Insert these to-dos on your calendar. The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix races into town June 2-4. The race’s challenging street circuit on Belle Isle is a favorite among drivers. Eyes to the skies on June 26 for the dazzling Ford Fireworks. Search for treasures at the Belle Isle Art Fair Aug. 5-6. OABI (Once Around Belle Isle) — the annual kayak, paddleboard and surf-ski race and beach party — returns Aug. 12.
About Belle Isle Park
Sitting in the international waters of the Detroit River, between the U.S. and Canada, Belle Isle is 2.5-miles long and 982 acres. The park, larger than New York City’s Central Park, was actually designed by Central Park’s landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. Almost a third of the island is a wooded home to many birds and small animals.
To enter Belle Isle Park, Michigan residents need a Recreation Passport, which actually gets you in more than 120 Michigan state parks. The annual passport is $11 for cars, $5 for motorcycles. A one-day pass for nonresidents is $9. All are sold at the gate. Entry is free for those who walk or bike onto the island.
Photo Credits: Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory and pedal boat by Michelle & Chris Gerard; aerial by Vito Palmisano; OABI by Toddstar Photography