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Tom Ridge Center

Address: 301 Peninsula Drive, Presque Isle State Park, Erie, PA 16505
Phone Number: 814-833-5049
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Ranked #9 of 54 things to do in Erie
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, History museums, Nature & Parks, Museums
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Type: State Parks, History museums, Nature & Parks, Museums

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

As you drive up to the center you will have an impression of what to expect however when you you enter you feel underwhelmed. The space is very large but the exhibits are small and feel out off place. There is an eatery that all ways seems empty, an a gift shop with over priced trinkets. Even with these negatives... More 

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

I visit this Center with Family to show The History of the Lake Erie ! Very Nice and interesting the excipit show and explains the you very Thing from the Wartime till now ! Any one how Vist Erie should go for a Visit very good Info

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Grand Island, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We took our kids aged 4-10 and we all loved it. Absolutely amazing facility, wonderful staff, and also they have a well priced lunch area with good choices. If you ask, you can go see the research being done in the back of the facility by local universities and researchers. It is a nature museum focusing mainly on Presque Isle... More 

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I live in Erie, but I'm a life long Pittsburgher. But, I am impressed with the cultural/science offerings in Erie. The Tom Ridge Center is one of my favorite places. It has many interesting exhibits showing what is special about Erie that should be interesting to not only adults, but to kids. They also have a great gift shop, Imax... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

It's ok. However, It does not cater well to teens. It needs more information written down in some areas for Teenagers to indulge themselves more

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Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

this place is wonderful and its free, come in a learn history and again its free, your kids will love it and you will look like a awesome parent

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Edwards, NY
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I wrote a review for this under the park review.... This is a wonderful place for adults and children. There are lots of hands on exhibits, informative films, a lovely gift shop and a snack area for simple lunches or snacks.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Great view of Lake Erie from tower (elevator accessible). Clean bathrooms. Displays are colorful and seem informative (we only had a few minutes to spend here).

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Edinboro, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

This place is clean. Kept up and it shows. Nice displays nd great for school kids. Views are amazing.

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Key West, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

This is an outstanding resource. The center is open to the public and is geared toward conservation education. The only real costs are attending the short films in the theater or for purchases from the gift shop, cafeteria or vending machines. There is an observation tower that is accessible via stairs or elevator that allows you to get above the... More 

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