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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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Can see for miles

Movie you can watch for free about the lake and area. Very informative, kids didn't care for it. You can take elevator,steps to very top and see Canada on a clear day

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
Marlane K
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Ohio City, Ohio
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Ohio City, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Movie you can watch for free about the lake and area. Very informative, kids didn't care for it. You can take elevator,steps to very top and see Canada on a clear day

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Let me start by saying we didn't actually participate at Splash Lagoon. I did a ton of research ahead of time and reluctantly decided we would dish out the $80 it would cost my husband, toddler and I to go for a day. However, when we got there my son was very disinterested. In fact, he was much happier to... More 

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Clarksville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

My husband and I stopped here on our way to Buffalo,New York. Free admission and lots to see. What else can you ask for? We especially enjoyed the wooden mechanical hands on amusement displays. They were wonderful. We were able to take lots of pictures. The State Park is located on the Bay and Lake Erie near Waldarmeer Park. So... More 

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

This is a great place for kids and families that enjoy educational, interactive experiences. It has a "museum" like feel with several "hands on" exhibits. The open space feels nice and the building is well built. Free admission, the cafe' has some tasty lunches, the folks are very nice, the theatre provides wonderful educational movies (at a cost) and the... More 

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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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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13 reviews 13 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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9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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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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