Belle Isle, Detroit

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    Belle Isle

    by mdchachi Updated Apr 4, 2011
    View from Belle Isle in Detroit

    Just a short distance up Jefferson Avenue from the RenCen is Belle Isle, a large (700 acre) city park and island in the Detroit River. (It's an island but accessible by road.) It contains many recreational options including:

    - golf driving range and 9-hole course
    - swimming beach (if swimming in the Detroit River doesn't sound appealing to you, consider that some of the city's drinking water comes from this same area)
    - America's oldest freshwater aquarium
    - botanical garden
    - Great Lakes Museum ("World's largest collection of scale-model Great Lakes ships")
    - Nature center and nature trails
    - tennis courts, soccer fields & baseball diamonds
    - picnic areas

    There is a zoo as well but it is currently (2003) closed due to budget constraints. The main Detroit Zoo is still open, however.

    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Aquarium
    • Family Travel

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