Is your family looking for a wet and wild adventure for Spring Break? 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.
If you are heading to the Upper Peninsula, reserve a stay at the Fairview Beachfront Inn & Water Park in Mackinaw City. Water cannons, geysers, dump buckets and more fun fill our indoor 5,000-square-foot Cast-a-way Bay Waterpark. Adults can enjoy a huge 25-person Jacuzzi. Day passes and packages are available and the inn is only minutes away from the Mackinac Island ferries. During summer months the private sandy beach is perfect for picnics and a view of Mackinac Island.
Avalanche Bay at Boyne Mountain is an 88,000-square-foot water playground, the largest in Michigan. Enjoy five water slides, a lazy river, hot tubs, interactive play structure, wave rider surf pool and climbing wall. Boyne Mountain also offers guests a menu of activities including Michigan’s finest downhill skiing, amazing golf, a pampered retreat at the Solace Spa. Lodging options include hotel rooms, chalets and charming Austrian-themed houses.
Traverse City offers the Great Wolf Lodge, a hotel and four-story water park with 250,000 gallons of fun and eight water slides, five pools, and a giant water fort. Fort McKenzie is an interactive tree house with suspension bridges, soaking spray stations and more. A 1,000-gallon water bucket dumps down at intervals to add to the fun. A three-person toboggan ride winds 336-feet through the water park and there’s a 25-foot rock climbing wall with secure harness equipment. Adults can retreat to Aveda, a full-service spa. Rustic-themed suites accommodate four to eight guests.
Northern Michigan also offers an indoor water park at Comfort Suites Lakeside in the resort town of Houghton Lake. This 9,000-square foot water park offers water slides, a lazy river, kid’s pool and a hot tub. Boaters can dock nearby and take in a round at one of five golf courses.
Located in Rothbury near Muskegon, the Double JJ Resort is home to a 60,000-square foot Gold Rush Indoor Waterpark. Guests can play water basketball, try out the water slide, float down the lazy river and venture into the wave pool or water fort. Take a thrill ride on the white water raft, a choice of tubes and Michigan’s tallest indoor waterslide. There’s an indoor/outdoor family hot tub and one just for adults. Visitors not staying at the ranch can purchase day passes to the water park, which is open weekends for winter months. Call ahead for exact times and dates.
The Bavarian-themed town of Frankenmuth offers two types of water adventures. At the Bavarian Inn Lodge guests can dip into five indoor pools and three whirlpools. One pool features a waterfall and another is just for adults. A special pool is designated for toddlers and there is a two-story children’s play village. Kids and parents can play a round of indoor miniature golf or more than 100 arcade games. The lodge offers dining, 350 rooms and suites, and several packages for families, groups and special occasions. The inn overlooks the Cass River and it’s a short walk to the Bavarian Inn restaurant and Main Street shops.
Treat your family to an unforgettable weekend at Zehnder's Splash Village Hotel & Waterpark. Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel & Indoor Waterpark, just one mile from downtown Frankenmuth and next door to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, offers 30,000 square feet of aquatic adventures. The huge dumping buckets pours out 400 gallons of warm water and there are two, four-story tube slides, a lazy river, toddler area, water geysers and sprays and a hot tub. The 146-room hotel also offers a game arcade, snack bar and dining for breakfast and lunch. Many packages include dinner at Zehnder’s Restaurant on Main Street. Guests may use the free shuttle to dine and shop in downtown Frankenmuth.
Not far from downtown Detroit is the 248-room Best Western Sterling Inn in Sterling Heights. Plunge into the 22,000-square-foot indoor water park that includes a three-story water slide, lazy river and geysers. Kids can enjoy a 2,300 square foot interactive Splash Play Park. The inn also has an indoor running track, basketball court, video game arcade and a fitness center.
Splash Universe Water Park Resort, attached to the Holiday Inn & Suites hotel, is the perfect destination for your family's next adventure. Located next to Cabela's, Splash Universe is a 25,000 square foot water park that offers over 100,000 gallons of water park fun. Enjoy the outdoors, indoors year round at Splash Universe Dundee, including an indoor water park featuring water slides, adventure areas, a Ripplin' River and an interactive play structure perfect for kids of all ages.
There are more indoor water park adventures available at the Holiday Inn Express South in Grand Rapids. The Big Dip Indoor Water Park has a 3-story double figure eight water slide, kiddie pool, hot tub, whirlpool and a Jungle Jim.
The 18,000-square foot Surfari Joe's Indoor Wilderness Water Park in Watervliet, just northeast of Benton Harbor, is open on week-ends for splashing good fun. Check ahead before you go for times and dates. The park includes water, body and tube slides, a toddler’s water play area, lazy river and hot tub. There is also a video arcade.
Opening May 2012 is the Soaring Eagle Waterpark & Hotel, located in Mount Pleasant. The hotel will feature a 45,000-square-foot water park and be more than an acre in size. The hotel will offer 243 guest rooms, family suites and other accommodations.