Explore Belle Isle with our new self-guided tour, complete with historical facts and figures about the island’s cultural resources!
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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.
Annual Koi Wrangling - Nov. 8th
Join us to transfer the Koi fish from the lily pond to their winter home in the Aquarium Saturday, November 8th from 10 am to 12 pm at the Belle Isle Aquarium and Lily Pond. Free Hot Dogs and Refreshments to Participants. Please bring a NEW 5-gallon bucket or large Rubbermaid container. Attendees are encouraged to bring the following items as donations: Toilet paper, Paper towels, Liquid Hand Soap, Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Scrubbing Bubbles spray cleaner, Pinesol Liquid Cleanser, Lysol/Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, Vinegar, Trash bags (13-gallon Tall Kitchen or 33-gallon (or larger) Heavy Duty), Rubber Gloves (Playtex types) – Medium and Large, Swiffer Duster Refills, Light bulbs, 25-ft Outdoor Extension Cord.
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.
Join us to transfer the Koi fish from the lily pond to their winter home in the Aquarium.
Free Hot Dogs and Refreshments to Participants
Please bring a NEW 5-gallon bucket or large Rubbermaid container
Items to bring as donations:
Tickets are now available for the second annual Light Up the Aquarium fundraiser. Reserve your tickets today by clicking here: https://belleisleconservancy.org/light-aquarium-2014/
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
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