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DNR Outdoor Adventure Center

Run scheduled April 1 – expect delays/road closures

The PH1LL Foundation Phil 5k run/walk is happening in our neighborhood Saturday, April 1, 9-11 a.m. Expect delays and intermittent road closures near the Outdoor Adventure Center, and allow extra time to reach our location.


Admission limits Sunday, April 2

Due to overwhelming demand, it is necessary to limit the number of guests on Free First Sundays. Building capacity limits restrict us to admitting only the first 700 guests. Outdoor activities will be available, weather permitting. Thank you for your understanding.

The Outdoor Adventure Center will be closed for the Easter holiday Sunday, April 9.

Located on Detroit’s riverfront in the historic Globe Building, 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, simulators and more.

About the OAC
The bridge and big tree displays at the OAC
The bridge and big tree displays at the OAC

1801 Atwater Street, Detroit, MI 48207

Hours (school year):
Wed: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Thurs: Groups by reservation only
Fri: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun: noon - 3 p.m.

pine forest area of Outdoor Adventure Center with waterfall at the edge of photo


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.

Four youngsters shooting bows and arrows at targets


Do you want to try archery or improve your archery skills? We have programs for every skill level. For first-timers, we have a FREE introductory class!

Kids on Outdoor Adventure Center's suspension bridge to towert hunting blind, seen from below bridge

Groups and education

The OAC is the perfect field trip destination for your group (such as: school, day camp, church, scouts and seniors). We also offer virtual programs.

Program guide

Check out the OAC winter/spring 2023 program guide for the latest news and upcoming events and programs. You can also download the accessible, text-only program guide.

View the winter/spring 2023 program guide »

Young boy touching eastern fox snake held by DNR staffer


Check out our event calendar to see what is happening at the OAC. We offer guided nature walks, archery classes, Science Saturdays, running clinics, ice fishing classes and more.

The Outdoor Adventure Center's Riverview Loft room, decorated in blue and white for a gala event.

Event space

Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Detroit River, downtown Detroit, Milliken State Park and Canada, all from your event room. Hosting a large gala? You can rent out the entire OAC!

banners with Happy and OAC balloons

We cannot offer any type of birthday party service at this time. Groups arriving with cake, presents and other party supplies will not be admitted. We hope to resume birthday parties in 2024.

Under the Radar goes inside the Outdoor Adventure Center Video

Under the Radar goes inside the Outdoor Adventure Center

Join "Under the Radar" on a virtual tour of the Outdoor Adventure Center. See the exhibits, learn how they came together, and find out why the OAC is important for getting future generations excited about the outdoors.