Outdoor and Indoor Water Parks in Michigan

Looking for hotels with indoor water parks in Michigan – or public spots? Find 2017 fun, from Frankenmuth’s water park to many in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor.

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Outdoor and Indoor Water Parks in Michigan

Tired of sitting indoors to beat the heat and humidity this summer? Make the sticky season cooler by taking the entire family to water parks in Michigan. Whether you’re looking for an indoor water park near Detroit or outdoor water parks in Michigan, our roundup of hot spots is sure to be a great source of entertainment for the whole family.

This list includes metro Detroit water parks in Michigan and a few attached to larger “destination” water parks elsewhere in the state and even in Canada, Ohio and Wisconsin (many are hotels with indoor water parks in Michigan, making them great for vacations). A few public swimming pools in southeast Michigan are also included – if they offer bigger water features like cool slides, wave pools, lazy rivers, etc. Some parks do have splash features for little ones. However, for a complete list, visit our roundup of spray grounds and splash parks in Michigan and beyond.

Note: This list includes both indoor and outdoor water parks. See the first bullet points for details. Costs are for general public; in some cases, public parks may offer discounts for city/county residents (check ahead). Finally, if a park is located in Michigan but not southeast, that is denoted in parentheses at the end of the title.

Adventure Bay Family Water Park in Windsor, Ontario, Canada

  • Type: Indoor (seven nearby downtown hotel locations)
  • Address: 401 Pitt St. West, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • Phone: 519-974-AQUA (2782)
  • Hours (2017): closed Monday-Wednesday, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; extended hours offered in June-August – contact for details
  • Costs(2017): $23/adults and kids 42 inches-plus, $18/under 42 inches; twilight (4 p.m.-close) and early bird (10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday) available (with limited access)

Fight the surf in the wave pool, ride the “Python” with its twists and turns or try the “Whizzard” – hydro-dynamic water slides that provide an intense downhill race experience. Other amenities include a jungle-themed splash zone and an activity pool where guests can shoot hoops or lounge by the pool.

Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark in Boyne Falls (Up North)

  • Type: Indoor (hotel)
  • Address: Boyne Mountain, 1 Boyne Mountain Road, Boyne Falls
  • Phone: 855-688-7046
  • Hours (2017): vary, year-round; generally 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays-Sundays
  • Costs (2017): summer non-hotel: $43/adults, $36/juniors; non-summer, all: $33/adult, $27/junior (after 4 p.m. rates available)

Find a 10-degree vertical “drop slide,” “The Big Couloir” – a launch capsule that drops riders into a narrow tunnel where they instantly accelerate to 38 feet per second – the “Rip Zone,” a surf simulator, lazy river, hot tubs, the “Vertigo Cannonbowl Slide” and “Splasherhorn Mountain” – a multi-level play structure with bridges, dumping buckets, slides, water spouts and more.

Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth (North of Flint)

  • Type: Indoor (hotel)
  • Address: 1 Covered Bridge Lane, Frankenmuth
  • Phone: 844-264-9023
  • Hours (2017): 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday
  • Costs (2017): Included for “day room” guests: $69/up to four people, $15/additional person (10 people/room max, based on availability Sunday-Thursday)

At this Frankenmuth water park, you’ll find four indoor pools, three whirlpools, a toddler play pool and two waterslides. Plus, there’s a big arcade and 18-hole mini golf course adjacent to the pool complete with 15-foot waterfall. Add it to your list of hotels with indoor water parks in Michigan.

Blue Heron Bay Spray Park at Independence Lake County Park in Whitmore Lake

  • Type: Outdoor (public)
  • Address: 3200 Jennings Road, Webster Township, Whitmore Lake
  • Phone: 734-449-4437
  • Hours (2017): 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, Memorial Day-Labor Day
  • Costs (2017): $4/general for residents, $5/general for nonresidents, free/2 and under; $3/residents, $4/nonresidents evening rate after 5 p.m. weekdays

Ride the two 24-foot water slides, play on a water structure and splash in the water jet spider, cattails and buckets – plus soak your friends with the water cannons. Amenities include first-aid services, family changing rooms, diaper changing stations, showers and more.

Castaway Bay in Sandusky, Ohio

  • Type: Indoor (hotel)
  • Address: 2001 Cleveland Road, Sandusky, Ohio
  • Phone: 419-627-2106
  • Hours (2017): 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday most of May-August; varies in off-season (see online calendar)
  • Costs (2017): $29/day pass at gate (subject to availability), $25/day pass online rate, free/hotel guests

This Caribbean-themed retreat features four sweet slides, a wave pool, tide pool for toddlers and an inland lagoon spa for adults. Play water basketball or hitch a ride atop a flotation device at “Creature Cove,” or test your balance at “Cargo Crossing,” where guests cross the pool using inflatable lily pads and a cargo net.

Cedar Point Shores in Sandusky, Ohio 

  • Type: Outdoor
  • Address: 1 Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky, Ohio
  • Phone: 419-627-2350
  • Hours (2017): 11 a.m.-6 p.m. June 1-June 16 and Aug. 14-Sept. 4; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. June 18-Aug. 14 weekdays; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. June 30-Aug. 12 weekends
  • Costs (2017): $38/ages 3-61 (48 inches-plus, bare feet), $25/under 48 inches or over 62, free/2 and under

Explore the newly renovated Cedar Point Shores. Slide down the massive Portside Plunge or relax in Lemmy’s Lagoon at the 18-acre water oasis. With plenty attractions for adults and kids alike and within Cedar Point amusement park, Cedar Point Shores does not disappoint.

Crystal Mountain’s Park at Water’s Edge in Thompsonville (Up North)

  • Type: Outdoor (hotel)
  • Address: 12500 Crystal Mountain Drive, Thompsonville
  • Phone: 888-968-7686
  • Hours (2017): 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, June 24-Aug. 19
  • Costs (2017): free/hotel guest; $12/individual, $40/family (up to four people), $12/additional child; evening and senior rates and Fun Park Pass available

This one-acre outdoor water playground features a 4,200-square-foot pool complete with water cannons and bubbling spouts, water volleyball and basketball, an outdoor hot tub, a 32-foot vertical climbing wall and an “Edge Adventure Course” – a rope and zip line above the pool.

East Lansing Family Aquatic Center (Mid Michigan)

  • Type: Outdoor (public)
  • Address: 6400 Abbott Road, East Lansing
  • Phone: 517-332-4420
  • Hours (2017): 11 a.m.-7 p.m. June 10-July 4; July 5-31: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; Aug. 1-Sept. 4: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Sunday; Labor Day (last day of the season): 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Costs (2017): $10/nonresidents, $6/residents, $5/ages 60-plus, free/2 and under; after 5 p.m. discounts available

Cut loose on a 190-foot tube slide, 140-foot body slide, wet and dry play areas, drop slide and more. Picnic areas and a concession area accommodate appetites and you can lounge on a large sunbathing deck. Tykes can enjoy the splash park that has zero-depth pool entry, water spouts and structures.

Flash Flood Water Park at Full Blast in Battle Creek (Southwest Michigan)

  • Type: Outdoor (public)
  • Address: 35 Hamblin Ave., Battle Creek
  • Phone: 269-966-3667
  • Hours (2017): 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday Memorial Day-Labor Day
  • Costs (2017): $10/indoor and outdoor water parks, $13/all indoor and outdoor amenities, free/2 and under

Features two 200-foot outdoor water slides, two 100-foot indoor water slides, zero-depth entry pools for the little ones, and a small water  playground where tykes can run beneath spouts, geysers and stand beneath dumping buckets.

Gold Rush Waterpark in Rothbury (Mid-West Michigan)

  • Type: Indoor (hotel)
  • Address: 5900 Water Road, Rothbury
  • Phone: 800-DOUBLEJJ (368-2535)
  • Hours (2017): 10 a.m.-9 p.m. June 10-Sept. 3; hours vary in fall
  • Costs (2017): $25/adults, $20/kids under 42 inches, free/3 and under

This water park offers plenty of ways to get soaked, from “Miner’s Plunge,” a cannon-bowl slide, and “Thunder Canyon,” a tunnel slide that accommodates four-person inner tubes, to “Rustler’s Gulch,” Michigan’s tallest indoor waterslide. Ride the lazy or crazy rivers, or swim against the current in the wave pool.

Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City (Up North) and Sandusky, Ohio

  • Type: Indoor (hotel)
  • Traverse City: 3575 N. U.S. Highway 31 866-478-WOLF (9653)
  • Sandusky, Ohio: 4600 Milan Road (US 250) 800-641-WOLF (9653)
  • Hours (2017): 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (subject to change), year-round
  • Costs (2017): hotel guests only

Thrill seekers can try the three-person toboggan water slide and more, while little ones explore the four-story tree house, accessible through zero-depth entry. Chill in hot tubs and lounge in the lazy river, too.

Huron Valley/Milford High School Pool Water Park

  • Type: Indoor (public)
  • Highland: 2380 S. Milford Road
  • White Lake: 1630 Bogie Lake Road
  • Hours (2017): 5 a.m.-noon, 3 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday (water park features available Friday-Sunday only)
  • Costs (2017): $6/day pass, free/3 and under with adult admission

This spot is a showstopper when it comes to indoor water parks in Michigan with its big slide wrapped around a giant gorilla. There’s also a tiki hut and spaceship features kids will love exploring.

Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio and Wisconsin Dells

  • Type: Indoor (hotel)
  • Sandusky, Ohio: 7000 Kalahari Drive
  • Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin: 1305 Kalahari Drive
  • Phone: 877-525-2427
  • Hours (2017): generally 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; outdoor water parks Memorial Day-Labor Day
  • Costs (2017): $34-$45/general Wisconsin, $35-$75/Ohio, ages 2-plus; free/overnight guests; other costs vary

In Ohio, find an interactive play area and water slides at a 125,000-square-foot indoor water park, plus “Swahili Swirl” and the “Leopard’s Lair” (there’s also an outdoor adventure park with rock walls, a zip line and ropes course). Wisconsin has a 12,000-square-foot wave pool, the “Wild Wildebeast” tube slide and more.

Lake Erie Metropark Wave Pool in Brownstown

  • Type: Outdoor (public)
  • Address: 32481 W. Jefferson Ave., Brownstown
  • Phone: 734-379-5020
  • Hours (2017): 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 (2017): $8/adults, $6/ages 15 and under and seniors, free/kids under 30 inches; after 5 p.m. twilight rates available; Metroparks vehicle pass: $7/daily, $30/annual

This wave pool has consistent three-foot waves for riders to cruise on rafts (first-come, first-served).

Macomb Township Recreation Center Pools

  • Type: Indoor (public)
  • Address: Macomb Township Recreation Center, 20699 Macomb St., Macomb Township
  • Phone: 586-992-2900
  • Hours (2017): Summer open swim: 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 in fall)
  • Costs (2017): $10/nonresident, $5 resident (for the center)

Plunge into two pools, featuring a water slide, lazy river and more. Kids can sign up for swim lessons; plus the center offers a soft play indoor play scape, child-watch room (fees apply) and teen room, all near even more fitness facilities.

Michigan’s Adventure WildWater Adventure Park in Muskegon

  • Type: Outdoor (public)
  • Address: 1198 W. Riley-Thompson Road, Muskegon
  • Phone: 231-766-3377
  • Hours (2017): 11 a.m.-7 p.m. June 23-Aug. 20; additional varying hours in early June and late August
  • Cost (2017): $34/at gate, $32/online

Michigan’s Adventure has totally revamped their waterpark for the 2017 season. Find seven new kids’ slides and a new splash pad; plus tons of attractions for grown-ups and older kids, a lazy river and more.

Red Oaks Waterpark in Madison Heights

  • Type: Outdoor (public)
  • Address: 1455 E. 13 Mile Road, Madison Heights
  • Phone: 248-858-0918
  • Hours (2017): 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends/holidays June 17-Aug. 20; additional varying hours in early June and late August
  • Costs (2017): $20/weekends and holidays, $17/weekdays; twilight specials available (after 4 p.m. Monday-Friday); $1/coin-operated lockers; discounts for residents; free/parking

Soak Station is a water playground with water jets, curtains, slides, bubbler jets and a six-foot tipping bucket. You’ll also find a wave pool, 990-foot moving river and a kids’ water playground.

Rolling Hills Water Park in Ypsilanti

  • Type: Outdoor (public)
  • Address: 7660 Stony Creek Road, Ypsilanti
  • Phone: 734-484-9676
  • Hours (2017): 11 a.m.-8 p.m. weekends and holidays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays Memorial Day Saturday-Labor Day
  • Costs (2017): $10/weekdays (less after 5 p.m.), $13/weekends and holidays, free/kids 36 inches tall or under $10/daily vehicle pass, 50 cents/locker use; discount for residents and seniors

We love local water parks in Michigan – and this one’s got a wave pool, water slides, zero-depth entry activity pool for kids (with gentle bubbler, geyser, waterfall and kiddy slide), sand play scape, lazy river and two spray grounds. Plus, there’s a big sun deck that, concessions, life jacket rentals and more.

Romulus Aquatic Center

  • Type: Indoor and outdoor (public)
  • Address: Romulus Athletic Center, 35765 Northline Road, Romulus
  • Phone: 734-942-2223
  • Hours (2017): indoor: generally 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday (subject to swim classes and lessons); outdoor: noon-9 p.m. (closes at 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday) daily June 17-Labor Day
  • Costs (2017): $12/general, free/ages 2 and under

You’ve got five pools to choose from: a “Splash Pool” complete with water curtain and 150-gallon tipping bucket, a 240-foot long “Lazy River,” a two-story twisting water slide, lap pool and hot tub. Just outside, find a splash pool with splash pad featuring water geysers, cannons and foaming jets.

 Soaring Eagle Water Park & Hotel in Mount Pleasant (Mid Michigan)

  • Type: Indoor (hotel)
  • Address: 5665 E. Pickard Road, Mount Pleasant
  • Phone: 877-2EAGLE2
  • Hours (2017): 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday
  • Costs (2017): $23.99/day pass, free/2 and under, included/hotel guests

Catch a big wave on the “Flow Rider” or race down one of three water slides. Kids can make a splash and shoot hoops in “Gizi’s Splash and Dunk” or wait for 317 gallons of water to fall from a huge bucket suspended at the top of “Biish Falls” – a water jungle gym designed especially for the youngest guests.

Splash ‘n’ Blast at Kensington Metropark in Milford

  • Type: Outdoor (public)
  • Address: 4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford
  • Phone: 810-227-8910
  • Hours (2017): 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily May 27-September 4
  • Costs (2017): regular: $6/adults, $5/kids (42″ and under), under 30”/free; twilight rates after 5 p.m.; must add Metroparks vehicle pass: $7/daily, $30/annual

This spot has two 250-foot twisted water slides and a cool spray ground with palm trees, serpents and cannons, earning it cred as one of the great outdoor water parks in Michigan. Water slide riders must be at least 48 inches tall.

Splash Universe in Dundee (South of Ann Arbor)

  • Type: Indoor
  • Address: 100 Whitetail Drive, Dundee
  • Phone: 734-828-5004
  • Hours (2017): summer and holidays: closed Wednesdays; usually 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily (check ahead); school year: 4-10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Costs (2017): $31.99/full-day pass, $24.99/half-day pass: 3-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday; rates available for twilight hours after 5 p.m.

This two-story spot has “Goldmine Adventure Slides” guests can slide down with inner tubes, a family spa that opens to the “River Raisin” lazy river, a floating log walk, water tree house for tykes and more. Kids experience hourly fun at the arcade, too. It’s a water park adventure close to home.

Surfari Joe’s Indoor Indoor Waterpark (Southwest Michigan)

  • Type: Indoor (hotel)
  • Address: 8258 Arnt Blvd., Watervliet
  • Phone: 269-463-7946
  • Hours (2017): hours vary; generally 3-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday (year round)
  • Costs (2017): one session (3.5 hours): $13/Sunday, $15/Saturday; day pass: $20/Friday, $25/Saturday, $20/Saturday

This 18,000-square-foot water park is packed with two slides that funnel outside of the park! Swim in “Lino’s Lagoon,” an activity pool, or relax in an inner tube, floating down the “Zambezi River Run.” Try the “Pygmy Pond Play Place” for smaller kids; the upper deck features the Water Hole Grill and Bar.

Summit Aquatic Center in Canton

  • Type: Indoor (public)
  • Address: Summit on the Park, 1150 Canton Center Road South, Canton
  • Phone: 734-394-5467
  • Hours (2017): hosts open swim hours year-round; check ahead for latest
  • Costs (2017): $7/adults, $6/ages 12-17 and seniors, $5/ages 4-11, free/3 and under for residents; $15/adults, $13/seniors, $12/ages 12-17, $10/ages 4-11 free/3 and under for nonresidents (covers entire Summit complex)

A cool twisting turquoise slide complements a lazy river and zero-depth leisure pool with features for little ones; plus find a lap pool, therapy pool, spa, steam room, sauna, swim lessons and water fitness classes.

Troy Family Aquatic Center

  • Type: Outdoor (public)
  • Address: 3425 Civic Center Drive, Troy
  • Phone: 248-524-3514
  • Hours (2017): open swim: 3-7:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. weekends Memorial Day-June 11; 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. daily June 18-Aug. 12; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily Aug. 13-Sept. 5
  • Costs (2017): $15/daily pass; twilight discount after 5 p.m.; free/under 3; daily passes are discounted for residents

With two small kiddy pools, a zero-depth entry leisure pool, a 20-foot-wide waterfall, bubbling geysers, a water tree and a 25-foot waterside, this center has lots to offer the whole family.

Turtle Cove Family Aquatic Center at Lower Huron Metropark in Belleville

  • Type: Outdoor (public)
  • Address: 17845 Savage Road, Belleville
  • Phone: 734-697-9181
  • Hours (2017): 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. weekends and holidays Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day
  • Costs (2017): $10/adults 48 inches and taller, $8/kids 30-47 inches, free/kids under 30 inches; discount after 5 p.m. 50 cents/coin-operated lockers; must add Metroparks vehicle pass: $7/daily, $30/annual

Find two water slides, a laid-back lazy river, sunning hill and water play scape with a 300-gallon dumping bucket. Don’t forget the zero-depth entry pool with lap lanes. Top it off with food at Turtle Cove Grille. Ages 10 and under must be accompanied by parent. Definitely high among the cool water parks in Michigan.

Waterford Oaks Waterpark

  • Type: Outdoor (public)
  • Address: 1702 Scott Lake Road, Waterford
  • Phone: 248-858-0918
  • Hours (2017): 10 a.m.-7 p.m. June 3-4, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. June 5-9, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends and holidays June 17-Aug. 20
  • Costs (2017): $14/weekends and holidays, $9/weekdays, $1/coin-operated lockers; free/parking; twilight rates after 4 p.m. Monday-Friday excluding holidays; discount for residents

This tropical-themed oasis stands out among water parks in Michigan for three-story raft ride. There’s also a kids’ water playground, more than 30 interactive activities, picnic areas, concessions and more.

Warren Community Center Water Park

  • Type: Indoor (public)
  • Address: 5460 Arden Ave., Warren
  • Phone: 586-268-8400
  • Hours (2017): 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; year-round
  • Costs (2017): $10/general; $5/residents

Want an indoor water park near Detroit? Try this tropical spot. It’s got the biggest indoor enclosed water slides in Michigan! There’s also a lazy river and 300-gallon tipping bucket attached to a play structure that’s “a jungle gym in a foot of water,” Plus find a hot tub (15-plus) and sauna (18-plus) – and a pool for lap swimming.

Wayne County Family Aquatic Center in Detroit

  • Type: Outdoor (public)
  • Address: 12600 Chandler Park Drive, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-822-7665
  • Hours (2017): 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends Memorial Day-June 10, daily June 17-Labor Day (note: pool closes at 6:30 p.m.)
  • Costs (2017): $7/ages 13-plus, $5/ages 2-12, $2/ages under 2; $1 discount for residents

One of the great outdoor water parks in Michigan is over in east Detroit. Boasts the “Way Cool Wave Pool,” ranging in depth from zero to six feet – plus “Splish Splash Land” for tots. Find a 16,000-square-foot wave pool, 100 spray fountains, two 23-foot water slides and more. Swim lessons, camps and parties, too.

 Wyndham Garden Sterling Inn Indoor Water Park in Sterling Heights

  • Types: Indoor (hotel)
  • Address: 34911 Van Dyke Ave., Sterling Heights
  • Phone: 586-979-1400
  • Hours (2017): vary, year-round
  • Costs (2017): hotel guests only

Try this local 32,000-square-foot standout when it comes hotels with indoor water parks in Michigan. It has a 5,000-square-foot, zero-entry swimming pool, three-story water slide, lazy river, vortex and bubble seats and interactive splash play park with geysers and spray spouts for the kids – and lots more.

Zehnder’s Splash Village in Frankenmuth (North of Flint)

  • Type: Indoor and outdoor (hotel)
  • Address: 1365 S. Main St., Frankenmuth
  • Phone: 800-863-7999
  • Hours (2017): half-day passes 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 3-8 pm; all-day passes 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (subject to change and varies, year-round)
  • Costs (2017): $31-$38/weekday passes (half/full available); $35-$42/weekend passes (half/full available); free/hotel guests; holiday passes vary

Find elaborate tube slides at this Frankenmuth water park – including the “Giggling Gorge” and “Perilous Plunge.” Little ones play in the zero-entry activity pool with water geysers and gadgets – or “Splash Landing.” The “Whimsical Whirl Hot Tub” and the “Crooked Brook Creek Lazy River” allow you to take a breather and relax.

This post was updated for 2017 by Jenna Daniel. 

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