As a kid growing up in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, the Canadian border city to Detroit, Michigan, USA I would hear of Belle Isle. Friends would sometimes travel with their parents on Sundays as I remember it; Belle Isle became a family day sort of place to me. Upon visiting it now, it seems like little had changed.
Belle Isle (as of 2013 Belle Isle Park) is a Michigan State run island park resting in the Detroit River. It sits between both Windsor and Detroit. The island, covering 982 acres (1.534 square miles), is home to the Belle Isle Aquarium, the James Scott Memorial Fountain, the Belle Isle Conservatory, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, the Detroit Boat Club, a Coast Guard station, and a municipal golf facility. Until it was transferred to Michigan State, it was the largest city-owned island city park in the U.S. Belle Isle includes three lakes, 150 acres of wooded area and incredible views of the Windsor / Detroit skyline.
Belle Isle Detroit’s Address:
East Jefferson and East Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48207
You can get there by crossing the MacArthur Bridge, which is located approximately 3 miles east of downtown Detroit.