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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 #8 of 21 attractions in Erie
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: State Parks, History Museums
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pnwtoc
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44 reviews 44 reviews
29 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I find it hard to be too critical of anything that's free. Climb the tower and see the lake. There is also a movie theater there that is dirt cheap ($5 after 2 pm I think). You can see IMAX type movies (national geographic, etc). The gift shop is really cool (although the ladies who work there can be a... More

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Cambridge Springs
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65 reviews 65 reviews
22 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

The center is a very new, modern, "attraction".... Some of the exhibits were pretty cool, some were so-so.... Overall, worth a visit at least once to checjk it out...

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Great place to go for all ages. Beautiful, interesting and right on the enterance to Presque Isle- and both places are FREE! If you are in Erie, don't miss this, you'll be sorry if you do!

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Way more than we expected. Also learned that the TREC houses the national headquarters for the Purple Martin Conservation Association.

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

There is so much to learn about the native wildlife to the environment to the history. Especially great for kids. Gift shop has nice selection and variety of priced items. Loved the Imax theater. Go often, the movies change periodically, never disappointed in them...

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WESTON
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

We have been to Erie a few times and this is the first time we stopped at the Tom Ridge Center. It was very neat. We really like going up in the tower and looking around. It was very windy that day and you could here the waves crashing on the shore from the top of the tower. We also... More

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Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Probably would be a little boring for kids/teens. Love the gift shop. I was doing a virtual geocache so I learned a lot more about the building itself than i would have just wandering through it. The green features are very interesting but for the money it cost it should be a lot more, and have more varied exhibits so... More

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Pittsburgh, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Especially on a day when you would rather not be buffeted by high wind and 20f temperatures. Our first visit occurred several years ago, when temp dropped and light snow arrived in late October. It was fantastic, even though we ran out of day...we visited again last year. Don' t miss it

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Pittsburgh, Pa.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Ac lot of cool and interesting things to see and do. a must is to go up into the tower to see the view!

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Pittsburgh
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3 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

This time the center looked a bit worn, with many of the whirlygigs out of order. The staff was very pleasant and helpful however.

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