Go East Jefferson / Belle Isle, Play / Belle Isle Aquarium Belle Isle Aquarium Belle Isle Aquarium Located on Belle Isle Park (park entrance located at Grand Blvd. and Jefferson Ave.) View Website Belle Isle Play aquariumbelle islekidsrecreation The stunning Belle Isle Aquarium is a public aquarium located in Belle Isle Park. Designed by noted architect Albert Kahn, it opened on August 18, 1904, and was the oldest continually operating public aquarium in North America when it closed on April 3, 2005. The aquarium reopened to the public on August 18, 2012, and is now run entirely by volunteers.The 10,000-square-foothistoric building features a single large gallery with an arched ceiling covered in green glass tile to evoke an underwater feeling. The aquarium was operated by the Detroit Zoological Society prior to the 2005 closure. It is currently operated by the Belle Isle Conservancy and is open every Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.