Find Your New Favorite Splash Pad Park and Cool Water Playground in SWMI
The summer heat and humidity crept upon 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.
Note: We are marking splash pad parks that have been confirmed to be open for 2022 with ♥ OPEN or ⊗ CLOSED
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Splash Pads Within 30 Minutes from Kalamazoo
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.
This splash pad opened in July 2020. Visitors can turn on the water by waving their hands over the orange pole.
Having secured funding in early 2022, Texas Township announced the Maple Hill Splash Pad at Texas Drive Park is entering its design phase.
We hope to see this one open in 2023, with the following features:
💧 2,000 square foot splash pad with 15-20 spray features
☀ 3 Zones: Toddler, Young Child & Family-Friendly
💧 No entry fees – FREE to the community & visitors
☀ Well installation to reduce operating costs and conserve water
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.
The splash pad is open annually, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
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. Splash pad rules.
Splash Pad Parks An Hour Away from Kalamazoo
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Wayland’s splash pad hours and rules are available online.
Whirlpool Compass Fountain (St. Joe)
♥ OPEN for 2022
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.
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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.
Pools & Other Outdoor Water Play
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.
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.
Meijer Gardens’ 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.
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.
KNC has a natural playground with a water feature that encourages kids to wade through the stream and play in the sand.
Nature’s Playground is open during KNC grounds hours and is included in regular KNC admission. Water Tower and restrooms are available during Visitor Center hours from May through September, as weather permits.
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.