Belle Isle Park

Belle Isle Park, Detroit: Hours, Address, Belle Isle Park Reviews: 4/5

Belle Isle Park
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5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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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, 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. Please check website for hours for each attraction.
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Judi T
Naperville, IL2 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
I was quite pleased to see how the state has turned Belle Isle around, brought it back from the brink of decay. As a native East side of Detroit-er who had spent a lot of time on the island as a child, it was very refreshing to stroll around the Conservatory, with its abundance of exotic and not so exotic plant life, the aquarium, with native and non-native species, and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, a gem of a museum on shipping, pleasure boating, and more. None that f these are huge, all are free (donation accepted) and all, especially The Dossin, were fascinating. Quick, great for kids and adults alike, spend as little or as much time as you want. We never stayed at any one for more than 45 minutes.
P.S. As you enter the Dossin, ask where the first room you see originated.
Written January 4, 2020
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MidwestKathM
Detroit, MI515 contributions
Oct 2020
Lifelong Detroiter with many visits to Belle Isle through the years. Many family memories. Still make it to the island numerous times each year. During these COVID times, it has been a terrific place to walk and bike. Most of the buildings are closed, but you can walk through the Conservatory gardens (limited hours), visit the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, walk and bike all the way around the island, check out the architecture of the buildings (thank you, Albert Kahn and others) and other structures, walk out to the Lighthouse and the adjacent island, sit and relax and enjoy the view of downtown Detroit and the Detroit River, go fishing, wander about and take photos of the natural beauty, the historical monuments, the architecture, or your family, and more. Certainly the island can always be better maintained, but the improvement since it became a Michigan State Park is visible. Looking forward to the Conservatory, Aquarium, and Nature Center to being open again. A great place for your family gathering or for showing out-of-town visitors too!!
Written October 30, 2020
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Jdehaan1
Grand Rapids, MI629 contributions
Feb 2020
We spend about 3 hours at Bell Isle on a Friday afternoon. the Aquarium and Dossin Great Lakes Museum are only open Friday - Sunday and are well worth the visit. the Conservatory is open every day, much nicer than Meijer Gardens in my opionion, but it does have 100 years more growth.
Written February 25, 2020
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HiggyJay
Scotland, UK63 contributions
Aug 2019
The island is a great drive/walk combination but do not miss the museum with the ship front builkt on. Excellent guide who gave a good history of the Detroit river and around whilst going over teh detail of teh bridge, shipping and history. A lot of good exhibitions and out side the to be mounted plaques naming those in the team bringing up the anchor from the SS Edmund Fitzgerald an American Great Lakes freighter that sank in a Lake Superior. Also walk to the Marble Lighthouse on the North East side of the island. Wish I had more time for the Aquarium and Conservatory. I would suggest a full day if you can.
Written January 15, 2020
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bcsystems
Ann Arbor, MI3,541 contributions
Aug 2020
This park has so much potential unfortunately, only the two main attractions, the aquarium and conservatory has been maintained. There's definitely plenty of space for picnic, swimming. biking, walking, etc but it just lacks the attractions you see at other great city parks in Chicago, NYC, Boston, etc.
Written August 24, 2020
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CapeCodTravler
Brewster, MA235 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Visiting in January we decided to do a quick tour around. The island looks to have quite a bit to do and must really come alive in the Spring. There is certainly a need for some upkeep and love but Detroit seems to be strapped for funds. I hope the ongoing work is completed by spring to show off this beautiful location. I did find it unsettling that the community yacht club looked so beat up while The private yacht club was a bit better maintained. With all the yacht clubs and money up the shore, you would think they would all chip in to assist the community sailing for city kids on the island. Noticed folks fishing the river, even in January.
Written January 6, 2020
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Tansy2015
Brighton, MI269 contributions
Feb 2020
A wonderful job the DNR has done revamping this gem. The aquarium has had all its ceiling tile cleaned and it is beautiful. The Conservatory is fabulous with all the tropical and desert plants (leave a donation!), and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum is just the same as it was 20 years ago. You get to go inside a real pilot house and listen to the captain of passing freighters speaking on their radios. The dosents are happy to help explain anything that your interested in. Al FREE!
Written February 22, 2020
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Michelle M
Detroit, MI26 contributions
Feb 2020
As long as you have your state rec pass on the plate, admission is free, donations are accepted which help with caring of the aquarium and all the plants. Our visit wasn't very long, but the place was packed, I can see why. It is great for photos
Written March 1, 2020
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Cubsfan_1974
Aurora, IL309 contributions
Jun 2021
Due to covid and due to heavy rains the night before, a lot was closed the day we went to Belle Isle. There were very few people on the island so it made it for a nice and quiet visit, but we also did not get to see the aquarium or the conservatory. The beach was also essentially closed with no food or bathrooms open. We did walk along the beach anyway and it's nice enough. As others have said in reviews, there is some garbage along the beach and it's not really a soft sand beach (more like tiny rocks), but it seems like it would be a nice enough beach for swimming or wading if the weather was better. Seems a beautiful island with a lot of nice nature, except most of it was closed so I can't say much more about it.
Written June 29, 2021
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JBH
301 contributions
Aug 2020
I'm not sure if the island is on shut down since all of the buildings are closed because of COVID, but the island is very unkept. The buildings looked like they were falling apart. The fountain was a disaster. The grass was unmown and there was almost no place for a blanket with the goose droppings, broken glass and other bits of liter all around. There was no charge for going and plenty of parking, despite there being soooo many people. The play set was filled to the max with no social distancing that I could see. We decided we'd have a picnic, but it was very uncomfortable to say the least. I wouldn't recommend visiting until things open and the buildings get updated.
Written August 8, 2020
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