11 Places to Get Wet: Ann Arbor Swimming Pools

Pools, Water Parks, & Splash Pads Near Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor area Pools, Water Parks, and Splash Pads are returning to operation in 2021. They are phasing in their operations as local restrictions are lifted.

All of the locations on our list are opt to the public without a membership. Admission fees are noted where needed.

Update for 2021 in progress


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Outdoor Pools

The following pools do not require memberships to visit. They have a daily admission fee, or you may purchase a seasonal membership.


Buhr Park Pool

Buhr Park Pool is one component of Buhr Park. The park also has a small playground, outdoor ice rink (in the winter), sports fields, tennis courts, and Cobblestone Farm. Buhr Park Pool offers a separate zero-entry tot pool with spray features and water toys.

Ann ArborBuhr Park Pool Tot Splash

Check out more details in our Wednesday Activity Review of Buhr Park Pool.

COVID Safety Precautions: The day is broken into 2 hour swim windows each of which has limited capacity. Lap lanes are reserved separately from general swim. Online reservations are recommended.

At a Glance

Address: 2751 Packard Rd
Hours: Monday-Friday 2:30-4:30 Lap Swm only, 4:30-8:30p, Saturday & Sunday 10:30a-8:30p
Season: Labor Day-Memorial Day
Price:
$6/ages 18-54, $5/Youth & Seniors



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Fuller Park Pool

Fuller Park Pool is part of the Fuller Park Complex.Fuller Park Pool has a water slide that looks really cool from the road.In addition to the pool, Fuller Park includes sports fields and a wooden play structure. A few years ago my daughter asked to do a Playground Profile on Fuller Park. After arriving at the park in mid-May, I discovered her real motivation was to try the water slide. After a few years, we finally visited Fuller Park Pool in May 2018. Check out our Wednesday Activity Review of Fuller Park Pool.

Ann Arbor Fuller Park Pool & Survival Flight Helicopter

COVID Safety Precautions: The day is broken into 2 hour swim windows each of which has limited capacity. Lap lanes are reserved separately from general swim. Online reservations are recommended.

At a Glance

Address: 1519 Fuller Rd, Ann Arbor
Hours: Lap Swim Only 6-10a, 8-9p daily
General Swim: 10a-8p daily
Season: Labor Day-September 19 – modified operation after August 29 (4-8p except lap swim)
Price:
$6/ages 18-54, $5/Youth & Seniors



Veterans Memorial Pool

Veterans Memorial (Vets) Pool is located at 2150 Jackson Ave. Vets Pool offers a water slide and a zero-entry kids area with water spray areas. For 2018, Veterans Park received a new pool liner. Don’t miss our Veterans Park Playground Profile.

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Swim Lessons at Veterans Park (Many years ago)

COVID Safety Precautions: The day is broken into 2 hour swim windows each of which has limited capacity. Online reservations are recommended. Unlike Buhr and Fuller, Vets does not have separate lap swim reservations.. Lap lanes are available during general swim. (My daughter went last night)

At a Glance

Address: address
Hours: Immunocompromised: noon-2p daily, General Swim: 2-8p daily
Season: Labor Day-Memorial Day
Price: $6/ages 18-54, $5/Youth & Senior



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Rutherford Pool

Rutherford Pool is located in Ypsilanti’s Recreation Park.

Rutherford Pool originally opened in 1973 by the City of Ypsilanti. The Friends of Rutherford Pool took over upkeep and management in the early 2000s. The pool temporarily closed in after the 2011 season. After fundraising over $1 million in grants and donations, the pool was rebuilt and opened again for the 2014 season. The bathhouse was renovated for 2020 including new family changing rooms, a gender-neutral bathroom, and changes in the concession area and entrance.

More excited swimmers for family swim!!

Posted by Rutherford Pool on Friday, May 28, 2021

COVID Safety Precautions: Masks are required at the concession window and the bathhouse for the non-vaccinated. Plastic containers are suggested for masks to keep them dry while in the water. Reservations are not available, but occupancy is decreased

At a Glance

Address: 975 Congress St, Ypsilanti
Hours: 6:30-8a Adult Lap Swim (M-F)
noon-1p Adult Lap & Water Exercise (MWF)
noon-1p Adult Lap & Tot Splash (T, Th, Sa, Su)
1-4:50p Open Swim
5-6p Adult Lap Swim (MWF)
5-6p Adult Lap Swim, Tot Splash (T, Th, Sa, Su)
6-8p Family Swim (daily)
Season: Labor Day-Memorial Day Decreased weekday hours starting August 23
Pricing:
Adults: $4
Youth (1-4:450p): $3
Youth (6-8p): $2.25
Tot Splash: $2 (Age 4 & under, no older siblings)
Seniors (55+): $3
5 visit Punch Cards Available



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Water Parks


Rolling Hills

Rolling Hills Water Park is part of Rolling Hills County Park. The water park at Rolling Hills is quite extensive featuring a wave pool, two slide towers, zero entry section, splash pad and a lazy river. The splash pad was all new for 2019. My daughter loves Rolling Hills Water Park! We always have a great time as a family when we visit!

Rolling Hills Water Park Splash Pad

COVID Safety Precautions: Capacity is limited. All tickets are sold online in advance. They frequently sellout especially on weekends, Masks are required in restrooms and locker rooms regardless of vaccination status. . Social distancing is requested in lines with cones to indicate social distances. In a change from past years, there will be no deck chairs, but you can bring your own for grassy areas.

At a Glance

Address: 7660 Stony Creek Rd, Ypsilanti
Hours: noon-7p Daily
Season: Labor Day-Memorial Day – Hours typically vary the last 1-2 weeks of the season.
Price:
Washtenaw County Resident: $9 weekday, $11 weekend/holiday. Non resident prices are $2 more
Save $2 for kids 36+42″
Parking is $6/day for Residents, $10 for non-residents



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Independence Lake

Independence Lake offers both a beach for swimming and the Blue Heron Bay Spray Park.

The Blue Heron Bay Spray Park is finally opening on July 31 for the Summer 2021 season. The park offers a splash playground and a waterslide tower with two slides.

Water Dump at Independence Lake's Blue Heron Bay

Unlike Independence Lake which requires online ticket purchase, Blue Heron Bay passes are only available in person.

If you plan to visit often, I suggest buying a vehicle admission passes for $30/calendar year ($45 non-resident). Blue Heron Bay also offers annual passes. However with their late opening in 2021 it may not be worth the price. A family of 4 pass is $100 which would require which would require visiting more than 6 times.

At a Glance

Address: 3200 Jennings Rd, Whitmore Lake
Hours: Beach: 10a-8:30p Daily
Blue Heron Bay: 10a-5p Friday-Monday
Season: Beach is manned Memorial Day-Labor Day
Blue Heron Bay: July 31-Labor Day (except August 30)
Price:
$6 vehicle admission for county residents and $4 Blue Heron Bay admission for county residents ($10 vehicle, $5 BHB for non-residents)



Jump Island

In 2017 Jump Island brought an inflatable water park to Brighton State Recreation Area at Bishop Lake. We had a great time when we visited in both 2017 & 2018.

Jump Island Brighton - Course

They sell passes online which I highly recommend. Capacity is still limited due to COVID restrictions and they may sell out time slots in advance.

Admission fees are only for those participating in the inflatables. You can watch from shore or the shallow lake area for no added cost. Since our visit they have added a Splash Island option for kids 44-48″ tall. Admission is $9/one session and $15 for 2. Adults can accompany children to the equipment at no cost but cannot get on the equipment.

At a Glance

Address: 5426 Bishop Lake Rd, Brighton
Hours: 10a-8p
Season: through Labor Day
Price:
$15/45 min, $25 for 2 sessions, $30 for 3 sessions, $60 all day
Plus DNR Recreation Passport – $12 with your Michigan license plate or $17 when purchased separately


Get Wet at Home!

Getting wet at home is always fun – and can be very inexpensive.

There is no end to the ways that kids can get wet at home. Some ideas are to break out the sprinkler, water guns, sponges, water balloons, kiddie pool, slip & slide, and so much more. When my daughter was a preschooler, I even filled her sled with water to give her a place to play with boats and splash a little. It was easier to fill and move than a kiddie pool since it doesn’t hold as much water and is designed to slide.

Water Guns at Home

Or go big and invest in an inflatable water park.

Free Parks for Splashing

Our Parks for Splashing article includes free admission parks that have creeks, rivers, or lakes. These parks offer splashing all year with no admission fees! Note 2021 has been a very wet year. River and creek levels are higher than normal and faster moving. Use caution.

Ann Arbor Parks for Splashing

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2020 Information below this point. Working on upadting for 2021

Lakes

This is Michigan, there are plenty of lakes around – both Great and small – that have swimming beaches. I have only been to Independence Lake and Bishop Lake (for Jump Island), so I am looking to readers for suggestions of local lakes for swimming.

Beach at Independence Lake County Park

The Beach at Independence Lake County Park is scheduled to open June 5. We will see if the date is adjusted with the extension of the safer at home executive order. The entire park is closed for Memorial Day Weekend.

Island Lake

On the Island Lake Facebook page I inquired about the status of the beaches. They said they were working to have them available for the weekend by adding buoys. I would guess other DNR state parks would be the same.

Plymouth Sprayscape

The Plymouth Sprayscape is at 46640 W. Ann Arbor Trail, just east of Beck Rd. The sprayscape is free and typically operates from 10a-7:30p from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. The park also boasts a wooden play structure that resembles a fort. The kids always have a great time letting their imaginations run wild as they explore the structure.

I could not find any announcement from Plymouth Township about the status of their parks. I assume their facilities are closed like other parks and that this includes their sprayscape.


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Canton Sprayscapes

There are two splash playgrounds in Canton: Canton Heritage Park and Flodin Park. They are currently closed and will remain closed for the foreseeable future. We will update if they open. Both splash playgrounds typically operate from Memorial Day through Labor Day. They are open 11a-8p daily.

Canton Heritage Park

Canton Heritage Park‘s address is 1150 South Canton Center Dr. Once inside the park, the Splash Playground is near Summit on the Park Community Center. We visited once years ago with a group when my daughter was not a big fan of Splash Playgrounds. At the time, my impression was that the splash playground was fairly small.

Flodin Park

Flodin Park is on Saltz Rd between Morton Taylor Rd and Sheldon Road. I haven’t been to Flodin Park yet.

Splash Village

Zehnder’s Splash Village in Frankenmuth is a fun indoor water park at a hotel. This new expansion is light, airy, and offers a number of thrill slides for older kids. Day passes are available, but they are fairly pricey ($42/full day, $35/half day). It is also a little further from Ann Arbor than Splash Universe. It is listed as closed through May 28, but I believe that will be extended with the new Executive Order extending safer at home through June 12.

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Splash Universe

Splash Universe is in Dundee, about 20 minutes south of Ann Arbor. They offer water slides, spray scrapes, and a lazy river as well as a zero entry kids pool. Be sure to mention that you are from Washtenaw County as they typically offer a discounted daily admission rate for local residents. Splash Universe is a relatively small water park. Splash Universe is closed due to COVID-19. They have not announced a re-opening date yet.

Splash-Universe-Slide

Indoor Pools

Check out our Indoor Pool Guide to keep up with indoor options and their status. Indoor Pools include Goldfish Swim School, Meri Lou Murray Rec Center, and Saline Rec Center.

Ann Arbor Indoor Pool Guide

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