One of the most popular things to do at the State Parks is relaxing on the beach and enjoying the sunshine. If you have lived in Michigan for a while you know that we don’t always have warm sunny days. If you have a recreation passport for the Michigan State Parks on your license plate you can visit Belle Isle which has some excellent free indoor attractions on the weekends.
The Belle Isle Aquarium is the oldest aquarium in the country. It was designed by famed Detroit architect Albert Kahn and with its decorative entrance and green tiled interior, the building itself is a fantastic place to see. Inside the aquarium has a large collection of fish and aquatic animals on display. you can find out more about the Aquarium HERE
Next to the Aquarium is the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory which was dedicated to Anna Scripps Whitcomb who donated her 600 plant orchid collection to the City of Detroit in 1955. The conservatory was originally built in 1904 and displays a variety of plants and flowers from Palm trees to orchids. you can find out more about eh Conservatory HERE
Along the Detroit River on the Island is the Dossin Great Lakes Museum. The museum features exhibits such as one of the largest collection of model ships in the world, and the bow anchor of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, which went down in a storm in 1975. you can find out more about the museum HERE
Besides the indoor attractions, there are plenty of other things to see on Belle Isle like the James Scott Memorial Fountain and the Livingstone Memorial Lighthouse. I figure if you paid the $11 for the passport you might as well take advantage of it. Next time you are near Belle Isle on the weekends stop by and visit some of the attractions.
Not far away from Belle Isle is the DNR Outdoor Adventure Center. I have not visited it yet but it looks like a lot of fun. you can find out more about the Adventure Center HERE
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