Water Parks & Splash Parks: Summer in Metro Detroit

By: Amber Ogden | June 30, 2015
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Most of you probably have a long weekend coming up to celebrate Independence Day, and you’re surely going to want to spend some time outdoors! In that case, why not head to a water park?

If you’re looking for somewhere to spend a fun day splashin’ away with the fam in southeast Michigan, check out one of the following:

Turtle Cove Family Aquatic Center, 17845 Savage Rd., Belleville, is located at Lower Huron Metropark. You can enjoy multiple waterslides, a lazy river, kid’s sprayscape and more. The Turtle Cove Grille serves food and beverages to keep you hydrated and hunger-free throughout the day.

The Aquatic Center is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Admission is free for children under 30 inches and costs $10 for adults 48 inches and above.

Whether you're going out on a fishing trip, discovering new hiking spots, or heading out for a weekend of camping, the Trailblazer is an ideal companion for your active lifestyle.

Splash n’ Blast at Kensington Metropark, 2240 Buno Rd., Milford, includes two twisted waterslides and a spray area for smaller children. You’ll find the Splash n’ Blast on Kensington’s Martindale Beach, and the park is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the summer.

A daily vehicle permit is required at Kensington, which costs $7 per car. If you’re going to be frequenting the Splash n’ Blast a lot this summer, consider the annual pass for $30!

Wayne County Family Aquatic Center, 12600 Chandler Park Dr., Detroit, boasts a wave pool, splish-splash land for toddlers and children and two 23-foot high water slides, where you’ll reach speeds of nearly 15 mph on your way down!

If you’re not quite comfortable in the water yet, consider taking a swim lesson at the Aquatic Center. The park is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Labor Day and admission costs $2 for tots, $5 for children ages 3 to 12 and $7 for adults.

Red Oaks Waterpark, 1455 E. 13 Mile Rd., Madison Heights, is located in Oakland County, where you’ll find a wave pool, triple turn waterslide, soak station, spray and play area for toddlers and a moving river for tubing.

The wave pool, river ride and children’s playground are all heated, so even if the temperature dips, you can still enjoy the water! The water park is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on weekends and holidays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Weekday rates cost $15 ($10 for residents of Oakland County) and weekend/holiday rates cost $18 ($13 for residents), which includes parking.

Additional water parks worth checking out include Troy Family Aquatic Center, 3425 Civic Center Dr., Troy, and Waterford Oaks Waterpark, 1702 Scott Lake Rd., Waterford Twp. Don’t miss out on Slide the City in Ann Arbor this weekend on Saturday, July 4, either.

Have fun splashing around, Metro Detroiters. And don’t forget the sunscreen!