Need a break from the summer heat, an escape from the chill of winter or just a fun day trip for any time of year? A visit to an indoor water park might be your all-season answer. These indoor destinations, sometimes located inside of hotels or in local community centers, are typically open year-round and cater to families and kids of all ages.
We compiled this list of the best indoor water parks in Michigan to help you plan a memorable outing or overnight getaway that’s not too far from home. Have another indoor water park in Michigan to add to our list? Tell us in the comments.
- Address: Boyne Mountain, 1 Boyne Mountain Road, Boyne Falls
- Phone: 231-549-7979
A hotel stay is not required to spend a day at this Northern Michigan destination, billed as “Michigan’s largest indoor water park resort.” The Kitz Pool is perfect for ages 5 and younger and all ages can try the multi-level treehouse play structure with bridges, dumping buckets, water sprays and an 800-gallon water avalanche. Thrill-seeking big kids can try the super-fast The Big Couloir with its near-vertical launch position or the Rip Zone surf simulator. Other attractions include the Vertigo Cannonbowl Slide, Downhill Mat Racer slide, lazy river and more.
- Address: 1 Covered Bridge Lane, Frankenmuth
- Phone: 844-264-9023
Enjoy four indoor pools and three whirlpools at this Bavarian-themed resort. You’ll need to be a registered guest to enjoy this Michigan indoor water park, so be sure to check if day passes are available if you don’t plan to stay overnight. Parents of little ones should know that one of the pools is just for toddlers and features just 18 inches of water and fountains. Kids 42 inches or taller can ride the Tower Twister Body Slide and there’s also the Bavarian Blast Tube Slide with a height requirement of 48 inches (alone) or 42 inches (riding with an adult).
- Address: 5900 Water Road, Rothbury
- Phone: 800-DOUBLEJJ (368-2535)
This indoor water park has 60,000 square feet of fun including “Rustler’s Gulch,” Western Michigan’s tallest indoor waterslide. There’s a “lazy/crazy river,” wave pool, water fort, water basketball and more. The toddler pool (must be less than 48 inches tall) has interactive cranks, ropes and handles, making it among the best indoor water parks for toddlers.
- Address: 3575 N. U.S. Highway 31, Traverse City
- Phone: 866-478-WOLF (9653)
The whole family can twist down the River Canyon Run water slide and enjoy many other water fun activities at the Traverse City location of Great Wolf Lodge. You can even rent a cabana to be your family’s home base as you relax on the Crooked Creek lazy river or explore the Whooping Hollow with its pint-sized slides for younger kids. Other attractions like character appearances, story time and the MagiQuest activity help make this resort one of the most popular and best indoor water parks in Michigan.
- Address: Milford High School, 2380 S. Milford Road, Highland; Lakeland High School, 1630 Bogie Lake Road, White Lake
- Phone: 248-676-2346 (Milford); 248-676-2341 (Lakeland)
Each indoor water park has an indoor/outdoor slide (for kids 48 inches and taller), zero-depth entry pool, lap pool and a lazy river. Kids will enjoy the jungle theme at the Milford High School water park while Lakeland High School’s indoor water park has an outer space theme.
- Address: Macomb Township Recreation Center, 20699 Macomb St., Macomb Township
- Phone: 586-992-2900
Here you’ll find a lap/slide pool with four 20-yard lap lanes, a water slide, log run and a lazy river with a waterfall. There’s also a feature pool offering zero-depth entry and a play structure for kids to explore. The slide is for riders 48 inches or taller and the whirlpool is for ages 14-plus only.
- Address: Romulus Athletic Center, 35765 Northline Road, Romulus
- Phone: 734-942-2223
This water park in Romulus has more than 280,000 gallons of water filling five pools. Parents and kids will appreciate the zero-depth entry in the Splash Pool along with the sprayers, tipping buckets and elevated interactive platform. Float on an inner tube along the 240-foot Lazy River Pool, take a ride on the two-story waterslide (48 inches or taller), take a dip in the hot tub (ages 16-plus) or get some exercise in the Lap Pool.
- Address: 5665 E. Pickard Road, Mount Pleasant
- Phone: 877-2EAGLE2
Looking to try out your surfing skills? Try this indoor water park’s FlowRider, a simulated surfing wave that lets riders body-board or stand (must be 42 inches for body-boarding, 48 inches to stand). Other attractions here include multiple waterslides, Gizi’s Splash and Dunk, a water rock-climbing wall and lazy river.
- Address: 100 Whitetail Drive, Dundee
- Phone: 734-828-5004
A family favorite for indoor water parks in Michigan, Splash Universe has something for all ages. Thrill-seeking kids can take a ride down the Goldmine Adventure Water Slides or try the Floating Log Walk, the whole family can take a break on the slow-moving River Raisin and the Little Squirt Pool offers a safe place for little ones to explore.
- Address: 8258 Arnt Blvd., Watervliet
- Phone: 269-463-7946
This indoor water park in Michigan adjoins the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott hotel. Families can enjoy 18,000 square feet of fun including two “extreme” slides that funnel outside of the park, a lazy river, activity pool and Pygmy Pond Play Place. You can take a break at the arcade or the Water Hole Grill and Bar.
- Address: Summit on the Park, 46000 Summit Parkway, Canton
- Phone: 734-394-5460
Visitors can get in some laps in the five-lane, 25-yard lap pool, take a ride along the lazy river or explore the zero-depth-entry leisure pool with play features and 30-inch waterslide. There’s also a spa, steam room and sauna room.
- Address: 3425 Civic Center Drive, Troy
- Phone: 248-524-3484
Kids can slide down the boat slide, hold onto nets and try to balance on the “lily pads” or experience the big Twist and Plunge Slides (42 inches and up, swim test may be required). Little ones can enjoy the Splash and Tumble Zone with a zero-depth entry area.
- Address: 5460 Arden Ave., Warren
- Phone: 586-268-8400
The play structure at this indoor water park is a huge hit with kids – there’s even a 300-gallon tipping bucket that makes a massive splash. Families can also enjoy the waterslide, lap pool, lazy river and hot tub (ages 15-plus). The concession stand nearby has plenty of refreshments.
- Address: 34911 Van Dyke Ave., Sterling Heights
- Phone: 586-979-1400
This indoor water park in Michigan has 32,000-square feet of fun, including a zero-depth-entry pool, a three-story waterslide, lazy river and interactive splash park. When you tire of swimming, have a snack at the full-service poolside snack bar or try the arcade.
- Address: 1365 S. Main St., Frankenmuth
- Phone: 800-863-7999
One of the best indoor water parks in Michigan for families, Zhender’s Splash Village has 50,000 square feet of splashing fun including a six-story family raft ride, a zero-depth-entry activity pool, the Splash Landing play area, four-story tube slides, a lazy river and the Whimsical Whirl Hot Tub. You’ll also find private cabanas, water basketball and volleyball, an arcade and plenty of dining options.
This post was originally published in 2016 and is updated regularly.