Belle Isle Nature Zoo

Belle Isle Nature Zoo

The Belle Isle Nature Zoo is just another one of the many places to visit on Belle Isle. It has been here for years, and although not as big or as elaborate as say the Detroit Science Center, it's a good place to take the kids and learn about the nature of the island and the Detroit River, as well as in other places.
It only takes about 15 minutes to walk through (unless you really really take an extra long look at everything). Throughout the place you will find displays featuring plants, fish, snakes, turtles, and even a bee hive.

Belle Isle Nature Zoo

One of the favorites of everyone is the bird watching window where you can see many types of birds feeding (even chipmunks too). It's perfect because the birds are usually not scared, even when they see people in the window, so you can see them in their natural habitat just being themselves. Usually it's not crowded so if you want to take a little time and sit and just enjoy the view, they have chairs for you to do so.

When the weather starts warming up, they do tours through a path that goes throughout a portion of the woods on Belle Isle. This can be a fun experience for kids as well (the Nature Zoo is a popular place for field trips in the area). During the winter however, the only times you can go outside are when they feed the deer (three times a day). For all you phootographers out there, you can get some pretty good pictures (especially in the summertime). A great thing about this place is that it is open just about everyday of the year (closed, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day) and it is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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