10 Tips for Having the Best Time at Michigan’s Adventure

Visiting amusement parks with your family doesn’t have to be a stressful time! Be prepared for your next visit with these 10 tips for having the best time at Michigan’s Adventure.

Michigan’s Adventure, the largest amusement park in Michigan, offers an ideal getaway for families seeking fun and excitement. 

Located in Muskegon, Michigan’s Adventure boasts over 50 rides and attractions, from heart-stopping roller coasters to a relaxing lazy river in the WildWater Adventure water park. 

Michigan's Adventure
Michigan’s Adventure has a variety of rides and attractions sure to please any member of the family. Photo Credit: Visit Muskegon.

Offering family-friendly entertainment and spacious picnic areas, Michigan’s Adventure is the perfect destination for your next family outing. Here are our top 10 tips for visiting Michigan’s Adventure and WildWater Adventure. 

Tips for a great trip to Michigan’s Adventure

1. Look for any coupons online when planning your visit. You might be able to find a Black Friday or holiday deal on daily tickets or passes before your visit!

2. Arrive before the park opens. This will ensure not only a good parking spot, but time to apply sunscreen and take any other necessary measures before entering the park, maximizing your family’s fun time. Park hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and waterpark hours are noon-5 p.m.

3. Purchase a dining plan ahead of time. Outside food and beverages are not allowed at the park. Not all tickets include dining passes, so make sure to get yours ahead of time if it’s not included. Medical dietary items or needs may be kept in a small personal-sized or lunchbox-sized cooler, which must be tagged at the Group Sales Office at the entrance to the park.

4. Pack a parking lot picnic. If purchasing a dining plan isn’t an option, pack a picnic to enjoy in the parking lot! Park re-entry is acceptable, just make sure to get a re-entry receipt from an associate at the exit gate. Used tickets are not accepted for re-entry. 

5. Bring your debit or credit card, or digital wallet. The park is cashless, but you can convert your cash to a prepaid card with no fees to use the card in or outside the park. As long as the card is used regularly, no monthly fees will apply. A $3.95 fee will be charged each month after 92 consecutive days of no transaction activity.

Michigan’s Adventure WildWater Adventure. Photo credit: Michigan’s Adventure

6. Rent a locker upon arrival. Rent a locker to store any electronics or wallets so they don’t get lost on rides. If you plan to visit the water park, we suggest renting a locker near there as shirts, shorts and shoes are required in the amusement park at all times. Locker rentals allow unlimited use during the day and there are locker locations at the front entrance and at the entrance to the water park.

7. Use the Michigan’s Adventure app. From the app, you can store your passes and tickets, load your credit card for instant purchases, check special events and ride wait times, get directions and mark your parking spot. Mobile app users even get exclusive offers.

8. Make matching family shirts. If you want to have an easier time spotting the kiddos or your partner, make matching shirts that are easy to pick out in a crowd!

9. Visit during the week. It’s no secret that weekends are usually busier when it comes to theme parks and attractions. To avoid longer lines and wait times, try going on a weekday.

10. Follow the dress code. In order to keep Michigan Adventure and WildWater family friendly, the park does enforce a dress code. Don’t wear clothing that is generally considered offensive or they will ask you to change.

What families are saying: 

Kelly nbj, from Montrose, says, “We had a very enjoyable visit. We bought our tickets with a black Friday in July deal and went on a Tuesday. The park was not busy at all and most things had no or very minimal wait times…The park was very well kept and clean…There were lots of carnival type rides for my preschool age kids and even a few mild roller coasters. The water park was also a lot of fun and we spent most of our time on water slides. We will definitely be returning.”

Angela, from Jordan, says, “They have a huge range of activities for kids of all ages, which is really nice. We had kids in our group ranging from 1 year to 9 years. Everyone had so much fun. We also encountered a small lost child toward the end of our visit and the staff handled the situation really well. We will definitely be back!”

Looking for even more family fun things to do while you’re in Muskegon? Check out our guides for two great state parks in Muskegon and other nearby family attractions. Plan your trip, pack the family Ford and get on the road!

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Tara Jones
Tara Jones
Tara Jones is a nationally award-winning digital journalist with experience working in audience development and growth. She specializes in branded content creation and strategy, SEO and newsletter strategies. Throughout her career, Tara has helped launch a digital news website from scratch and has led several newsrooms in various capacities.

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