15 Fantastic Indoor Water Parks in Michigan Within Driving Distance of Kalamazoo

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You’re Only A Short Road Trip Away from a Splashing Good Time

Wet and wild fun is on the agenda when you visit an indoor water park. And, the weather won’t spoil a planned trip at an indoor water park where the raging waves and swirling slides will guarantee hours of fun for the entire family.

There are plenty of opportunities to replicate the warmth of summer by enjoying one of the indoor water parks in Michigan offering dare-devil slides or a kiddie pool with warmer water for the younger set.

All of the parks listed are within four hours driving distance of Kalmazoo and segmented by scale. Whether you’re looking for a full-size water park and hotel destination, or a smaller place to visit for just the day, we have you covered.

Read on to discover your next travel destination for a splash-tacular water adventure.

Important Message: Area businesses are working to implement procedures based on the new safety guidelines. For each of the attractions and events we mention, we include a link to the business website. Please use this link to confirm the details, hours of operation and any requirements guests must follow before visiting. Thank You!

Indoor Water Parks in Michigan Within 2 Hours from Kalamazoo

Surfari Joe’s at Fairfield Inn & Suites

Drive Time from Kalamazoo: 40 minutes

Less than an hour from Kalamazoo, this 18,000-square-foot water park is packed with two water slides, an activity pool, and a lazy river. 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 at $25 per person.

Update from Fairfield Inn (March 2021):

The hotel confirmed Surfari Joe’s is temporarily closed. However, they expect to reopen when state regulations allow them to do so.

Surfari Joe’s at Fairfield Inn & Suites
8258 Arnt Blvd, Watervliet, MI 49098

Double JJ Resort Waterpark

Drive Time from Kalamazoo: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Highlights of Gold Rush Waterpark include a cannon-bowl slide, a tunnel slide that accommodates four-person inner tubes and waterslides. Ride the lazy river, or enjoy the family hot tub. If you plan to stay on the property, make sure to grab a schedule of the complimentary resort activities.

Day passes include access to the water park for the day. Adults and children 42 inches or taller are $25, under 42 inches $20, under 3 years old FREE.

Double JJ Resort
5900 S Water Rd, Rothbury, MI 49452

Splash Universe

Drive Time from Kalamazoo: 2 hours

This waterpark hotel features a lazy river, a floating log walk, a water treehouse for tykes, and the “Little Squirt Pool”. Adults can enjoy the Hot Springs hot tub which is tucked away from all the action. 

Update from Splash Universe (November 2020):

On behalf of the entire Splash Universe team, I would like to let all of our faithful guests know that we are hoping to resume business by Summer 2021. Currently, indoor waterpark facilities are not allowed to be open due to Covid-19.

In the meantime, our website is down for maintenance. Please send us a private message with any questions you may have, we try to respond as quickly as possible.

Splash Universe
100 Whitetail Drive, Dundee, MI 48131

Smaller Indoor Water Play Locations Within 2 Hours from Kalamazoo

Allegan Aquatics Center

Drive Time from Kalamazoo: 35 minutes

Kids will love the blow-up obstacle course (only available on certain dates), small slide, lazy river and kiddie pool area with fountains. They offer Family Fun Time during the week for an hour.

Follow their Facebook page for schedule updates.

Allegan Aquatics Center
1560 M-40 North, Allegan, MI 49010
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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Hotel Waterpark

Drive Time from Kalamazoo: 40 minutes

While not a full-blown water park, the Holiday Inn South location offers an indoor splash pad, wading pool area with spraying components, mini slides, and tipping buckets. There is also a pool for adults and older children.

Holiday Inn Express- Grand Rapids South
6569 Clay Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49548

Holland Community Aquatic Center Waterpark

Drive Time from Kalamazoo: 60 minutes

Day passes are $8.50. You can buy a pack of passes (not valid over Spring Break). Memberships are also available.

Holland Community Aquatic Center Waterpark
550 Maple Ave, Holland, MI 49423
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Romulus Athletic Center

Drive Time from Kalamazoo: 2 hours

Residents and non-residents can enjoy the Romulus Athletic Center which has a splash pool complete with splash bucket and kiddie slide, a lazy river, and a two-story water slide. Adults can enjoy a lap pool and hot tub/spa.

Romulus Athletic Center
35765 Northline Rd, Romulus, MI 48174

Summit Aquatic Center

Drive Time from Kalamazoo: 2 hours

Located in Canton, the Summit Aquatic Center features a lazy river, water slide, lap pool with water slide, and even a steam room for adults. Residents and non-residents are welcome.

Summit Aquatic Center
46000 Summit Pkwy, Canton, MI

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Soaring Eagle Water Park & Hotel

Drive Time from Kalamazoo: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Big kids can catch a big wave, race down one of three water slides, shoot hoops in “Gizi’s Splash and Dunk”, while little kids will love the water jungle gym designed for the youngest guests.

This resort has iSlide – an interactive experience specialized in making special effects for water slides.  Day passes are available (subject to availability – advance reservations recommended) by calling the front desk directly at (989) 817-4801.

Soaring Eagle Water Park & Hotel
5665 East Pickard Rd, Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

Zehnder’s Splash Village

Drive Time from Kalamazoo: 2.5 hours

Splash Village offers two distinct waterparks connected to each other, one with a retractable roof. Enjoy a six-story family raft ride and super loop drop slide. Little ones will love the zero-entry activity pool with water geysers and gadgets. Or enjoy the lazy river or hot tub.

Day passes are available online.

Zehnder’s Splash Village
1365 S Main St, Frankenmuth, MI 48734

Bavarian Inn Lodge

Drive Time from Kalamazoo: 2.5 hours

Here you’ll find four indoor pools, three whirlpools, a toddler play pool, and two waterslides. Take a break from the water fun and explore the arcade and 18-hole indoor mini golf course adjacent to the pool complete with a 15-foot waterfall. While in town make sure to check out Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland.

Bavarian Inn Lodge
1 Covered Bridge Ln, Frankenmuth, MI 48734

Great Wolf Lodge- Traverse City

Drive Time from Kalamazoo: 3 hours

Families can twist and turn down the River Canyon Run raft ride, while little ones explore Fort Mackenzie, the treehouse, accessible through the zero-depth entry. There’s also hot tubs and a lazy river.

While on the property, try out MagiQuest® or Compass Quest™, the arcade, bowling, or their stuffed animal Creation Station for an additional fee.

Other Great Wolf Lodge locations in Sandusky, OH and Gurnee, IL (newly renovated).

Great Wolf Lodge
3575 N US Hwy 3, Traverse City, MI 49684
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Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark

Drive Time from Kalamazoo: 3.5 hours

Nestled inside Boyne Mountain Resort, at 88,000 square feet, Avalanche Bay is the largest indoor waterpark in Michigan and offers plenty of attractions for all ages including six waterslides, a shallow kids pool, a lazy river, activity pools, a massive arcade, and surf simulators. 

Day passes are available

Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark
1 Boyne Mountain Rd, Boyne Falls, MI 49713

Smaller Indoor Water Play Locations Within 2-4 Hours from Kalamazoo

Troy Community Center Indoor Pool

Drive Time from Kalamazoo: 2.5 hours

Enjoy the heated indoor pool at the Troy Community Center. Kids will love the lily pads, boat slide, water basketball and fountains. Click here for open swim time.

Troy Community Center Indoor Pool
3425 Civic Center Dr, Troy, MI 48083

Warren Community Center Indoor Water Park

Drive Time from Kalamazoo: 2.5 hours

The Indoor Water Park at the Warren Community Center is a great place to visit or book a party. There are water slides, splash components, a play structure, and lap pool. Click here for hours.

Warren Community Center Indoor Water Park
5460 Arden, Warren, MI 48092

Did we miss any of your favorite water parks? If so, let us know in the comment section below.