Magical Outdoor Adventure: Fairy Doors at Belle Isle in Detroit

Visitor’s guide, information as well as a photo gallery for Fairy Doors st Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan. 17 fairy doors will be on display until November 29th, 2020.

Ianna and Bernard discover the fairy doors at Belle Isle

Fairy Doors at Belle Isle

From now until November 29th, 2020 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.

Fairy door #11 honors those who have passed on, with their Dia de los Muertos door.
Fairy door #11 honors those who have passed on, with their Dia de los Muertos door.

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?

Ianna practices her map reading skills at the Fairy Door exhibit at Belle Isle

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.

Fairy Door #16 honors our beautiful Great Lakes, featuring a Petoskey stone and other materials collected from our Great Lakes.
Fairy Door #16 honors our beautiful Great Lakes, featuring a Petoskey stone and other materials collected from our Great Lakes.

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.

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