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Tom Ridge Center

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Address: 301 Peninsula Drive, Presque Isle State Park, Erie, PA 16505
Phone Number: 814-833-5049

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it is very informative and it has lots of interactive things for the young ones.Also it has really cool IMAX documentaries.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

it is very informative and it has lots of interactive things for the young ones.Also it has really cool IMAX documentaries.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Our kids liked the hands-on exhibits and we all liked the observation tower overlooking Lake Erie. The soup in the café was very good. Another plus--there is no charge for admission and it was not very crowded. The place could used a few more exhibits, however.

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Pennsylvania
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7 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We make a quick visit to the Tom Ridge Environmental Center at least once a summer before or after one of our countless visits to Presque Isle State Park. In some ways, the center is really nice. It's completely free, has ample parking, everything is attractive, modern, and well-designed. The exhibits and displays on the first floor are mostly interesting,... More 

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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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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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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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