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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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Lake St. Clair Metropark Squirt Zone and Pool in Harrison Township

  • Address: 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, Harrison Township
  • Phone: 586-463-4581
  • Hours (2014): 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day weekend
  • Costs (2014): free/Spray 'n' Play, $4/per person for pool; add Huron-Clinton Metroparks vehicle pass: $7/daily, $30/annual

At the spray ground, tykes can enjoy ground sprays, water cannons and red loops that form a tunnel of spritzing H20. At the Olympic-sized pool, race a pal down its two waterslides and practice popping off the diving board (kids must be 48 inches or taller to ride slides). There's sandy beach to enjoy along Lake St. Clair, too.

Macomb Township Recreation Center Pools

  • Address: Macomb Township Recreation Center, 20699 Macomb St., Macomb Township
  • Phone: 586-992-2900
  • Hours (2014): open swim, summer schedule: noon-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, noon-9 p.m. Fridays, noon-7 p.m. Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays; open year-round (hours shift in fall; check ahead for details)
  • Costs for MTRC (2014): $5/township residents, $10/nonresidents

Plunge into two pools, featuring a water slide, lazy river and more. Kids can sign up for swim lessons; plus the center offers a soft play indoor play scape, child-watch room (fees apply) and teen room, all near even more fitness facilities.

Mt. Elliott Park Water Feature on Detroit RiverFront

  • Address: 120 Mt. Elliott St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-566-8200
  • Hours: 8 a.m.-9 p.m., through Labor Day weekend at least (check ahead for latest; note that the main RiverWalk hours are 6 a.m.-10 p.m.)
  • Costs: free

This newly renovated Great Lakes schooner-themed water feature is complete with water cascades, "kid activated" water cannons, unique wind chimes and many more interactive features. Stop by for a splash, or to simply enjoy the park's many fishing piers, winding walkways or its popular open-air cafe.

Palmer Park Splash Park

  • Address: 910 Merrill Plaisance, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-224-1125
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, Memorial Day-end of September (weather permitting)
  • Costs: free

New as of 2013, this state-of-the-art Detroit neighborhood spot has a variety of colorful water-splashing pipes and small tipping buckets to let kids cool off. This year, there's also a new play scape with a tot area, big kids area including a slide, and some swings nearby – plus three new bike racks.

Plymouth Township Sprayscrape

  • Address: 46640 Ann Arbor Trail, just east of Beck Road, Plymouth Township
  • Phone: 734-414-1452
  • Hours (2014): 10 a.m.-8 p.m. May, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. June-July, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. August, hours vary September (depends on weather conditions); daily, season generally opens Saturday of Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day
  • Costs (2014): free

This 2,600 square foot watering mecca features 24 spray features. Among the fun: water cannons, a horse charger, the "Froggy-O" and "Daisy Mae" – along with 12 ground sprays. It's designed to accommodate all ages.

Red Oaks Waterpark in Madison Heights

  • Address: 1455 E. 13 Mile Road, Madison Heights
  • Phone: 248-858-0918
  • Hours (2014): regular season (May 30-Aug. 24): 10 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends and holidays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays; late season (Aug. 25-29): 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; final days (Aug. 30-Sept. 1): 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Costs (2014): weekends and holidays: $18/regular, $13/Oakland County residents; weekdays: $15/regular, $10/county residents; twilight (after 4 p.m. Monday-Friday only, minus holidays): $12 and $7 respectively; $1/coin-operated lockers (get full Red Oaks Waterpark cost info); free/parking, $2/discount active military and seniors ages 62 and older

Soak Station is a water playground with water jets, curtains, slides, bubbler jets and a six-foot tipping bucket (68 features in all). There's also a 990-foot River Ride tubing adventure and Spray & Play zone for wee ones. And of course, don't miss the Triple Turn (a triple-flume waterslide) and the Terrific Tides wave-action pool.

Rolling Hills Water Park in Ypsilanti

  • Address: 7660 Stony Creek Road, Ypsilanti
  • Phone: 734-484-9676
  • Hours (2014): 11 a.m.-8 p.m. weekends and holidays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays; open Saturday of Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day
  • Costs (2014): weekdays: $7/residents, $9/nonresidents (after 5 p.m. $4.50 and $5.50, respectively); weekends and holidays: $8/residents, $10/nonresidents; free/kids 36 inches tall or under; $5-$9/daily vehicle pass or $25-$45/annual (lower costs are for Washtenaw County residents)

Enjoy a wave pool, water slides, a zero-depth entry activity pool for kids (has a gentle bubbler, geyser, waterfall and kiddy slide for those under 45 inches), sand play scape, lazy river and two spray grounds. Plus, there's a sun deck that stretches throughout the park, concessions and various essentials sold or rented onsite, from sunscreen to life jackets.

Romulus Aquatic Center

  • Address: Romulus Athletic Center, 35765 Northline Road, Romulus
  • Phone: 734-942-2223
  • Hours (2014): Outdoor splash pad: noon-8 p.m. daily; pool hours vary; outdoor: generally noon-6 p.m. daily, mid-June-Labor Day; indoor: generally noon-9 p.m. (subject to swim classes and lessons)
  • Costs (2014): $8/residents, $12/nonresidents, $5/attending with a Romulus Athletic Center member

You've got five pools to choose from: a Splash Pool complete with water curtain and 150-gallon tipping bucket, a 240-foot long Lazy River (inner tubes available), the red two-story twisting water slide, lap pool and hot tub. Just outside, find a splash pool with splash pad featuring water geysers, cannons and foaming jets.

Southfield Sports Arena Pool

  • Address: Southfield Municipal Complex, 26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield
  • Phone: 248-796-4640
  • Hours: 12:30-6 p.m., Monday-Saturday; closed Sundays, June 14-Aug. 30
  • Costs: $5/adult residents (18-plus), $6/adult nonresidents; $4/youth residents and $5/youth nonresidents (season passes available)

This popular Southfield spot has an Olympic-sized outdoor pool, a children's spray pool, a climbing wall and even a 120-foot waterslide. There is also a snack bar and vending machines to enjoy between splashes.

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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