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Tom Ridge Environmental Center

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

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Visited during Xmas Holidays

Nice place for kids and family to see and learn about the Erie Beach/Peninsula areas. Love the old historic photos of the beaches and town folk.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Greg B
Erie, Pennsylvania
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Erie, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Nice place for kids and family to see and learn about the Erie Beach/Peninsula areas. Love the old historic photos of the beaches and town folk.

Thank Greg B
Erie, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We had our daughters 8th birthday party with her friends at TREC and it was awesome! The kids had a great time exploring and then had "class" with one of the rangers. The Class was an educational talk about animals that live on Presque Isle. Live turtles as well as other visual hands on things for the kids to look... More 

Thank sandym613
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016 via mobile

Love it! What an a resource educational, enjoyable and fun! The view from the top is stunning everyone should visit but after you must go to Presque Isle!

Thank Erirpa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

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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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 

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