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Belle Isle Park

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Address: Detroit, MI
Phone Number: +1 313-852-4078
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06:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 22:00
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This large urban park on Belle Isle in the middle of the Detroit River...

This large urban park on Belle Isle in the middle of the Detroit River contains the Belle Isle Zoo and was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead.

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A little gem on the Detroit River

This is a 982 acre park that offers a variety of activities: walking, fishing, picnic shelters are available or just sit and watch the boats on the river. There is a small zoom... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Chammy13
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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Since the State took over, it has changed. For the first time in my life I saw the fountain working! The gardens, aquarium, atrium and play areas are well maintained. Clean restrooms! I enjoyed a very good organic black bean burger from a food truck, not sure when they are there but, they had good healthy food selection. Felt safe... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great views down the Detroit/Windsor skyline. Free deer petting zoo and museum. Beautiful to walk around. Some dilapidated buildings needing work still

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White Lake, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The park was in total disarray but has been taken over by the State. It has been cleaned up and attractions added. Great for family gatherings right on the river. We were there for a wedding and reception at the Casino Hall (not for gambling). Lovely remodel and updates, good food.

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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a 982 acre park that offers a variety of activities: walking, fishing, picnic shelters are available or just sit and watch the boats on the river. There is a small zoom the beautiful James Scott Memorial Fountain, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, an aquarium and a beautiful conservatory. It is also the site of the Detroit Grand Prix... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent a wonderful afternoon at Belle Isle. It's spacious, clean, the people were friendly and smiling. Everyone was having a good time. The arboretum was fantastic. It also housed a nice, but small, aquarium. It offers wonderful views of the Detroit skyline. It's also free.

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Grayslake, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They have brought this place back from the edge of collapse. The grounds were clean, the picnic tables were in good shape, the zoo was open and the park was not crowded at all - on a Saturday afternoon. Of course it was a chilly day in November - but the views of Detroit and Windsor from the middle of... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoy visiting any season of the year, but I must admit winter and summer are my favorite times. You have a nice view of the Detroit skyline, the fountan is always a must in the summer especially when the lights are on. The best place to be on a snowy winter day is the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory. Go... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had been to the island for the Indy Cars Grand Prix years ago. It wasn't a fun time as it was crowded and difficult to see the race. We returned to the island not expecting much and were met with positive surprises. There were few people and admission was free. The island is clean and the landscape is maintained.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

although it was controversy about the State taking over, overall it will always be a good place to go for various events. Picnics, playgrounds sports fields, canoes are back, fishing, Dossin museum, aquarium, garden, nature museum, golf, and much more. I think to top it off all they need now is over night camping spots

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had the pleasure of being taken to this wonderful island in September and the day was just glorious. The place is so very well kept and looked after and the views are just stunning and I loved Scott's Fountain...it reminded me of a wedding cake and it doesn't surprise me that weddings are held here on this island. I... More 

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