by Jill P
This time of winter makes me long for the hot days of summer. While summer may be a good four months away, there are plenty of opportunities to replicate the warmth of summer by enjoying one of the great indoor waterparks in Michigan.
Or venture further out to enjoy one of the great waterparks within a three hour or so drive from Kalamazoo.
Here are some of the features that our Michigan waterparks have to offer:
WATERPARKS IN MICHIGAN
(Surfari Joe’s Waterpark)
8258 Arnt Blvd., Watervliet | 269-463-7946
Just an hour drive from Kalamazoo, this 18,000-square-foot water park is packed with two slides that funnel outside of the park! The hotel waterpark features an activity pool, two watersides, and a lazy river. The smaller kids will enjoy their own special play area. Grab a bite on the upper deck at the Water Hole Grill and Bar or let the kids enjoy the arcade. Day passes are available. See our full review here. Also, check their website for special coupons. Many times they have discounts or offers such as buy one/get one free.
5665 E. Pickard Road, Mount Pleasant | 877-2EAGLE2
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.
5900 Water Road, Rothbury | 800-DOUBLEJJ (368-2535)
Waterpark features 60,000 square feet of waterpark fun. Highlights include a cannon-bowl slide, a tunnel slide that accommodates four-person inner tubes and Michigan’s tallest indoor waterslide. Ride the lazy or enjoy the hot tub. If you plan to stay on property, make sure that you get a schedule of the complimentary resort actives. Day passes are available for $25 for adults, $20 for children 42 inches and under. rom February 26th until May 21st, we will be running our discounted Sunday swimming for locals. Come in on designated Sundays and enjoy our waterpark for only $12/person from
100 Whitetail Drive, Dundee | 734-529-5100
This waterpark hotel features waterslides, a lazy river, a floating log walk, water tree house for tykes and more. They also have a snack shop, gift shop, and an arcade.
(photo courtesy of the Holland Community Aquatic Center)
550 Maple Ave., Holland | 616-393-7595
Indoor waterpark complete with therapy pool, splash zone and spa. Single Visit Admission is $6.50. Also, catch one of their preschool swims in the Splash Zone on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. See their calendar for current days and times.
(photo courtesy of Zehnder’s Splash Village)
1365 S. Main St., Frankenmuth | 800-863-7999
Find elaborate tube slides at this Frankenmuth waterpark. Little ones will love the zero-entry activity pool with water geysers and gadgets. Or enjoy the lazy river or hot tub. They also offer day passes.
3575 N. U.S. Highway 3, Traverse City | 866-478-WOLF (9653)
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. There’s plenty of other options to do while on the property. The older kids will love MagiQuest® or Compass Quest™ which is available to play for an additional fee. Other activities include an arcade the Ten Paw Alley™ for bowling fun or Creation Station where kids can create their own stuffed animals.
(Avalanche Bay, photo courtesy of Boyne Mountain Resort)
Address: Boyne Mountain, 1 Boyne Mountain Road, Boyne Falls | 231-549-7979
At 88,000 square feet, it’s the largest indoor waterpark in Michigan and offers plenty of attractions for all ages including six waterslides, a shallow kid’s pool, a lazy river, activity pools, massive arcade and Michigan first surf simulator and ProSlide SuperLOOPTM! Rated by Away.com as one of the “Top Water Park Resorts” in the country. A number of our KZOOkids readers recommend this waterpark.
Bavarian Inn Lodge
1 Covered Bridge Lane, Frankenmuth | 888-775-6343
Here 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. While you’re in town make sure to check out Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland which is America’s #1 Christmas store.
OTHER GREAT WATER PARKS IN MIDWEST
2001 Cleveland Road, Sandusky, Ohio | 419-627-2106
Castaway Bay features 237 hotel rooms and suites. The 38,000-square-foot indoor waterpark is loaded with water activities for all ages, fitness center, 6,000-square-foot state-of-the-art arcade, a craft and child activity center, three restaurants, and retail shops. The waterpark features four waterslides, a wave pool, tide pool for toddlers and an inland lagoon spa for adults. There’s plenty to do the keep the kids busy all day.
1305 Kalahari Drive, Sandusky, OH | 877-525-2427
Your kids are sure to enjoy this tropical themed 125,000-square-foot indoor water park which features a wave pool, multiple waterslides, a hot tub, a family fun house, and toddler’s tide pool. There are also a number of family activities to enjoy including a PEANUTS™ Meet and Greet, daily face painting, arts and crafts and more! Day passes can be purchased online for $25 per person. You’ll find an abundance of places to each at the resort including Quaker Steak & Lube.
Coming in 2018, Great Wolf Lodge will be opening in the former KeyLime Cove location. See this article for more info.
Did we miss any of your favorite Michigan waterparks? If so, let us know in the comment section below.