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Belle IsleUnited States of America

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.

Top Hotels in Belle Isle

MotorCity Casino Hotel
MotorCity Casino Hotel
4.5 out of 5
2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI
The price is $147 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 4

Situated in Detroit, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Little Caesars Arena, Fox Theatre, and Comerica Park. Ford Field and GM Renaissance Center are ...

4.4/5Excellent! (4,777 reviews)

"Some areas closed due to the COVID 19. Not much to do other than gambling and nothing outside of the casino or hotel."…"

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2020

MotorCity Casino Hotel
Atheneum Suite Hotel
Atheneum Suite Hotel
4 out of 5
1000 Brush Avenue, Detroit, MI
The price is $154 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12

Located in Greektown Historic District, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Greektown Casino, GM Renaissance Center, and Ford Field. Campus Martius ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,210 reviews)

"Okay the room was very nice and very clean , there wasn’t any loud music or anything very peaceful"…"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

Atheneum Suite Hotel
Detroit Marriott Southfield
Detroit Marriott Southfield
3.5 out of 5
27033 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI
The price is $93 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 10

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital, Lawrence Technological University, and International Auto Components ...

4.1/5Very Good! (978 reviews)

"It was really nice it had everything and the customer service was really good and I was really clean and the TV supply good entertainment like YouTube and Netflix"…"

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2020

Detroit Marriott Southfield
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Vacation Rentals in Belle Isle

Staybridge Suites Dearborn MI
Staybridge Suites Dearborn MI
3 out of 5
24105 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI
The price is $125 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 9

Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is 2 mi (3.3 km) from Greenfield Village and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Henry Ford Museum. Automotive Hall of Fame ...

4.1/5Very Good! (82 reviews)

"All of the staff was wonderful. Upgraded without our asking. Referred to great restaurant."…"

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2020

Staybridge Suites Dearborn MI
Mint House Downtown Detroit
Mint House Downtown Detroit
4 out of 5
415 Clifford St, Detroit, MI
The price is $120 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14

Located in Downtown Detroit, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Fillmore Detroit, Fox Theatre, and MGM Grand Detroit Casino. Ford Field and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (168 reviews)

"Didn’t have to talk to anyone to get into my room."…"

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2020

Mint House Downtown Detroit
Staybridge Suites Sterling Heights -Detroit Area
Staybridge Suites Sterling Heights -Detroit Area
3 out of 5
8333 15 Mile Road, Sterling Heights, MI
The price is $101 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 9

Situated in Sterling Heights, this aparthotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Warren Community Centre Indoor Waterpark, Mapleview Medical, and Freedom Hill Amphitheatre. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)

"Property was new, clean, and spacious. The staff was always seen cleaning and disenfecting."…"

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2020

Staybridge Suites Sterling Heights -Detroit Area
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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