Nestled on the tranquil bank of Belle Isle's Lake Tacoma, the Belle Isle Aquarium boasts over one hundred years of cultural, historical, and aquatic significance.  With the ability to accommodate a variety of events, the Conservancy's Belle Isle Aquarium events team is dedicated to helping you create a memorable cultural experience for all of your guests! 

  • The Belle Isle Aquarium (BIA) is available for private rentals outside of normal business and field trip hours. Click HERE for general Aquarium info.

  • The facility is rented at a rate of $100/hr. Rental requires a minimum of 4 hours. The maximum rental time is 8 hours. Set-up and clean-up must take place during the contracted rental time. Event must end, all guests must vacate, and tear down of the event must begin by 12:00am. 

  • Maximum facility capacity is 250 people and varies based on the style of your event. Click HERE for a look at sample event styles. Note: Start at the bottom when reviewing this document as a PDF.

  • The BIA cannot accommodate formal, banquet style events.

  • Catering can be set up in the Aquarium’s multi-purpose room, but there is no on-site kitchen or cooking facility.

  • Venue rental does not include equipment. Client is responsible for securing furniture rentals, including chairs. BIA has small selection of equipment available for a fee.

  • A refundable $250 security deposit is required to secure your date once an application has been approved. Please reference the Rental Info for complete details on the application process. 

  • The Belle Isle Aquarium (BIA) is available for children's birthday parties during its regular hours of operation. Available time slots are 10:30am - 12:30pm or 2:00pm - 4:00pm.

  • Rental fee is $200 and includes the following: private room, party host, [optional] moving fish craft activity, a pair of BIA sunglasses for each child, and a BIA Swag Bag for the guest of honor (includes: clear BIC Sporting event bag, adopt-an-animal with certificate, two BIA silicone wristbands, BIA kids sunglasses, self-guided aquarium tour activity & a birthday certificate)!

  • $150 refundable security deposit required.

  • Available for children ages 12 & Under

  • Maximum party capacity is 14 children; maximum room capacity is 18 people, including adults. 

  • Outside food is OK, but no chafing dishes or on site cooking allowed. 

  • No refrigeration, but two tin ice bins are provided (ice is not). 

  • Snacks and party upgrades available. 

  • Decorations allowed and encouraged! Please see rental agreement for rules and regulations on decor. 

  • See Children’s Birthday Party Rental Info for complete details.


Celebrate the holidays with your friends, family, or coworkers among our collection of marine life from the great lakes, rivers, and oceans of the world!

  • Flat rate of $2,500 for 8 hours due to the premium nature of holiday dates at the Aquarium.

  • To submit an inquiry contact

For additional information regarding Belle Isle Aquarium event rentals, please email

A member of the Belle Isle Aquarium Events Team will be in touch with you! 

Belle Isle Conservancy | 300 River Place Drive, Suite 2800, Detroit, MI 48207 | 313.331.7760 |

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