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Featured happenings at Belle Isle

  • 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

    BelleIsleAquariumWeathervane3_Page3Congratulations 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.

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  • 1.26.15

    BIC Job Opening: Operations Manager

    The Belle Isle Conservancy is hiring a Operations Manager (full-time position) to perform day to day financial and administrative duties, ensuring proper operations of the Belle Isle Conservancy.…more

  • 1.21.15

    Starting Feb. 1, Recreation Passport needed for Belle Isle vehicle entry

    February marks the one-year anniversary of Belle Isle operating as Michigan’s 102nd state park and also ends the gradual phase-in of the Recreation Passport at the island park. Beginning Sunday, Feb. 1, all vehicles entering Belle Isle will need a Recreation Passport – $11 for vehicles, $5 for motorcycles. The Recreation Passport will provide vehicle entry not only at Belle Isle, but also at other state parks throughout Michigan.…more

  • 12.5.14

    Light Up the Aquarium

    Tickets will be available at the door for $65 each for Light Up the Aquarium. Cash, checks, or credit cards are accepted. The event goes from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm at the Belle Isle Aquarium. Guests will enjoy beer, wine, hors d'ouevres, and a jazz trio. The silent auction offers over 130 items - which make great holiday gifts. …more

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9:00 am Flying Pancakes at the Flynn Pav... @ Flynn Pavilion
Flying Pancakes at the Flynn Pav... @ Flynn Pavilion
Feb 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Flying Pancakes at the Flynn Pavilion @ Flynn Pavilion | Detroit | Michigan | United States
  Introducing the first annual FLYING PANCAKES AT THE FLYNN PAVILION presented by Pure Detroit & The Crofoot. An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast adventure for kids & adults alike as part of Shiver On The River 2015.…more
10:00 am Shiver on the River
Shiver on the River
Feb 7 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Shiver on the River Ecology Family Fair – Free Admission Saturday, February 7th 10:00am – 3:00pm Belle Isle Info booths at Belle Isle Casino. The following attractions will be open: Belle Isle Aquarium 10 a.m.…more
12:00 pm Science Saturday: Plastic Waters @ Belle Isle Aquarium Classroom
Science Saturday: Plastic Waters @ Belle Isle Aquarium Classroom
Feb 14 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Kahlil Ligon, Detroit Representative of Alliance for the Great Lakes will present a lecture on plastic waters.  The lectures are at 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm in the Aquarium classroom. It’s free! Come learn something…more