14 Best Water Parks in Michigan

Written by Veronique Raes
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Whether you’re planning a getaway for yourself or for the whole family, Michigan offers pristine waters, beautiful scenic areas, great lodgings, and inventive water parks whose cool aqua fun is sure to delight people of all ages.

From high thrill rides to relaxing lazy rivers to innovative play areas for kids of all ages, these water parks have something young and old alike are sure to remember for years to come!

1. Michigan’s Adventure, Muskegon

Michigan’s Adventure, MuskegonSource: visitmuskegon
Michigan’s Adventure, Muskegon

This huge water park has it all! For thrill seekers there are a variety of slides for hair raising adventures.

Visit the snake pit if you dare and choose one of three exciting slides.

For twisting, turning, crazy fun jump on one of the three Slidewinders body slides.

Travel in darkness down a two person raft on the Mine Shaft.

Tube down the Funnel of Fear or the Cyclone Zone.

Ride the waves of the Commotion Ocean and the Tidal Beach or splash around the Lagoon wading pool.

The park also features a lazy river, and a Half-Pint paradise complete with a cave, spraying chandeliers, and small body slides.

For dry fun the park also features tons of amusement rides!

2. Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark, Boyne Falls

Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark, Boyne FallsSource: clarkcc
Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark, Boyne Falls

Come enjoy one of the largest indoor water parks in Michigan! At over eighty-eight thousand square feet, Avalanche Bay makes for hours and hours of family fun.

Open year round, the park features thrilling slides and rides, chill pools and relaxing rivers.

For a crazy high thrill adventure, start your day in the enclosed capsule of the Big Couloir.

A trap door drops from below your feet to shoot you down thirty-eight feet per second, around a three hundred and sixty degree super loop, before dropping you down in the pool below.

Tube double down the Vertigo Cannonbowl slide or grab a mat and ride headfirst down the mat racer.

There’s also a surf simulator, lazy river, itty pool, water crossing, activity pool, and huge kid area complete with a dumping bucket!

3. Action Wake Park, Hudsonville

Action Wake Park, HudsonvilleSource: actionwakepark
Action Wake Park, Hudsonville

Welcome to Michigan’s first (and only) full size cable park created to give wakeboard enthusiasts a unique experience that isn’t limited to owning a boat.

Whether you’re an experienced thrill seeker or just learning the ropes, Action Wake Park promises to deliver a whole new wakeboarding experience.

Strap on your board and hit the water.

Overhead cables pull you along for the ride of your life.

If you’re unsure how it works, check out the website.

It features videos and tutorials so you’ll know just what to expect!

4. Great Wolf Lodge, Traverse City

Great Wolf Lodge, Traverse CitySource: tripadvisor
Great Wolf Lodge, Traverse City

Enjoy all the normal water park amenities with the comfort of being indoors.

The massive water park features exciting slides, a lazy river, activity pool complete with floating logs and overhead ropes, and great kiddie areas.

A ton of dry adventures also await.

Sink a putt at the mini golf, visit the Ten Paw Alley for bowling and game until your heart’s content at the arcade.

There’s a ton of activities and shows for the kids throughout the day.

The suits at the lodge are quaint and comfortable and the building itself is always spectacular!

5. Safari Joe’s Indoor Wilderness Water Park, Watervliet

Safari Joe’s Indoor Wilderness Water Park, WatervlietSource: tripadvisor
Safari Joe’s Indoor Wilderness Water Park, Watervliet

With over eighteen thousand square feet of indoor waterpark fun, Safari Joe’s is sure to please! Take a wild ride down one of the two slides.

You’ll actually be outside the building for part of your journey, before a splashy landing back indoors.

Enjoy the tranquil waters of the Zambezi River Run or splish splash around in the Lino’s Lagoon activity pool.

There’s also a massive play area for the kids, complete with a huge dumping bucket.

Dry off and enjoy the hot eats at the Water Hole Grill and Bar or practice your gaming at the Rip Curl Arcade.

6. Splash Universe, Dundee

Splash Universe, DundeeSource: rodandtara
Splash Universe, Dundee

Experience the beautiful indoor atmosphere of Splash Universe, which is open year round.

With over one hundred thousand gallons of water, twisting turning slides, winding lazy river, giant play structure, and a huge splash bucket, you’ll be kept entertained- and soaking- for hours! If you’ve worked up an appetite be sure to visit the Tree-house Pub & Grub located just above the water park.

7. Turtle Cove Family Aquatic Center, Belleville

Turtle Cove Family Aquatic Center, BellevilleSource: sidockarchitects
Turtle Cove Family Aquatic Center, Belleville

Beat the heat and enjoy some water soaked family fun at Turtle Cove.

For thrills, the park offers two waterslides. (You have to be 48” or taller to ride.) If you’re just looking to relax, there’s a rambling lazy river.

For tots and adults alike there’s a large lap pool with a zero depth entry.

Experience the splashing sensation that is the three hundred gallon dumping bucket located in the exciting kiddie play area.

Outside food and drinks aren’t allowed into the park but there is a grille located inside.

8. Zehnder’s Splash Village, Frankenmuth

Zehnder’s Splash Village, FrankenmuthSource: waterparks.wanderbat
Zehnder’s Splash Village, Frankenmuth

Michigan’s largest indoor water park, Splash Village features over fifty thousand square feet of aquatic fun for everyone.

High thrill slides and rides include four person raft rides, the Super Loop Speed Slide, and the Perilous Plunge Tube Slides.

There’s a zero depth entry activity pool, water basketball and volleyball, hot tub, dumping bucket, a lazy river, huge play area, and even an outdoor pool that is open seasonally.

There’s also a host of dryland activities including great dining options, an arcade, gift shop, and movie nights!

9. Double JJ Resort, Rothbury

Double JJ Resort, RothburySource: experiencegr
Double JJ Resort, Rothbury

Cool off and get wet at the amazing Gold Rush indoor water park.

Thrill seekers will delight in the variety of heart pounding rides.

Raft double style down the Miner’s Plunge, an exciting slide that drops you into a huge bowl to spin round and round before splashing down to the bottom below.

Brave the white waters of the Thunder Canyon.

The four person raft style ride keeps you guessing with racing speeds and quick drops.

Grab a single or double tube and shoot down the twists and turns of the Stallion Falls.

Whoosh down Michigan’s tallest indoor waterslide, the Rustler’s Gulch. (Some rides have height restrictions.) For smaller park goers or for those who would like a more relaxing experience, check out the kiddie area in the pool, the Crazy Lazy River, the hot tub which is half indoors, half outdoors! The Double JJ Resort has a whole host of other activities besides the water park.

Check out the arcade, brush up on your gold swing or go horseback riding! There’s a whole host of dining options to boot! Packages are available so you can try a little bit of everything.

Don’t miss the quaint log cabins when booking your stay!

10. Red Oaks Waterpark, Madison Heights

Red Oaks Waterpark, Madison HeightsSource: tipspoke
Red Oaks Waterpark, Madison Heights

For a fun filled, water drenched day, visit the sprawling Red Oaks Waterpark.

Slide down the curves and turns of the triple flume slide, the Triple Turn.

Splash in the waves at the Terrific Tides wave pool.

Relax and float down the nine hundred and ninety foot lazy river.

Kids will enjoy the Soak Station complete with sixty-eight fun filled activities including water curtains, jets, slides, and a huge dumping bucket.

For the tiniest water babies there’s the Spray & Play area.

Just for toddlers, this area features fifteen water jets at zero depth.

Most of the pools and kiddie areas are heated so you can enjoy getting wet even when it’s not scorching.

11. Flash Flood Water Park, Battle Creek

Flash Flood Water Park, Battle CreekSource: bcparks
Flash Flood Water Park, Battle Creek

Open seasonally from Memorial Day to Labour Day, this indoor/outdoor waterpark has something for all water lovers! Zip down the two hundred foot waterslides outside or check out the two one hundred foot slides indoors.

For water lovers of all sizes, there’s cool pools with zero depth entry zones.

Just for the kiddies there’s an exciting water playground.

There’s also a basketball court, a concession and a gift shop.

Summer passes are reasonably priced, so be sure to visit often!

12. Waterford Oaks Waterpark, Waterford Twp

Waterford Oaks Waterpark, Waterford TwpSource: tripadvisor
Waterford Oaks Waterpark, Waterford Twp

Come relax in the tropical themed wave pool, complete with palm trees near the shore.

The waters are heated so even on cooler days you can still jump in and get wet.

For the kids there’s a huge interactive playground complete with a giant dumping bucket and over thirty fun activities. (The area does have a 56” height restriction and children must have adult supervision). If you’re looking for some exciting thrills and spills, raft down the Ragin’ Rapids.

This group raft ride is three stories tall and features over five hundred feet of swirling twists and turns! Deck chairs and tables are available for all those who want to stay dry and just soak up the sun.

13. Rolling Hills County Park, Ypsilanti

Rolling Hills County Park, YpsilantiSource: visitypsinow
Rolling Hills County Park, Ypsilanti

Sprawling over three hundred and sixty aces, Rolling Hills Country Park offers a huge variety of activities sure to pique your interest.

Splash in the waves, zip down the waterslides or relax on the lazy river at the waterpark.

Take in the beauty of nature on one of the many scenic trails in the park or pack a picnic and brings the kids to the playground.

There’s also disc-golf, softball and horseshoes.

The water park is closed in the winter but if you’re visiting in the snowy months there’s still lots to do! Bring a sled or strap on the cross country skies and enjoy the stunning scenery.

14. The Wayne County Family Aquatic Center at Chandler Park, Detroit

The Wayne County Family Aquatic Center at Chandler Park, DetroitSource: waynecountyaquatic
The Wayne County Family Aquatic Center at Chandler Park, Detroit

Get ready to experience all the thrills and spills of the twenty three foot water slides! Grab a tube or just body slide down.

For younger water lovers, check out Splish Splash Land, designed just for toddlers and children.

Cool down and enjoy the swells at the Way Cool Wave Pool.

The park offers affordable family fun at its best! If you’re interested in swimming lessons, check out the website!

Splash n Blast Water Park, Milford

For a great way to beat the heat, bring the family out to Splash n Blast Water Park.

Two, two hundred and fifty foot twisting, turning slides splash down into refreshingly cold waters.

(Slide riders have to be 42” tall to ride). Adventure into the large spray ground which contains cannons, palm trees, serpents, and a ton of other exciting, squirting features.

The park offers great rates so family fun is that much more affordable.

If you’re looking for a great venue, the park is available for private rentals.

14 Best Water Parks in Michigan:

  • Michigan’s Adventure, Muskegon
  • Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark, Boyne Falls
  • Action Wake Park, Hudsonville
  • Great Wolf Lodge, Traverse City
  • Safari Joe’s Indoor Wilderness Water Park, Watervliet
  • Splash Universe, Dundee
  • Turtle Cove Family Aquatic Center, Belleville
  • Zehnder’s Splash Village, Frankenmuth
  • Double JJ Resort, Rothbury
  • Red Oaks Waterpark, Madison Heights
  • Flash Flood Water Park, Battle Creek
  • Waterford Oaks Waterpark, Waterford Twp
  • Rolling Hills County Park, Ypsilanti
  • The Wayne County Family Aquatic Center at Chandler Park, Detroit