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Water Parks, Spray Grounds, Public Pools in Southeast Michigan

Water slides, lazy rivers and more: These family spots offer summer 2014 fun for parents and kids in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties

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Tired of sitting indoors to beat the heat and humidity this summer? Make the hot and sticky season cooler by taking the entire family for a day of soaking-wet fun at some awesome areas in southeast Michigan. These affordable (and sometimes free!) summer hot spots are sure to be a great source of entertainment for the whole family that won't break the bank.

We scoped out metro Detroit and the greater Ann Arbor areas to find community gems to provide your family with the perfect local splash getaway. From indoor tropics to park-plus-pool destinations, you're covered for all the splishy-splashy fun you can handle. Don't forget to grab the towels on the way out the door!

Blue Heron Bay Spray Park at Independence Lake County Park

  • Address: 3200 Jennings Road, Webster Township, Whitmore Lake
  • Phone: 734-449-4437
  • Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, Memorial Day-Labor Day
  • Costs: $4/residents, $5/nonresidents; twilight fees (after 5 p.m.) $3/residents, $4/non-residents; free/ages 2 and under

Take a ride on the two 24-foot waterslides, play on the water structure – and be sure to splash in the water jet spider, cattails and buckets. Amenities include first-aid services, family changing rooms, diaper changing stations, showers and more.

Brandenburg Park in Chesterfield Township

  • Address: 50050 Jefferson Ave., Chesterfield Township
  • Phone: 586-949-0400 ext. 4 (then, press 2)
  • Hours: 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. daily (weather permitting)
  • Cost: $5/vehicle entry

Head to this waterfront park in Chesterfield Township to check out their splash park, touting a nautical theme and featuring sprayers.

Canton Parks Splash Playground

  • Address: 46202 Heritage Park Road, Canton
  • Phone: 734-394-5460
  • Hours (2014): 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, Memorial Day-Labor Day
  • Costs (2014): free

Have a picnic at the park; then cool off at the splash playground (kids 12 and under must have supervision). There are lots of fun features, including misting stations and bucket dump spots. Touch the fire hydrant to start the fun.

City of Livonia Aquatics

  • Address: Livonia Community Recreation Center, 15100 Hubbard Road, Livonia
  • Phone: 734-466-2900
  • Hours (2014): Indoor leisure pool: 5:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 6 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturdays, 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sundays (closed select hours for classes, check ahead); outdoor splash pad: 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sundays, late June-Labor Day
  • Costs for LCRC (2014): city residents: $7.25/adults, $5.75/ages 13-18, $4.25/ages 4-12 and 62-plus, free/under 3; nonresidents: $14.50/adults, $11.50/ages 13-18, $8.50/ages 4-12, $8.50/ages 62 and older, free/under 3 with paying adult

The 6,500 square-foot leisure pool features zero-depth entry, a lazy river, spa and warm-up pool, while the competition lap pool has 12-foot depth, a diving board and spectator seating. Includes indoor and outdoor attractions and splash pad. Swim lessons or water aerobics lesson packages offered.

Family Aquatic Center at Chandler Park in Detroit

  • Address: 12600 Chandler Park Drive, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-822-7665
  • Hours (2014): 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends Memorial Day-June 15; daily June 16-Labor Day (note: pool closes at 6:30 p.m.)
  • Costs (2014): residents: $7/ages 13-plus, $5/ages 3-12, $2/ages 0-2; nonresidents: $8/ages 13-plus, $6/ages 3-12; $3/ages 0-2

Set on the D's eastside, this place boasts the Way Cool Wave Pool, ranging in depth from zero to six feet – plus "Splish Splash Land" for tots. Teens and adults can tube-ride or body-slide down two super-sized water slides, too. It's all waiting a quarter-mile south of I-94.

H20 Zone Spray Ground in Westland

  • Address: In Tattan Park,South of Cliff Orr Drive and west of North Carlson Street, Westland
  • Phone: 734-721-7400
  • Hours (2014): 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, late July (date TBD)-Labor Day (weather permitting)
  • Costs (2014): free

As of late June, it's undergoing construction as a new Westland Farmers Market is added. Stay tuned for details on the grand reopening of this community favorite (normally, it opens Memorial Day weekend). This outdoor splash park has a variety of features, including water cannons, dump buckets and a spraying helicopter with goofy characteristics.

Indian Springs Metropark Spray 'n' Play

  • Address: 5200 Indian Trail White Lake
  • Phone: 248-625-6640
  • Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, Memorial Day-Labor Day
  • Costs: free, add Indian Springs Metropark vehicle pass: $7/daily, $30/annual

Kids of all ages are sure to enjoy the water spray area, complete with a rock-climbing wall, cargo nets to climb and even a maze! There's also a sand play area for the toddlers to build castles, complete with oversized scoopers for digging.

Indoor Water Park at Warren Community Center

  • Address: 5460 Arden Ave., Warren
  • Phone: 586-268-8400
  • Hours (2014): 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays; open year-round
  • Costs (2014): $5/residents, $10/nonresidents

Sun tropics come to life at this home to one of the biggest indoor enclosed water slides in Michigan. There's also a lazy river and 300-gallon tipping bucket attached to a play structure that's "a jungle gym in a foot of water" with six slides, squirt guns, water cannons and jets – even faux palm trees and a giant toucan. Plus, you'll find a hot tub for ages 15 and up, and a sauna for ages 18 and up – plus a nearby pool for lap swimming. (Word to the wise: Don't miss the public fountains outside at city square, open daily, weather permitting.)

KLR Splashpad in Oxford Township

  • Address: 2795 Seymour Lake Road, Seymour Lake Park, Oxford Township
  • Phone: 248-628-1720
  • Hours (2014): 11 a.m.-noon (kids ages 6 and under only), noon-7 p.m. (all ages), daily, Memorial Day-Labor Day (weather permitting)
  • Costs (2014): $1/Oxford kids ages 2-17, $4/all nonresident kids, free/Oxford kids under 2 and parents, $25/passes, resident families

The "KLR" stands for "Kids Love Recreation" – that means all kids, whatever their ability levels, at this inclusive park (in fact, "Aqua Wheelchairs" are available upon request). It includes ground sprayers, tiny tipping buckets, big flowers that fling water around, tunnels and more.

Lake Erie Metropark Wave Pool and Rip Slide in Brownstown

  • Address: 32481 W. Jefferson Ave., Brownstown
  • Phone: 734-379-5020
  • Hours (2014): May 24-June 13: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. weekends and holidays; June 14-Sept. 1: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. weekends and holidays (note: hours may be reduced mid-August-Labor Day)
  • Costs (2014): Rip Slide: $12/day, $1/ride; combo pool and slide: $15/adults, $13/ages 15 and under; Wave Pool (rafts included, first-come, first-served): $7/adults, $5/ages 15 and under and 62-plus, free/kids under 30 inches tall; twilight (5 p.m.-closing): $4/ages 14 and under and 62-plus, $4/adults; 50 cents/locker fee; add Huron-Clinton Metroparks vehicle pass: $7/daily, $30/annual

This wave pool has consistent three-foot waves for riders to cruise on rafts included with your entry fee (first-come, first-served). Plus brave a three-story tall inflatable waterslide – better known as the Rip Slide – that's 175 feet long and 47 feet wide.

Jul 9, 2014 10:35 pm
 Posted by  mygirls012

Mother of three in downriver area. I love this magazine, but unfortunately I only read it when at the library until now. Very excited to come across the website.

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