Mt. Elliott Park Detroit

We visited the Mt. Elliott Park last weekend. I loved it. The kids loved it. And it’s free!


We made music on very large wind chimes. It was cool to hit one and enjoy listening to how long it vibrated before coming to rest.

There is another area to bang paddles on ends of a PVC piping type instrument to make music but there were no paddles. We improvised and used the bottom of our kids shoes as the paddles and made some interesting sounds.


The kids loved the splash pad. It is viewed as a pirate ship with crates and bags. There are two cannons where you can aim the water shooting out of them. Children can hide behind barriers to avoid the water coming out of the cannons.


You also have a great view of the Belle Isle Bridge, freighters, and different wildlife.


We visited the Mt. Elliott Park Fun Shop before heading home that sells t-shirts, bubbles, to various Detroit made products. Kids can play with a few toys they have displayed outside of the store.



Shiver on the River at Belle Isle


For the past few years, we have visited Belle Isle during Shiver on the River located inside the Belle Isle Casino. It happens around the beginning of February and is free. We got to explore the Belle Isle Casino building which is not usually open to the public. The kids got to enjoy hot dogs, chips, drinks, and a magic show.


During Shiver on the River, the Belle Isle Aquarium, the U.S. Coast Guard Station Belle Isle, the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, the Detroit Boat Club, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, the Belle Isle Nature Museum, and the Detroit Yacht Club is open. This year our family got a tour of the Detroit Yacht Club.

We also got to watch an Ice Rescue Demonstration in front of the U.S. Coast Guard Station.

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One of our favorite spots is the Detroit Boat Club. My father loved rowing and used to take me here when he was alive.


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Random pictures throughout Detroit. It would be great if these homes and buildings could share their stories and how they got here.

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Historic Fort Wayne, Belle Isle, and Detroit Gold Cup 2014 Qatar blow-over

Our family had a great day of exploring Detroit. We visited Historic Fort Wayne for the first time. The Medieval Days were going on and we wanted to do the 1:00 pm tour of Historic Fort Wayne. We paid $5.00 for parking. The tour was rescheduled for 2:00 pm when we got there so we decided to explore on our own this time and come back a different day for the guided tour.

We spent about 3 hours there. It kind of reminded me of a deserted Greenfield Village.  We love Greenfield Village and are currently members.

We walked and looked at the old barracks, tanks, walked along the water, toured the updated jail and met a few volunteers who graciously gave us some very interesting history we gladly soaked up. I highly recommend a visit to Historic Fort Wayne and look forward to our next visit. It is beautiful and blighted all at the same time and a definite must see.


An interesting side note I took my mom by Historic Fort Wayne where we passed Crawford Street. My mother yelled, “that is the street I grew up on!” She grew up at 821 Crawford. We passed over the expressway and found a fenced in vacant lot with many cars parked where her childhood home once stood. It had burned down many years ago. As soon as we turned down the street, I remembered the neighborhood.

After our memorable visit at Historic Fort Wayne, we decided to go to Belle Isle to see if we could see any Detroit Gold Cup races going on. No races were currently going on so we visited the James Scott Memorial Fountain.

As soon as we left Belle Isle after our fountain visit, we heard the races begin. My son begged us to stop. We found a small, free parking lot near Belle Isle off of Jefferson and parked. It was a great view near the races Belle Isle turn. On the third lap, we witnessed the blow-over of the Qatar hydroplane. It was scary for all to see. The driver came out and stood on his hydroplane. Everyone cheered him on excited that he was safe. This is our view of the Qatar blow-over at the Detroit Gold Cup 2014.