School is right around the summer and if you’re looking to end the summer on a high note, here are LittleGuide’s favorites that your family will love!

Toledo Zoo

The Toledo Zoo has it all – stunning animal habitats, a Natural History Museum, massive playgrounds, conservatory, Aquarium, splash pad and Aerial Adventure Course ALL included with general admission. Kids can also ride the train and go on the carousel for only a couple of dollars.  Your visit to the zoo will feel more like a visit to an amusement park with activities that easily can fill an entire day.

Blue Heron Bay Splash Pad

Blue Heron Bay Spray Park offers a summer oasis for families looking to make a splash. Center stage you’ll find the family zone tower with an orange kitty slide that is perfect for young kids and a 50 gallon dump bucket. The playset is surrounded by a water jet spider, water buckets, dragon spray rings and sprayers. Those looking for extra adventure, can get in line for two giant waterslides that are younger-kid friendly.

Indian Springs Metropark

Check out the Indian Springs Environmental Discovery Center and find hands-on nature activities and a viewing area under a pond. Borrow a nature backpack and explore the prairie, woodlands and wetlands for an outdoor adventure. Afterwards stop by the playground and cool off at the splash pad.

Cranbrook On The Green

Experience the Cranbrook campus like never before and make your way through the 10-hole miniature golf course on the grounds of the Cranbrook Art Museum at Cranbrook On The Green. It’s a unique family activity that makes for great photo ops AND its set right next to the public gardens that are beautiful to explore.

Wayne County Family Aquatic Center

A favorite for readers this year has been Wayne County’s Family Aquatic Center. The Aquatic Center sits on over 22,000 square feet of beautifully landscaped grounds and features a zero depth entry Wave Pool, Children’s Splash Pad and two 23ft water slides that can be used with your body or a water tube. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for kids making it an affordable outing before school starts.

Photo credit: Blue Heron Bay Splash Pad