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Tom Ridge Environmental Center

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Fun and Family Friendly

My husband and I decided to check this place out on our recent trip to Erie - it's a fun and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Karen L
via mobile
Educational fun for all ages

This environment center can teach you so many things all about Erie's wildlife, eco systems, lake... read more

Reviewed 8 November 2018
achorney711
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Erie, Pennsylvania
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301 Peninsula Dr, Presque Isle State Park, Erie, PA 16505-2042
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My husband and I decided to check this place out on our recent trip to Erie - it's a fun and informative stop for the whole family. There are hands on, interactive exhibits, as well as regular features that are kid friendly. Exhibits offer regional...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Karen L
Reviewed 8 November 2018

This environment center can teach you so many things all about Erie's wildlife, eco systems, lake and other outside activities. It has a movie theatre that offers things like the lake sea life and what are actually in Lake Erie. Lots of walking. Wear comfortable...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank achorney711
Reviewed 29 October 2018

We spent about 45 minutes here on a Sunday morning, our first visit. Admission is free and we began with the free 15-minute introductory film about the changing seasons, ecology, and geology of the isle. We took the elevator to the top of the observation...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank James M
Reviewed 26 October 2018

This is well worth spending a couple hours at. Fun and learning all in one. Good sense of history can be gained about the area. Learning about the famous colorful character Joe Roots is a must. One can have lunch there at a cafeteria and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Jim B
Reviewed 18 October 2018 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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank cyndiw336
Reviewed 20 September 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank GrannyinErie
Reviewed 19 September 2018 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

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank japrice
Reviewed 18 September 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Paul S
Reviewed 17 September 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Kanilea361
Reviewed 9 September 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

Date of experience: September 2018
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Jessica K
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It's free, but you have to pay for the movies w/ or w/o concessions.
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