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belle isle

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belle isle

When researching this park online, I can't seem to find a straight answer. Can someone familiar with the park please let me know if this is a place I want to visit or not? Has it been revitalized or cleaned up? What is the swimming like there? It seems like maybe this was once the place to be, but that is no longer the case. Thank you for your help!

Livonia, MI
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Belle Isle was indeed the gem of the city in it’s time. They are tying to clean it up and on some days it still looks OK other days not so much. I find the weekdays are cleaner than weekends. Since they have closed the aquarium I really do not visit much anymore. The zoo opened back up but it seems to be just deer which is a shame. It was a very cute zoo at one time. The Dossin Museum is still worth seeing as well as the conservatory and the Nature Center. Sadly it is not what it used to be. As far as swimming goes – the thought of swimming in the Detroit River scares me so I guess I’m not the person to ask about that. LOL If you are just looking for a beach then I would say no Belle Isle would not be worth your visit. Hope this helps some.

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I bike and run on Belle Isle on the weekends and I have never had any problems. It comes alive on the weekends with BBQ's, family reunions, fund raisers and an occaisonal 5K. I agree with the previous poster, I wouldn't swim in the river. If you're looking for a beach you could try Metro Beach, however Lake St. Clair sometimes has water issues as well.

www.metroparks.com/parks/pk_metro_beach.php

St. Clair Shores, MI
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The Health Departments of all Michigan counties are charged with monitoring water quality fitness for swimming in their jurisdictions. Thus, Wayne County would close Belle Isle to swimming if ecoli colony growth was a danger to bathers.

Berea, Ohio
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I read online that this summer, a kiddie train is chugging along on Belle Isle, taking off from Flynn Pavilion and then looping around the Casino.

The train holds approximately 20 people and can accommodate both kids and their parents. It plays traditional train noises and even emits non-toxic smoke.

At the end of the month, operator Skyline Attractions will take the train over to Eastland Mall, although owner Rob Nicol hopes to bring the attraction back to the island next season. The company also operates the swan paddle boats and the giant slide on Belle Isle.

The train and swan boats run from noon to dark Wednesday through Monday. The train costs $3 or $5 for two people; the boats, $5 for 30 minutes. The slide is $5 for a run or $12 for a full-day pass.

Livonia, MI
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That slide was a quarter when I was a kid! Ugh! LOL

Do you know if the train runs on weekdays?

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Oops! Never mind I just reread the post and you gave the hours. I was still thinking about the $5.00 for the slide! LOL

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