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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 #10 of 16 Attractions in Erie
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, State Parks, Outdoors
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Type: History Museums, State Parks, Outdoors

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Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Erie PA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The best thing there is the big screen theater. Show short (40 minutes or so), interesting, educational nature films - almost never crowded (except around Christmas, when great box office hit holiday movies are shown), short enough to keep the kids' attention, very reasonably priced concession stand. Highly recommend!

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

cant say enough of how well this exibit is put together. the only cost is to see the big movie well worth it. if not enjoy the exibits, the man even showed my son all the fish in the basins the vegetation they were growing, what lovely people and very educational, we were there when the dinosours were on display... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

This is a very nice facility located at the entrance of Presque Isle. For those that can remember way back when there used to be a drive-in movie at this location. We saw Young Doctors in Love there in '82. Anyway, the building is really nice and it has a tower you can climb or ride the elevator to the... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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64 reviews 64 reviews
32 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This was a very easy place to find for my boyfriend and I. We had fun reading the interesting facts about Presque isle and Lake Erie. There is an observation tower that displays a panoramic view of the lake. I would definitely recommend this.

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42 reviews 42 reviews
25 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

My son (11), mom (70s), and I spent a week traveling through parts of Pennsylvania on our way north from Virginia to Jamestown, NY, to visit family and attend a wedding. We spent time in Gettysburg, the Laurel Highlands, and Pittsburgh, and decided to stop in Erie to visit Presque Isle and the Tom Ridge Center. We met some really... More 

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