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Leslie Science & Nature Center

Once an engineer’s hobby farm, this site was given to Ann Arbor as a place for all visitors to enjoy the natural environment.

Bring your family to the Leslie Science & Nature Center for hours of outdoor exploration and views of birds of prey and “critters.” Dr. Eugene Leslie, a University of Michigan engineering professor, and his wife Emily lived here for over 50 years, breathing fresh air, enjoying the natural beauty and farming their own crops and animals. 

The donation of the Leslie farm to Ann Arbor in 1976 led to the creation of the science center in the next decade. Appreciate the legacy left by the Leslie family in today’s educational center. Start at the DTE Energy Nature House, built on the footprint of Dr. Leslie’s home laboratory. It was here that he worked on numerous projects to improve processes in the petroleum industry. Today, see practical usage of solar power, water conservation and recycled and natural building materials.

The Critter House, once the farm’s honey house, is always popular with kids. View snakes, frogs, toads and other small animals and teach kids about how all these “critters” live in the wild.

Kestrels, eagles, hawks, falcons, owls and vultures occupy the Raptor Enclosures. Walk along paths through the center to see these regal rescued birds. Watch feedings scheduled during the day to appreciate the order of natural survival. If your kids fall in love with one of the birds or animals, consider donating to the Adopt-a-Raptor or Adopt-a-Critter program.

In addition to animal observation, the center has the natural habitat of the Black Pond Woods. Follow the 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) trail during any season. Spring offers flowering plants and trees, summer has hummingbirds, autumn features trees with fall colors and winter has animal tracks in the snow and sledding. Look for the site’s three geocache locations.

The Leslie Science & Nature Center, including the outdoor Raptor Enclosures, is free and open during daylight hours every day. Visit the website to check for special events and find out which Sundays the Critter House is open. Drive or ride a bike about 2 miles (3 kilometers) north of central Ann Arbor to reach the site. Note that the center’s restrooms are sometimes closed.


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Hampton Inn Ann Arbor - North £55
Hampton Inn Ann Arbor - North

Hampton Inn Ann Arbor - North

2300 Green Rd, Ann Arbor, MI
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Thurston, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Gerald R. Ford Library, Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Leslie Science & Nature Center. University of Michigan and U Of M Hospital are also within 6 miles (10 km).

    Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown £124
    Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown

    Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown

    120 West Huron Street, Ann Arbor, MI
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Old West Side, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of University of Michigan, Exhibit Museum of Natural History at the University Of Michigan and Michigan Stadium. Nichols Arboretum is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) away. Ann Arbor Station is 13 minutes by foot.

      Graduate Ann Arbor £119
      Graduate Ann Arbor

      Graduate Ann Arbor

      615 E Huron Street, Ann Arbor, MI
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Ann Arbor, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Power Center for the Performing Arts, University of Michigan and U Of M Hospital. Michigan Stadium and Briarwood Mall are also within 3 miles (5 km). Ann Arbor Station is 11 minutes by foot.

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        Bell Tower Hotel

        Bell Tower Hotel

        300 South Thayer, Ann Arbor, MI
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Burns Park, this hotel is steps away from Hill Auditorium and University of Michigan. U Of M Hospital and Michigan Stadium are also within 2 miles (3 km). Ann Arbor Station is 14 minutes by foot.

          Ann Arbor Bed and Breakfast Inn £123
          Ann Arbor Bed and Breakfast Inn

          Ann Arbor Bed and Breakfast Inn

          921 E Huron St, Ann Arbor, MI
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Burns Park, this inn is steps away from Power Center for the Performing Arts and University of Michigan. U Of M Hospital and Michigan Stadium are also within 2 miles (3 km). Ann Arbor Station is 13 minutes by foot.

            Inn at the Michigan League
            Inn at the Michigan League

            Inn at the Michigan League

            911 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Burns Park, this hotel is steps away from Hill Auditorium and University of Michigan. U Of M Hospital and Michigan Stadium are also within 2 miles (3 km). Ann Arbor Station is 16 minutes by foot.

              DoubleTree by Hilton Ann Arbor North £88
              DoubleTree by Hilton Ann Arbor North

              DoubleTree by Hilton Ann Arbor North

              3600 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Thurston, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Gerald R. Ford Library, Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Leslie Science & Nature Center. University of Michigan and U Of M Hospital are also within 6 miles (10 km).

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                201 Nickels Arcade, Ann Arbor, MI
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Ann Arbor, this holiday home is steps away from Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan and University of Michigan. U Of M Hospital and Michigan Stadium are also within 2 miles (3 km). Ann Arbor Station is 14 minutes by foot.