Featured Trips Types:

  • All Featured Trips
  • Camping & Road Trips
  • 48 Hour City Guides
  • Family Road Trips
  • Ghost Guides
  • Weird Guides
  • National Parks Trips & Tips
  • Outdoor Escapes
  • Classic USA Road Trips
  • Interstate Highway Exit Guides
  • Scenic Drives
  • Airstream - Live Riveted
  • Thor Industries
  • Fun for the Whole Family
  • Grand County
  • Explore Memphis like a Local
  • Offbeat Camping
  • Scenic Routes
  • Outdoor Adventure
Clear All

Accommodation Types:

  • All Accommodation
  • Bed and Breakfasts & Inns
  • Boutique Hotels
  • Hostels
  • Hotels
  • Motels
  • Unique Stays


Look for FastBook for quick links to
your favorite booking sites

Clear All

Attractions & Culture Types:

  • All Attractions & Culture
  • Amusement Parks
  • Children's Attractions
  • Fall Attractions
  • Museums
  • Offbeat Attractions
  • Top Attractions
  • Tours & Excursions
  • Winter Attractions
  • Zoos & Aquariums
Look for the icon to book the best
tours and activities nearby.
Clear All

Food & Drink Types:

  • All Food & Drink
  • Bars & Drinks
  • Burgers & BBQ
  • Coffee & Tea
  • Delis & Bakeries
  • Diners & Breakfast Spots
  • Ice Cream & Sweets
  • Restaurants
  • Vegetarian & Health Food
  • Wineries, Breweries & Distilleries
Clear All

Outdoors & Recreation Types:

  • All Outdoors & Recreation
  • Beaches
  • Fall Foliage
  • Geographical Areas
  • Geographical Features
  • National Parks
  • Nature Reserves
  • Parks & Gardens
  • Scenic Point
  • Swimming Spots
  • Trails & Hikes
Clear All

Points of Interest Types:

  • All Points of Interest
  • Abandoned
  • Architecture
  • College Icons
  • Film & TV
  • Historic
  • Holiday Lights
  • Literature
  • Military
  • Monuments
  • Photo Op
  • Planes, Trains, Autos
  • Public Art
  • Science & Tech
  • Spooky Places
Clear All

Vacation Rentals Types:

  • All Vacation Rentals
  • HomeAway
  • Vacation Rentals

We’ve partnered with HomeAway to find you the perfect vacation rental.

Clear All

Camping & RV Types:

  • All Camping & RV
  • Cottages & Cabins
  • KOA Campgrounds
  • RV Parks
  • Tent Campgrounds
Clear All

Entertainment & Nightlife Types:

  • All Entertainment & Nightlife
  • Art Galleries
  • Casinos & Gaming
  • Cinemas
  • Games & Amusements
  • Music
  • Nightlife
  • Shows & Entertainment
  • Theaters
Clear All

Services Types:

  • All Services
  • ATMs
  • Auto Services
  • Gas/Fuel Stations
  • Rest Areas
  • Tourist Information
  • Transportation
  • Vehicle Rental
Clear All

Shopping Types:

  • All Shopping
  • Antiques
  • Books & Music
  • Crafts & Handmade
  • General Goods
  • Gifts & Souvenirs
  • Groceries
  • Malls & Shopping Areas
  • Quirky Shops
  • Thrift & Flea
Clear All

Sports Types:

  • All Sports
  • Adventure Sports
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Sports
  • Fishing & Hunting
  • Golf
  • Gyms & Fitness
  • Skate & Surf Spots
  • Stadiums
  • Water Sports
  • Winter Sports
Clear All

Motoring Types:

  • All Motoring
  • Automotive Attractions
  • Off-Road Trails
  • Racetracks
  • Scenic Drives
Clear All
  • Trip
  • Places I've Been
  • My Saved Places
  • Collection
  • Featured Trips
  • Accommodation
  • Attractions & Culture
  • Food & Drink
  • Outdoors & Recreation
  • Points of Interest
  • Vacation Rentals
  • Camping & RV
  • Entertainment & Nightlife
  • Services
  • Shopping
  • Sports
  • Motoring

0 Layers
2 votes

Belle Isle Aquarium

on Belle Isle, corner of Inselruhe Ave and Loiter Way, Detroit, Michigan 48207 USA

Free to Visit
Open Now
Mon 9a-5p
  • Independent
  • Public


There's more to Detroit than just cars and Motown. If you're the kind of person that's more interested in the arts and culture scene, the Motor City has plenty to offer. Take a peek at the city's utterly breathtaking Belle Isle Aquarium. The elaborate exterior makes you feel like stepping inside will take you back in time... and the green-tiled interior almost makes you feel like you're underwater with the fish! When the aquarium opened in 1904, it was the third-largest in the world, holding 32,000 gallons of water. It remained a popular destination through the erly 20th century, and during Prohibition in the 1920's, a speakeasy in the basement let gangsters drink like fish with the fish (that basement now holds fish that are too large for the display tanks-- you can watch them swim via closed-circuit TV). But, by the 1990's and early 2000's, tourism dropped off massively (save for 2002, when one of the female white bamboo sharks in the aquarium gave birth despite having not been near a male-- a rare case of parthenogenesis), and in 2004, it was announced that the aquarium would close to save money for the city. Backlash over the closing of Belle Isle was immediate, with voters voicing their displeasure. Funds were raised, and a few days after the aquarium's 108th birthday, it reopened again. Today, work is being done to restore as many of the 60 tanks as possible. When the aquarium opened, it held 1,500 fish of 146 different species, specializing in freshwater fish from the nearby Great Lakes.  Right near by the Belle Isle Aquarium, you'll find the equally stunning Belle Isle Conservatory. Opened at the same time as the aquarium, the beautiful dome is the main focal point of the huge botanical garden and greenhouse. Named in the 1950's for Anna Scripps Whitcomb, who donated large amounts of money as well as her massive collection of orchids to the conservatory. Like the aquarium, the conservatory is the longest-running, public conservatory in the country. Hopefully, gems like these will not only remain open for many more years to come, but will actually help revitalize Detroit! - Roadtrippers

Read More >
Add Review
Your Rating

Reviewed by
Anna Hider

  • Blogger
  • 1,280 Reviews
  • 421 Helpful
February 08, 2016
Rated 4.0

They're working on fixing up all of the tanks and stuff, so keep coming back to see progress. Otherwise, it's incredible that the admission and parking were free!

Was this helpful?

Be the first to add a review to the Belle Isle Aquarium.

Belle Isle Aquarium

on Belle Isle, corner of Inselruhe Ave and Loiter Way
Detroit, Michigan
48207 USA


Open now until 5:00 pm
  • Sun, Sat: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Mon - Fri: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Is there a problem with this listing? Let us know.

  • Independent
  • Public Restrooms
  • Yes Parking

Own this business?

Claim your business to keep your
listing's information up to date.


Nearby Hotels

Detroit, Michigan

Click to find a
great deal for this hotel

Detroit, Michigan

Click to find a
great deal for this hotel

Detroit, Michigan

Click to find a
great deal for this hotel


Click to find a
great deal for this hotel