Belle Isle Conservatory – Cool Places to See in Detroit #4
Located on 13 acres of Belle Isle‘s 982 acre island park there is a greenhouse and botanical garden that you may not know about. The Belle Isle Conservatory first opened its doors on August 18, 1904 and has remained opened since, holding the title of “oldest continually running conservatory in the United States”.
This unique area of Detroit holds a lot of historic value and also provides a great place to visit. The Conservatory is open all year round for the public to visit.
The building is split into six sections: The Vestibule (welcome area), the Palm House, Tropical House, Cactus House, Fernery, and the Show House. Outside the building you will find an outdoor lily pond, formal perennial gardens, and twenty greenhouses.
The lily pond is located between the conservatory and the Belle Isle Aquarium, another great attraction of Belle Isle. Japanese Koi fish are in the pond, cared for by volunteers.
Image courtesy of Colin McConnell
The Conservatory runs mostly from allotted local and state governmental funds. Belle Isle as a whole has had much support come from private donors and organizations. A big reason why the conservatory has been able to continue to stay open and free for visitors is from the aid of volunteers.
The Belle Isle Conservatory offers great sites and an amazing place to visit with additional surrounding activities and attractions to visit. Not only is the conservatory a “must-see” unique place of Detroit, but so is the entire Belle Isle island.