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Belle Isle Park, Detroit

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Belle Isle, officially Belle Isle Park, is a 982acre island park in the Detroit River, between the United States mainland and Canada. Owned by the City of Detroit, it is managed as a state park by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources through a 30-year lease initiated in 2013. Belle Isle is the largest city-owned island park in the United States and is the third largest island in the Detroit River after Grosse Ile and Fighting Island. It is connected to mainland Detroit by the MacArthur Bridge.
The island is home to the Belle Isle Aquarium, the Belle Isle Conservatory, the Belle Isle Nature Zoo, the Detroit Yacht Club on an adjacent island, the James Scott Memorial Fountain, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, a Coast Guard station, a municipal golf course and numerous monuments. It also previously housed a Nature Center where visitors were able to traverse wooded trails and view wildlife natural habitats, a former Belle Isle Zoo, riding stables and the Detroit Boat Club. The island includes a half-mile (800 m) swimming beach.
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  • What a Detroit gem. Just minutes from downtown. Be sure to visit the museum, nature center and Aquarium. 
    What a Detroit gem. Just minutes from downtown. Be sure to visit the museum, nature center and Aquarium.  more »
  • Belle Isle has long been the glory of Detroit's waterfront but lately it has been even more wonderful. Recent upgrades have shined this lady to a new brilliance. 
    Belle Isle has long been the glory of Detroit's waterfront but lately it has been even more wonderful. Recent upgrades have shined this lady to a new brilliance.  more »
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  • One of the coolest places I've been too. The staff was amazing and greeted us warmly, have my kids a scavenger hunt and sent us off. Going through the paths was incredible. All the flora is very well taken care of and is represented in the growth. The paths are very neat and tidy, and there was no crowding. If you're around Belle Isle you absolutely need to check this place out. I will definitely be coming back here to walk around more
  • very beautiful park on the island. When you cross the bridge, you enter the freedom zone. Unfortunately, all walking complexes, such as the aquarium and the botanical garden, close very early, we did not have time to visit there. I would like to go longer on weekends. also a beautiful sunset point with a photo zone. the fountains are also no longer working, although the weather is still excellent.

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