Last weekend, I packed up my crew of boys for another local day trip. We enjoyed a beautifully warm fall day exploring Belle Isle with our family who are visiting from Korea for a few weeks. I can’t believe it myself, but even though I’ve lived here nearly all my life, it was my first trip to see the sights of Belle Isle. I’m so happy that I was able to experience it with the boys.
From Wikipedia – “Belle Isle, officially Belle Isle Park, is a 982-acre (1.534 sq mi; 397 ha) island park in the Detroit River, between the United States mainland and Canada. Owned by the City of Detroit, it is managed as a state park by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources through a 30-year lease initiated in 2013. Belle Isle is the largest city-owned island park in the United States and is the third largest island in the Detroit River after Grosse Ile and Fighting Island. It is connected to mainland Detroit by the MacArthur Bridge.”
Belle Isle is a hidden gem that is only a thirty-minute drive away. The boys loved watching the boats on the water and I loved being able to take in the views and teach them a little about local history. We loved seeing all of the different scenery including downtown Detroit, Ambassador Bridge, and parts of Canada.
As long as I can remember, I’ve always loved to travel. From childhood memories to our dating years, I love visiting new places both near and far. While people might think that traveling with young kids might be more trouble than its worth, we’ve always made it a priority to get out to see the world. My husband and I try to go on a big family vacation every year. But, I had a rough pregnancy this last time, so we made up for it with doing smaller weekend and day trips around different parts of Michigan. Regardless of how close or far, my go-to travel stroller is my OXO Tot Air Stroller. It is so lightweight with an easy, collapsible fold down to the size of a backpack! It’s easily wearable with the carrying strap and takes up virtually no space, no matter where we end up traveling.
I’m sure you guys know that OXO has amazing kitchen products, like their salad spinner and the peeler with the wide, comfortable handle, both of which are readily used in our home! But, did you know that they also make a line of baby products called OXO Tot? Their strollers, high chairs, sippy cups and other feeding items are great products that we use for the boys every day.
Some of my other favorite features of the OXO Tot Air Stroller is its durable aluminum frame that comfortably holds toddlers up to 55 lbs. It’s a smooth ride coupled with functional parts like the large, expandable UPF 50 canopy and the easy to access storage basket that holds my diaper bag and other baby products.
We spent most of our day at the beautiful fountain on Belle Isle and at the kids’ park. Kid’s Row features a multitude of playscapes and the boys had a ball running around on a beautiful weekend afternoon. Belle Isle is a great day trip for families to enjoy the sights and sounds of all that Michigan has to offer.
From Wikipedia: “The island is home to the Belle Isle Aquarium, the Belle Isle Conservatory, the Belle Isle Nature Zoo, the Detroit Yacht Club on an adjacent island, the James Scott Memorial Fountain, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, a Coast Guard station, a municipal golf course and numerous monuments. It also previously housed a Nature Center where visitors were able to traverse wooded trails and view wildlife natural habitats, a former Belle Isle Zoo, riding stables and the Detroit Boat Club. The island includes a half-mile (800 m) swimming beach.”
If you’re in Michigan, don’t forget to make a day trip (or two) to Belle Isle and make sure to take your OXO Tot Air Stroller wherever you go! It’s the perfect baby gear for traveling with young kids.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of OXO Tot.
Travel With Kids: Local Day Trips – Belle Isle, Michigan