Back in January, we spilled the beans about one of Michigan’s best-kept secrets – the Michigan Activity Pass. If you missed that blog post, you can check it out here: 
Michigan’s Best Kept Secret: The Michigan Activity Pass

Searching the MAP can be a bit overwhelming since it contains hundreds of locations, but never fear – Wonder and Wander – Jackson is here. Come along with us as we highlight locations included in the Michigan Activity Pass in a series we’re calling “The MAP’s Treasures”. 

Belle Isle is the next MAP Treasure we are exploring here on The Adventure Blog. Just over an hour away from the Jackson area, Belle Isle features the Belle Isle Aquarium, Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Belle Isle Nature Center, the James Scott Memorial Fountain, and more! With playgrounds galore and plenty of inside options, Belle Isle makes the perfect destination no matter the weather or season.

A recreation passport is required to enter the grounds. No recreation passport, no problem! MAP pass holders receive free admission to everything on Belle Isle! Now that’s a treasure!

Location Name: Belle Isle
Address: 3 Inselruhe Ave, Detroit, MI 48207
Why we love it: ample space to explore, free attractions, and so much history.
Features: The historic Belle Isle Aquarium, the conservatory, multiple playgrounds, three lakes, and spectacular views of the Detroit and Windsor skyline
Elizabeth’s Suggestion: Pack a picnic. There are no public restaurant facilities on the island, and food trucks are only available seasonally.
Toddler Approved? Yes
Stroller friendly? Yes – although the aquarium and conservatory are a bit harder to navigate with a stroller when crowded
Big Kid Approved? Yes
Full Sun or Shade? Both
Restroom? Restroom facilities are available at various locations on the island.
Cost? Recreation passport required to drive on the island, otherwise free
Parking? Ample parking available all over the island
Hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
Closing Review: I visited Belle Isle on a chilly day after a major Michigan Snowstorm, and spent ample time in the aquarium and conservatory. I can’t wait to head back to the island with the kiddos once the temperatures warm up. With all of the attractions on the island and ample kid-friendly options, this will be a fun day trip you’ll want to make annually!

Want to secure a MAP pass to visit Belle Isle? Follow these steps, and you’ll be on your way to a fun adventure!

  1. Head to the Michigan Activity Pass website
  2. Select “Plan Your Next Activity”
  3. Input the required information and search terms
  4. Select the listing for Belle Isle, select the date you want to visit and click “Request Pass.”
  5. Input the required information, and voila!

You will need to have your library card number handy, which you can find on your Jackson District Library card, or in the JDL app. If you don’t have a library card, you can visit this link to sign up today.

The MAP’s Treasures: Navigating the Michigan Activity Pass – Featuring Belle Isle

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