February 17, 2018

    By Eden Baniel

    Sometimes, I find myself craving the type of quiet and stillness that only nature can give. In the harsh winters of the midwest, it can seem impossible to step outside for a breath of fresh, warm air or experience the beautiful nature that spring and summer bring, but in reality, there are specific places designed to showcase nature even in the coldest of times.

    Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory
    900 Inselruhe Ave, Detroit, MI 48207
    Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Operated by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, this conservatory is one of the oldest in the United States. It is divided into five houses, each containing various types of plants and different conditions. The Palm House contains tropical trees and palms, the Cactus House includes succulents, the Fernery is sunken to provide cooler conditions and higher humidity, the Tropical House which is filled with plants that provide food, such as banana, orange, and fig trees, and the Show House which showcases flowering plants that change based on time of year.

    Belle Isle Aquarium
    900 Inselruhe Ave Detroit, MI 48207
    Hours: Friday to Sunday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

    The Belle Isle Aquarium is operated by the Belle Isle Conservancy. This weekend spot has become a beloved attraction across Michigan for generations. The Aquarium has gained momentum as new exhibits have been added and attendance has tripled in the past year alone. The Aquarium also has one of the largest collections of air-breathing fish in the world, and houses the only known collection of all seven species of gar in North America. With displays from locations around the globe, exhibiting different environments and climates, you’ll feel as though you’ve traveled beyond Michigan.

    What are some of the places you like to visit in the winter to get a glimpse of nature? Share them with us on Twitter @DetConnector.

    The Connector Destinations Blog is not an official University endorsement, and is based solely on the opinion of the author.