Outdoor Water Fun + Splash Pads in Southwest Michigan

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Find Your New Favorite Southwest Michigan Splash Pad and Cool Water Playground

The summer heat and humidity crept up on us, but they’re here.

Families everywhere are looking for ways to stay cool. Summer isn’t summer in Michigan without a visit to a water playground where kids can splash and spray the day away.

There are many options for water fun other than heading to the lake. Check out this list of cool water playgrounds for kids to visit this summer.

Splash Pads & Pools

Beat the Summer Sun at a Splash Pad

There is nothing better than a splash pad for when parents don’t want to pack up the endless beach supplies, and their kids still need a way to beat the heat. Whether you’re looking for something near Kalamazoo or part of a day trip, we have you covered.

Splash Pads within a Half Hour 

River Oaks County Park (Galesburg) is a Kalamazoo-area spot to cool off during the summer. The splash pad is divided between a tot and a bigger kid area, complete with a dumping bucket. When the kids get bored, there are multiple play structures nearby, hills to run on. We love the easy access to the bathrooms for a quick change after the water play.

Allegan’s Riverfront Park now features the Perrigo Splash PadWith rainbow-colored chairs along the side, kids can run through the long pad full of fountains and squirting water, squealing with delight.

An Hour Away

The New Buffalo Splash Pad (17425 Red Arrow Hwy, New Buffalo, MI 49117) is an ideal area for kids to get wet, and then head next door to the rubber-floor playground which is full of play components to jump and climb through. Afterward, head down one of the trails with educational signs and learn about local trees.

Located in downtown Hastings on Church Street, the Spray Plaza is the perfect place for little feet to run around on the pavement, splashing as they go. Kids can splash while parents and caregivers sit on the benches by a beautiful mural. Restrooms are conveniently located nearby.

The Wayland City Park Splash Pad is full of adorable squirting animals and hoops to run under that provide and fun and gentle spray. It’s easy to spend a couple of hours running back and forth between the playground and the splash pad, which are right next to each other.

It’s hard to miss St. Joseph’s Whirlpool Compass Fountain since it sits across from the Silver Beach Carousel and the Discovery Zone Museum. With the impressive backdrop of Lake Michigan, the spray coming from this fountain on a breezy day is enough to cool down anyone within a fifty-foot radius. Head to the beach after, only a few minute walk away.

Swim and Soak with These Water Fun Favorites

If a splash pad isn’t what your family is looking for, there are a number of other cool options to have fun in the water.  Whether it be in a pool, jetting down a waterslide, or in a canoe – your family will be sure to have a splashing good time.

Flash Flood Water Park at Full Blast in Battle Creek has two water slides, a zero-entry pool, and a smaller water play area. Admission also includes access to the indoor pool with tipping buckets. Concessions are available for lunch and other snack items. A perfect afternoon adventure close to home.

Water Fun for Families Southwest Michigan

Frederik Meijer Garden’s Children’s Area has the Great Lakes Garden where kids can launch boats, build a bridge, and walk on all of the Great Lakes States. They also have a mini fountain area where kids can take off their shoes and enjoy the cold water on their toes.

The Kik Pool is a community pool located in downtown Kalamazoo that offers daily open swim options. You can purchase a day or annual pass. Kids can take a break from swim and hit the “Boundless Playground” at Upjohn Park.

Nature’s Playground Kalamazoo Nature Center has a natural playground with a water feature that encourages kids to wade through the stream and play in the sand.

Water Play

Splash Island on Gull Lake is a floating water park anchored near Ross Township Park. Trampolines, a water slide, and a jungle rope swing are all part of the fun with Splash Island, which is perfect for older kids, tweens, and teens.

Consider paddling or floating down a river. Check out all of the options with our Family-Friendly Kayak or Canoe Options Around Kalamazoo.

Water Fun and Splash Pad

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