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Belle Isle Park, Detroit

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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.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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  • Best way to see is to bring or rent bikes. Aquariam and conservatory are wonderful. In summer there are food trucks, or bring lunch and stay the day!  more »
  • Beautiful, clean and safe place for your family and friends. Great playscape, aquarium, museum and just plain park fun for all.  more »
  • Awesome place to picnic in Detroit. Great place to hear, see, and smell The Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Grand Prix the first week in June. Millions have been spent to refurbish the island. The Scott fou...  more »
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  • I really enjoyed my two trips to this island. On the first trip I visited Sunset Point which in itself was well worth the visit on its own. On my second trip to the island it was snowing but absolutely beautiful. Would definitely recommend this location to anybody looking to get out of the city
  • Been enjoying this park island my entire life! It has gone through some changes over the years, like the closing of the zoo, they somehow got rid of all the deer, the giant slide is no longer yellow lol. And there are coyotes in those woods now, so be careful! It's still absolutely gorgeous, with an amazing fountain, sweeping international views, cool exhibits and activities... And the MacArthur bridge is still charming as ever, even though they switched out the warmer lamp lights for cool blue-white led lights. The difference is noticeable, smh. For newbies just keep in mind that the city the nation has been squatting on for decades has always enjoyed this island. Its a part of what made Detroit great before it was popular to come "explore" here. Respect that.
  • I took my fiance here during the weekend of DEMF to get a feel for what Detroit has to offer. We walked through the aquarium and enjoyed the uniqueness of the building. We also meandered by the greenhouses and a beautiful wedding was being held as we were walking by. The amount of activities on the island is great for families to take their kids or a couple to get great romantic shots of the river. Belle Island is a great destination on your travels through Detroit I'd you haven't been.
  • Awesome place. Lot of place to have a picnic. Play for kids and adult. Also they have a conservatory and fountain. Good to enjoy some sunset and sunrise time. Above all a place to enjoy lot of things. People love the places here and you will find its busy in the afternoon and evening time.
  • It is a beautiful place with clean water to swim. You need to carry your food and water as there will be very few stores to purchase or I guess no stores to purchase anything. I guess alcohol consumption is banned at this place. You need to pay the recreational fee if you are entering with your own vehicle or you should have a recreational pass with you for your car.
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