From any of the freeways (I-96, I-94, MI-10, or I-75/375, get to Jefferson Avenue East. About 2 miles from downtown Detroit, go right (it’s labeled Grand Blvd) , onto the ramp to the bridge to Belle Isle Park. On the island go slight right, then left on Central Avenue [green arrow]). Turn right at the equestrian statue (Inselruhe Ave). The Aquarium parking lot is at google maps location 900 Inselruhe Avenue.
(1) Illustrating the directions from Wayne State University to the Belle Isle Aquarium
(2) Shows Belle Isle location relative to watersheds in SE Michigan
For information about the WSU-BIA Field Research Laboratory:
Belle Isle is a 982-acre island park in the Detroit River. Originally designed in the 1880s by Frederick Law Olmsted, the park features a transition from the constructed elements at the entrance to the park, a river beach area, to naturalized forested wetland areas as one proceeds eastward from the entrance. Among the institutions on the island are the following:
A. The Detroit Boat Club has about 45,000 square feet, half of which is used by the Detroit Rowing Club (not shown).
B. The Whitcomb Conservatory is a greenhouse and botanical garden, built in 1904, designed Albert Kahn, and rebuilt 1952-1954. The conservatory site has formal perennial gardens, an extensive orchid collection, and other interesting plants.,
C. The Dossin Great Lakes Museum is a 16,000-square-foot maritime museum that features Detroit's role in maritime history.
D. The Belle Isle Aquarium, has 10,000 square feet of gallery space with an arched ceiling covered in green glass tile to evoke an underwater feeling. The Aquarium has a unique collection of gars, electric eels, freshwater sting rays, invasive species exhibits, etc. Its research facility is in partnership with Wayne State University.