Public Pools in Southeast Michigan

Keep cool and get into one of these community pools in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties this summer 2016.

Public Pools in Southeast Michigan West Bloomfield

Temperatures are rising across southeast Michigan, and that means it’s time to pack up the kids and make your way to the nearest community pool. Whether your child’s a little Michael Phelps in the making or more comfortable bobbing in the shallow end with her inflatables, these waterholes offer affordable fun close to home. Decked out with amenities such as spray fountains, tippy buckets, water slides and lap lanes, there’s no shortage of ways to make a splash this summer. Pool hours are susceptible to change without advance notice; check ahead for the latest. Also, costs are often lower for residents of a community. Check ahead to see if you can save even more!


Allen Park Middle School Pool

  • Type: Indoor
  • Address: 8401 Vine Ave., Allen Park
  • Phone: 313-827-2664
  • Hours (2016): open swim not offered at this time
  • Costs (2016): program prices vary

This indoor pool is dedicated to turning novice kid swimmers into athletes and keeping parents fit. Look online to peruse swim classes typically offered during the school year, from Aqua Tots for the wee ones to aquatics Zumba for mom and dad.

Anchor Bay School District Aquatic Center

  • Type: Indoor
  • Address: 52401 Ashley St., New Baltimore
  • Phone: 586-716-4623
  • Hours (2016): open swim on the weekends during the school year; during the summer, open weekdays only – check ahead for the latest
  • Costs (2016): $4/adult, $3/ages 17 and under, $12/family

Dive and practice your stroke at this indoor aquatic center pool. Child watch is available for $2/child.

Blue Heron Bay Spray Park at Independence Lake County Park

  • Type: Outdoor
  • Address: 3200 Jennings Road, Webster Township, Whitmore Lake
  • Phone: 734-449-4437
  • Hours (2016): 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, Memorial Day-Labor Day
  • Costs (2016): $4-$5/general entry, free/2 and under; $3-$4/after 5 p.m. weekdays

Race a friend down one of two 24-foot water slides. Shoot a water cannon, and dodge water dumping buckets and floor jets. Toddlers can watch water jellies move with the wind and tweens can help the water spider form a web. Find first-aid services, family changing rooms, diaper changing stations, showers and more here.

Botsford Park Pool

  • Type: Outdoor
  • Address: 19444 Lathers St., Livonia
  • Phone: 248-476-9700
  • Hours (2016): open swim: 1-6:45 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-6:45 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; open mid-June-Aug. 19
  • Costs (2016): open swim: $4-$7.50/adult, $3-$5.25/ages 3-17

Catch some rays at this outdoor pool. All swimmers must bring a swim buddy.

Buhr Park Outdoor Swimming Pool

  • Type: Outdoor
  • Address: 2751 Packard Road, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-794-6234
  • Hours (2016): open swim: 3:30-7 p.m. weekdays, noon-7 p.m. weekends May 28-June 17, 1-8 p.m. weekdays, noon-8 p.m. weekends, June 18-Sept. 15; Tot Splash (ages 7 and under): 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and noon-1 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday
  • Costs (2016): $5/ages 18-plus, $4/ages 4-17, free/3 and under with paid adult

This community pool has two lanes set aside for lap swimmers only. A separate zero-depth entry children’s wading pool lets the wee ones interact with play toys.

Clements Circle Pool in Livonia

  • Type: Outdoor
  • Address: 9999 Harrison St., Livonia
  • Phone: 734-421-9800
  • Hours (2016): 1-6:45 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-6:45 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; 2016 dates TBA (proposed July opening after reconstruction), check the website for the latest
  • Costs (2016): $4-$7.50/adult, $3-$5.25/ages 3-17

There’s ample space to dive and splash in this outdoor pool.

Clarkston Community Swim

  • Type: Indoor
  • Address: 6093 Flemings Lake Road, Clarkston
  • Phone: 248-623-3588
  • Hours (2016): open swim: noon-2 p.m. Saturdays during school year; noon-2 p.m. Monday-Thursday during the summer
  • Costs (2016): $5/adult, $3/ages 17 and under

Make up for limited open swim hours by registering the kids for lessons, from preschool aquatics to stroke refinement.

Clawson High School Pool

  • Type: Indoor
  • Address: 101 John M Ave., Clawson
  • Phone: 248-589-0334
  • Hours (2016): 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday year-round; extended summer hours, typically mid-June through mid-August
  • Costs (2016): $4/adult, $3/ages 3-17

Register for all swim classes, from Aqua Babies to Stroke Refinement, at the Hunter Community Center (509 Fisher Court, Clawson). Private lessons available during open swim times (call 248-404-2537).

Dexter Community Pool

  • Type: Indoor
  • Address: 3060 Kensington St., Dexter
  • Phone: 734-424-4140
  • Hours (2016): open swim: hours vary on weekends, year-round; adult lap swim available on weekdays
  • Costs (2016): $3/person, free/ages 2 and under

Parents can squeeze in a morning workout by practicing laps throughout the week or relax during open swim hours with the kids.

Downriver Family YMCA

  • Type: Outdoor
  • Address: 16777 Northline Road, Southgate
  • Phone: 734-282-9622
  • Hours (2016): 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday until June 18, then additional hours include 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday until Labor Day
  • Costs (2016): $8/Wayne County resident, $10/nonresident, free/ages 2 and under

Southgate Splash Park Pool has zero-depth entry, fountains and a two-story water slide for the kiddos and lap lanes for seasoned swimmers. Soak up the sun by lounging on a deck chair (or keep to the shade with the umbrellas available). Take a break and swing by the café and picnic area when the kids get the munchies.

Holly High School Pool

  • Type: Indoor
  • Address: 6161 E. Holly Road, Holly
  • Phone: 248-634-1758
  • Hours (2016): open swim/lap swim: 6-8:45 p.m. Friday; lap swim only: 7:45-8 p.m. Monday; typically September-March 31
  • Costs (2016): $3/person

Grab your goggles! Children ages 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Spring from the diving board at the deep end or try private lessons to refine your stroke.

Huron Valley/Milford High School Pool Water Park

  • Type: Indoor
  • Address: 2380 S. Milford Road, Highland
  • Hours (2016): open swim: 5 a.m.-noon, 3-8:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; water features on: 4-8:30 p.m. Friday, noon-7 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, 4-8:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; typically open starting in July through summer
  • Costs (2016): $6/day pass, free/3 and under with adult admission

Get wild at this Amazon-themed pool featuring a giant snake slide encircling a 16-foot gorilla. There’s also a tiki hut and a whirlpool tub.

Kennedy Outdoor Aquatic Center

  • Type: Outdoor
  • Address: 3101 West Road, Trenton
  • Phone: 734-676-7172
  • Hours (2016): noon-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, June 13-Aug. 23; additional pre/post season hours, weather permitting
  • Costs (2016): $5-$7/daily, free/ages 4 and under

This 25-by-23-meter pool is best for recreational swimmers and those looking to crank out laps. Craving one-on-one aquatic instruction? Consider private lessons with one of the center’s instructors certified by the American Red Cross (additional fees apply).

Lake Erie Metropark Wave Pool

  • Type: Outdoor
  • Address: 32481 W. Jefferson Ave., Brownstown
  • Phone: 734-379-5020
  • Hours (2016): May 28-June 10: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. weekends and holidays; June 12-Sept. 5: 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 (2016): $8/adult, $6/ages 15 and under, free/kids less than 30 inches in height, $0.50/locker; after 5 p.m. twilight rates available; Metroparks vehicle pass: $10/daily, $35/annual

Ride the “Great Wave” action pool on rafts included with your entry fee (first-come, first-served). Don’t neglect the nearby kids’ play area with slides, a mini-rock wall and swings.

Lakeland High School Pools & Fitness Center

  • Type: Indoor
  • Address: 1630 Bogie Lake Road, White Lake
  • Phone: 248-676-2341
  • Hours (2016): open swim: 5 a.m.-noon and 3-8:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; water features: 4-8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday-Friday, noon-7 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Costs (2016): $6/person during summer, free/3 and under with adult admission

The littlest members of the family can climb and float on space-themed toys at this pool. A two-story indoor waterslide winds outside the building, and there’s a competitive pool with diving boards for lap swimming (limited hours during swim season).

Lake Orion High School Pool

  • Type: Indoor
  • Address: 495 E. Scripps Road, Lake Orion
  • Phone: 248-814-1715
  • Hours (2016): typically 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday year-round; consult online swim schedule for periodic pool closures
  • Costs (2016): $5/adult, $4/ages 12 and under

Swim leisurely at this natatorium or better your form with lessons offered throughout the year, from beginner to competitive for the kiddies. Don’t miss “Friday Night Family Splash Bash!” the second Friday of every month.

Lake St. Clair Metropark Squirt Zone and Pool

  • Type: Outdoor
  • Address: 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, Harrison Township
  • Phone: 586-463-4581
  • Hours (2016): pool: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Memorial Day-Labor Day; lake: May 1-Sept. 30
  • Costs (2016): free/Spray ‘n’ Play, $4/person for pool; Metroparks vehicle pass: $10/daily, $35/annual

Swim at the Olympic-sized pool, slip down water slides or practice your cannonballs using the diving board (kids must be 48 inches or taller to ride slides). The kiddies are sure to enjoy the spray ground, complete with water cannons, a spritzing tunnel and more. The entire family can build sandcastles on the beach and swim in Lake St. Clair too.

Livonia Community Recreation Center Pool

  • Type: Indoor and outdoor
  • Address: Livonia Community Recreation Center, 15100 Hubbard Road
  • Phone: 734-466-2900
  • Hours (2016): indoor leisure pool: 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday, (closed select hours for classes, check ahead) June 1-Sept. 5; outdoor splash pad: 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Costs (2016): $7.75-$15.50/adults, $6-$12/ages 13-18, $4.50-$9/ages 4-12 and 62-plus, free/3 and under with paying adult

The indoor leisure pool features zero-depth entry, a lazy river, spa and water slide. Swim laps inside or unleash the kids on the outdoor splash pad. Swim lessons and water aerobics packages offered.


Mack Indoor Pool

  • Type: Indoor
  • Address: 715 Brooks St., Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-794-6237
  • Hours (2016): noon-2 p.m., 4:40-6:30 p.m. and 8-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-2 p.m. and 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, 1-5 p.m. (5-7 p.m. women only) Saturday and 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; September-May
  • Costs (2016): $5/adult, $4/ages 4-17, free/3 and under with paying adult swimmer

Ann Arbor’s only indoor community pool offers guests a wide range of aquatics – including log rolling, open swim and clinics. Mid-season highlights include “Splash Days” and “Dive-In Movies.”

Macomb Township Recreation Center Pools

  • Type: Indoor
  • Address: Macomb Township Recreation Center, 20699 Macomb St., Macomb Township
  • Phone: 586-992-2900
  • Hours (2016): open swim: summer: noon-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-9 p.m. Friday, noon-7 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday; open year-round (hours change during school year)
  • Costs (2016): $5-$10/daily admission to rec center

Plunge into one of two pools, featuring a whirlpool, water playscape and more. Kiddie swim lessons, a child-watch room (fees apply) and teen room are all available at this recreation center.

Meri Lou Recreation Center Pool

  • Type: Indoor
  • Address: 2960 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-971-6355
  • Hours (2016): open swim hours vary year round; check ahead for the latest
  • Costs (2016): $8-$9/adult, $6-$7/ages 3-15

This 6,000-square-foot pool accommodates open swim, lap swim, instructional lessons and “Family Fun Nights” 7-9 p.m. on Fridays when the pool’s filled with toys and inflatables.

Novi High School Pool

  • Type: Indoor
  • Address: 24062 Taft Road, Novi
  • Phone: 248-449-1206
  • Hours (2016): open weekday evenings and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday during the school year; extended hours during the summer
  • Costs (2016): $3/person

Grab your goggles and get in some low-impact exercise at this pool, open year-round. Swim lessons including water aerobics, private, Junior Olympic Diving and more are offered periodically throughout the year.

Red Oaks Waterpark

  • Type: Outdoor
  • Address: 1455 E. 13 Mile Road, Madison Heights
  • Phone: 248-858-0918
  • Hours (2016): 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends/holidays June 11-Aug. 21; other swim times vary, May 28-Sept. 5.
  • Costs (2016): $14-$20/weekends and holidays, $11-$17/weekdays; twilight specials available (after 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, excluding holidays); $1-$1.50/coin-operated lockers; free/parking

Celebrate Oakland County Parks’ 50th Anniversary with half-off daily admission at the waterpark, June 15-19. Here, you can always find the “Soak Station,” equipped with water and bubble jets, curtains, slides and a six-foot tipping bucket, the “River Ride” tubing adventure, the “Spray Camp Play” zone for the wee ones, a wave pool and more.

Richmond Community Swimming Pool

  • Type: Outdoor
  • Address: 69310 Beebe St., Richmond
  • Phone: 586-727-8888
  • Hours (2016): open typically June-August; hours vary between 1-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Costs (2016): $3/person, free for children 2 and under

Kiddies can take to the pink slide that juts out over the water. Bring a lunch; there are plenty of picnic tables under pavilions to keep diners in the shade. Long hair must be tied back in the pool.

Rochester Adams High School

  • Type: Indoor
  • Address: 3200 W. Tienken Road, Rochester Hills
  • Phone: 248-726-3165
  • Hours: class hours vary during the school year – registration typically ends mid-August; no open swim available at this time
  • Costs: $80/eight sessions

American Red Cross swim lessons are available at this pool. From tykes to adults and swimmers of all skill levels – there’s something for every student.

Rolling Hills Water Park in Ypsilanti

  • Type: Outdoor
  • Address: 7660 Stony Creek Road, Ypsilanti
  • Phone: 734-484-9676
  • Hours (2016): 11 a.m.-8 p.m. weekends and holidays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays Memorial Day Saturday-Labor Day
  • Costs (2016): waterpark: $8-$10/adult, $6-$8/kids over 36 inches tall, weekdays (less after 5 p.m.); $10-$13/adult, $8-$11/kids over 36 inches tall, weekends and holidays; free/kids 36 inches tall or under; $6-$10/daily vehicle pass

Here, find water slides, a zero-depth entry activity pool for kids, a wave pool, sandy playscape, lazy river and two spray grounds. Take a break from the soaked play and lay out on the sun deck that stretches and winds through the park.

Romulus Aquatic Center

  • Type: Indoor and outdoor
  • Address: Romulus Athletic Center, 35765 Northline Road, Romulus
  • Phone: 734-942-2223
  • Hours (2016): indoor: open swim hours vary in evenings, daily (subject to swim classes and lessons); outdoor: noon-6 p.m. daily mid-June-Labor Day
  • Costs (2016): $8-$12/day pass

Ride the 240-foot long “Lazy River” (inner tubes available), slip down the red two-story twisting water slide or relax in the hot tub. Just outside, find a splash pool featuring an interactive playscape, zero-depth entrance and tipping buckets.

Royal Oak Middle School Pool

  • Type: Indoor
  • Address: 709 N. Washington St., Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-435-8500, ext. 1148 or 1087
  • Hours (2016): kids and adults: 12:15-1:30 p.m. and adults only: 8:15-9:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and Thursday, open when classes let out-August; reopens in September-March for children and adults: 7:30-8:30 p.m. Monday and adults only: 8:45-10 p.m. Thursday
  • Costs (2016): $5/ages 6-plus, free/ages 5 and under

This pool accommodates open swim sessions and instructional programs sprinkled throughout the year.

Saline’s Parks and Recreation Aquatic Center

  • Type: Indoor
  • Address: 1866 Woodland Drive, Saline
  • Phone: 734-429-3502
  • Hours (2016): typically open 5:30 a.m.-9:45 p.m. Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; each time susceptible to daily classes and lap swims
  • Costs (2016): $12/adult, $5/ages 3-17

Floating toys, balls and inner tubes are allowed in this center’s pools. The kiddy slide is open June 10-Sept 5. Perfect your form on the diving board, open on request. There’s even zero-depth entry for the tykes.

Shelden Park Pool

  • Type: Outdoor
  • Address: 33123 Van Court Ave., Livonia
  • Phone: 734-524-0649
  • Hours (2016): 1-6:45 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-6:45 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; open June-Aug. 21
  • Costs (2016): $4-$7.50/adult, $3-$5.25/residents ages 3-17

This L-shaped pool gives the tykes plenty of room to splash while more adept swimmers kick in the deep end.

Southfield Sports Arena Pool

  • Type: Outdoor
  • Address: Southfield Municipal Complex, 26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield
  • Phone: 248-796-4640
  • Hours (2016): 12:30-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, June 25-Aug. 27
  • Costs (2016): $5-$6/adult, $4-$5/ages 17 and under; season passes available

Find an Olympic-sized outdoor pool, children’s spray pool, climbing wall and a 120-foot waterslide. There’s a snack bar and vending machines too.

Splash ‘n’ Blast at Kensington Metropark in Milford

  • Type: Outdoor
  • Address: 2240 W. Buno Road, Milford
  • Phone: 248-685-0603
  • Hours (2016): 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day
  • Costs (2016): regular: $5-$6/adults, $4-$5/ages 2-15, free/ages 1 and under; twilight rates after 5 p.m.; Metroparks vehicle pass: $10/daily, $35/annual

Step into this Caribbean-themed park featuring 250-foot twisted water slides and a cool spray ground with palm trees, serpents and cannons (water slide riders must be at least 48 inches tall). Sunbathe at adjacent Martindale Beach (and, for more water fun, kayak, canoe, paddleboat and rowboat options are nearby).

Summit Aquatic Center in Canton

  • Type: Indoor
  • Address: Summit on the Park, 1150 S. Canton Center Road, Canton
  • Phone: 734-394-5460
  • Hours (2016): hosts open swim hours year-round; check ahead for latest
  • Costs (2016): day pass: $7-$15/adult, $6-$12/ages 12-17, $5-$10/ages 4-11

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 (additional rates apply).

Troy Family Aquatic Center

  • Type: Outdoor
  • Address: 3425 Civic Center Drive, Troy
  • Phone: 248-524-3514
  • Hours (2016): 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Memorial Day weekend; 3-7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, May 31-June 17; 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. (8 p.m. Monday-Friday in July) Monday-Sunday, June 18-Aug. 12; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Sunday, Aug. 13-Sept. 5; additional hours for lap swim only
  • Costs (2016): $10-$15/daily pass, $5-$7/after 5 p.m., free/under 3; season and family passes available

Take your pick among two kiddie pools, a zero-depth entry leisure pool, 20-foot-wide waterfall, bubbling geysers, a 25-foot waterside, lap lanes, splash pool, sandy play area, sand volleyball and swim lessons.

Turtle Cove Family Aquatic Center at Lower Huron Metropark

  • Type: Outdoor
  • Address: 17845 Savage Road, Belleville
  • Phone: 734-697-9181
  • Hours (2016): 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. weekends and holidays Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day
  • Costs (2016): $10/adults 48 inches and taller, $8/kids 30-47 inches, free/kids under 30 inches, $7/everyone after 5 p.m., 50 cents/coin-operated lockers; Metroparks vehicle pass: $10/daily, $35/annual

Shed the sweat and check out a lazy river, a sunning hill and a cool water playscape with a 300-gallon dumping bucket, plus zero-depth entry pool with lap lanes. Scrumptious grub can be found at Turtle Cove Grille.

Veterans Memorial Outdoor Pool

  • Type: Outdoor
  • Address: 2150 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-794-6235
  • Hours (2016): 3:30-7 p.m. weekdays, noon-7 p.m. weekends/holidays May 28-June 16; 1-8 p.m. weekdays, noon-8 p.m. weekends/holidays and tot splash (ages 7 and younger with adult): noon-1 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 17-Sept. 5
  • Costs (2016): $5/adult, $4/ages 4-17, free/3 and under with paying adult

This Ann Arbor city pool is family friendly, affordable and filled with soak options. Kids over 42 inches tall can tackle a twisty water slide, smaller ones can play under water-shooting contraptions, and there’s lap lanes a deep end for those looking to dive deep.

Warren Community Center Indoor Water Park

  • Type: Indoor
  • Address: 5460 Arden Ave., Warren
  • Phone: 586-268-8400
  • Hours (2016): open swim: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, hours vary for lap lanes and water slides; year-round
  • Costs (2016): $2-$10/daily pass

This tropic spot has the state’s biggest indoor enclosed water slides. Get soaked in the lazy river and with a 300-gallon tipping bucket attached to the water play structure. Plus find a hot tub (ages 15-plus), a sauna (ages 18-plus) and lap lanes.

Waterford Oaks Waterpark

  • Type: Outdoor
  • Address: 1702 Scott Lake Road, Waterford
  • Phone: 248-858-0918
  • Hours (2016): 10 a.m.-7 p.m. June 4-5, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. June 6-10, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends/holidays June 11-Aug. 21, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 22-26, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 27-28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 29-Sept. 2, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Labor Day weekend
  • Costs (2016): $14/weekends and holidays, $9/weekdays, $7/early and late seasons; $1/coin-operated lockers; free/parking

This tropical oasis has a “Dual-Flume Slidewinder Waterslide” and wave-action pool. The “Big Bucket” water playground boasts 30-plus interactive activities (kids must be 56 inches or shorter), and “Ragin’ Rapid,” a group raft adventure with three stories of twists and turns.

Wayne County Family Aquatic Center

  • Type: Outdoor
  • Address: 12600 Chandler Park Drive, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-822-7665
  • Hours (2016): 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (pool closes at 6:30 p.m.) weekends, May 28-June 12, open daily June 18-Labor Day weekend
  • Costs (2016): $7-$8/ages 13-plus, $5-$6/ages 3-12, $2-$3/ages 2 and under

This east Detroit spot has a “Way Cool Wave Pool,” “Splish Splash Land” for tots, 100 spray fountains, two 23-foot water slides and more. Plus swim lessons, camps and parties.

West Bloomfield Family Aquatic Center

  • Type: Indoor, Outdoor
  • Address: 6200 Farmington Road, West Bloomfield
  • Phone: 248-451-1902
  • Hours (2016): outdoor: 1:30-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 12:30-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, June 11 through mid-August; indoor (ages 17-plus only during the summer) hours vary seasonally, year-round
  • Costs (2016): outdoor pool: $6-$8/adult, $4-$6/ages 16 and under; indoor pool: $3-$5/adult.

Here, the outdoor pool has mini geysers, a slide and vending machines nearby. During the summer, the indoor pool’s reserved for adults, but throughout the rest of the year, swimmers can utilize the ADA-compliant indoor pool. Check out private and semi-private lessons to better your stroke.

Willow Metropark Swimming Pool

  • Type: Outdoor
  • Address: 23200 S. Huron Road, New Boston
  • Phone: 734-697-9181
  • Hours (2015): open Memorial Day-Labor Day 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; beginning Aug. 17-Sept. 4, open only Saturday-Sunday
  • Costs (2015): $4/person, $3/person after 5 p.m., free/kids under 30 inches tall; Metroparks vehicle permit: $10/daily, $35/annual

Stop to splash at the community pool during a visit to this Metropark. Soak in the shallow end, play water basketball or slip down the slide. A food bar is located nearby.

This post was updated for 2016 by Kristy Case.


  • Do any of the water parks offer military discount for veterans and active duty?

    • Stacey W.

      Some may. We suggest reaching out to the specific water park you’re planning to visit to ask about those discounts.


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