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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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An interesting, free attraction

I've been here a few times now. It's a free and interesting way to learn about Presque Isle and the Great Lakes. There is also a gift shop with a ton of local Erie trinkets... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Erie, Pennsylvania
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Erie, Pennsylvania
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79 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been here a few times now. It's a free and interesting way to learn about Presque Isle and the Great Lakes. There is also a gift shop with a ton of local Erie trinkets, shirts, etc. Worth a visit once a year or so.

Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Once up the tower there is a beautiful view of the lake area. The center itself looks like a great educational trip for elementary school students. Very helpful and knowledgeable staff.

Thank Robin F
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

This visitor's center is free, and right before the start of the road that leads to presque isle state park. Parking is also free. We walked around a bit and read about the park. They also have binoculars at the front desk if you want to bird watch. you can ride an elevator to a tower where you can get... More 

Thank Val-Panama
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26 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

it is a free place to visit while in Erie. Many interesting exhibits are located here and you must go up to the observation tower.

Thank Jessica C
Mississauga, Canada
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21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

A very educational place to visit. The Big Screen is something good to watch and very interesting documentary. Yes its advertise as free but we do know why our tour company charge us US$7 as entry fee, is it for the Big Screen, we do not know.

Thank leo55sg
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Its hard to write anything negative about something that is free. Is this place going to keep you riveted for hours with fancy exhibits and fun activities? No. But it is very informative about Presque Isle and its history/wildlife. The top of the tower offers a decent view of the surrounding area. And the Big Green Screen shows decent documentaries.... More 

Thank Jeremy T
Mississauga, Ontario Canada
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64 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Enjoyed very much the movie we've seen "tiny giants". Didn't have much time to look around, but will definitely come back.

Thank coraraj06
Bernville, Pennsylvania
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63 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

We stopped in to see what it was about, and ended up learning a lot. The center gives you some interactive ways to understand how the great lakes were formed and the wildlife that is in the area. The view from the observation deck was so nice. My husband even say two bald eagles while looking through the view finder.... More 

Thank Deborah J B
Leetonia Ohio
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Fun educational for the whole family. Favorite part was going up in the light house. Kids had a lot of fun there.

Thank Joellen M
Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

This free attraction is worth a visit. Extensive information is available in interesting exhibits that tell the visitor all about Presque Isle, its plant life and wild life. There is a nice gift shop to visit, as well as a café if you want a snack. There is an observation tower that can be accessed by stairs or elevator with... More 

Thank Cindy B

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