Belle Isle Aquarium and Conservatory

On Easter Sunday my family headed to Belle Isle Park to visit the Aquarium and Conservatory to check out some cool plants and fishes. Lucky for us, our resident family photographer was on hand to take some nifty pics. I thought I’d share….

photo credit: Berkly Square

Belle Isle Park is a 2.5 mile long, 982-acre island park located in the international waters of the Detroit River. The park is home to the Belle Isle Aquarium, Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Belle Isle Nature Center, and the James Scott Memorial Fountain. It’s also a lovely place to bike, swim, hike, picnic and cruise.

The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory is an exotic and rare collection of plants from around the world. It is the oldest continually-running conservatory in the United States and is divided into five distinct sections: Palm House, the Tropical House, the Cactus House, a sunken Fernery, and the Show House.

The Belle Isle Aquarium was designed by famed Detroit architect, Albert Kahn, and opened on August 18, 1904. It is the oldest aquarium in the country. When it opened it was the third largest Aquarium in the world with salt water being shipped directly from the ocean.

All this right in my back yard! Talk about lucky. If you haven’t been there (or haven’t been there in a while) you must go. The Aquarium is open Friday to Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and the Conservatory and Gardens are open Wednesday to Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. You do need a Recreation Passport to drive onto the island. If you don’t have one – no sweat – you can get a day pass for $9.00 per vehicle.

 

Noah Boland

Berkly Square Photography

Thanks Noah for the pics!