11 Incredible Indoor Water Parks in Michigan

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.

1. Fairview Beachfront Inn & WaterparkMackinaw City

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.

2. Avalanche BayBoyne City

Rip Zone at Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark
Rip Zone at Avalanche Bay | Photo Courtesy of Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark

Experience the ultimate family adventure at Michigan’s largest indoor water park. 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.

3. Great Wolf LodgeTraverse City

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Great Wolf Lodge Waterpark in Traverse City | Photo Courtesy of Pure Michigan

Traverse City offers the Great Wolf Lodge, the ultimate family resort. With over 38,000 square feet of splash-loaded rides, slides and pools, you're sure to find a favorite. The water park features eight waterslides, five unique pools, a multi-story interactive tree house, and a 1,000-gallon tipping bucket. And when you're ready to dry off the fun continues outside the water park. Grab a wand and battle a dragon in MagiQuest or get an ice cream-themed manicure at Scoops Kid Spa before gathering your family in our Grand Lobby for nightly fireside Story Time. There's plenty for mom and dad too with a full-service Spa, fitness room, and plenty of shopping and dining options.

4. Lakeside ResortHoughton Lake

Northern Michigan also offers an indoor water park at Lakeside Resort in 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.

5. Gold Rush Indoor WaterparkRothbury

Gold Rush Indoor Waterpark at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury 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.

6. Bavarian Inn LodgeFrankenmuth

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.

7. Zhender’s Splash Village – Frankenmuth

Zehnder's Splash Village in Frankenmuth
Zehnder's Splash Village | Photo Courtesy of Zehnder's Splash Village

Treat your family to an unforgettable weekend at Zehnder's Splash Village Hotel & Waterpark. The family favorite, just one mile from downtown Frankenmuth, offers 30,000 square feet of aquatic adventures. The huge dumping buckets pours out 400 gallons of 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. After splashing around, experience some of Frankenmuth’s many other offerings – including Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, located just next door to Zehnder’s.

8. Wyndham Garden Sterling HeightsSterling Heights

Not far from downtown Detroit is the Wyndham Garden Sterling Heights. Plunge into the 32,000-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.

9. Splash Universe Water Park Resort – Dundee

Lazy River at Splash Universe
Lazy River at Splash Universe | Photo Courtesy of Splash Universe

Splash Universe Water Park Resort in Dundee is the perfect destination for your family's next adventure. 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. Whether you’re looking for a birthday destination, a weekend getaway or just a day of family-fun, Splash Universe has you covered.

10. Surfari Joe’s Indoor Wilderness Waterpark – Watervliet

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.

11. Soaring Eagle Waterpark & HotelMt. Pleasant

At Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel in Mt. Pleasant, you will find a 45,000-square-foot indoor waterpark designed for toddlers, tweens, teens, and adults! This family-fun waterpark features a wave rider, body slide, bowl slide, rock climbing wall, lazy river, children's play area and a private adult pool, hot tub and sauna.