Rolling Hills Water Park – Wednesday Activity Review

This review of Rolling Hills Water Park is part of our Summer Series: Wednesday Activity Reviews. Rolling Hills hosted us in August 2019 to update this review

Yesterday we visited Rolling Hills Water Park for the first time in the 2019 season. We tried to visit early in the season before my daughter’s swim meets and softball practices on the weekend, but with cold temperatures and storms, there was not a good day to go.

Rolling Hills Water Park - View from Plunge Peak

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Our Visit to Rolling Hills Water Park

As always, we had a great time at Rolling Hills Water Park. We usually visit close to opening to beat the crowds. This year we switched it up with a late afternoon visit from 3:30-5:30p. With cooler temperatures it was not that crowded even in mid-afternoon.

New Splash Pad

For 2019, they have a brand new splash pad with a pirate ship theme. The prior splash pad was removed after the 2017 season.

Rolling Hills Water Park Splash Pad

Even at 13 my daughter had a blast on the new splash pad. She had to kneel down, but she gladly took aim at mom and the camera with one of the water guns.

Rolling Hills Water Park - Splash Pad - Taking Aim at Mom

In addition to my daughter, I saw several other teens enjoying the slide. However, I think they need a longer landing pad. I saw many kids including my daughter slide right off the end and keep going. I didn’t hear any complaints so the concrete must be pretty smooth there. The smaller slide had a back stop at the end of the pad.

Rolling Hills Water Park - Splashpad slide

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Water Slides

There are two sets of water slides at Rolling Hills Water Park. Plunge Peak is the “new” slide tower that was added in 2013. It has three body slides…one twisting tube slide (yellow), one open twisting slide (blue), and an open speed slide (green). These are free standing slides which each terminate in a chute instead of a larger pool. These slides can have long lines when the park is crowded. Hint, the lines usually get longer when the wave pool is off. New this year are benches next to Plunge Peak for observers.

Rolling Hills Water Park - New Slide Tower

Slide Mountain is the “old” slides that are built into the rock formations behind the wave pool. There is both a tube slide and a body slide. Smaller children can ride the tube slide in a parents lap. Make sure to check the ground at the bottom of the stairs to make sure you are in the correct line (tube or body).

Rolling Hills Water Park - Old Slides

There is also a small slide for toddlers and preschoolers (under 42″ height). Parents can stand at the bottom to catch their kids. This small slide is part of the larger zero entry pool.

Rolling Hills Water Park - Kiddie Slide

White Cap Bay Wave Pool

White Cap Bay wave pool is one of my daughter’s favorite parts of Rolling Hills. She is always listening for the bell indicating that it is active. When she was younger, she liked riding an inner tube as the waves bounced her up and down. Now, as a strong swimmer, she loves diving through the waves without a tube and riding them into the “shore” The wave pool is something that families of all ages can enjoy together.

Rolling Hills Water Wave Pool

Lazy River

The Lazy River is in the back of the water park and is also an activity for all ages. There are two paths through the lazy river. The action channel includes bucket dumps, a wall of water, jets, and more. The calm channel without these spray features a more relaxed experience. There are both double and single tubes available for the Lazy River so that you can navigate the lazy river with a friend or family member. The Lazy River is perfect for both the kids who zoom through the course by walking their tubes or swimming and the adult who enjoys a lazy ride.

Rolling HIlls - Lazy River from Plunge Peak

Zero Entry Pool

Rolling Hills Water park has a Zero Entry Pool between Slide Mountain and the wave pool. While it has a maximum depth of less than 4 feet, my daughter loves swimming around, particularly in and out of the waterfall.

Snack Bar

Rolling Hills Water Park has a great Snack Bar that features fresh grilled burgers and boneless chicken breasts for sandwiches or salads. We typically have lunch at the snack bar. With our late afternoon timing and having leftovers at home for dinner, we did not eat at the snack bar this year.

I love that they grill the burgers and chicken to order. Kids meal options are hot dogs or PB&J Uncrustables – although my daughter has been getting a burger for years. Their chicken caesar salad is also delicious. It looked so good that my daughter who didn’t eat salad at time asked to try a bite. She loved it. More recently she and I have spilt a salad and a cheeseburger. Prices are reasonable with my family of 3 typically eating for under $20 – a rarity these days.

Rolling Hills Water Park - Snack Bar Cheeseburger

If you are more in the mood for a cold treat, they also offer Arctic Chills (flavored shaved ice), smoothies, and frozen yogurt.


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Since we typically arrive close to opening and ride the slides before the crowds arrive, we then break for lunch before 12:20. Around 1p, the food lines get long and stay that way most of the day. Purchased food must be eaten in the snack bar area. If you want to bring your own food, you can get a handstamp and eat outside the water park.

Rolling Hills Video

Check out our video from 2017 – just remember that the sprayground will be different.

Visiting Rolling Hills Water Park

Age Range

Rolling Hills Water Park offers something for all ages. Kids as young as toddlers will enjoy the zero entry pool, sand area, and the kiddie slide. At the same time, there are enough thrills for tweens and teens to enjoy a visit. While there is enough for toddlers to enjoy, I would recommend a minimum age of 4 or 5. We’ve been bringing our daughter since she was 4.5 and she still loves it at 13.


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Getting to Rolling Hills

Rolling Hills Water Park is part of Rolling Hills County Park. The park is located at 7660 Stony Creek Rd in Ypsilanti Township.

Admission Rates

New for 2019 is the option to skip the line and buy your tickets online. This is awesome! In the past we frequently waited 20 minutes or more to pay at the gate. With your online purchase, you just go to the side window and hand over your confirmation.

Rolling Hills County Park has a vehicle entry fee ($6 for county residents and $10 for non-residents). An annual vehicle pass is available for $30 (county resident)/$45 (non-resident). You annual vehicle pass is also valid at Independence Lake where you can visit the Blue Heron Bay splash park or the lake.

Admission to the Rolling Hills Water Park is an additional daily charge with the following rates:

  • Resident Rates
    • Weekday
      • Adult $8
      • Child (36-42″ tall) $6
      • After 5p Adult $6
      • After 5p Child (36-42″ tall) $4
    • Weekend/Holiday
      • Adult $10
      • Child (36-42″ Tall) $8
  • Non-Resident Rates
    • Weekday
      • Adult $10
      • Child (36-42″ tall) $8
      • After 5p Adult $7
      • After 5p Child (36-42″ tall) $5
    • Weekend/Holiday
      • Adult $13
      • Child (36-42″ Tall) $11

Kids 36″ and shorter are always free.

Water Park Hours

Rolling Hills Water Park opens on Memorial Day Weekend. Their typical hours are 11a-7p on weekdays and 11a-8p on weekends and holidays.

From May 28-31 and June 3-7 they are open 11a-5p. In August, they will also be open only 11a-5p on August 19-23 and 26-30. They close for the season on Labor Day.

After the season, they typically have 2 Doggy Dips.

Date/Time Event
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09/07/2019
10:00am-12:45pm
Doggy Dip
at Rolling Hills County Park, Ypsilanti Michigan
09/07/2019
10:00am-12:45pm
Doggy Dip
at Rolling Hills County Park, Ypsilanti Michigan
09/08/2019
11:00am-12:45pm
Doggy Dip
at Rolling Hills County Park, Ypsilanti Michigan
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09/08/2019
11:00am-12:45pm
Doggy Dip - Day 2!
at Rolling Hills County Park, Ypsilanti Michigan

More Pools & Water Parks

Besides Rolling Hills Water Park there are several other places to get wet during the summer. Check out these 11 Pools, Water Parks, and more.

Ann Arbor Swimming Pools & Other Places to Get Wet
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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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