This Saturday, Belle Isle becomes a global center of cool. For real.

It’s the 10th Annual “Shiver on the River.” The free “fun-for-all” is a showcase of the great things that have made Belle Isle a real-life Treasure Island.

Guests will enjoy Belle Isle activities and exhibits at the Casino, Nature Zoo, Dossin Great Lakes Maritime Museum, the Aquarium, Botanical Gardens, Coast Guard Station, Boat Club and more.

With live entertainment, exhibits, displays, environmental arts and crafts, there will be loads of fun activities for people of all ages and interests throughout Belle Isle.

The programs are free and open to the public. And there’s fun all around Belle Isle:

Casino – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Coast Guard Station – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Aquarium – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Dossin Maritime Museum - 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Conservatory – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Belle Isle Nature Zoo – 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Old Belle Isle Boat Club – 12 noon – 4 p.m.

And, if conditions permit, there’ll be a Helicopter Fly-By and an Ice Rescue Demonstration, courtesy of the United States Coast Guard. Sign up for tours of the Detroit Yacht Club at the Casino.

Shiver on the River is put together by Friends of the Detroit River and the Belle Isle Conservancy, a new organization comprised of the Friends of Belle Isle, the Belle Isle Botanical Society, the Friends of the Belle Isle Aquarium, and the Belle Isle Women’s Committee.

The image is of a stained glass window at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, depicting René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, upon landing on the site where one day stand would stand.

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