Tour of Detroit's Belle Isle, Detroit

Detroit's Belle Isle is a wonderful island connected to the city by a bridge. There are many interesting tourist attractions on the island. You can visit a museum, stroll through a fairy-tale-beautiful park, see a memorial lighthouse and more. Take this self-guided tour to explore Belle Isle, which is fittingly named 'beautiful island'.
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Tour of Detroit's Belle Isle Map

Guide Name: Tour of Detroit's Belle Isle
Guide Location: USA » Detroit (See other walking tours in Detroit)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.8 km
Author: vickyc
MacArthur Bridge

1) MacArthur Bridge

The MacArthur Bridge is a bridge that spans the Detroit River between Detroit and Belle Isle. The bridge, which features nineteen total arches across 2,193 feet (668 m), provides main access to Belle Isle. Completed in 1923 for $2,635,000 USD, it replaced a mostly wooden bridge that accidentally caught fire and was destroyed in 1915. The bridge, once known as the Belle Isle Bridge, was later renamed the Douglas MacArthur Bridge after General Douglas MacArthur in 1942. It was restored in 1986 at...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Floral Clock

2) Floral Clock

The Floral Clock is visible as you enter Belle Isle from MacArthur Bridge. It is an enormous outdoor clock made of colorful plants. The clock is set on a small hill, and the time can be read from a long distance. A flag of the United States stands at the...   view more
James Scott Memorial Fountain

3) James Scott Memorial Fountain

The James Scott Memorial Fountain in Detroit was designed by architect Cass Gilbert and sculptor Herbert Adams. Located in Belle Isle Park, the fountain was completed in 1925 at a cost of $500,000. The lower bowl has a diameter of 510 ft (160 m) and the central spray reaches 125 ft (38 m). The fountain honors the controversial James Scott, who left $200,000 to the City of Detroit for a fountain in tribute to himself.

Scott was left a sizable fortune by his father who invested in Detroit real...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Nancy Brown Peace Carillon

4) Nancy Brown Peace Carillon

The Nancy Brown Peace Carillon is a high tower and clock located on Belle Isle. It is a musical monument to peace built in the Neo-Gothic style in 1940. You can hear the music and bells from the tower on the hour and half hour. The carillon is named after Nancy Brown, a popular Detroit newspaper writer. Ironically, the tower was built during WWII. The shadow from this tower points from the U.S. to Canada, commemorating 170 years of peace between these two...   view more
Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory

5) Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory (must see)

The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory is a greenhouse and botanical garden in Detroit. It covers 13 acres (5.3 ha) located three miles (4.8 km) east of the city's downtown on Belle Isle. The conservatory was built in 1904, designed by noted architect Albert Kahn, and rebuilt 1952-1954 with aluminum replacing its original wooden beams. In 1953 it was named in honor of Anna Scripps Whitcomb, who left her 600-plant orchid collection to the city. Thanks to her gift and subsequent donations,...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Dossin Great Lakes Museum

6) Dossin Great Lakes Museum (must see)

The Dossin Great Lakes Museum is a Detrot historical maritime museum located on The Strand on Belle Isle Park along the Detroit River. This museum places special interest on Detroit's role on national and regional maritime history. The 16,000-square-foot (1,500 m2) museum features exhibits such as one of the largest collection of model ships in the world, and the bow anchor of the legendary SS Edmund Fitzgerald.

With $125,000 worth donations from Detroit's Dossin family, and a...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Belle Isle Park

7) Belle Isle Park (must see)

Belle Isle is a 982-acre island park in the Detroit River, between the United States mainland and Canada, managed by the Detroit Recreation Department. It is connected to the rest of Detroit by the MacArthur Bridge. It is the largest island city park in the United States and the third largest island in the Detroit River after Grosse Ile and Fighting Island.

It is home to the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, the Detroit Yacht Club on an adjacent island, the Detroit Boat Club, James Scott...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Belle Isle Nature Zoo

8) Belle Isle Nature Zoo (must see)

Belle Isle Nature Zoo was established 114 years ago, although it has closed and reopened several times over the years due to financial problems. It most recently reopened in 2005. The zoo is home to many deer. Although deer used to run wild on Belle Isle, most deer on the island today can be found only at the zoo. There are also other native Michigan species, such as the state's favorite reptile- the...   view more
Livingstone Memorial Lighthouse

9) Livingstone Memorial Lighthouse

Livingstone Memorial Lighthouse bears the name of William Livingstone who lived in Detroit and was the chief of the association that deals with the movement of ships on the waters of the Great Lakes. This lighthouse, located on the north side of the beautiful Belle Isle, was built in 1930 entirely of marble. There is a bronze lantern room at the top of the lighthouse tower. The light projected from the tower is visible to ships from a distance of 15...   view more

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