Now that this winter’s polar vortex is behind us (whew!) it’s time to set our sights on summer! One of the best ways to spend a hot summer day is at a water park or splash pad. Here is a list of some of the best ones in the Metro Detroit area.
Wayne County Family Aquatic Center– This is the premier water park in the Detroit area. The big draw for the big kids and the kids at heart is the 23 foot-high waterslide. Available rafts for this slide are the single or double rafts. For the slightly less adventurous, there is the Way Cool Wave Pool. It starts out at zero depth and goes to six feet deep. Swim in the pool or enjoy the random-sized waves that pop up frequently. For the little ones there is Splish Splash Land. The maximum depth her is two feet and it features over 100 spray fountains for your kids’ frolicking pleasure. The Family Aquatic Center is located at 12600 Chandler Park Dr. Detroit, MI. From Memorial Day until June 14 the park is open on weekends from 11am-7pm. From June 14th until Labor Day the park is open daily from 11am-7pm. The cost for Wayne County residents is $2 for children under 2, $5 for children 2-12 and $7 for everyone over 12. For residents of any other county add $1.00. For more information, visit the website.
Waterford Oaks Water Park– For those a little north of the city, try Waterford Oaks. Like the Family Aquatic Center, Waterford Oakes features a wave pool as well. There are even palm trees to feel like you are on a tropical vacation. For real fun, try the Ragin’ Rapids. This slide is done on a group raft and is three stories worth of fun. The regular season for this park is June 6th-August 24th. Monday through Friday the hours are 11am-7pm. Hours during the weekends and holidays are 10am-7pm. On weekends and holidays the rate is $12 ($10 for residents of Oakland County). On weekdays, the rate is $8.00. There are special rates for groups, times of day and age, so call or check the website before you go. Parking is free along with rafts, deck chairs, and picnic tables based on availability. For more information, visit this website.
Red Oaks Water Park– Like Waterford Oaks, this park is operated by Oakland County. Among the attractions here is the River Ride. The River Ride is a twisting and winding 990 foot river perfect to relax on on a hot day. The little ones will enjoy Soak Station; the children’s water playground with tons of play stations. This park also features an area specifically for toddlers; the Spray and Play. For the bigger kids, the wave-action pool is a huge hit. There is also a triple turn waterslide. There is endless fun to be had here for the whole family. The park opens on May 24th and closes on September 1st. Most weekdays the park is open from 11am-7pm and weekends from 10am-7pm. There are special hours for various days during the summer so be sure to check with the website first. The charge for everyone over two years of age is $12 and $7 for residents of Oakland County. Just like Waterford Oaks, there is free parking, deck chairs and rafts. For more information, visit here.