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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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  • Lifelong Detroiter with many visits to Belle Isle through the years. Many family memories. Still make it to the island numerous times each year. During these COVID times, it has been a terrific...  more »
  • Took our bikes and a picnic lunch to Belle Isle on a beautiful fall day. The views of Detroit and Windsor, ON can't be beat. The biking was fantastic-- both around the perimeter of the island and...  more »
  • Relaxing hideaway from the daily hustle and bustle. Perfect for pick nicks, bike rides, jogging, hiking, picture taking, rowing, kayaking, flying kites, ... Love it!
  • Very nice. the wind was amazing the water was beautiful and blue and the view is gorgeous.

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