Ann Arbor Parks for Splashing

While there are plenty of great pool options in and around Ann Arbor, warm temperatures can happen before they open for the summer or after they close. Fortunately, there are several parks and playgrounds that have  creeks, rivers, or lakes that can be visited year round. This list includes only locations without a vehicle admission fee. Note: None of these locations have lifeguards. Use your own judgement and properly supervise your kids.

Ann Arbor Parks for Splashing

Argo Park

The Argo Cascades offer kayaking and tubing as the Huron River bypasses the Argo Dam. The canoe livery is typically open late April to early October, but you can always bring your own tube, kayak, or canoe. Even if you don’t plan to tube or kayak, there are shallow pools near the rock jetties that are perfect for splashing.

Argo Cascades - Wednesday Activity Review - Two Drops


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Plymouth Parkway Park

A small creek runs through Plymouth Parkway Park and there is a great section for wading near the playground. Check out our Playground Profile for more information on the playground.

Ann Arbor's Plymouth Park - Creek

Mill Pond Park in Saline

Saline’s Mill Pond Park is right on Mill Pond. However I recommend the small creek for wading and splashing on hot days. Since it is separate from the main river, you don’t have to be as worried about your kids wandering out too far especially if they are young.

Mill Pond Park - Wading in the Creek

Island Park

Ann Arbor’s Island Park is on the Huron River. There are shallow areas with slow moving water that is perfect for kids to wade with supervision.

Island Park Playground Profile - Crossing the River

Gallup Park

The new Centennial Playground at Gallup Park has a small water feature and is also right on a slow moving section of the Huron River. However, it is not the best section for wading.

Centennial Playground at Gallup Park - Water Access

Other Suggestions

What parks do you like to head to for some splashing on hot days? Some of the Metro Parks and Independence Lake have wading/swimming areas. However, these have a vehicle admission fee (either annual or daily). 

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Anna Mae

Anna Mae owns & operates Ann Arbor with Kids, a website dedicated to Family Activities in Ann Arbor. My husband and I moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 and our daughter joined the family in 2006.

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