Belle Isle Park

6925 E. Jefferson Ave.
Detroit, MI 48243- Map It
(313) 628-2081

AAA Editor Notes

Belle Isle Park is just s. over the MacArthur Bridge at jct. E. Jefferson Ave. This island in the Detroit River features 5 miles of scenic shoreline and offers multiple recreational opportunities. There are children's playgrounds and a giant slide. The white marble Scott Memorial Fountain is a highlight. The Dossin Great Lakes Museum profiles local maritime history and includes a collection of model ships as well as the reconstructed pilot house from the S.S. William Clay Ford. The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory displays cacti, ferns, orchids and palms. The Belle Isle Aquarium was the first public aquarium to open in the United States; more than 1,000 fish and a collection of Belle Isle memorabilia can be seen. The Belle Isle Nature Zoo features Michigan flora and fauna; various amphibians and reptiles are included, and deer reside on the grounds. Note: Visiting the island after dark is not recommended. Time: Allow 30 minutes minimum for the museum. Picnicking is permitted.
Park entry requires a Recreation Passport (valid for 1 year and allows entry into Michigan state parks) $11 (per private in-state vehicle); $5 (per in-state motorcycle); $31 (per private out-of-state vehicle). Nonresident single-day pass $9 (per private out-of-state vehicle). Conservatory, aquarium and zoo free. Slide $1 per ride. Museum by donation.
Hours: Park daily 5 a.m.-10 p.m. Museum Sat.-Sun. 11-4; closed major holidays. Conservatory Wed.-Sun. 10-5; closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Aquarium open Sat.-Sun. 10-4. Nature Zoo Wed.-Sun. 10-5, Apr.-Nov.; 10-4, rest of year; closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Deer feedings are given daily at 11, 1 and 3. Fountain runs 10-9, early June-late Sept.