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DNR Outdoor Adventure Center

My family and I finally had a Sunday with no plans so we decided to head down to the (relatively) new DNR Outdoor Adventure Center located east of downtown along the Riverwalk.  What a great place to spend a few hours – especially on a cold/snowy day when there aren’t as many outdoor options available.

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The Outdoor Adventure Center is located in a beautifully renovated building located along the Riverwalk

 

Once inside the building, you feel like you are outside – there’s lots of sunlight coming in from the windows and the outdoor displays are fantastic! One of the main features is a multi-story waterfall with a pond, including some stones to walk (or jump/run in the case of my kids!) across.

Jumping across stones, that are a part of the waterfall display,

Jumping across stones, that are a part of the waterfall display,

 

Another favorite part is the hanging bridge. It wobbles just enough to add some excitement, but not too much to make it scary. My 8 year old went across it many times.

The hanging bridge is an awesome feature and fun for all ages!

The hanging bridge is an awesome feature and fun for all ages!

My 10 year old enjoyed the simulators – there are many –  snowmobile, ATV, mountain bike, kayak, fishing boat…plus a laser shot simulator to get a little taste of hunting (I was pretty good at squirrel hunting!).

Having fun on the snowmobile simulator!

Having fun on the snowmobile simulator!

 

Practicing his kayak skills!

Practicing his kayak skills!

 

There is also a multi-level tree to climb up and slide down. Even my 10 year old still enjoyed this feature and I bet the younger kids could play in it for hours.

Lots of climbing, plus a slide!

Lots of climbing, plus a slide!

The Outdoor Center is also equipped with an indoor archery range and my kids  got the opportunity to participate in a free 30 minute archery lesson. They learned how to properly hold the bow and shoot and then each kid got to take 3 shots at a target.  The instructors told us that they would start hosting regular archery lessons as well (in addition to the free introductory lesson).

Archery Range

Archery Range

We ended our afternoon on the third floor where you can pretend to fly like an eagle and then have a photo op in an eagle’s nest. (You type in your email address and the photo gets emailed to you instantly!)

eagle nest

 

The family! (Note- the smiles were not simulated - they are 100% real!)

The family! (Note- the smiles were not simulated – they are 100% real!)

All in all, we had a great 2 hours at the DNR Outdoor Center and highly recommend it to any families looking for an easy outing in the D. Here’s some additional information to help you plan your trip!

Location: 1801 Atwater Street in Detroit

Parking: FREE SECURE lot located adjacent to the Center

Cost: $3 for kids, $5 for adults

Favorite thing to do: Sam (10 yo) says: The simulators!; Abby (8 yo) says:  playing in the tree fort;  Timm (the dad!) says: exploring the third floor (where the eagle’s nest and a eagle flying simulator is); and I (the mom!) says: finding a place to go on a snowy day where everyone has fun and doesn’t fight!

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