I just discovered Belle Isle at the end of Winter of 2010. I would put Belle Isle on my list of the top things to do when you come and visit Detroit (especially when on a budget because even visiting the conservatory is free of charge).
When I took my boyfriend to Belle Isle we really didn’t know what to expect…I had heard about the ice tree that they form each winter by using a bunch of cut down pine trees and they cover them with water and it freezes over….it is truly an amazing sight to see (I apologize that you will have to wait until winter to see this beauty for yourself). However, J Singleton did take some pretty amazing pictures of the very large ice tree in the slide-show attached above (just click on the orchid to view). You can see that it was starting to melt already (as it was March 7, 2010) and we had already had some warm days.
After we saw the amazing ice tree we went over the the Conservatory (Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory) that I had heard a lot of good things about. We were not disappointed. The Conservatory had a lot of beautiful and stunning flowers (as you will also see in the slide-show). In doing research about the Conservatory I found out that Orchids are what saved the Conservatory back in the 1930′s. I also found out that the Conservatory is available for weddings from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, including holidays.
The Scott Memorial Fountain is also something that you will have to stop and see while on the Island as well. The fountain is made of white marble and the whole fountain is 510 feet in diameter.
I also found out that Belle Isle has a water slide which is open the second week of June through Labor Day and a full day pass is only $3.00. So I really can’t wait for the weather to warm up so that I can go on over and check it out.
There are tons of other things to do on Belle Isle also such as fishing, walking, biking, jogging, or just take a scenic drive. Also remember that Belle Isle is only five minutes from downtown so while you are in the area stop by and visit downtown as well. You can also make a day of it and visit one of the many restaurants in Detroit….(come back soon to see a restaurant section on this blog as well).
Photo Credits: J Singleton Photo http://jsingletonphoto.com/