The Aquarium family is growing! Check out our newly added starfish, clownfish, jellyfish, and seahorses. They are delightfully entertaining! Thanks to the Fenton family.
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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.
Design Competition: Belle Isle Aquarium Weathervane
The Belle Isle Aquarium is hosting a Weathervane Design Competition, sponsored by the Butzel Long law firm. The contest begins on Friday, August 1, 2014 and ends at midnight on Tuesday, August 29, 2014. The winning entrant will receive a $500 prize, and the weathervane design will adorn the Belle Isle Aquarium’s cupola. Read Information and Rules | Download Application Form | Click here for updates and FAQs
The James Scott Memorial Fountain runs every day from 10 am to 10 pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Built in 1925, the Scott Fountain is considered one of the jewels of Belle Isle. The lower bowl has a diameter of 510 feet and the central spray reaches 125 feet. There are 109 water outlets in the shape of dolphins, turtles, lions and human figures.
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.
What an exciting night for the Belle Isle Aquarium! Thanks to the generosity of Butzel Long, and the artistic talents of Bruce Gerlach, we were able to unveil a design for the new weathervane, which will adorn the historic building by the end of the…more
Thanks to the over 450 guests who attended the 10th annual Polish the Jewel luncheon this week – it was a fabulous event! Watch this video to hear Belle Isle stories and memories from some of our long time Polish the Jewel supporters.
The World Congress will be held in Detroit (and on Belle Isle) from September 7-11.…more
New seating is available at the Scott Fountain! Chairs have been generously donated by Conway MacKenzie, Frasco Caponigro, Wineman and Scheible PLLC, and Terry and Linda Theodore. …more
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