Beat the Summer Sun at a Splash Pad Park
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.
Splash Pad Parks within a Half Hour
♥ OPEN Florence Street Splash Pad
534 Florence St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Located in Kalamazoo, this splash pad is FREE and recently updated with new water features and rubberized surface. Note: there are no restrooms on site.
Photo: City of Kalamazoo
♥ OPEN Lawton Splash Pad
520 S Main St, Lawton, MI 49065
This new splash pad just opened in 2020. Check their FB page for specifics on capacity limits and operating hours.
♥ OPEN Perrigo Splash Pad
189 Riverfront Plz, Allegan, MI 49010
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.
♥ OPEN River Oaks County Park
9202 East Michigan Ave (M-96), Galesburg, MI 49053
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 a fee for entry. Passes are available for purchase.
Photo: Kalamazoo County Parks
COMING SOON: La Crone Park Splash Pad
535 W Paterson St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
This splash pad addition to the park is still in the planning stages.
Splash Pad Parks An Hour Away
⊗ CLOSED New Buffalo Splash Pad
17425 Red Arrow Hwy, New Buffalo, MI 49117
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.
♥ OPEN South Haven Splash Pad
60 Water St, South Haven, MI 49090
This new splash pad (opened in 2020) in South Haven is modeled after the Michigan Maritime Museum’s tall ship Friends Good Will and is located just east of South Beach on the Black River channel.
♥ OPEN Spray Plaza
100-150 N Church St, Hastings, MI 49058
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.
♥ OPEN Wayland City Park Splash Pad
201-299 Church St, Wayland, MI 49348
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.
♥ OPEN Whirlpool Compass Fountain
200 Broad St, St Joseph, MI 49085
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.
Looking for more? The Grand Rapids Area is bursting with splash pads. Try this list for a splashing good time with our northern neighbors.