Splash Pad Parks + Outdoor Water Fun in Southwest Michigan

Kalamazoo Splash Pads

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

The summer heat and humidity crept up on us, but they’re here. No worries, there’s a splash pad park for that!

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 is nothing better than a splash pad park 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.

Check out this list of cool splash pad parks and pools for your family to visit this summer.

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Note: We are marking splash pad parks that have been confirmed to be open for 2021 with ♥ OPEN or ⊗ CLOSED

Any listing without a notation has not yet been verified for 2021. If you can confirm a listing is open, please email [email protected] Thanks!


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Splash Pads Within 30 Minutes from Kalamazoo

Florence Street Splash Pad

Located in Kalamazoo, this splash pad was updated in 2020 with new water features and a rubberized surface. Families can press the button to start the water. Note: there are no restrooms on-site. FREE.

Operating Hours: 10:00 AM – Dusk

♥ OPEN for 2021
Florence Street Splash Pad
534 Florence St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
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Photo: City of Kalamazoo

Coming Soon: LaCrone Park Splash Pad

This splash pad is currently under construction; due to contractor delays, its completion has been postponed. Expecting opening date: Summer 2022.

⊗ CLOSED (Opening: Summer 2022)
La Crone Park Splash Pad
535 W Paterson St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Lawton Splash Pad

This new splash pad opened in July 2020. Visitors can turn on the water by waving their hands over the orange pole. FREE.

Operating Hours: 10:00 AM – Dusk

♥ OPEN for 2021
Lawton Splash Pad
520 S Main St, Lawton, MI 49065
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Perrigo Splash Pad

Opened in 2019, this addition to the Allegan Riverfront Boardwalk includes rainbow-colored chairs along the side to rest while kids run through the long pad full of fountains and squirting water. FREE.

Operating Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

♥ OPEN for 2021
Perrigo Splash Pad
189 Riverfront Plz, Allegan, MI 49010
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River Oaks County Park

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. We love the easy access to the bathrooms for a quick change after the water play.

River Oaks is a Kalamazoo County park and therefore has an entry fee. Passes are available for purchase.

Operating Hours: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

♥ OPEN for 2021
River Oaks County Park
9202 E Michigan Ave (M-96), Galesburg, MI 49053
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Photo: Kalamazoo County Parks

Splash Pad Parks An Hour Away from Kalamazoo

New Buffalo Splash Pad

♥ OPEN for 2021
New Buffalo Splash Pad
17425 Red Arrow Hwy, New Buffalo, MI 49117

Operating Hours: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

This park 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.

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South Haven Splash Pad

♥ OPEN for 2021
South Haven Splash Pad
60 Water St, South Haven, MI 4909

This splash pad opened in 2020 and is modeled after the Michigan Maritime Museum’s tall ship Friends Good Will. The splash pad is near South Beach along the channel. Picnic tables and modern restrooms are nearby. FREE.

READ MORE: Family Fun in South Haven »

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Spray Plaza

♥ OPEN for 2021
Spray Plaza
100-150 N Church St, Hastings, MI 49058

Operating Hours: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Located in downtown Hastings on Church Street, the 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. FREE.

Wayland City Park Splash Pad

Wayland City Park Splash Pad
201-299 Church St, Wayland, MI 49348

Operating Hours: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

The splash pad park 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.

Whirlpool Compass Fountain

♥ OPEN for 2021
Whirlpool Compass Fountain
200 Broad St, St. Joseph, MI 49085

Operating Hours: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM (May 1 – Friday before Memorial Day), 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM (Memorial Day weekend – Labor Day)

It’s hard to miss one of St. Joseph’s most appealing features 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 minutes walk west.

READ MORE: Things to Do in St. Joe »

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Looking for more? The Grand Rapids Area is bursting with splash pads. Try this list for a splashing good time with our northern neighbors.

Other Outdoor Water Fun

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 kayak – your family will be sure to have a splashing good time.

Flash Flood Water Park at Full Blast

♥ OPEN for 2021
Flash Flood Water Park at Full Blast
35 Hamblin Ave, Battle Creek, MI 49017

This water wonderland 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.

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Great Lakes Garden at Frederick Meijer Gardens

♥ OPEN for 2021
Frederik Meijer Gardens
1000 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Their 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.

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Kik Pool

♥ OPEN for 2021
Kik Pool
1018 Walter St, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

This 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 swimming and hit the “Boundless Playground” at Upjohn Park.

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The Kik Pool offers swimming lessons and aqua fitness classes in addition to open swim times.

Nature’s Playground at Kalamazoo Nature Center

♥ OPEN for 2021
Kalamazoo Nature Center
7000 N Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49009

KNC has a natural playground with a water feature that encourages kids to wade through the stream and play in the sand.

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Hawk Island Beach and Splash Pad

♥ OPEN for 2021
Hawk Island Beach and Splash Pad
1601 E Cavanaugh Rd, Lansing, MI 48910

This is a water and play-oasis located just an hour’s drive away in Lansing. A sandy beach, enclosed large splash pad park, boat rentals, concessions stand, trails for hiking and biking, and a large playground await. It’s a great place for the entire family where no one is left out of the fun.

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Kayaking + Tubing

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

Kayaking near Kalamazoo with Kids

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