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Tom Ridge Center

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Address: 301 Peninsula Drive, Presque Isle State Park, Erie, PA 16505
Phone Number: +1 814-833-7424
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A beautiful view, and free to the public, too!

Even though the Trec center itself isn't very large, you can easily spend an hour or more here. It's very cool to learn about the different species and landforms that are there... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Hampton, Virginia
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Hampton, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Even though the Trec center itself isn't very large, you can easily spend an hour or more here. It's very cool to learn about the different species and landforms that are there. Also, there is free admission, free parking, and free admission to go atop the TREC tower. It has beautiful views of Waldameer Park and the Lake! But there... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

A wonderful place to visit while in Erie. Interesting exhibits, history, and an observation tower offering great views.

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Coatesville, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This Environmental Center has so much to offer. All the exhibits were first class and the means to make this planet more acceptable by all of us were made very clear. Children should (make that MUST) be taken here. The views from the tower were terrific.

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Masontown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Very nice place, it has a lot of information on the wildlife and flowers and such , my favorite part was going to the top of the observation tower and you could see the Lake, You also don't have to pay anything they just have a box for donations.

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Devon, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This place is one of the better "environmental" museums we have been to anywhere. Nice exhibits that explain things well for all ages, a good setting, good architecture, and a great gift shop.

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Zelienople, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Informative. Wish the tower was higher. We enjoyed learning about the surrounding area. Was a great 1 hour visit. Adults would spend more time without little ones to entertain.

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Zionsville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Excellent displays for all ages with interacitve activities which engage the imagination in all of us.

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Chicago Suburbs
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Very interesting Eco-center. Geo and Eco history of Presque Isle. Informative video. Art exhibit was a plus.

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Tampa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Some learning is hands-on, some is audio visual, some is exploration, and some is instructor led by a friendly staff. Cafe and gift shop are well stocked. Take the stairs (or elevator) all the way to the top of the observation tower and enjoy the views of Lake Erie.

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Niagara Falls, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

The view from the observation deck was amazing. I got some beautiful pictures of the surrounding area and Lake Erie. The kids loved exploring inside and the hands on displays were a hit.

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