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

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

Rolling Hills Water Park Lazy River

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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 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 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. 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.

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
Season: Blue Heron Bay: July 31-Labor Day (except August 30)
Price:
$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. Capacity is still limited due to COVID restrictions and they may sell out time slots in advance.

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 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: 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



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
Price:
$6 for 42″+, $5 for 30-42″, Free for under 30″
Plus $10 vehicle admission or Metroparks annual pass



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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 DriveBelleville,
Hours: noon-7p Thursday-Sunday
Season: July 1 – Presumably Labor Day
Price:
$11 for 48″+, $10 for 30-48″, Free for under 30″
Plus $10 vehicle admission or Metroparks annual pass



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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
Price:
Varies by day – Currently $35 half-day/$45 full-day on weekdays, and $45 half-day/$55 full day on weekends



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Splash Universe (Hopefully Reopening in November 2021)

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 August 12, 2021 for the first time since November 2020. They are aiming for a November 2021 reopening. Their website is no longer operating and currently has a parked domain on it.

I have not personally been to Splash Universe in many years. When I initially shared this article in August 2021, several readers commented that the last few times they visited it was dirty.

At a Glance

Address: 100 Whitetail Dr, Dundee
Hours: Currently Closed due to COVID. Aiming for November 2021 Reopening
Price:
TBD


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