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Tom Ridge Environmental Center Erie

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Tom Ridge Environmental Center
301 Peninsula Dr 1
Erie
PA
16505
Tel: 814 833 7424

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Located outside the entrance to Presque Isle State Park.

Where are we going today?

The Tom Ridge Environmental Center offers 7000 square feet of interactive exhibits covering a huge range of topics and principles from flying saucers to steel trees, always suitable for all the family.

The Discovery Center offers more involved hands on learning for pre-school to third grade kids, with pre booking.

The Big Green Screen Theatre is a massive 4 storeys high, 45 feet wide and shows nature and documentary style screenings.

Plus if you've got the energy for the steps the 75ft tall TREC Tower offers stunning views of Lake Erie.

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsFree!
LAST UPDATED 2013

When can we go?

10am to 6pm daily.

Teachers corner

TREC also features a number of outdoor and lab learning opportunities for school groups, youth organizations and others..

What people are saying?

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    Get place to visit. I would recommend this as a first stop when visiting Erie. Lots of info on the area, gives a great overview. Beautiful place. My little guy enjoyed the discovery center for the kids. It was a nice break from the exhibits so he play and get a little energy out. The staff were super nice and helpful. One gentleman took us to see the lab area. We got great info and ideas for places to visit while in Erie.

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    Can't believe this was free! Very nice exhibits and short film of the area. Paid for a movie on The Big Green Screen and it was worth it. Observation Tower did not give us a clear view of Preaque Isle as expected but it was a little hazy. Worth our time to visit.

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    Very nice place to stop and look around. Free and fun for the kids, great place in case of rain. Interesting exhibits and a very nice store as well. We'll visit again.

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    This place is a great lesson for people of all ages - for kids to learn about nature, and for adults to learn about respecting it.

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