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Belle Isle

This immense island park not far from downtown has impressive architecture, outstanding views of the Detroit skyline and lots of green space for relaxing.

Detroit’s Belle Isle is a beautiful natural space in the middle of the Detroit River. It offers a range of public facilities including sporting fields, a beach and conservatory. The 982-acre (397-hectare) park was designed by Frederick Olmsted, a renowned American landscape designer who also worked on Boston’s “Emerald Necklace.”

Take in Olmsted’s design with a jog or stroll through the grounds. There are three lakes and a lagoon, as well as plenty of space for picnics and facilities for barbecues. Kids will love the playground with tunnels and swings, and it won’t take them long to hunt down the park’s giant slide. They’ll also enjoy the waterslide at the Belle Isle beach, the only beach along the Detroit River.

Sports fans can get their fix over by the old Field House, where there are volleyball courts, and baseball, rugby and soccer fields. Golfers can tee off on the full-length driving range or practice on the putting and chipping greens. See fallow deer, several species of turtle and all kinds of amphibians at the Belle Isle Nature Zoo. There’s also a butterfly garden and a nature trail around Blue Herron Lagoon.

Visit the Gothic-style aquarium to admire the architecture and fish native to the Great Lakes area. Wander over to the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory to see the orchid collection, fernery and rose garden. Boat enthusiasts will be rapt with the hands-on exhibits and one of the world’s largest collections of scale models at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum.

Walking around the park you’ll notice landmarks like the James Scott Memorial Fountain and two cannons captured from the British in 1812.

Belle Isle is open every day of the week. Operating hours for facilities vary, so call ahead or check the website for details. By car, the park is about 15 minutes from downtown. Public transportation doesn’t go onto the island.


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Lodging Near Belle Isle

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MotorCity Casino Hotel

MotorCity Casino Hotel

2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit
4.4
of 5, from 4,458 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

MotorCity Casino Hotel offers an entertainment hotspot and base on the edge of downtown Detroit. For concerts, shows, and sporting events, guests can drive 5 minutes to Ford Field, Fox Theater, and Detroit Opera House. It's also 5 minutes by car to GM Renaissance Center, for dining and shopping.

$135
Atheneum Suite Hotel

Atheneum Suite Hotel

1000 Brush Avenue, Detroit
4.3
of 5, from 1,749 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This business-friendly Detroit hotel is close to Campus Martius Park, the Detroit Opera House, Greektown Casino, and Ford Field.

$115
Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront

Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront

2 Washington Blvd, Detroit
3.9
of 5, from 1,317 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Detroit, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cobo Center and GM Renaissance Center. Fox Theatre and Ford Field are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$72
Roberts Riverwalk Urban Resort Hotel

Roberts Riverwalk Urban Resort Hotel

1000 River Place Dr, Detroit
3.3
of 5, from 1,404 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Detroit, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Moross House, GM Renaissance Center, and Belle Isle. Ford Field and Comerica Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$169
Greektown Casino Hotel

Greektown Casino Hotel

1200 Saint Antoine St, Detroit
4.3
of 5, from 2,179 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Greektown Historic District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old St. Mary's Church and Ford Field. GM Renaissance Center and Comerica Park are also within 15 minutes.

$80
Baymont Inn & Suites Downtown Detroit

Baymont Inn & Suites Downtown Detroit

3250 East Jefferson Ave., Detroit
3.0
of 5, from 17 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Detroit, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Moross House, Belle Isle, and GM Renaissance Center. Ford Field and Fox Theatre are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$113
Caesars Windsor

Caesars Windsor

377 Riverside Dr E, Windsor
4.3
of 5, from 1,718 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Windsor, this spa hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Detroit Windsor Tunnel and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ambassador Bridge and University of Windsor. GM Renaissance Center and Ford Field are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$179
MGM Grand Detroit

MGM Grand Detroit

1777 3rd Street, Detroit
4.4
of 5, from 750 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Detroit, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Fillmore Detroit, Detroit Opera House, and Cobo Center. Fox Theatre and Little Caesars Arena are also within 15 minutes.