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Detroit’s Belle Isle is a beautiful natural space in the middle of the Detroit River. It offers a range of public facilities including sporting fields, a beach and conservatory. The 982-acre (397-hectare) park was designed by Frederick Olmsted, a renowned American landscape designer who also worked on Boston’s “Emerald Necklace.”
Take in Olmsted’s design with a jog or stroll through the grounds. There are three lakes and a lagoon, as well as plenty of space for picnics and facilities for barbecues. Kids will love the playground with tunnels and swings, and it won’t take them long to hunt down the park’s giant slide. They’ll also enjoy the waterslide at the Belle Isle beach, the only beach along the Detroit River.
Sports fans can get their fix over by the old Field House, where there are volleyball courts, and baseball, rugby and soccer fields. Golfers can tee off on the full-length driving range or practice on the putting and chipping greens. See fallow deer, several species of turtle and all kinds of amphibians at the Belle Isle Nature Zoo. There’s also a butterfly garden and a nature trail around Blue Herron Lagoon.
Visit the Gothic-style aquarium to admire the architecture and fish native to the Great Lakes area. Wander over to the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory to see the orchid collection, fernery and rose garden. Boat enthusiasts will be rapt with the hands-on exhibits and one of the world’s largest collections of scale models at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum.
Walking around the park you’ll notice landmarks like the James Scott Memorial Fountain and two cannons captured from the British in 1812.
Belle Isle is open every day of the week. Operating hours for facilities vary, so call ahead or check the website for details. By car, the park is about 15 minutes from downtown. Public transportation doesn’t go onto the island.
Located in the heart of Detroit, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Moross House and Detroit Riverwalk. Greektown Casino and Belle Isle are also within 2 mi (3 km).
MotorCity Casino Hotel offers an entertainment hotspot and base on the edge of downtown Detroit. For concerts, shows, and sporting events, guests can drive 5 minutes to Ford Field, Fox Theater, and Detroit Opera House. It's also 5 minutes by car to GM Renaissance Center, for dining and shopping.
Located in Greektown Historic District, this hotel is steps from Old St. Mary's Church and Greektown Casino. Ford Field and Campus Martius Park are also within 10 minutes. Greektown Station is only a 2-minute walk and Bricktown Station is 5 minutes.
Located in the heart of Detroit, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Moross House and Detroit Riverwalk. Greektown Casino and GM Renaissance Center are also within 2 mi (3 km). Renaissance Center Station is 30 minutes by foot.
Situated in Detroit, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Moross House, Greektown Casino, and Detroit Riverwalk. GM Renaissance Center and Campus Martius Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). Bricktown Station is 19 minutes by foot and Renaissance Center Station is 20 minutes.
This business-friendly Detroit hotel is close to Campus Martius Park, the Detroit Opera House, Greektown Casino, and Ford Field.
Situated in Detroit, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Detroit Riverwalk, Greektown Casino, and GM Renaissance Center. Cobo Center and Ford Field are also within 1 mi (2 km). Bricktown Station is 10 minutes by foot and Renaissance Center Station is 11 minutes.
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