by Holly L

When the hot summer months hit Southwest Michigan we are all looking for a nice place to take the kids to cool off. Thankfully the Kalamazoo area has a lot of great options at little to no cost to you. We have put together a list of local places, as well as everything you need to know before you go.


River Oaks Splash Pad
9202 E Michigan Ave
Galesburg, MI 49053

Open Daily 7:00 am-Sunset
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

Open June 11- August 13
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 1:30 pm-7:00 pm
Tue, Thurs 1:30 pm-3:00 pm
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.

Bronson Park Fountain
200 S Rose St
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Open Daily Sunrise to Sunset
Admission is Free

  • The Bronson Park Fountain is a great place to splash around with the kids. Right across from the library you can spend some time at the library in the air conditioning and then head to the fountain to splash. Bring a lunch and picnic under a shady tree.


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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 Labor Day 7:00 am-8:30 pm

  • 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
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
Open June 10 to September 5 from 10:30 am-7:30 pm

  • 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 in. 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
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 am-8:30 pm

  • 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.

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Places to cool off that are a bit farther away

full blast-water slide

Full Blast
35 Hamblin Ave W
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Open Memorial Day to Labor Day
Mon- Sat 10:00 am-7:00 pm and Sun 12:00 pm-7:00 pm
Admission is $9 for a basic water pass, $12 to include all activities on site
Kids under 2 are Free

  • The premier area water park, 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. If the sun is really hot, you can head inside to an indoor water park and beat the heat for a bit. 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.

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 street park for free, which is easy to do on weekdays, and then 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.


(photo courtesy of Tara Fletcher photography)

Whirlpool Compass Fountain
200 Broad St
St Joseph, MI 49085

Open Memorial Day to Labor Day 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Admission is Free

  • It’s impossible to miss out on this large attraction in St. Joe right beside the beach. Better suited to older kids, the Whirlpool Compass Fountain is always a good time.

City of Zeeland Splash Pad
Heritage Square Park
Main Avenue and Elm Street
Zeeland, MI 49464

Open Memorial Day to Labor Day
Mon- Sat 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Sun 12:00 pm-9:00 pm
Admission is Free

  • Well worth the drive, this splash pad features water features for all ages. Its a fenced play area, contained to keep your little ones safe. There are lots of places to sit, and you can pack a lunch to eat right there at the park. The park features bathrooms as well.






By | 2016-07-20T04:53:49+00:00 July 20th, 2016|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Guides, Newly Published, PLAY|Comments Off on Places to Get Wet Around Kalamazoo-Swim Spots, Splash Pads, & Pools

About the Author:

Holly is an active mother of two small children. She likes to see everything the area has to offer and bring friends along for the ride. When not spending time with the kids she works as a professional reviewer, sharing opinions with the world.