Outdoor and Indoor Water Parks in Michigan and Beyond

From Frankenmuth's water park to Cedar Point Shores and beyond.

Tired of sitting indoors to beat the heat and humidity this summer? Make the sticky season cooler by taking the entire family to one or two water parks in Michigan and the midwest.

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). 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

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. Note: This park is currently closed due to COVID-19. 

Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark in Boyne Falls (Up North)

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)

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. Waterslides are closed at the moment, but all other amenities are open at limited capacities. “Swim-time reservations” are necessary during high occupancy nights.

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

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. Individual and family annual passes are available.

Castaway Bay in Sandusky, Ohio

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. Note: This park is currently closed for renovations.

Cedar Point Shores in Sandusky, Ohio 

Explore the recently 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. Note: Opens select dates starting June 5, 2021 

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

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. Temporarily discontinued use of pool amenities and toys. Note: Due to limited capacity, pool entry will be first come, first save and occasionally may not be available; check ahead.

East Lansing Family Aquatic Center (Mid Michigan)

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. Note: This park is currently closed due to COVID.

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

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)

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. Water park pools and lazy river are open. The slides are closed until further notice.

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

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

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

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

This wave pool has consistent three-foot waves for riders to cruise on rafts (first-come, first-served). Note: This park is currently closed due to COVID. 

Macomb Township Recreation Center Pools

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. Water slide and spa closed until further notice.

Michigan’s Adventure WildWater Adventure Park in Muskegon

Michigan’s Adventure is home to Michigan’s largest outdoor waterpark! Offers 15 water attractions, slides, splash pad; wave pools, a lazy river and more. Note: Park open select dates starting June 15, 2021. 

Red Oaks Waterpark in Madison Heights

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. This waterpark is open seven days a week. 

Rolling Hills Water Park in Ypsilanti

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. Note: This park is currently closed due to COVID. 

Romulus Aquatic Center

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)

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

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. Note: This park is currently closed due to COVID. 

Splash Universe in Dundee (South of Ann Arbor) 

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. Note: This park is currently closed due to COVID. 

Surfari Joe’s Indoor Waterpark (Southwest Michigan)

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. Note: This park is currently closed due to COVID. 

Summit Aquatic Center in 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, therapy pool, spa, steam room, sauna, swim lessons and water fitness classes. Note: This park is currently closed due to COVID. 

Troy Family Aquatic Center 

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

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. Note: This park is currently closed due to COVID. 

Waterford Oaks Waterpark

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. Note: This park is currently closed due to staffing issues. 

Warren Community Center Water Park 

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. Note: Currently only open for members only and by appointment. 

Wayne County Family Aquatic Center in Detroit

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. Note: This park is currently closed due to COVID. 

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

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.

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