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Ann Arbor Water Parks - Slides coming out of rock formation at Rolling Hills Water Park - with a girl riding down the slide on the right in a tube

Splash the Day Away at an Ann Arbor Water Park

Your water-loving, adventure seeking kids will have a blast at these Ann Arbor Water Parks. These parks feature large water slides, spray playgrounds, lazy rivers, wave pools, and so much more.

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 large. It has a wave pool, two slide towers, zero entry section, spraygrounds and a lazy river. The spraygrounds was all new for 2019.

New for 2024 is a special Tot Time on the spraygrounds. Only kids 54″ and under will be allowed on the spraygrounds from 1-2p and 4-5 daily.

My daughter loves Rolling Hills Water Park! We always have a great time as a family when we visit!

Online ticket sales are now available to limit your time spent in line. It also ensures getting tickets before they reach capacity for the day.

Rolling Hills Water Park - Old Slides

At a Glance

Address: 7660 Stony Creek Rd, Ypsilanti
Hours: noon-7p Daily
Season: Memorial Day-Labor Day – Hours may change at end of season
Price: Washtenaw County Resident: $11. Non resident: $13
Vehicle Admission: $6/day ($30/year) for Residents, $10/day ($45/year) for non-residents.

Rolling Hills Water Park Lazy River

Blue Heron Bay Spray Park

Blue Heron Bay Spray Park 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.

An Annual Pass for Blue Heron Bay is available for individuals or a family of 4.

Water Dump at Independence Lake's Blue Heron Bay

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 admission 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-6p Daily. Weekend only before June 8 and after August 19.
Season: Blue Heron Bay: May 25-Labor Day
Price:
Washtenaw County Resident: $4. Non resident: $5
Vehicle Admission:
$6/day ($30/year) for Residents, $10/day ($45/year) for non-residents.



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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 at Kensington. There are beaches at Martindale Beach near Splash ‘n’ Blast, or travel through the park to Maple Beach.

At a Glance

Address: 4570 Huron River Parkway Milford
Hours: 11a-7p
Season: Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day
Price:
$7 for 42″+, $6 for 30-42″, Free for under 30″ . Save $1 after 5p.
Plus $10 vehicle admission or Metroparks annual pass ($40/resident, $45/non-resident)



Turtle Cove Water Park

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

Turtle Cove features 2 large slides, a lazy river, and a giant 300-gallon dumping bucket. It also has a zero-entry pool 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: Weekday: noon-7p
Season: Opening June 15 – Labor Day
Price:
Weekend: $12 for 48″+, $10 for 30-48″, Free for under 30″. Save $1 on weekdays. Twilight rate: $8 (last 2 hours)
Plus $10 vehicle admission or Metroparks annual pass



Jump Island

Sadly Jump Island has not been around since the 2022 season when they operated an inflatable water park at Brighton State Recreation area.. Their website and social media are gone. We had a great time when we visited in both 2017 & 2018 and will miss them

Jump Island Brighton - Course

Indoor Water Parks

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


Zehnder’s Splash Village

Zehnder’s Splash Village in Frankenmuth expanded in the mid 2010s with a whole new section of the water park. My daughter and I visited with friends over mid-winter break in 2016 to check out the expansion.

The new expansion is bright and airy. It has a 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, but is much darker.

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: Summer: 9a-9p weekdays, 9a-10p weekends
Price:
Varies by day – Typically $43 half-day/$51 full-day on weekdays. $58 half-day/$68 full day on weekends/holidays



Splash Universe – Now Reopen!

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

After closing in 2020, the hotel has a new operator who has been doing large upgrades. As of May 2024, they have reopened the pool and arcade and are waiting on the restaurant.

At a Glance

Address: 100 Whitetail Dr, Dundee
Hours: Finally Reopened in May 2024
Price:
From social media comments: $60/day with a $40/day weekday special in May

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