Indoor Water Park Fun in Pure Michigan

Is your family looking for a wet and wild adventure this winter? With a number of exciting indoor water parks right here in our state, there’s no need to travel far for some fun. Whether it’s a day trip or a full weekend getaway, nothing brings families closer together than a Pure Michigan water park adventure.

Here are a few indoor water parks to check out around the state. For more ideas, visit michigan.org.

Great Wolf Lodge

The Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City features a 38,000 square-foot indoor water park with 8 waterslides, 5 pools, 2 whirlpools and a 4-story/12-level interactive Tree House Water Fort. The state-of-the-art facility utilizes nearly 200,000 gallons of water that is splashed, sprayed, waved and played in by both kids and parents alike.

Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark

Experience the ultimate family adventure at Michigan’s largest indoor water park, Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark in Boyne Falls. This 88,000 square foot aquatic playground offers a complete sensory experience for all ages, and features expansive series of falls, tubes, waves and pools.

Surfari Joe’s Indoor Wilderness Water Park

Michigan’s newest indoor water park, Surfari Joe’s Indoor Wilderness Water Park in Watervliet offers a great escape from the everyday hustle and bustle. With two premier water slides, a kiddie water playground with tipping bucket, lazy river and activity pool and hot tub with waterfall, there’s something to please people of all ages. Whether it’s to host your child’s birthday party or just get away with the family for a day, Surfari Joe’s has plenty of options to meet your needs.

Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel & Waterpark

Treat your family to an unforgettable weekend at Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel & Waterpark in Frankenmuth. Enjoy over 30,000 sq. ft. of aquatic fun with Splash landing play area, dumping bucket, giggling gorge and Perilous plunge.  Mellow out by relaxing in the whimsical whirl hot tub or just float along the Crooked Brook Creek lazy river. After splashing around, experience some of Frankenmuth’s many other offerings – including Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, located just next door to Zehnder’s.

Gold Rush Waterpark

Gold Rush Waterpark at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury is home to 60,000 square feet of indoor water park excitement – including Western Michigan’s tallest indoor waterslide. More thrill slides, a lazy/crazy river, wave pool, water fort, toddler pool, water basketball, and hot tubs offer tons of fun 365 days a year.

From our Community: What’s your Favorite Place in Michigan to get Comfort Food?

As temperatures drop, it’s the perfect time of year to cozy up with friends and family and enjoy your favorite comfort foods. From the mac and cheese at the Clarkston Union Bar & Kitchen to the chicken at Zehnder’s or Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth, there are plenty of places to indulge in your favorite comfort dishes across the state – including a few hidden gems.

We got some great responses over the weekend when we asked fans on our Facebook page: “What’s your favorite place in Michigan to get comfort food?” Here are some comments we wanted to share. Thanks to everyone who responded!

xochimilcos in Mexican town in Detroit.” – Alex Gurne

“Chicken Jalapeno soup at Art’s in Glen Arbor!” – Aline Levanen Gauss

“The best breakfast comfort food is at Suomi’s, in Houghton, way up in da UP. Traditional Finnish breakfast and regular breakfast foods. All. SO. GOOD.” – Olivia Zajac

RUB BBQ across from Comerica park has the best Mac n Cheese hands down.” – Jesse Cahill

Clarkston Union has awesome (gourmet) mac n cheese.” – Patrick Fetterman

“Mac and cheese from Blue Tractor in Traverse City. ♥ it!!” – Chelsea Lyn

Grand Rapids: Hopcat – Killer Mac n Cheese. Tip: add bacon and jalapenos, mmmm!” – Kevin Littlepage

“The Hilltop in L’anse. Cinnamon rolls the size of your head.” – Robert Bruce Brevitz

Central City Tap House in downtown Kalamazoo serves mac & cheese with pork belly. Can’t think of a more perfect combination! Plus vast scotch whisky menu and craft beers.” – Karel Juhl

Slow’s BBQ in Corktown, and the Mac ‘n Cheese at Zingermans Deli in A2 (Ann Arbor) can’t be beat. It’s divine!” – Colleen Smith Adkins

“Besides my own kitchen, DeLuca’s in Lansing.” – Lucy Dionise Platte

Fieldstone Grille in Portage…they have the best pot roast sandwhich!” – Jennifer Zindler

“At home; my husbands meatloaf. It must be why God made cows! And Zehnder’s in Frankenmuth for CHICKEN !!! YAY!!!” – Sarahlynn E Kelly

Beach Reflection

Special thanks to Guest blogger Courtney Decker Bradford for detailing her optimism for the upcoming seasons, and a personal reflection of another beautiful Michigan summer!

Sunset in Ludington

As I sit on the beach as dusk falls, I am in awe of the vibrance of one of God’s brilliant creations – the sunset.  The boats drifting in with the backdrop of sun and seagulls leads to reflection.  Not the sun’s reflection on the water but my reflection – I reflect over the past months as summer reaches its end in this great State.  I remember my family’s dinner at “The Hamlin” restaurant in Ludington and our trip to “31 Flavors” where large amounts of ice cream were consumed without guilt.  I smile as I reminisce over the long walk through the woods to a more private beach area in Saugatuck.

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