The largest island park in the U.S. is just a RiverWalk stroll from Detroit’s Renaissance Center. Belle Isle Park, a 985-acre retreat in the Detroit River between Michigan and Ontario, Canada, features extensive picnic and sporting grounds, a beach, nine-hole golf course, historic flower conservatory, bike paths, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Nature Zoo, and more. In the 1880s noted park designer Frederick Law Olmsted developed the plan for Belle Isle, which is accessible by a toll-free bridge.
As a day trip and for cottagers, Harsens Island in Lake St. Clair, less than an hour from the Detroit area and Port Huron, has been a popular destination since the late 1800s. Lodging choices on the island include the Maple Leaf B&B and vacation rentals. Bicyclists and motorists reach the island by auto ferry from Algonac; boaters have a choice of marinas. The Harsens Island Bluegrass Festival is Sunday, August 15.
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