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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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Rolling Hills Water Park in Ypsilanti

  • Address: 7660 Stony Creek Road, Ypsilanti
  • Phone: 734-484-9676
  • Hours (2013): 11 a.m.-8 p.m. weekends and holidays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays; open Saturday of Memorial Weekend-Labor Day
  • Costs (2013): weekdays: $7/residents, $9/nonresidents (after 5 p.m. $4 and $5, respectively); weekends and holidays: $8/residents, $10/nonresidents; free/kids 36 inches tall or under; vehicle admission fees also apply

A snazzy venue all the way, the 'Hills has it all: a wave pool, water slides, a zero-depth entry activity pool for kids (complete with a gentle bubbler, geyser, waterfall and kiddy slide for children under 45 inches), sand playscape, lazy river and two spray grounds. Plus, there's a cool sun deck that stretches throughout the water park, along with concessions and various essentials sold or rented onsite, from sunscreen to life jackets.

Romulus Aquatic Center

  • Address: 35765 Northline Road, Romulus
  • Phone: 734-942-2223
  • Hours (2013): hours vary; outdoor: generally noon-6 p.m. daily, June 14-Labor Day; indoor: generally noon-9 p.m. (subject to swim classes and lessons)
  • Costs (2013): $8/residents, $12/nonresidents, $5/attending with a Romulus Athletic Center member

Dip your toes into this indoor water wonderland – you've got five pools to choose from. It's all here under one roof: a Splash Pool complete with water curtain, 150-gallon tipping bucket, kiddy slide and concession stand; a 240-foot long Lazy River (inner tubes available); the fire-engine red two-story twisting water slide, lap pool and hot tub to boot. Just outside, splash around in water geysers, cannons and foaming jets.

Splash 'n' Blast at Kensington Metropark in Milford

  • Address: 2240 W. Buno Road, Milford
  • Phone: 248-685-0603
  • Hours (2013): 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, Memorial weekend-Labor Day
  • Costs (2013): regular: $5/adults, $4/kids (ages 15 and under) and seniors; twilight (5 p.m.-close): $4/adults, $3/kids and seniors; add Huron-Clinton Metroparks vehicle pass: $5/daily, $25/annual; free/children under 2

Zoom – or mosey – down the two 250-foot twisted waterslides at this summer Metropark destination. This water mecca has a cool spray ground complete with palm trees, serpents and cannons that all spray H20 galore. Note that waterslide riders must be 48 inches tall. Dry off at adjacent Martindale Beach (and, for more water fun, don't miss the nearby chances to rent a kayak, canoe, paddleboat or rowboat).

Summit Aquatic Center in Canton

  • Address: 1150 Canton Center Road South, Canton
  • Phone: 734-394-5460
  • Hours (2013): 1:30-5 p.m. Sundays, 12:30-3:30 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 1:30-5 p.m. Saturdays; open year-round
  • Costs (2013): city residents: $7/adults, $6/kids ages 12-17, $5/ages 4-11, $6/seniors; nonresidents: $15/adults, $6/students, $5/ages 4-11, $13/seniors

Enjoy a lap pool, leisure pool with zero-depth entry, therapy pool, lazy river, slide, spa, steam room, sauna, swim lessons and water fitness classes.

Turtle Cove Family Aquatic Center at Lower Huron Metropark in Belleville

  • Address: 17845 Savage Road, Belleville
  • Phone: 734-697-9181
  • Hours (2013): 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. weekends and holidays, Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day
  • Costs (2013): $8/adults 48 inches and taller, $6/kids 30-47 inches, free/kids under 30 inches, $5/twilight (after 5 p.m.); add Huron-Clinton Metroparks vehicle pass: $5/daily, $25/annual; 50 cents/coin-operated lockers

This exciting respite from the summer heat offers a bevy of brilliant ways to get sopping wet. Like what? We're talking two waterslides for speed demons, a laid-back never-ending lazy river, a sunning hill and a sweet water playscape with a 300-gallon dumping bucket. Don't forget the zero-depth entry pool with lap lanes. Top it off with food and beverages at Turtle Cove Grille. Ages 10 and under must be accompanied by a parent.

Veterans Memorial Pool in Ann Arbor

  • Address: 2150 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-794-6235
  • Hours (2013): general: noon-8 p.m. weekends, 1-8 p.m. weekdays; family swim: 5-6:30 p.m. daily; tot splash: noon-1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays; open June 14-Sept. 2
  • Costs (2013): $5/adults, $4/ages 17 and under and seniors, free/kids 3 and under with paying adult

While officially classified as a city public pool, this Ann Arbor spot is so family friendly, affordable and filled with soak options, it earns our nod. Kids over 42 inches tall can twist and turn down a cool water slide, and smaller ones can frolic in a variety of water-shooting contraptions, like a mushroom, fountains and pipes.

Waterford Oaks Waterpark in Waterford

  • Address: 1702 Scott Lake Road, Waterford
  • Phone: 248-858-0918
  • Hours (2013): regular season (June 7-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: $10/residents, $12/nonresidents; weekdays: $8/general; 50 cents/coin-operated lockers (get full Waterford Oaks Waterpark cost info here); free/parking; $1/discount active military and seniors ages 62 and up

This tropical-themed, palm tree-decked oasis is a sweet getaway. Its Dual-Flume Slidewinder Waterslide is wicked fun, while the wave-action pool is heated to a just-right 78 degrees. Youngin's can hit the Big Bucket children's water playground to dabble in 30-plus interactive activities, including a giant tipping bucket, waterfalls and sprayers (kids must be 56 inches or shorter for this one). And don't miss the Ragin' Rapid, a group raft ride that drops your crew three stories of twists and turns! Come during "twilight hours" (after 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, excluding holidays) and receive a buy one get one free admission.

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