*This article has been updated for 2017.

by Kristine F

On those hot summer days when you are looking for something to do and your kids are begging to play in the water, it is nice to know that the Kalamazoo area has some great places for you and your family to get wet and have fun together! We have put together a list of places to get wet in the Kalamazoo area and and beyond so that you can stay cool all summer long!

River Oaks Splash Pad

River Oaks Splash Pad

9202 E Michigan Ave

Galesburg, MI 49053

Open Daily 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Admission $5 per vehicle or $25 for a year pass to all county parks

  • A really great splash pad that sits right next to a playground. There is a bathroom on site which is a really nice feature. The splash pad is appropriate for most ages and is always a great place to visit. Bring a blanket and have a picnic lunch under a shady tree while the little ones run back and forth between the playground, the splash pad, and the food.

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Kik Pool

1018 Walter St

Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Monday – Thursday 1:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Friday – Sunday 1:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Admission 17 and under $4

Admission 18 and older $7

  • A city pool that features lifeguards. The pool gets busy on hot days and can be a really fun and exciting environment for the kids to play.

Markin Glen Beach

Markin Glen Beach

5300 N. Westnedge Ave

Kalamazoo, MI 49004

Admission $5 per vehicle or $25 for a year pass to all county parks

Open Memorial Day to October 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

  • A small beach with a sandy bottom is perfect for kids looking to cool off. There is a playground right off the beach that many kids enjoy playing on when they take breaks from the water. There are picnic tables and walking trails throughout the park so you can easily spend the day enjoying the park. There are bathrooms on site as well.

Ramona Park Beach


Ramona Park Beach

8600 S Sprinkle Rd

Portage, MI 49002

Admission $5 per vehicle for a Portage resident, $10 per vehicle for non-residents

Or $25 for a residential year pass, $45 non-residential year pass

The park is open June to Labor Day from 8:30 a.m. – Dusk. A lifeguard is on duty only from 10:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

  • A true kids paradise, Ramona park features a wonderful park just steps from the beach. They have lifeguards on duty, and areas to change and use the bathroom. The beach is well maintained and a lot of fun. There are plenty of shaded picnic benches to have lunch at as well.

Prairie View County Park Beach

Prairie View County Park Beach

899 East U Ave

Vicksburg, MI 49097

Admission $5 per vehicle or $25 for a year pass to all county parks.

Open Memorial Day to Labor Day 7:00 a.m. – Sunset

  • A small beach that is perfect for some splash time. There is a small playground within eyesight of the beach for adventurous kids. There are bathrooms on site.


Places to cool off that are a bit farther away

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Flash Flood Water Park

Flash Flood Water Park at Full Blast

35 Hamblin Ave W

Battle Creek, MI 49017

Open Memorial Day to Labor Day

Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Admission is $10 for a basic water pass, $13 includes all activities on site.

Kids under 2 are Free.

A fun water park in the area, Full Blast has activities to entertain babies and teenagers alike. There are so many different places to play you can take the whole family and everyone will find something fun to do.

The park has a concession stand too, so if the kids get hungry after hitting the pool, they can sit in the shade and have french fries and a hotdog. The park has full locker rooms for changing and showering.

Visit their website for their  Event Calendar with special happenings at the water park. Some of the special events happening in July include the following:

  • Community Appreciation Day on July 10, 2017, 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Preschool Day on July 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Twilight Night on July 17, 2017, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Food Bank Day on July 18, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • National Hot Dog Day on July 23, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Flash Flood Water Park on July 24, 2017, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Christmas in July on July 25, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Twilight Night on July 31, 2017, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

South Beach, South Haven

South Beach in South Haven

Monroe Blvd and S Haven St

South Haven, MI 49090

  • North Beach has always been the popular spot in South Haven, but South Beach is a truly great place to take the kids. You can play at the Kids Corner playground or head right down to the beach. The playground caters to all ages and is huge with lots of shady spots with picnic tables to stop and eat. Head down the the beach and enjoy a really family friendly place to swim.


Whirlpool Compass Fountain: photo courtesy of Tara Fletcher Photography

Whirlpool Compass Fountain

200 Broad St

St Joseph, MI 49085

Open Memorial Day to Labor Day 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The Whirlpool Compass Fountain  will be closed 7/26/17 and 8/30/17 for scheduled maintenance.

Admission is Free.


What’s your favorite area place to get wet? We’d love to know. Please leave a comment in the comment section below.










By | 2017-07-03T06:46:15+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Guides, Newly Published, PLAY|Comments Off on Places to Get Wet Around Kalamazoo-Swim Spots, Splash Pads, & Pools

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