The Belle Isle Aquarium and Conservatory building turns 110 this year. Come celebrate with us – we’re having a birthday party on August 16th!
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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.
Aquarium Extended Hours
The Belle Isle Aquarium recently extended the operating hours to Sundays. Visitors can now enjoy the nation’s oldest Aquarium and visit the new electric eel exhibit on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm. Science Saturdays offer educational opportunities on the first Saturday of the month. Admission and parking is free.
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.
The Dossin Museum is open every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 15 through September 1. Free admission.
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.
The Belle Isle Conservancy's Summer 2014 Newsletter is here! …more
Belle Isle Park is now accepting shelter reservations for 2015. Previously, reservations for Belle Isle’s 20 shelters were made in person or by calling the park. Effective April 15, 2014, all reservations must be made through the Central Reservation System (CRS) by calling 1-800-447-2757 (toll-free), online at www.midnrreservations.com, or via a smartphone.…more
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