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Outdoor Discovery Center

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The Outdoor Discovery Center is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit education and conservation organization that was founded in the year 2000. Our parent organization is the ODC Network. Our purpose is to connect people with nature through outdoor education for...more
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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4214 56th St, Holland, MI 49423-9318
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+1 616-393-9453
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

My grandsons and I have enjoyed the Outdoor Discovery Center! I loved taking them there as toddlers to age five for some great one-on-one time. Wide open nicely groomed spaces for running and imagining. Animals, birds and taxidermy are fascinating for them. I recommend a...More

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Just_visiting49424, Manager at Outdoor Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2015

Thanks for the review. We hope you visit again soon! There have been a number of things added since your visit in June of 2014.

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Reviewed 14 July 2018

This is such an amazing place to go and walk around in nature and get away from the rest of the world. They have really great trails that are easy for adults and kids alike. My daughter loves going for walks on the trails and...More

1  Thank Druidian
Reviewed 15 June 2018 via mobile

The nature center was smallish but very nice. They had some live snakes, turtles, frogs, etc. and lots of stuffed animals. There was also a tiny gift shop (gift corner really) that had some reasonably priced fun items for kids The trails were nice, clear...More

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Reviewed 16 March 2018

After hearing about the Outdoor Discovery Center through several other friends, I added it to my list of places to visit last summer...but the months flew by without presenting an opportunity. When the forecast for the first Saturday in March promised sunshine and mid-40s, my...More

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Ashley V, Community Outreach Coordinator at Outdoor Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2018

Thank you for the wonderful review, we are glad you and your children were able to thoroughly enjoy your first visit! We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 6 December 2017

You will love going to this place to hike. You will see wild flowers,animals, birds of prey, butterflies, and a very nice collection of stuffed animals at the lodge building.

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Ashley V, Community Outreach Coordinator at Outdoor Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2017

Thank you for the great review. We are glad you enjoy checking out our Nature Preserve, Birds of Prey Exhibit and Visitor Center. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 27 November 2017

My husband and I like to do outdoorsy things, but as I am 7 months pregnant, needed something that wouldn't be quite so strenuous. This was the perfect place (and I imagine would be a great place for kids!). We walked all over the trails...More

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Ashley V, Community Outreach Coordinator at Outdoor Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2017

Thank you for the 5-star review. We are glad you enjoyed the trails and were able to stop by the De Witt Birds of Prey Facility to check out the birds. We hope to see you again soon, maybe even with your little one!

Reviewed 26 September 2017

We were heading somewhere else in Holland and just happened to see the sign for this great place. We weren't sure what we were going to be seeing but were up for something different. We were VERY surprised at how wonderful this place was! The...More

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Ashley V, Community Outreach Coordinator at Outdoor Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Thank you for the great review Jessica, we are glad you enjoyed your visit! See you again soon, maybe in the winter for snowshoeing.

Reviewed 24 July 2017

We were visiting Holland for the day and are very glad we did! We arrived on a weekday after a rainfall so we almost had the place to ourselves. We started in the visitor center and there was a helpful staff member to introduce the...More

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Ashley V, Community Outreach Coordinator at Outdoor Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2017

Thank you for the wonderfully thought out review! We love to hear the favorite part of visitors' visits, many times it is the De Witt Birds of Prey Facility, so we are glad you made it out there with your 5 year old daughter. Thank...More

Reviewed 12 July 2017

...with excellent hiking trails. My wife and I visited this place a few weeks ago and yesterday we took his 92-year old father so he could travel around in his scooter. It has a very nice and informative visitor center showing North American wildlife exhibits...More

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Ashley V, Community Outreach Coordinator at Outdoor Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Thank you for your very thorough review and for giving people an idea of some of the things they can do from a visitor perspective! We are glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you next time you're in town.

Reviewed 11 July 2017

Check out the Birds of prey exhibit and the elk. Lots of trails to walk and indoor stuffed wildlife to see

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Ashley V, Community Outreach Coordinator at Outdoor Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Thank you for the great review! We are glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 21 June 2017

Good for adults and children. Friendly staff. Nice wetlands. Excellent live Birds of Prey exhibit in a new building.

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ODCMG, Manager at Outdoor Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2017

Thanks for sharing your positive review. We hope to have you back to visit again soon!

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Response from MeredithImages | Reviewed this property |
Hi Marissa, I just checked their website, and yes, they are allowed on leashes: "Pets are only allowed on 6 foot leashes and are to be kept at least 50 feet from the captive animal enclosures." That makes sense so a dog... More
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