15 + Water Park Getaways Within Driving Distance of Kalamazoo
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 offering dare-devil slides or a kiddie pool with warmer water for the younger set.
We included a roundup of water parks with a 1-2-hour drive and another roundup with about a 3-5 hour drive. And, we’ve noted hotel waterparks that allow for day pass entry.
Read on to discover your next travel destination for a splash-tacular water adventure.
Indoor Water Parks Around 1-2 Hours from Kalamazoo
Surfari Joe’s Water Park & Hotel | 8258 Arnt Boulevard, Watervliet | 269-463-7946
With only an hour drive 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.
Gold Rush Waterpark | 5900 Water Road, Rothbury | 800-DOUBLEJJ (368-2535)
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 property, make sure to grab a schedule of the complimentary resort activities. Day passes are available.
Splash Universe | 100 Whitetail Drive, Dundee | 734-529-5100
This waterpark hotel features a lazy river, a floating log walk, water tree house for tykes, and the “Little Squirt Pool”. Adults can enjoy the Hot Springs hot tub which is tucked away from all the action. Day passes are available, purchase online for a discount.
Smaller Indoor Water Play Options
Allegan Aquatics Center | 1560 M-40 North Allegan| 269-205-8759
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. Check out the facebook page for additional information and updates to the schedule.
Holiday Inn Express – Grand Rapids South | 6569 Clay Avenue Southwest, Grand Rapids, | 616-871-9700
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. Day passes available on select days and times of the year.
Holland Community Aquatic Center | 550 Maple Avenue, Holland | 616-393-7595
This indoor aquatic center comes complete with therapy pool, splash zone (featuring a spiral slide, multi-feature play structure, water cannons) and spa. They offer a single admission ticket and a discount for groups of four or more. Specific times are allotted for Family Splash Time and Preschool Splash Time.
Romulus Athletic Center | 35765 Northline Road, Romulus, 48174 | 734-942-2223
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.
Summit Aquatic Center | 46000 Summit Parkway, Canton, 48188 | 734-394-5460
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.
Indoor Water Parks Over 2 Hours from Kalamazoo
Soaring Eagle Water Park & Hotel | 5665 East Pickard Road, Mount Pleasant | 877-2EAGLE2
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.
Zehnder’s Splash Village | 1365 South Main Street, Frankenmuth | 800-863-7999
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.
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. 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.
Great Wolf Lodge – Traverse City | 3575 North U.S. Highway 3, Traverse City, MI | 866-478-9653
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).
Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark | 1 Boyne Mountain Road, Boyne Falls | 231-549-7979
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.
Castaway Bay in Sandusky | 2001 Cleveland Road, Sandusky, Ohio | 419-627-2106
The 38,000-square-foot indoor tropical waterpark is loaded with water activities for all ages, an 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. Day passes available.
Kalahari Resort | 1305 Kalahari Drive, Sandusky, OH | 877-525-2427
Kids and adults alike are sure to enjoy this 174,000-square-foot indoor water park which features a lazy river, multiple waterslides, a hot tub, water basketball and water walk, wave pool and family raft ride. There are also a number of other activities to enjoy including flow rider and mermaid lessons for an additional cost.
Smaller Indoor Water Play Options
Troy Community Center Indoor Pool | 3425 Civic Center Drive, Troy, 48083 | 248-524-3516
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.
Warren Community Center Indoor Water Park | 5460 Arden, Warren, 48092 | 586-268-8400
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.
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