Rich with history and natural beauty, Belle Isle Park is a Detroit gem and became Michigan’s 102nd State Park in 2014 as part of a lease agreement with the City of Detroit. This 982-acre island park is situated on the Detroit River between the United States and Canada. It is home to a wide assortment of educational and recreational opportunities., including an aquarium, conservatory and the James Scott Memorial Fountain and much more.
Dossin Great Lakes Museum
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (year-round)
The original maritime museum was built on the J.T. Wing, the last commercial sailing ship on the Great Lakes. Managed by Detroit Historical Society. No admission fee.
Belle Isle Nature Zoo
April-October: daily, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
November-March: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Enjoy a variety of educational programs and meet deer face-to-face in Deer Encounter exhibit. Managed by Detroit Zoological Society. No admission fee.
Belle Isle Aquarium
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. (year-round)
View 118 species, more than 1,000 fish and an extensive collection of Belle Isle memorabilia in the oldest aquarium in the United States. Designed by famed architect Albert Kahn. Managed by Belle Isle Conservancy. No admission fee.