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Tom Ridge Environmental Center

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Great place to take grandkids

We enjoy taking our grandkids to TREC. They enjoy the Big Green Screen and the many displays in the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Erie, Pennsylvania
Great Place to spend a Rainy Day

We stopped here expecting to kill an hour or so. I was wrong. We were here half a day, and the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Bruin, PA
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  • Average11%
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301 Peninsula Dr, Presque Isle State Park, Erie, PA 16505-2042
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Our visit was in mid-October so most of the activities are over for the season. We did go up in the observation tower which has a nice view of the lake. A few of the exhibits had broken gizmos which need repair.

Thank Cyndi Chisham W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoy taking our grandkids to TREC. They enjoy the Big Green Screen and the many displays in the lobby.

Thank GrannyinErie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here expecting to kill an hour or so. I was wrong. We were here half a day, and the kids still weren't bored or wanting to leave. If you have younger kids and need to stay inside on a rainy day, this is...More

Thank japrice
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the place to go before Presque Isle Park. The information desk was great in informing us of not only what to do but what to avoid based on current conditions in the park (such as muddy trails and even wind conditions). The lookout...More

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was surprised when I entered & learned there was no admission free. The films, however, are $5 each which I didn't mind at all. Four different ones are shown each day so it would be a little pricey if you wanted to watch all...More

Thank Kanilea361
Reviewed September 8, 2018

I wasn't expecting a lot when my wife brought me here for a surprise birthday trip. She and her mom visited here a few months ago and I remember her telling me about this center. Some of the displays seemed very simple and much of...More

Thank BrianParsons
Reviewed September 6, 2018

We read about the center in AAA or we probably would never have stopped. We didn't know what an environmental center was all about. It is a green building, but really serves as an educational center for the area. There are lots of exhibits of...More

Thank patluvstogo
Reviewed September 1, 2018

We were spending the day in Erie and happed upon the Tom Ridge Environmental Center. We stopped on a whim before heading back to Pittsburgh. It was surprisingly wonderful. It is full of information about the area. It is presented in easily accessed areas. There...More

Thank Wendy A
Reviewed September 1, 2018

My boyfriend and I visited after touring Presque Isle and on our way to the Bayfront. We enjoyed the many exhibits and the view from the observation tower! I think the Center is a great place to take children - especially on a rainy day,...More

Thank mysunshine1989
Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

The observation tower is a must see view! It’s my favorite part of TREC. The exhibits are interesting as well as the movies on the big green screen, a little pricey at $9 but I know it goes to a good cause.

Thank selstar67
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Jessica K
August 5, 2015|
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Response from Bennett T |
It's free, but you have to pay for the movies w/ or w/o concessions.