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Tom Ridge Environmental Center

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Address: 301 Peninsula Dr, Presque Isle State Park, Erie, PA 16505-2042
Phone Number: +1 814-833-7424

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If you want to learn about the Presque Isle area, it is really interesting. There is a great 15 minute movie about the peninsula. The children's area is small, but quite... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want to learn about the Presque Isle area, it is really interesting. There is a great 15 minute movie about the peninsula. The children's area is small, but quite interactive. We watched a very good movie about dinosaurs (not free). There is a small cafeteria and a tremendous gift shop!

Thank ehartlin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016 via mobile

An amazing place to go to learn about the environment of Presque Isle and Lake Erie. It's a great educational trip, great for everyone, those from the area and those visiting from out of town. I live coming back here whenever I visit.

Thank Autumn W
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

The exhibition looked very interesting and we went up onto the observation deck which was very nice with a decent view. We managed to get a reasonable lunch in the café eventually - it didn't appear to be open when we arrived so it was all a bit hit and miss! I wouldn't go out of my way to visit... More 

Thank ruth44421
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Very informative museum type attraction. Geared toward the environment, No admission and restaurant on site. Entrance to Presque Isle State Park.

Thank Michael R
Pittsburgh Pa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016

Nice new place in Erie to view exhibits and interactive activities about the local environment including birds, fish and other animals in the local area. We were there in the morning and it was not crowded. Enjoyed our visit. Liked the new building design.

Thank roadtrip15
Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

The Tom Ridge Centre is a nice stop going to or coming from the Presque Isle State Park - it is only a half mile away . First, it is free! Second, parking is easy and pleasant. Third, the contents of the building are interesting and educational. Fourth, it has a great tower accessible by elevator and offering a beautiful... More 

Thank losdosgringos2015
Lowellville, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016

With a little extra time on our hands while in Erie we saw the signs for the Tom Ridge Environmental Center and decided to check it out. First nice surprise was that the Center is free. Upon entering the building, we were greeted at the door with a friendly smile and verbal directions to various highlights in the Center. The... More 

Thank Lauren F
Panama City, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

was hesiitant at first but found this very informative place to visit and a really great gift shop great place to take the kids to learn about our environment - a great observation tower (with elevator) to see all of lake erie

1 Thank cheryl1402016
Malta, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

Great historical information. Nature studies. Environmental discussions. Children's areas. Plus a cute cafe and gift shop. Perfect distraction for rainy days.

1 Thank KateMoves
Moultrie, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

The TREC provides an educational experience in the way of wildlife exhibits and films about Presque Isle State Park. Very informative! Recommend to go to top of observation tower to get a get view of area and to take pictures.

1 Thank P L J

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