Lake Erie Nature and Science Center and Huntington Reservation

Cleveland, Ohio

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Crawl through a hollow log, visit the stars, and hit the beach—all in the span of a mile. Start by wandering through the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. It is brimming with life, from turtles and tarantulas to pythons and piranhas. Large aquariums full of critters fascinate folks of all ages. Nimble visitors can crawl through a 15-foot-long hollow tree that lies just inside the center’s front door. The center also houses the Walter R. Schuele Planetarium, which offers regular presentations on weekends. (See the website for an events schedule—this is a busy nature center!) Outside, the center’s lovely “backyard” is great for bird-watching and relaxing. Once you’ve soaked up the sights inside and around the nature center, head north on the All Purpose Trail to the lake.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Cleveland

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Cleveland

by Diane Stresing (Menasha Ridge Press)

Crawl through a hollow log, visit the stars, and hit the beach—all in the span of a mile.

Start by wandering through the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. It is brimming with life, from turtles and tarantulas to pythons and piranhas. Large aquariums full of critters fascinate folks of all ages. Nimble visitors can crawl through a 15-foot-long hollow tree that lies just inside the center’s front door.

The center also houses the Walter R. Schuele Planetarium, which offers regular presentations on weekends. (See the website for an events schedule—this is a busy nature center!) Outside, the center’s lovely “backyard” is great for bird-watching and relaxing. Once you’ve soaked up the sights inside and around the nature center, head north on the All Purpose Trail to the lake.

© 2016 Diane Stresing/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cleveland
Distance: 1.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 40 minutes
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: 216-635-3200; clevelandmetroparks.com/Main/Reservations-Partners/Huntington-Reservation-9.aspx; Lake Erie Nature & Science Center: 440-871-2900; lensc.org; swimming conditions: 216-635-3383
Local Maps: USGS North Olmsted; also at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center and park website
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Erie Nature & Science Center & Huntington Reservation

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