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DNR Outdoor Adventure Center

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DNR Outdoor Adventure Center

Open with limited hours

We are currently open Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.


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Bringing "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.

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.


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

The OAC is the perfect place for field trips, both during the school year and summertime. We also offer virtual programs, plus opportunities for adults and teens!


Four youngsters shooting bows and arrows at targets

Want to try archery or improve your archery skills? We have programs for every skill level! Want to try it for the first time? We have an introductory class, for FREE!


Upcoming Events

We have events throughout the year that provide unique opportunities to learn about the great outdoors! Check out the full event calendar to see what is happening this month.

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

Meetings and Event Space

Looking for a unique space for your special event, company retreat or meetings? 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!


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. You’ll learn 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.

Join "Under the Radar" on a virtual tour of the DNR's Outdoor Adventure Center in Detroit. Bringing "up north" to downtown Detroit.