There’s no need to travel far for a wet and wild family getaway. Michigan has tons of fun indoor and outdoor waterparks that families will love and there’s are some of our top picks.



Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark (Boyne Falls)

Avalanche Bay is Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark and includes rides, slides, swimming pools, and an arcade. 


Canton Aquatic Center (Canton) 

The Aquatic Center is a fun-filled water environment for people of all ages and features a 5 lane lap pool, lazy river, water slide, zero-depth leisure pool with play features, and spa.


Dearborn Ford Center (Dearborn)

Enjoy exclusive use of our natatorium for your party or gathering. Our natatorium includes a leisure pool with zero-depth entry, water slide, lazy river, bubble couch, and spray amusements; a 25-yard long lap pool with a diving well and a drop slide; spa; and outdoor terrace.


The Hawk Aquatic Center (Farmington Hills)

The Hawk Aquatic Center leisure pool is a brand new zero-depth entry pool with a lazy river, water slide, and splash area.


Bavarian Inn (Frankenmuth) 

Enjoy seven acres of family fun at the Bavarian Inn Lodge – including our indoor water park with four indoor pools, two water slides, and a massive gaming area. Reserve your spot for a unique experience of Pretzel Rolling at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. With over 160 video and redemption games, air hockey, and pool tables, our Family Fun Center is the largest in any midwest hotel!


Zehnder’s Splash Village (Frankenmuth)

With over 50,000 square feet of aquatic excitement, experience the largest indoor waterpark in Michigan. Enjoy a six-story family raft ride and super loop drop slide; zero-entry activity pool with water geysers, water basketball, and volleyball, Action River, Splash Landing play area, Dumping Bucket, our four-story tube slides, the Giggling Gorge, and Perilous Plunge; relax in the Whimsical Whirl Hot Tub or just float along the Lazy River. 


Livonia Recreation Center (Livonia) 

6,500 SF of water that encourages adventure and unbelievable fun. This intriguing area begins with a zero-depth entrance where you can walk thru or around a water playground with sprays and geysers. Stroll to the lazy river where you can enjoy a leisurely ride on an inner-tube, enjoy a relaxing moment in the spa or swim in the four-lane, 25-yard warm-up pool. 


Soaring Eagle Waterpark (Mt. Pleasant)

Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel has 243 guest rooms, a 45,000 square foot indoor waterpark, and an arcade.


Double JJ Resort and Gold Rush Indoor Waterpark (Rothbury) 

Double JJ Resort is a 2,000-acre resort with a variety of lodging options from log homes to thoroughbred suites – dog-friendly accommodations too. Pick your stay and your activities which include an indoor waterpark, equestrian activities, and tubing.


Great Wolf Lodge (Traverse City)

Great Wolf Lodge defies the weather outside with an indoor water park experience that has young and old soaking in the fun!


Warren Community Center (Warren) 
The Warren Community Center Pool features water slides, a lazy river, splash pad and lap pool



Turtle Cove Family Aquatics Center (Belleville) 

Beat the summer heat at Lower Huron Metroparks’ Turtle Cove Family Aquatic Center! Enjoy two water slides, a kid’s spray shape with a 300-gallon dumping bucket, an endless lazy river, and a zero-depth entry pool with lap lanes.


Wayne County Family Aquatic Center (Detroit) 

Wayne County’s largest family waterpark sits on over 22,000 square feet of beautifully landscaped grounds and includes a wave pool, splash zone, and water slides. 


Red Oaks Waterpark (Madison Heights) 

This family-friendly waterpark offers multiple attractions: Wave-action pool; Triple-flume waterslide; Children’s water playground with 68 features; Water play area for toddlers; and 990-foot long moving river with fitness walking program available. The wave pool, river ride, and children’s water playground are heated.


Wildwater Adventure at Michigan’s Adventure (Muskegon) 

Wildwater Adventure has the Funnel of Fear, three-wave pools, body slides, speed slides, and more that will thrill you with big splashes and exciting water adventures. And don’t forget about Half Pint Paradise and Beach Party for those smallest family members. 


Park at Water’s Edge (Thompsonville) 

Crystal Mountain’s Park at Water’s Edge is a one-acre, outdoor water playground that provides a “splashtastic” time for kids of all ages. The highlight of the park is a 4,200 square-foot pool featuring a zero-depth entry pool, aquatic playground, water basketball, and three lap lanes. 


Troy Family Aquatic Center (Troy)

The Troy Family Aquatic Center is for summer fun! Pool with lap lanes, kiddie area, tube & body slides, sand areas with play-scape. Kids can spend the day splashing through the mountainous waterfall play area. Teens and adults will want to take the plunge down the park’s two 175 foot tube and body water slides. Kids can dig in the sand area, climb the playscape while adults can play in the two sand volleyball courts! 


Waterford Oaks Waterpark (Waterford Township) 

Waterford Oaks’ tropical wave pool features palm trees and bubbler fountains near the shore. A children’s water playground features more than 30 interactive activities. Also available are picnic areas with grills, concessions, bathhouses with showers and lockers, lounge chairs, and tubes.


Rolling Hills Water Park (Ypsilanti) 

Rolling Hills Water Park is your ticket to wet and wild summer fun! Float down the lazy river, catch a wave in the wave pool, or take a trip down one of the awesome water slides! The Activity Pool is popular with younger children due to its zero-depth entry, gentle bubbler, geysers, waterfall, and a kiddie slide for children under 45″ tall. 


Photo credit: Great Wolf Lodge


About Ashley Hubbbard-Porter

Ashley Porter is a Chicago native who now calls Birmingham home. Ashley and her husband Mike and son Jake love attending local festivals, exploring Detroit’s diverse food scene, and venturing outside of Metro Detroit to enjoy the natural beauty of Michigan. With a background in Early Childhood Education, Ashley loves connecting with and supporting families in her community, which is why she is so excited to be a part of LittleGuide Detroit.