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Magical Outdoor Adventure: Fairy Doors at Belle Isle in Detroit

Visitor’s guide, information as well as a photo gallery for Fairy Doors at Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan. 22 fairy doors will be on display until December 3rd, 2021.

Fairy Doors at Belle Isle

From now until December 3rd, 2021 Belle Isle will host a magical outdoor adventure. Guests can delight in exploring the grounds surrounding the Belle Isle Aquarium as well as the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory to find the hidden fairy doors.

While the Belle Isle Conservancy provides a general map of each of the seventeen doors, it is up to the guests to search to find each fairy door. You can read more about each fairy door on their website.

Fairy Doors at Belle Isle: A Learning Experience

Be sure to print up the map before you leave, then your child can work on their map reading skills during your visit. Talk about cardinal directions, north, south, east and west. What land do you see north of the Island? What land is south?

If you want to go more in-depth with the learning experience, then you can learn about the meaning behind each door. Each door has a connection to Belle Isle that can be explored further. From polypterus fish (a species that dates back to 400 million years ago) to Detroit’s sister city in Japan, there is so much to discover.

Belle Isle Park is a 982-acre island park in Detroit which is surrounded by the Detroit River.  With spectacular views of Detroit to the North and Canada to the south.

Belle Isle Park Fees and Hours

Park admission is free with the purchase of the Recreation Passport ($12 via the Secretary of State or $16 at a State Park)
Non-Resident Annual Pass $33
Non-Resident Daily Pass $9

The park is open throughout the year from 5:00 am until 10:00 pm daily.

Belle Isle is also host to:

  • Belle Isle Aquarium
  • Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservancy
  • Dossin Great Lakes Museum
  • Belle Isle Nature Center
  • James Scott Memorial Fountain
  • William Livingstone Memorial Lighthouse
  • Giant Slide
  • Belle Isle Golf Range
  • Belle Isle Boat House
  • several Play Structures
  • and the Detroit Yacht Club.
Bernadette Manaay
Author: Bernadette Manaay

Bernadette Manaay is a proud mom of two wonderful kids, Ianna and Bernard. She has been married to her husband, Ian, for almost 11 years. Bernadette is a Physical Therapist by profession in Metro Detroit. Her family loves to travel and go camping every summer and early fall. Her desire and passion to document her family's everyday life lead her to become a self-taught photographer. It is very fulfilling to a mom to capture and freeze as many moments as we can because time just flies so fast. See the special memories of her family on her Instagram account: @adetteskyph.