Are you already sick of the cold weather this winter? Then these indoor water parks in the Midwest are worth the drive to enjoy some family-fun inside.
Whether you’re looking to get away for the day or for the whole weekend, we’ve got you covered.
Adventure Bay Family Water Park
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 rainforest-themed splash zone and an activity pool where guests can shoot hoops or lounge by the pool.
Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark at Boyne Mountain
- Address: 1 Boyne Mountain Road, Boyne Falls
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, Rip Zone, lazy river, hot tubs, the Vertigo Cannonbowl Slide and Splasherhorn — a multi-level play structure with bridges, dumping buckets, slides, water spouts and more.
Bavarian Inn Lodge
- Address: 1 Covered Bridge Lane, Frankenmuth
At this Frankenmuth water park, you’ll find four indoor pools, three whirlpools (one for adults only) and two waterslides. Plus, there’s a big arcade with more than 160 video and redemption games, air hockey and pool tables. Also, a Bavarian-themed indoor mini golf course.
- Address: 2001 Cleveland Road, Sandusky, Ohio
This Caribbean-themed retreat features the Air Racer Rally slide, Rocket’s Canopy Coaster, Pierce’s Play Pool, School Crossing and more. You’ll feel like you’re in the Caribbean with the natural setting of palm trees, inland lagoons and huts. Also, take a break from the pool to enjoy the family fun center, equipped with an escape room, arcade, mini bowling and black light mini golf.
Gold Rush Waterpark
- Address: 5900 S. Water Road, Rothbury
This water park offers plenty of ways to get soaked. You can soar down Western Michigan’s tallest waterslide, splash in the wave pool or relax and float down the lazy river. Also, a toddler pool, specifically for little ones.
Great Wolf Lodge
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.
In Ohio, find an interactive play area and water slides at a 173,000-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 zero-depth entry wave pool, the Wild Wildebeast tube slide and more.
Macomb Township Recreation Center Pools
- Address: 20699 Macomb St., Macomb Township
Plunge into two pools, featuring a water slide, lazy river and more. Kids can sign up for swim lessons too.
Romulus Aquatic Center
- Address: 35765 Northline Road, Romulus
Little ones can enjoy the Splash Pool, which is zero-depth entry for easy access to play on the structure. There’s also a lazy river, a two-story twisting water slide, lap pool and hot tub.
Soaring Eagle Water Park & Hotel
- Address: 5665 E. Pickard Road, Mount Pleasant
Catch a big wave on the Flow Rider or race down one of two big water slides, Loon’s Loop and Otter’s Run with Slide Champ. 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.
- Address: 100 Whitetail Drive, Dundee
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. Temporarily closed due to renovations.
Summit Aquatic Center at Summit on the Park
- Address: 46000 Summit Pkwy., Canton
A cool twisting turquoise slide complements a lazy river and zero-depth leisure pool with features for little ones; plus find a lap pool, spa, steam room, sauna, swim lessons and water fitness classes.
Troy Community Center Indoor Pool
- Address: 3179 Livernois Road, Troy
This indoor pool is open year-round and is available to those with a membership or daily pass. It offer slides, swimming lanes, kiddie water features and more.
Warren Community Center Water Park
- Address: 5460 Arden Ave., Warren
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).
Zehnder’s Splash Village
- Address: 1365 S. Main St., Frankenmuth
Enjoy more than 50,000 square feet of aquatic fun with a six-story family raft ride, zero-entry activity pool, Splash Landing play area, body slide, Crooked Brook Creek Lazy River and much more. The spot was voted the Best of the Best in 2022. It is also Michigan’s only retractable roof water park. Also, features an outdoor pool, which is open in the summer time.
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