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Belle Isle Aquarium

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Good Learning Experience

The Aquarium is a great place to visit at Belle Island . It provides good knowlege of the vast... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Cute Little Aquarium

Apparently it is the oldest aquarium in America, which is cool in it's own right. But, if you're... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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900 Inselruhe Avenue, Detroit, MI 48207
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were looking for something to do after brunch with our daughter and we stumbled upon Belle Isle. It’s totally free but you can donate at the door. The aquarium is well done and the building is beautiful. There were some unusual exhibits and very...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Aquarium is a great place to visit at Belle Island . It provides good knowlege of the vast variety of types and origins of fish and ocean animals.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank loutfike
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Apparently it is the oldest aquarium in America, which is cool in it's own right. But, if you're expecting some huge venue like other cities may have, or even Sea World, you will be disappointed. However, I knew that going into it and really enjoyed...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank BrittneyLikeSpears
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Belle Isle has so many gems but this is a quick stop to see the oldest Aquarium in North America. The ceilings alone are worth the stop! Great little Aquarium for all ages.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank bjcmich
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

Wonderful old building with beautiful tiled interior. Really interesting exhibits. Free to enter, which is amazing, whilst donations are accepted. Lots of information to accompany exhibits and if you’re lucky you’ll get to see a piranha feeding frenzy! Great tank featuring a number of rays,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank hartgayle
Reviewed 27 September 2018

This aquarium is definitely worth a visit. There are a variety of aquatic species, including various fish, eels, frogs, and a snapping turtle (who I felt bad for because the tanks are much smaller than modern tanks and he seemed stir-crazy). There was also an...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank KatieNM
Reviewed 5 September 2018

This was the highlight of our day at Belle Isle - and you should drop whatever you are doing now and go there today (be aware, it's not open every day of the week). Detroit surprised us at every turn, and this aquarium was one...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Len L
Reviewed 2 September 2018

While the Belle Isle Aquarium can't match more modern aquariums for size or breadth of aquatic life, those same aquariums can't match this one for pure charm. There's many species of fish. Opened in 1904, it has a lot of history. The aquarium has been...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank StockholmKindaGuy
Reviewed 20 August 2018

If you're visiting Belle Isle, take the time to walk through this oldest aquarium in the country. At the first tank you'll be met by very sociable gouramis--the biggest I've ever seen. You'll be up close and personal with the fish an animals in the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank OLR333
Reviewed 16 August 2018

I grew up just a few miles from the aquarium. Back in the 90s the place was pretty dumpy and in disrepair. We all felt jealous of big cities with their fancy new aquaria. But today, this has become a wonderful place to visit, and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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25 July 2018|
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Response from tanyud | Reviewed this property |
I dont think so. I looked at the website and didn't see any info.
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4 May 2017|
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Response from dconnau | Reviewed this property |
Admission is by donation.