Belle Isle beautifully reflects the rise, fall, and rebirth of Detroit. It’s still being developed at the moment, but it feels like it captures the heart and soul of the city, with its mix of abandoned and restored historic spots. Highlights include the epic conservatory, the oldest aquarium in the country, and an abandoned zoo. Bike or drive around to enjoy the views of Michigan to the North and Canada to the South, and take a break to enjoy a picnic.
“a detroit gem”
Rich with history and natural beauty, Belle Isle Park is a Detroit gem and a Michigan state park. The 987-acre island park features the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, the Belle Isle Aquarium, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, giant slide, athletic fields, picnic areas, tennis courts, Belle Isle Nature Zoo, the James Scott Memorial Fountain and more attractions popular with all ages and interests. The park includes three lakes, 150 acres of wooded area and spectacular views of the Detroit and Windsor skyline. Rentals available for: Watercraft, Bike, Snow Sports. Food and ice sales available. Recreation Passport Required for entry.
Beautiful structures and a family friendly beach, but the infrastructure was abandoned or rusty or falling apart. This island needs an influx of money and care, because it’s so naturally gorgeous and the people of Detroit are awesome.
Lots to do here! We had all afternoon to spend after a museum in the morning. There was fishing, beach/swimming, hiking, and playgrounds. It was $10 for an out-of-state car. It was a great way for the kids to run around. The kids also loved that they could see Canada just across the river!
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Belle Isle Park
- Sun - Sat: 5:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Good for bird watching, boating, and hiking.
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