Know Before You Go/Frequently Asked Questions

boy and girl pretending to cook over campfire at the Outdoor Adventure Center campsite exhibit

What to know before you go: Important information for planning your OAC visit

  • Children must be under the direct supervision of an adult at all times. Only those over 18 years old may supervise minors. Staff will redirect unsupervised minors back to their grown-ups throughout the building.
  • The cafeteria and preschool play area close one hour before the end of each day. Food cannot be brought in or consumed in the building after 2 p.m. on weekdays and 4 p.m. on weekends.
  • Our cafeteria does not serve food but does have a snack and beverage vending machine.
  •  Outside snack food, from a licensed vendor – like pizza or subs – is permitted. Homemade food or food that is being heated is not. Food must be consumed immediately – tables may not be held. 
  • Birthday parties may occur only in specific, reserved areas. Please plan at least three weeks ahead for the best chance of getting a reservation. Groups that do not have birthday party reservations may not bring cakes, gifts and other party items into the building.

Frequently asked questions about visiting the OAC

What age group is this facility best suited for? 
Everyone from toddlers to senior citizens will enjoy exploring outdoor recreation and learning about Michigan’s natural resources at the Outdoor Adventure Center.

Where do I park?
Parking is free on the east side of the OAC. Visitors can into the main parking lot from Atwater Street and a smaller lot from St. Aubin Street. See Directions & Parking.

Can I get snacks while I’m there?
The OAC has a cafeteria area with seating and vending machines where you can buy snacks and drinks. 

Can I carry my backpack?
Backpacks, coats and other items should be stored in one of the FREE lockers at the front of the building.

I am a nursing mom. Do you have facilities for nursing mothers?
Special accommodations await you and your little one at the OAC’s Baby Café.

I hear there is an archery range. Can I just drop in?
Archery classes and experiences are available by preregistration only.

English is not my first language – can I still learn and enjoy the OAC experience?
We can make accommodations for those who speak a language other than English, including arrangements for a sign language interpreter if necessary, if you contact us in advance of your visit. We do have maps of the OAC available in Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Chinese and Arabic.