• Mom helps young boy cross rocks in front of indoor waterfall at Outdoor Adventure CenterBringing "up north" to downtown Detroit!

    Located on Detroit’s riverfront in the historic Globe Building, with the Dequindre Cut Trail running through its backyard, the Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC) gives you a taste of Michigan’s great outdoors in the heart of the city.

    Experience exciting outdoor adventures with hands-on activities, exhibits and simulators -- walk behind and touch a waterfall, step into a fishing boat and reel in a big fish, hit the trail on a mountain bike or snowmobile, and much more. At the OAC, you’ll learn about how the DNR manages state parks, forests, wildlife and fish as you climb the roots and explore the canopy of a massive bur oak tree, hop aboard a real airplane, and see what’s swimming in our aquarium.

    Visit the Outdoor Adventure Center and discover all there is to explore in the spectacular outdoors, parks, public lands and waters that are yours to enjoy.

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  • costumed Cookie Monster character in front of indoor waterfall at OAC Halloween fun at the OAC

    Trick-or-treat at the Outdoor Adventure Center on Saturday, Oct. 28. Join our staff in learning about some creepy and nocturnal things you can find in Michigan in autumn … and meet some costumed characters with tricks and treats along the way! We hope that you will join the fun and visit us wearing your costume. Hayrides included.

    While you’re here, check out our Halloween Animals program to learn the truth about some of our most misunderstood animals and to separate the facts from fiction. We’ll play some wildlife trivia, observe animal features up close, and make something special to take home with you. 

    Check out our events calendar for more upcoming fun at the Outdoor Aventure Center!