What is it?
The Outdoor Adventure Center in Detroit is an indoor facility that offers visitors an immersive experience of Michigan’s great outdoors. It features interactive exhibits, simulators, and educational programs that showcase Michigan’s natural resources, including its forests, wetlands, and waterways. The center offers a variety of activities, such as fishing, archery, and rock climbing, and is designed to be family-friendly and accessible to people of all ages and abilities. The goal of the Outdoor Adventure Center is to inspire visitors to explore and appreciate Michigan’s natural beauty and to promote outdoor recreation and conservation.
One Must-See Thing Inside:
Check out the hop-in recreational vehicles upstairs! There is a kayak & fishing boat, snowmobile, ATV, and even a small airplane – and on busy days, there is almost always a line to get in them. There is also also the 40-foot tall waterfall exhibit in the center of the building which you can’t miss – it’s an impressive display that provides visitors with an immersive experience of Michigan’s beautiful waterfalls, complete with sounds, mist, and a creek at the bottom with some fiberglass river stones to jump across. The exhibit includes information about Michigan’s waterways, aquatic life, and the importance of water conservation. It’s a great way to learn about Michigan’s natural resources and get a sense of the state’s outdoor beauty, even if you can’t make it to the waterfalls themselves.
Tips for Parents:
The Outdoor Adventure Center is probably THE most fun thing on this list, despite being one of the lesser-known attractions. Along with its amazing exhibits, it has a gift shop, clean restrooms, a cafeteria area, outdoor equipment rental, and more. Convenient parking is available for free onsite. It IS crowded on weekends, so get there early – close to opening time if possible.