• The Outdoor Adventure Center will close at noon Wednesday, Dec. 13, in accordance with the Detroit Public Schools closure.
  • 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.

  • Outdoor Adventure Center Snow Day Policy

    When Detroit Public Schools have a snow day, so does the Outdoor Adventure Center. If you have a field trip planned this winter, please check to see whether or not DPS has closed. If they have closed, so will the OAC. On non-school days, we would only close if it was indicated as necessary by the City of Detroit.

  • OAC Holiday Season Hours

    Wednesday, Dec. 20: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Thursday, Dec. 21: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Friday, Dec. 22: CLOSED
    Saturday, Dec. 23: CLOSED
    Sunday, Dec. 24: CLOSED
    Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 25 and 26: OAC always closed these days
    Wednesday, Dec. 27: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Thursday, Dec. 28: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Friday, Dec. 29: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Saturday, Dec. 30: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Sunday, Dec. 31: CLOSED
    Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 1 and 2: OAC always closed these days

  • Membership

  • cartoon images of assortment of ugly holiday sweaters Celebrate National Ugly Sweater Day at the OAC

    We all have them - the ugly sweater lovingly given to us by a family member that never fails to make us cringe when we see it in the dresser. National Ugly Sweater Day is the day to wear them with pride! Bring your ugly sweaters to the Outdoor Adventure Center on Saturday, Dec. 16. Prizes will be given for the most outrageous sweaters you wear! Can’t make it to the OAC? Post a picture of yourself in your ugly sweater on our Facebook page with the hashtag #uglysweateradventures.

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