Put on your boots and throw on a scarf because it’s time to explore Detroit at the Belle Isle Holiday Stroll! The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, Belle Isle Aquarium and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum will open their doors from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Friday, December 11 for holiday merriment and family-friendly fun!
The event is free but their will be opportunities for guests to give back to local charities like the Michigan State Police’s “Trooper Teddy” program and the US Marine’s “Toys for Tots.” Teddy bears for “Trooper Teddy” can be donated at the Belle Isle Aquarium and the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory while toys for the “Toys for Tots” program will be collected at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum.
Read on to find out what you can expect at each location!
Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory
Designed by Albert Kahn and opened in 1904, the conservatory sits on 13 acres of land and is filled with everything from palm trees and tropical flowers to desert plants and succulents.
Friday, the conservatory will be decked out in holiday style. Lights, décor and even a poinsettia Christmas tree will be on display in the showhouse! The Deep River Choir will be there too, setting the mood with their holiday tunes.
Guest can also enjoy mulled cider and donuts from Detroit’s own Dutch Girl Donuts while supplies last.
Dossin Great Lakes Museum
If you’re a history buff then the Dossin Great Lakes Museum is the stop for you! It’s a 16,000 sq. ft. museum that focuses on Detroit’s role in maritime history. Guests can even learn the ins and outs of the ships as the museum hosts one of the world’s largest collections of model ships.
Museumgoers can enjoy hot cocoa and cookies while supplies last and kids will enjoy some free winter craft making!
Belle Isle Aquarium
The Belle Isle Aquarium was also designed by Albert Kahn and opened alongside the conservatory in 1904. When the aquarium closed in 2005, it was the oldest, continually operating public aquarium in North America. Luckily, the aquarium reopened in 2012 to the excitement of families all over metro Detroit!
This Friday, the aquarium welcomes guests to enjoy the creatures of the deep and sophisticated design while listening to violinist, Ian B. Tran.
Just a friendly reminder – since Belle Isle is a state park, you must have a Recreation Passport to enjoy the festivities. If you do not already have a park pass on your license plate tab, you can easily purchase one upon entering the island at the permit shed for $11 and it’s good for all state parks for a year.
So which spots on the Belle Isle Holiday Stroll are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comment section!