Belle Isle State Park is the perfect place to escape with the family this winter.


You don’t have to wait for the weather to warm up to have fun on Belle Isle. The state park and jewel of Detroit is one of our favorite places to visit any time of the year. With a $10 annual state park pass, you can drive on the island and explore a number of FREE family activities.


Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory

It’s always warm in the Conservatory! Warm up in the oldest conservatory in the country and see the plant life in the Palm House, the Tropical House, the Cactus House, a sunken Fernery, and the Show House. It’s also a beautiful background for some family photos.

  • Address: 4 Inselruhe Ave, Detroit, MI 48207
  • Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 10am to 5pm

Belle Isle Aquarium

Designed by famed architect, Albert Kahn, the over 100 year old aquarium is the oldest in the county. Although it is relatively small, it is fun to explore – you definitely want to see the ‘Finding Nemo’ inspired exhibit and say hi to Mr. Ray. It’s also located right next door to the Conservatory, so it’s an easy ‘two-for-one’ stop!

  • Address: 3 Inselruhe Ave, Detroit, MI 48207
  • Hours: Friday-Sunday 10am to 4pm

Dossin Great Lakes Museum

A great hands-on museum for kids and adults, the Dossin Museum celebrates the maritime history of Detroit. Take a seat on a variety of boat exhibits and take a look outside to see what kind of steamboats you can spot on the River.

  • Address: 100 Strand Drive, Detroit, MI 48207
  • Hours: Friday-Sunday 10am to 4pm

Belle Isle Nature Center

The Belle Isle Nature Center is operated by the Detroit Zoo and promotes environmental awareness through education and hands-on exhibits.

  • Address: 176 Lakeside Drive, Detroit, MI 48207
  • Hours: Daily 10am to 5pm


* Save the date for Nature At Night, a family-friendly evening walk series taking place on Thursday, January 23 and Thursday, February 27 from 6pm to 8pm.


When cabin fever hits, bundle up the kids and let them break a sweat on the playground. Belle Isle has two large play structure areas, including a new play set next to the Belle Isle Nature Center.

  • Address:
    • Kids Row – 7000 Inselruhe Ave, Detroit, MI 48207
    • Playground on Oakway Road – 176 Lakeside Drive, Detroit, MI 48207
  • Hours: Daily 5am to 10pm