You might not think of Detroit as a place to have an outdoor adventure. This sweet new $13 million Outdoor Adventure Center will change your mind!
The 41,000-square foot facility has been in the works for three years, and it will finally open on July 20, 2015. It features a 36-foot waterfall, a 3,000 gallon aquarium, an indoor archery range, and a life-sized eagle nest and beaver lodge.
Visitors will get to experience some of the outdoors indoors, with simulators for biking, kayaking, and canoeing.
The center also features some fun exhibits for children. They will be able to climb through a giant, interactive tree and explore a cave.
“The Outdoor Adventure Center offers another Pure Michigan, natural resources experience along the Detroit riverfront,” said Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh. He encourages families to explore the center and then head outside to explore outdoor adventure opportunities right along the Detroit riverfront.
Visitors won’t have to go far to find a real outdoor adventure. The popular Belle Isle Park and Mlliken State Park and Harbor are located nearby.
The Outdoor Center’s director, Linda Walter, hopes the building will help educate people on recreational opportunities in Michigan’s outdoors. “By encouraging up-close, hands-on experiences, we strive to equip people to set out on their own adventures to explore our state’s many outdoor recreational opportunities, including hiking, camping, fishing, hunting and trapping,” said Walter.
The facility will also be available to rent for weddings, parties, and meetings, and it will occasionally host special outdoor events.
The Outdoor Adventure Center officially opens on July 20. The hours of operation will be 10 am to 4 pm Wednesday through Friday and noon to 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
All photos: Flickr / Michigan DNR