Virtual kayaking, snowmobiling, ATVing and more can all be found at The Outdoor Adventure Center along the Detroit Riverfront. It’s run by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The center aims to entertain while educating its visitors by bringing Michigan’s outdoor activities to its indoor facility.

The Outdoor Adventure Center

Visitors will find a large waterfall indoors at the Outdoor Adventure Center in Detroit.

Located within the historic Globe Building, the center resides across the street from Milliken State Park and Harbor on the Detroit River and was a building used to build steam engines. Beyond the numerous recreational activities and exhibits at the center, it also offers educational opportunities to learn about forestry, wildlife, archery and more.

“We want to make sure that everybody knows what we have to offer in this beautiful state,” Assistant Director of Outdoor Adventure Center, Missy Sharp said. “We hope that they (then) take the chance and go and visit our beautiful state parks throughout the state.” 

The Outdoor Adventure Center is open to the public on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at various times; on Thursdays the center is open to groups by appointment only. One Detroit contributor Sarah Zientarski talks with Sharp about what Detroiters and other visitors can experience at the center.

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