lake Erie. It's also free to have access up to the tower to see the views.... More

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Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful venue but most of the displays are so basic and uninspiring they look like they were designed for a child in 1908. There was a chance here to give both young and adult visitors many "ah ha" moments as they enter and explore this facility. Unfortunately, this does not happen. It's just too dull and antiseptic... More

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PA
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103 reviews 103 reviews
45 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

There were dead stuffed animals, dried up plants in drawers and lots explanations on large plastic panels. There was also a spaceship, whirligigs that were positioned so high you couldn't see most of them, and an observation tower viewing 3 parking lots and a tiny sliver of Lake Erie. There were beautiful birdfeeders but no birds. Perhaps because a loud... More

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South Park, Pennsylvania, United States
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60 reviews 60 reviews
29 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

can't tell you how many times we drove past this place..decided to stop in...what a great way to spend a morning....interesting exhibits, helpful staff, elevator to get up to the observation tower..they have a cafe and a gift shop....we saw a movie on great white sharks, it was 7.50 pp..worth it...

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Pittsburgh, PA
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96 reviews 96 reviews
61 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

First of all, this is a free attraction, which always helps. If you do want to see their movies, however, there is a charge, but it's reasonable. I highly recommend viewing the National Geographic selection of how things are too small/fast etc. for humans to see--can't remember the title, but this selection will be obvious (they show about 3 different... More

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Beaufort, North Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This is an excellent environmental center. The displays are informative and beautiful - with watercolor art intertwined throughout the center. We watched the 15 minute film on Presque Isle and also one of the feature films in the big theatre. You get a great view from the observation tower! Finally, the gift shop is great -- there are wonderful items... More

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Vero Beach, Florida
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89 reviews 89 reviews
9 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

On a rainy day, we went to see a film in the Tome Ridge Center about the ecology of the Great Lakes and the comeback of the sturgeon. The place is beautiful but I could not understand why more people would not visit - perhaps it was an off time since it was over Thanksgiving. I think it is a... More

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Very nice way to spend and hour or so when visiting the area. Interesting exhibits for all ages. No admission fee. There is movie that tickets could be purchased for. Very nice gift shop as well.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Visited the center during our first ever visit to Erie. We looked over the displays and went up in the tower. All was very interesting and nicely presented.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This was a very nice place to learn about the area. We were able to walk through and see the exhibits within about an hour. You could certainly spend much more time there if you wanted to watch one of the theater shows, etc. There is a very nice gift shop with a large variety of unique items as well.

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