Belle Isle Park, affectionately known as Belle Isle to natives of Detroit, is a beautiful Michigan state park, and a gem of Detroit. It’s one of those parks that is filled with a rich history and its natural beauty is definitely something to talk about. Springtime is officially here! It’s time to dust off the snow from the winter and get active! Really go outside and feel the rays of the sun on our faces! If you’re looking for springtime fun, head to Belle Isle. It’s packed full of family and solitude fun. You can reserve a shelter for a barbecue, enjoy the exotic flowers at the conservatory, take a cool selfie by the James Scott Memorial Fountain, ride a bike across the MacArthur Bridge, hit the golf range, or just relax and reflect on the island! Yes, 987s acre of fun!
Fun Fact: Did you know that Belle Isle is the largest city Island Park in the country? It’s larger than Central Park in New York City!
Popular Attractions on Belle Isle
Belle Isle is home to a few amazing attractions that generate continuous crowds. Here are just a few of the favorite attractions on the island!
Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory:
The conservatory is a beautiful greenhouse and botanical garden and is known to be the oldest running conservatory in the U.S. It’s divided into various different houses such as, Cactus House, Fernery, Tropical House, and more. My favorite room is the Tropical House. You definitely have to go for yourself and see with your own eye the beauty of this place!
Open: Wednesday to Sunday 10:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.
Belle Isle Aquarium:
Home to the seven species of Gar. This Aquarium has been serving the community for generations, as it is the oldest one in the country (it opened in 1904). I visited this place as a young kid, and my mom visited it when she was growing up. It has a unique collection of fish that you must see. So take the kids and explore what the aquarium has to offer. Sidenote, the architecture of this Albert Kahn-designed building is beautiful.
Open: Friday – Sunday 10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
James Scott Memorial Foundation: This beauty was design by Case Gilbert and Herbert Adams. It’s 510 ft. wide and has a central spray of 125 ft, plus smaller jets at the base of the fountain feature lions, turtles and figures of Neptune. In the evening, colorful lights illuminate the water. This is a must-see and a must-snap with your camera when you are on the island!
Open: All year round. Fountain runs 10:00 a.m.—9:00 p.m. Jun 11-Sept 20.
Belle Isle Beach
Dossin Great Lakes Museum
The Belle Isle Golf Range
Belle Isle Nature Center
Belle Isle Park has tons of recreational activities: Fishing, golfing, playgrounds, nature trails, and more! Here are just a few events on the way:
Events Coming Up
Detroit Gets Married! 2018@ Belle Isle Boat House
March 31 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.;Tickets $40
This is a cool event for soon-to-be brides and grooms, and family to co-mingle with other brides and grooms in the City of Detroit. To learn more, visit BelleIsleBoatHouse.com.
Mudpuppypalooza @ Belle Isle Nature Center
April 8 11:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.; Free
This annual celebration of the aquatic salamander that inhabits the Detroit River features fun and educational activities such as mask making, games and mudpuppy cookie decorating.
Green Day@ Belle Isle Nature Center
April 21 11:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.; Free
Day in observance of the global holiday to celebrate life on our planet! It includes earth-friendly crafts, games, and more.
Belle Isle is full of fun. If you think the springtime is going be a blast, oh you don’t even know what the summer has to offer. A Giant Slide, Belle Isle Beach and more –stay tuned!
For more information about Belle Isle Park and seasonal events, check out, BelleIsleConservancy.org.