Splash Pad Parks + Outdoor Water Fun in Southwest Michigan


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.

As travel looks different this year due to Covid-19, it’s nice to know there are many options for water fun other than heading to the big lake. Check out this list of cool splash pad parks and pools for your family to visit this summer.


Photo: City of Kalamazoo

Note: We are marking splash pad parks that have been confirmed to be open for 2020 with ♥ OPEN or ⊗ CLOSED

Any listing without a notation has not yet been verified for 2020. If you can confirm a listing is open, please email [email protected] Thanks!


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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.


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♥ 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.

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♥ 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.

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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.

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♥ 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.


Swim and Soak with These Water Fun Favorites

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.

⊗ CLOSED Flash Flood Water Park at Full Blast
35 Hambin 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. A perfect afternoon adventure close to home.

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♥ OPEN 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.


⊗ CLOSED 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 swim and hit the “Boundless Playground” at Upjohn Park.


♥ OPEN Nature’s Playground 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.


♥ OPEN Splash Island on Gull Lake
3800 E Gull Lake Dr, Hickory Corners, MI 49060

This is a floating water park anchored near Ross Township Park. Trampolines, a water slide, and a jungle rope swing are all part of the fun with Splash Island, which is perfect for older kids, tweens, and teens.

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♥ OPEN 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. *note: there are no lifeguards at the beach during the summer of 2020.


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

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