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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 #9 of 22 Attractions in Erie
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, History Museums
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Beaufort, North Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This is an excellent environmental center. The displays are informative and beautiful - with watercolor art intertwined throughout the center. We watched the 15 minute film on Presque Isle and also one of the feature films in the big theatre. You get a great view from the observation tower! Finally, the gift shop is great -- there are wonderful items... More

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Vero Beach, Florida
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83 reviews 83 reviews
9 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

On a rainy day, we went to see a film in the Tome Ridge Center about the ecology of the Great Lakes and the comeback of the sturgeon. The place is beautiful but I could not understand why more people would not visit - perhaps it was an off time since it was over Thanksgiving. I think it is a... More

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Very nice way to spend and hour or so when visiting the area. Interesting exhibits for all ages. No admission fee. There is movie that tickets could be purchased for. Very nice gift shop as well.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Visited the center during our first ever visit to Erie. We looked over the displays and went up in the tower. All was very interesting and nicely presented.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This was a very nice place to learn about the area. We were able to walk through and see the exhibits within about an hour. You could certainly spend much more time there if you wanted to watch one of the theater shows, etc. There is a very nice gift shop with a large variety of unique items as well.

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Seneca, Pennsylvania, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The Tom Ridge Environmental Center is a museum designed around Presque Island and Lake Erie history. This museum contains two floors of displays, historical facts and paintings of Lake Erie. This museum also provides an elevator ride to the observation deck overlooking Lake Erie and Waldameer Park. This museum also offers several movie options to be shown on the big... More

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Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This place is packed full of interesting facts about Presque Isle. We were disappointed that the film that explained how the Isle formed wasn't working but there was plenty of info throughout the facility that explained it all. We toured some aquariums, viewed photos on display. Walked to the top of the tower & could see over the top of... More

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Pittsburgh
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Very interesting! Lots of historical information and local information. Nice little gift shop. Glad we visited!

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East Butler, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Lots of information about Erie area. Very nice displays and plenty of information. Presque Isle is a great place to spend time near the water and do some fishing. It was great.

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Lilly, PA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

A great place for the entire family, very interesting for any age group, from Seniors to children, a great learning experience for the whole family. We will be bring our Grandchildren here in the near future.

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