Detroit’s Magical Belle Isle Ice Tree Tradition Is Coming Back This Winter
This natural sculpture takes the best parts of winter and turns them into art.
When it comes to the New Year, there are two types of people. The ones that can’t wait to tear down all of the Christmas tinsel and the ones that are already mourning the red and green that used to cover everything. Even though the ornaments have been taken down, they're not forgotten. This Detroit tradition is a fun way to say goodbye to the holiday season while creating a landmark that people visit on Belle Isle every year.
The park takes old Christmas trees from the community and stacks them into a large formation that is turned into an awesome sculpture once the January weather really becomes nasty.
Once the trees are piled up, they put a hose on top and turn on the water.
The tree is on the east side of the riverside and once it's finished you can see it from the bridge when you're driving to the island.
Make sure to wear heavy-duty snow boots and crampons, spikes that you can attach to your shoes, would be helpful as well if you have some.
Sometimes the tree creates small caves that you can even get up close to explore as long as you have proper footwear on.
This piece of natural art is so exciting because it’s a different shape every year.
This has been a staple of the park since at least the early 1900s.
It’s so awesome to think of all of the different iterations of the ice tree that have been created over the past century.
There are a lot ofthis winter.
Belle Isle Ice Tree
Price: You can enter the park in a car if you have a recreational pass and you can buy one at the entrance for $11. If you enter on foot or on a bike you can go in for free!
Address: 300 River Place Dri., Detroit, MI
Why You Need To Go: Belle Isle is one of the most beautiful parks in the area and this is a great opportunity to get out there during the winter and see a beautiful Detroit tradition.
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