The Belle Isle Conservancy, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, is proudly welcoming the community to Belle Isle Park during Belle Isle Summer Saturdays (BLISS) for the third consecutive year. Featuring new signature events, visitors can enjoy a host of outdoor activities, games, sports, art, culture, food and more all around the island on July 25, August 29 and September 26.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday, BLISS will offer family-friendly fun. Some activities will be offered each day of BLISS, and some special activities will be available on particular dates. Each day of BLISS, visitors can learn the fundamentals of kayaking and enjoy water exploration, rent bicycles, participate in outdoor games, brave the giant slide and explore Belle Isle with self-paced island tours. The Detroit City Chess Club will also be at Dossin Great Lakes Museum on the island, giving visitors a chance to watch tournament play as well as offering chess instruction. The Belle Isle Aquarium and Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory will be open and, as always, admission will be free to visitors of all ages.
New this year, the Belle Isle Conservancy and the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Detroit Film Theatre will host an outdoor movie night following day-time BLISS activities on August 29. Beginning at dusk on the grounds near the Belle Isle lighthouse, movie lovers can take in the story of the 1974 Zaire 74 music festival in the critically-acclaimed film Soul Power, projected on a larger-than-life screen. The movie features performances by music legends like James Brown, B.B. King and Bill Withers, free of charge.
Yoga in the Conservatory Garden with Yoga Shelter Midtown Detroit
@ Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory Gardens / 10:30am - 11:30am
Golf Sessions for Children + Adults
@ Belle Isle Golf Center / 10:30am - 12:30pm
MIX 92.3 + FM 98 WJLB Appearance with concert ticket giveaways!
@ Belle Isle Aquarium / Noon - 1pm
@ Basketball Courts / Noon - 1pm
Kickball Pick-Up Game
@ Baseball Field / 1:10pm sharp
Aquarium, Conservatory + Olmsted History Stops
@ Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory / 10:30am - 12:30pm
@ Belle Isle Aquarium / 11am - 1pm
A Look at Frederick Law Olmsted
@ Belle Isle Aquarium / 10:30am - 1pm
Guided Island Bicycle Tours with Riverside Kayak
@ Flynn Pavilion / 11am - 1pm
• 2-hour guided tour $20 / $40 with a bike from Riverside Kayak
•1-hour bicycle rental available all day (without a tour)
$7 adult / $5 child / $10 tandem
Chess Instruction + Competition with the Detroit City Chess Club
@ Dossin Great Lakes Museum / 10am - 3pm
@ White House Lawn / 10am - 3pm
Kayak Instruction + Water Exploration with Riverside Kayak
@ Beach / 10am - 3pm
Also throughout the day:
• Self-Paced Belle Isle Tours – free maps at BLISS both by the Belle Isle Aquarium
• Food Concessions
• Giant Slide (opens noon)