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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.

  • 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.

  • Scott Fountain

    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.

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8:00 am Race For The Border @ Belle Isle
Race For The Border @ Belle Isle
Jul 27 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am
Race For The Border with Agents from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. This great race supports those agents who gave the ultimate sacrifice [...]