Ann Arbor Water Parks

Splash the Day Away at an Ann Arbor Water Park

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Your water-loving, adventure seeking kids will have a blast at these Ann Arbor Water Parks.

Outdoor Water Parks

Outdoor water parks operate seasonally – typically Memorial Day to Labor Day. These are a great way to spend a summer day.

Rolling Hills

Rolling Hills Water Park is part of Rolling Hills County Park. It is the largest water park near Ann Arbor.

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 - Old Slides

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.
Washtenaw County Resident: $11 weekend/holiday. Non resident: $13
Parking is $6/day for Residents, $10 for non-residents

Rolling Hills Water Park Lazy River


Blue Heron Bay

Blue Heron Bay is part of Washtenaw County’s Independence Lake Park

Blue Heron Bay caused a bit of internal debate as to whether it is a water park or a splash pad. It has a large splash pad and a slide tower. The presence of the slide tower pushed it for inclusion in the water park list.

The park offers a splash playground and a waterslide tower with two slides.

Water Dump at Independence Lake's Blue Heron Bay

Unlike Rolling Hills which requires online ticket purchases, 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. A family of 4 pass is $100 which would require which would require visiting more than 6 times. Or $30 for an individual.

Independence Lake also offers a beach for swimming.

At a Glance

Address: 3200 Jennings Rd, Whitmore Lake
Hours: Blue Heron Bay: 10a-5p Friday-Monday. Limited weekday service starting August 22
Season: Blue Heron Bay: early June-Labor Day (except August 30)
$6 vehicle admission for county residents and $4/person Blue Heron Bay admission for county residents ($10 vehicle, $5 BHB for non-residents)

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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. Even before COVID capacity limitations, they often sold out of time slots especially on the weekend.

Since our visit they have added a Splash Island option for kids 42-48″ tall. Admission is $8/one session and $15 for 2. Adults can accompany children to the Splash Island equipment at no cost but cannot get on the equipment.

Admission fees are only for those participating in the inflatables. You can watch from shore or the shallow lake area for no added cost.

You can also swim at Bishop Lake in front of the inflatables without paying for Jump Island.

At a Glance

Address: 5426 Bishop Lake Rd, Brighton
Hours: 10a-8p
Season: Friday, May 27 – Labor Day
$20/45 min, $30 for 2 sessions, $35 for 3 sessions, Splash Island – $8/session, $15/2 sessions
Plus DNR Recreation Passport – $12 with your Michigan license plate or $17 when purchased separately

Splash ‘n’ Blast

Splash ‘n’ Blast is located at Kensington Metropark’s Martindale Beach. It features a splash pad and a 2 slide tower.

Kensington Metropark Splash 'N' Blast will have a delayed opening on Friday 7/23 and will open at 2 p.m. We look forward to welcoming you to cool off with us then.

Posted by Huron-Clinton Metroparks on Thursday, July 22, 2021

Note: you must be 42″ to ride the water slides

In addition to Splash ‘n’ Blast, you can swim in the lake right there at Martindale Beach or travel through the park to Maple Beach.

At a Glance

Address: 4570 Huron River Parkway Milford
Hours: 11a-7p
Season: Memorial Day-Labor Day
$7 for 42″+, $6 for 30-42″, Free for under 30″ . Save $1 after 5p.
Plus $10 vehicle admission or Metroparks annual pass


Turtle Cove Family Aquatic Center

Turtle Cove Family Aquatic Center is part of Lower Huron Metropark.

Turtle Cove features 2 large slides, a lazy river, a 300 gallon giant dumping bucket, and a zero-entry pool complete with lap lanes,

Today’s the day – the Turtle Cove Family Aquatic Center at Lower Huron Metropark is officially open for the season….

Posted by Huron-Clinton Metroparks on Thursday, July 1, 2021

At a Glance

Address: 40151 East Huron River Drive, Belleville
Hours: noon-7p
Season: Now Open (Delayed 2022 Opening) – Labor Day
Weekend: $12 for 48″+, $10 for 30-48″, Free for under 30″. Save $1 on weekdays. $8 twilight (5-7p)
Plus $10 vehicle admission or Metroparks annual pass


Indoor Water Parks

Indoor water parks are a year round option. These water parks are affiliated with hotels, but also offer daily admission options.

Zehnder’s Splash Village

Zehnder’s Splash Village in Frankenmuth expanded a couple of years ago. My daughter and I visited with friends over mid-winter break in 2016. The new expansion is bright and airy with a new family raft slide, a drop slide, a second lazy river and a pool area. The original area offers two tube slides, play structure, kids play area, and more.

Zehnders Splash Village

They have limited capacity. It is recommended to book your day tickets before driving up from Ann Arbor. Get more details on their website.

At a Glance

Address: 1365 S Main St, Frankenmuth
Hours: Vary by the day
Varies by day – Currently $35 half-day/$45 full-day on weekdays, and $45 half-day/$55 full day on weekends


Splash Universe (Hopefully Reopening in late 2022)

Splash Universe is located in Dundee near Cabelas. They have two tube slides, a play structure with smaller slides, a lazy river, and a special area for small kids.

Splash Universe

Their Facebook page was updated on April 14 2022 with an article from WTOL that they plan a May or June opening. They have reopened the hotel, but not the waterpark yet.

At a Glance

Address: 100 Whitetail Dr, Dundee
Hours: Currently Closed due to COVID & property sale. Latest update is a May/June 2022 reopening.

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