Are you looking for a fun and quick getaway? Michigan’s Adventure amusement park might be the perfect destination for you.
This Muskegon spot offers some fun coasters and thrill rides, plus a water park with tons of slides and summertime activities, all just three hours away from metro Detroit.
Located on the state’s southwest side, this park boasts being Michigan’s oldest and largest amusement park, having opened in 1956.
Here, you will find some tips to making the most of your visit, plus hours, rides and all the other info you need to know while planning your trip, including coronavirus procedures and safety protocols to keep you and your family safe in 2020.
First things first: What to bring? Pack some additional snacks and water for the car trip. We’d suggest bringing sunblock, bathing suits, towels, a change of clothes, hairbrushes, deodorant and cash (although credit cards are accepted).
For 2020, we also suggest face masks for each member of your family and hand sanitizer.
Of course the weather plays a role, so you may want to bring a change of warm clothing or rain gear, depending. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes that can get wet. Leave bright and early so you can make the most of your day.
Driving and parking
From Detroit, there are three ways to get to Michigan’s Adventure, which is located at 1198 W. Riley-Thompson Road, Muskegon.
The fastest route will take you west on I-96 to Russel Road, but you can also take I-75 north to I-96 west, or I-94 west to I-96 west. Remember, take into account that construction through the Grand Rapids area may affect your route.
No matter which way you choose, once you get there, parking is $15 per vehicle for the day ($25 for oversized), and if you need to leave, just hang onto your receipt to reenter the park one time.
Tickets for 2020 will get you into the water park as the amusement park is not opening this season. A single day ticket purchased online is $27 this year and two-day tickets are available online for $39.99 (plus taxes/fees). Prices may be higher at the gate.
As mentioned above, the amusement park and roller coasters will not be open for the 2020 season. Guests who are visiting the water park must make advance reservations online through the park’s website or mobile app. Reservations are final, so be sure you’re positive on the day you’re reserving.
Guests should also note that they will be required to undergo a health screening and temperature check prior to entering the park. Face coverings are required while in the park and one member of your group must have the mobile app downloaded on their phone.
For a complete list of coronavirus protocols, see the park’s Welcome Back guide, here.
Again, Michigan’s Adventure amusement park is not opening for the 2020 season the hours for WildWater Adventure water park are as follows:
- July 16-19: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
- July 23-26: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
- July 30- Aug. 2: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Aug. 6-9: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Aug. 13-16: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Aug. 23-24: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Aug. 29-30: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Sept. 4-7: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
If you’ve brought your phone, or other gear, you can stash your stuff in a locker. These lockers are located at the front entrance of Michigan’s Adventure, and inside the water park, and cost $10-$30, depending on the size of the locker and the day of the week. Not all lockers sizes and prices are available every day.
For the price of admission, you can enjoy the more than 60 attractions offered at WildWater Adventure water park. Here, you will find several waterslides, a Lazy River and three wave pools, along with the popular Funnel of Fear, which is a level five ride.
“Funnel of fear is just a giant funnel and tube slide that guest really enjoy,” Bollenbach says. “You put three or four riders on a tube and you go through a long enclosed tunnel, shoot out into a sideways funnel, and then into a catch pool.”
Kids get a retreat of their own in the Half-Pint Paradise area, which was completely revamped two seasons ago. Kids get seven slides to enjoy, a splash pad, dumping water structures and bubbling geysers that guarantees to get them soaked.
Also find interactive water play, which aims to astound kids with reflections of a sailboat, fish, a sea serpent and other aquatic critters.
Be sure to bring a towel because they aren’t offered at the park, and a sweatshirt isn’t a bad idea either, Bollenbach says.
Funland Farm petting farm will not open in 2020. Expect its return in 2021.
You can’t bring outside food into the park, but you can tailgate at your car, as long as you don’t bring a grill.
If you don’t want to do that, the water park offers plenty of places to grab a bite including the Water Park Cart Corral, Jack’s Snack Shack and Beach Bites.
The park also offers Dining Plans, which start at $14.49 for single meal plans, $29.99 for all-day dining, and $99 for season pass holders.
If you have special dietary needs, the park offers a guide on where to find the food you need.
If you’re at the water park, and your entire group is more about the sun than the surf, you can rent a Cabana, for $90. This is a semi-private, shaded area with a table and chairs, just for your group.
Rental includes six people. Additional people can be added to the rental for $5/person.
The park also offers a free mobile app to help you plan your day, the Boarding Pass Program for guests with disabilities, so they can get times to board a ride rather than waiting in the queue, and the Parent Swap program, for parents with kids that are too small to ride the big rides.
This program allows one parent to wait in line and ride the height restricted rides, while the other looks after the kids. When the first parent gets off the ride, the second can go up the exit, instead of waiting in the line twice.
Are you sold? If so, start planning your trip by setting aside two whole days. Bollenbach suggests this so you can spend an entire day at each park. If you can’t swing that, she says that you’ll need at least one full day.
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