Join scholars and professionals on Friday, October 10th in a remembrance of America’s most famous landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, who remarked in 1882 that “Among American parks, Belle Isle will be unique.” Attendees will tour the island…more
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Recreation Passport Information
Visitors will need a Recreation Passport to access Belle Isle Park by vehicle beginning in 2014. Throughout Belle Isle's first year of the Recreation Passport requirement, a vehicle can access the island without a Recreation Passport until the owner's next vehicle registration renewal date. All vehicles entering the park must have a Recreation Passport by February 2015. Recreation Passports can be purchased for $11 at any Secretary of State office, or when renewing vehicle registration by mail. They can also be purchased at state parks or recreation areas, including the temporary mobile contact station marked with the MDNR logo at Belle Isle Park, located just past the MacArthur Bridge.
Belle Isle Aquarium Weathervane Design Competition Winner
Congratulations to Bruce Gerlach, who submitted the winning design for the Belle Isle Aquarium Weathervane Design Competition, sponsored by the Butzel Long law firm. Bruce's design features a gar fish; the Belle Isle Aquarium is the only aquarium that houses all seven gar species. Look for the design to adorn the aquarium early next year.
Frederick Law Olmsted Program - October 10th
Join scholars and professionals in a remembrance of America’s most famous landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, who remarked in 1882 that “Among American parks, Belle Isle will be unique.” Attendees will tour the island and listen to a presentation from Ethan Carr, an Olmsted scholar. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
places to see
Belle Isle Aquarium
Belle Isle Aquarium is open every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission and parking.
Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory
The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission.
Dossin Great Lakes Museum is open Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Starting Friday, June 13, the Museum will be open on Fridays from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. all summer through Labor Day weekend (except Friday, July 4). Admission to the Dossin Great Lakes Museum is FREE.
Belle Isle Nature Zoo is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from April to November and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through April. Free admission.
Visit the Belle Isle Aquarium virtually by checking out our new website dedicated to all things Aquarium – learn more about the history of the building, meet the animals, and download games and puzzles from the kids corner section. And then visit the…more
Want to learn more about Frederick Law Olmsted, who prepared the designs for many of the country’s greatest parks (including Belle Isle) and is known as the father of the landscape architecture profession? Join us on October 10th for an Olmsted program…more
Two skylights at the Belle Isle Aquarium have been reopened thanks to a generous donation from the Fenton family, in honor of Aaron Fenton. There is still more work to be done to open the remaining skylights to let more light back into the Aquarium, and you can contribute towards the project through donations. …more
With funding from an EPA grant in the form of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a new game to see how many invasive plants you can identify on Belle Isle has been developed. The thrust of the EPA grant is educating the public about these invading plants, plus treatment and removal of these plants that endanger the ecosystems on Belle Isle. …more
The World Congress will be held in Detroit (and on Belle Isle) from September 7-11.…more