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For those looking for a break from their urban surroundings, the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory offers visitors a beautiful little slice of nature not easily found in Metro Detroit. One of Belle Isle Park's multiple attractions, this conservatory — first built in 1904 — spans over one acre (0.4 hectares) and features an 85 foot (25 meters) high dome. Five distinct sections house a diverse and colorful collection of tropical plants, flowers, cacti, fernery and more, making it an excellent destination for photographers. From the Japanese water garden to the outside sculpture garden, there is an ethereal magic flowing throughout these grounds, which is why it makes for a great day visit for couples, families or just solo-explorers looking for some quietude.
Known as the National Historic Site of Canada, The Francois Baby House has been witness to the War of 1812 and was used as the headquarters by both the American and British forces. Then owned by François Baby, a well-known local politician, the building is now home to Windsor's Community Museum. Articles relating to the history of the house are also exhibited here. If you want a glimpse of a slice of local history, then certainly visit the Francoise Baby House.
The Chrysler Theatre is located along the banks of the Detroit river in the St. Clair College of arts and is a hotspot for art and culture in the city. The theater offers entertainment for everyone, young and old and plays host to various music concerts, theater shows, stand-up comedy performances and entertainment shows for children. The theater is excellently designed ensuring that every seat in the house is exceptional. The venue also has an event space that's available on rent to host meetings, conferences, parties and wedding celebrations.
The Windsor's Community Museum traces the history of the community of Windsor. It is situated inside the François Baby House. The museum contains artifacts like photos, models and manuscripts that document the city's past. The museum also talks of the culture of the city along with its vast history. Artifacts relating to the War of 1812, the Rebellion of 1838, the Battle of Windsor are some of the more prominent displays. Educational programs and research facilities are also provided. If you want to know more about the city’s past, the Windsor’s Community Museum.
Located on the banks of Detroit River, the Dieppe Gardens were named so after the members of the Canadian military who died after landing at Dieppe, France during World War II. Besides boasting of monuments to the Canadian Air Force, Navy and Military, the park also features a Peace Beacon. Waterfalls and ponds add to the aesthetic appeal of the gardens as well. Other features of the park include picnic benches and tables, concession stands and a launch site for cruise ships. Whether you are in the mood to soak up the fresh summer breeze, take leisure strolls or simply enjoy scenic river views, head to the Dieppe Gardens.
The Windsor Riverfront is a great place to take a walk along the Detroit River, go for a run or a bike ride or simply enjoy the view of the skyline across the river. At one time it used to be a group of smaller parks connected seamlessly together. There is a bicycle trail that extends from the Ambassador Bridge at Riverside Drive to Lincoln Street with a distance of 5 miles (8 kilometers).