• 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 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.

  • Membership

  • close-up of a stack of pancakes with syrup Inaugural Lumberjack Pancake Run at the OAC

    Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, and maple syrup enthusiasts alike! Join the Outdoor Adventure Center as we conduct our biggest event of the year, the first annual Lumberjack Pancake Run on Saturday, March 10. Imagine seeing a live chainsaw carving, diving into a pile of pancakes covered in pure Michigan maple syrup and walking a fashion runway to show off your unique lumberjack style. These are all things you can expect to happen on this eventful day at the Outdoor Adventure Center.

    A free archery lesson will be given to the top three guests who show off their unique lumberjack style the best, so make sure you’re dressed to impress with flannel! The run will cover half a mile on the Dequindre Cut (accessible for those with disabilities). Race fee ($15 per person) includes a flat and fast half-mile course, custom wooden medal and pancake breakfast. Register for the Lumberjack Pancake Run.

    Check out the Outdoor Adventure Center events calendar for more information about upcoming programs.