Belle Isle, officially Belle Isle Park, is a 982-acre island park in the Detroit River, between the United States mainland and Canada. Owned by the City of Detroit, it is managed as a state park by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources through a 30-year lease initiated in 2013. Belle Isle is the largest city-owned island park in the United States and is the third largest island in the Detroit River after Grosse Ile and Fighting Island. It is connected to mainland Detroit by the MacArthur Bridge.A visit to Belle Isle Park represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Detroit road trip planning tool to plot your vacation.
The island is home to the Belle Isle Aquarium, the Belle Isle Conservatory, the Belle Isle Nature Zoo, the Detroit Yacht Club on an adjacent island, the James Scott Memorial Fountain, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, a Coast Guard station, a municipal golf course and numerous monuments. It also previously housed a Nature Center where visitors were able to traverse wooded trails and view wildlife natural habitats, a former Belle Isle Zoo, riding stables and the Detroit Boat Club. The island includes a half-mile swimming beach.
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Belle Isle Park Reviews
The bridge to cross and the circle around it is great for riding a bicycle or running. There are lots of great stops along the way. The full circumference was cut off just past the Great Lakes... more »
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... more »
Relaxing hideaway from the daily hustle and bustle. Perfect for pick nicks, bike rides, jogging, hiking, picture taking, rowing, kayaking, flying kites, ... Love it!
Very nice. the wind was amazing the water was beautiful and blue and the view is gorgeous.
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