Water Parks, Spray Grounds and Public Pools in Southeast Michigan
Water slides, lazy rivers and more: These family spots are turbo summer fun for parents and kids in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties
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Don't get stuck at home this summer: Make the hot and sticky season tons of fun by grabbing the entire family for a day of soaking-wet entertainment at any of these awesome spots all over southeast Michigan. This year's staycation doesn't have to be lame with these free or totally affordable fun spots. We scoped out metro Detroit and the greater Ann Arbor areas to find community gems and well-kept secrets that will provide your family with the perfect local getaway. From the indoor tropics to park-plus-pool destinations, your family is covered for all the splishy-splashy fun they can handle. Don't forget to grab the towels on the way out the door!
- Address: 46000 Heritage Park Road, Canton
- Phone: 734-394-5460
- Hours (2013): 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, Memorial Day-Labor Day
- Costs (2013): free
Have a picnic at the park; then cool off at the splash playground (kids under 12 must have supervision). There are lots of fun features, including misting stations and bucket dump spots. Plus, new in 2013: This spot now boasts a water-recycling system that's more eco-friendly, too.
- Address: 15100 Hubbard Road, Livonia
- Phone: 734-466-2900
- Hours (2013): 5 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays,
- 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays; indoor open year-round (outdoor weather-pending)
- Costs (2013): city residents: $7.25/adults, $5.75/ages 13-18, $4/ages 4-12, $4.25/ages 62-plus, free/under 3; nonresidents: $14.50/adults, $11.50/ages 13-18, $8/ages 4-12, $8.50/ages 62 and older, free/kids under 3 with paying adult
The 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.
- Address: 12600 Chandler Park Drive, Detroit
- Phone: 313-822-7665
- Hours (2013): 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily; open mid-June through Labor Day; pool closes at 6:30 p.m.
- Costs (2013): residents: $7/ages 13-plus, $6/ages 2-12; nonresidents: $8/ages 13-plus, $7/ages 2-12; free/all children under 2
Have you been to the only water park located in Detroit proper? Come see what you've been missing! Nestled on the eastside, this pool palace is a primo place to chill. The popular Way Cool Wave Pool ranges in depth from zero to six feet. There's a "Splish Splash Land" for tots, also, featuring tons of spray fountains. 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!
- Address: 36601 Ford Road Westland
- Phone: 734-721-7400
- Hours (2013): 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily; open May 25 through mid-September
- Costs (2013): free
This outdoor water park has almost 30 features to keep all the kids busy while soaking up the sun this summer! With such a large variety of features, it will be easy to find something for any age group. Check out the goofy characteristics of water cannons, dump buckets and a spraying helicopter.
- Address: 5460 Arden Ave., Warren
- Phone: 586-268-8400
- Hours (2013): 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays; open year-round
- Costs (2013): $5/residents, $10/nonresidents
Sun too hot for ya? The tropics come to life indoors at this fave, home to one of the biggest indoor enclosed water slides in Michigan. Hang out on the lazy river in a tube or get doused by a 300-gallon tipping bucket attached to a sweet play structure that's "a jungle gym in a foot of water," compete with six slides, squirt guns, water cannons and jets – and even faux palm trees and a giant toucan. There's also hot tub for ages 15 and up, and a sauna for ages 18 and up – plus a nearby pool for lap swimming.