Belle Isle Detroit is the jewel of all the Detroit parks

So much history with Belle Isle

Belle Isle's Scott FountainBelle Isle Detroit, maybe the city's best park featuring biking, golf, great views of parts of Southeast Michigan, and more.

It is truly is a top place to go if you're in town. Just as New York has Central Park, Detroit has Belle Isle.

Belle Isle is not the largest park in the park system or even in Michigan, but it is probably the most well known and popular.

What makes Belle Isle Detroit so unique among other in the city is that it is located on an island in the middle of the which allows you to get spectacular views of downtown, the Ambassador Bridge, and the Detroit skyline. I also like to come here and watch the many lahe ships that pass by all day (great sights to see).

You can also get some great views of Canada and Lake St. Clair. It's perfect for a hot summer day because there is always a breeze coming off the water and you can always find a spot on the island to relax and chill. It's a nice little oasis in the middle of the city. There is a bridge that connects Belle Isle with the city. You can drive across the bridge to the island, or you can even ride your bike or walk. (If you don't have a bike, check out the Wheelhouse Detroit for bike rentals.

Speaking of biking and walking, Belle Isle is a great place to do either of these. Early in the morning you will find many joggers, bikers and roller bladers. Paths are marked along the roads on the island.

There was also an aquarium on the island (the oldest one in the country) but it has unfortunately closed. Efforts are being made to reopen it though and I hope it does. Fishing is also very popular on the island. You will find many great places to fish around the island.

During the summer you can also enjoy the waterslide or head to the beach. The beach is also the perfect place to get a view of the city skyline. One thing I like to do many time in the summer is to drive to the island, park my car and listen to the radio. It's so relaxing for me.

It can be a nice change of pace from some other things to do in the city like heading to a game at Comerica Park or a show at the Fox Theatre.

For the golfer in you, there is a driving range which in my opinion is the best facility to practice your golf game in the immediate city limits. There are courses in the city like Chandler Park and Rouge Park, but their facilities don't comapare to Belle Isle's. Of course you have the driving range with many stations, but you also have several putting greens which range from flat to hilly to test every kind of putt you can imagine.

There are also sand traps to practice you sand game, and there's even a short par 3 course which will test your short iron and putting game. Belle Isle BeachThe driving range is a nice facility. There are plenty of stations for you to hit at. There is also a short 6 hole course to work on your short game.

You will also find putting greens and chipping areas. In my opinion, it is the best driving range facility in the city.

I also think that one of the best things you can do is just ride around the island or just park and look at the scenic view. Going to Belle Isle Detroit is a very popular date idea ;).

Another secret I like to point out is that Belle Isle Detroit is the perfect place for you star gazers out there.

What's great about it is that it's close to the city, yet there are many places on the island where it is dimly lit, so you can see many stars with the naked eye or with a telescope.

I wouldn't say it's as good as going out to the country, but it's pretty good for people who don't want to travel far from the city. Of course many things on Belle Isle Detroit are only doable in the spring and summer time, but during the winter time, the cold shouldn't stop you from going to check the island out or take some pictures if it snows. Feeding the deer that live on the island is also a popular thing to during the winter. All these thing and more make it a good reason to make it apart of your travel plans. Check out my Event Calendar to find out events that may be planned for Belle Isle. In the meantime, here is a list of things you can see and do on Belle Isle all year 'round. Here are some things you should visit while on Belle Isle Detroit:

Belle Isle Conservatory

The Belle Isle Conservatory is the perfect place to go in the winter. It's not bad in the summertime either. There are a lot of different types of plant to see here and I'm sure the kids would love it. Click here to read more about the Belle Isle Conservatory

Dossin Great Lakes Museum

Another good place to bring the kids. It's also enjoyable for everyone. Find out about the history of some the the great ships that have sailed the Great Lakes. Visit the Dossin Museum.

Driving Range

The best golf range facility in the city if you ask me. Has everything you need to work on every aspect of your game.

The Belle Isle Nature Zoo

The Belle Isle Nature Zoo is a great place to take the kids as well as go visit yourself. You can find many different plants and animals to see here. There used to be a small zoo on the island, but it has been closed for some time. Find out more about the Belle Isle Nature Zoo

Belle Isle Beach

The Beach is a great place to cool off during the summer. Besides the beach, there is also water slide. Oh and I can't forget the beautiful view of the skyline :)

Belle Isle Aquarium

Belle Isle still has the oldest aquarium not only in Michigan, but in the United States. Currently it is closed, however there is an ongoing effort to reopen this gem of the city. Look for updates here. Belle Isle Detroit is truly a top spot to go visit if you're in town. Belle Isle Address and phone number:

Belle Isle Park
Detroit, MI 48243
(313) 852-4075

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