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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- Address: 2795 Seymour Lake Road, Seymour Lake Park, Oxford Township
- Phone: 248-628-1720
- Hours (2013): 11 a.m.-noon (kids ages 6 and under only), noon-7 p.m. (all ages), daily, Memorial Day-Labor Day (weather permitting)
- Costs (2013): $1/Oxford kids ages 2-17, $4/all nonresident kids, free/Oxford kids under age 2 and parents, $25/passes, resident families
The "KLR" stands for "Kids Love Recreation" – and that includes all kids, whatever their ability levels, at this very inclusive park (in fact, "Aqua Wheelchairs" are available upon request). It include ground sprayers, tiny tipping buckets, big flowers that fling water around, tunnels and lots more fun H20 features to enjoy.
- Address: 32481 W. Jefferson Ave., Brownstown
- Phone: 734-379-5020
- Hours (2013): May 25-June 14: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. weekends and holidays; June 15-Sept. 2: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. weekends and holidays (note: wave pool opens mid-June)
- Costs (2013): Rip Slide: $12/day, $1/ride; combo pool and slide: $15/adults, $13/child; wave pool (rafts included, first-come, first-served): $7/adults, $5/ages 15 and under and seniors ages 62-plus, free/kids under 30 inches tall; twlight: 50 cents/locker fee; add Huron-Clinton Metroparks vehicle pass: $5/daily, $25/annual
This wave pool sloshes around consistent three-foot waves for riders to cruise on rafts that are included with your entry fee (first-come, first-served). Channel your inner surfer boy or girl; then, brave a three-story tall inflatable waterslide – better known as the Rip Slide – that's 175 feet long, 47 feet wide and pure fun.
- Address: 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, Harrison Township
- Phone: 586-463-4581
- Hours (2013): 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day weekend
- Costs (2013): free/Spray 'n' Play, $4/per person for pool; add Huron-Clinton Metroparks vehicle pass: $5/daily, $25/annual
No doubt: The highlight here is the nifty spray ground. Little ones can prance around through ground sprays, water cannons and even red loops that curve to form a tunnel of spritzing H20. But there's more waterlogged fun to be had. Over at the Olympic-sized pool, you can race a pal down its two waterslides and practice popping off the diving board (kids must be 48 inches or taller to ride the slides). And, of course, there's tons of sandy beach to enjoy along the waters of St. Clair.
- Address: 20699 Macomb St., Macomb Township
- Phone: 586-992-2900
- Hours (2013): open swim: 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
- Costs (2013): $5/township residents, $10/nonresidents
Plunge into two pools, complete with a water slide, lazy river and other water features. Kids can sign up for swim lessons; plus the center offers a soft play indoor playscape, child-watch room and teen room, all near even more fitness facilities.
- Address: 46640 Ann Arbor Trail, just east of Beck Road, Townhip
- Phone: 734-414-1452
- Hours (2013): 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 (2013): free
Keeping your cool is a cinch at this 2,600 square foot watering mecca that 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.
- Address: 1455 E. 13 Mile Road, Madison Heights
- Phone: 248-858-0918
- Hours (2013): regular season (May 31-Aug. 25): 10 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends and holidays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays; late season (Aug. 26-30): 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; final days (Aug. 31-Sept. 2): 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
- Costs (2013): 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; 50 cents/coin-operated lockers (get full Red Oaks Waterpark cost info); free/parking, $2/discount active military and seniors ages 62 and older
Kids won't be yawning anytime soon at Soak Station: a water playground with water jets, curtains, slides, bubbler jets and a 6-foot tipping bucket (68 amenities 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 out on that Triple Turn (a triple-flume waterslide) and the Terrific Tides wave-action pool.