Thanks to a generous donor, the Belle Isle Aquarium’s skylights have been reopened. Come check them out – the aquarium is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm all year.
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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.
Light Up the Aquarium - December 5th
Back for its second year, Light Up the Aquarium is a holiday fundraiser to support the Belle Isle Aquarium. Enjoy a wonderful evening in the 110 year old aquarium with hors d'ouevres, drinks, and a silent auction. Ticket Levels: Eagle Ray Ticket ($60 in advance / $65 at the door) - includes admission to event and complimentary beer, wine, and hor d'ouevres; Sting Ray Ticket ($100) - includes admission to event, complimentary beer, wine, and hor d'ouevres, invitation to champagne preview of auction at 5:30 pm; Manta Ray Ticket ($250) - includes admission to event, complimentary beer, wine, and hor d'ouevres, invitation to champagne preview of auction at 5:30 pm, commemorative mug, and recognition in program if RSVP received by November 21st. Online ticket sales will be available until Monday, December 1st. After December 1st, tickets will be sold at the door for $65. To purchase tickets, visit: https://
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.
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Today’s the last day to register for the Manta Ray level if you’d like to have your name included in the program as the highest level supporter for Light Up the Aquarium on December 5th.
Download a digital version of the Belle Isle Conservancy's Winter 2014 Newsletter…more
Explore Belle Isle with our self guided tour! Download the guide that is complete with historical facts about the island's cultural resources. …more
We are looking for dedicated education volunteers to assist in our newly created 4th grade field trip to the Aquarium and Conservatory. Help us lead students in a hands on exploration of the two institutions, utilizing the unique displays and interactive activities. You can choose to assist at either the Conservatory, the Aquarium or BOTH. If you are interested or have any questions please contact Amy Emmert at email@example.com. …more