Children’s toys are scattered about as several small groups of people enjoy an overcast Monday afternoon at Kensington Metropark’s Martindale Beach.
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Children’s toys are scattered about as several small groups of people enjoy an overcast Monday afternoon at Kensington Metropark’s Martindale Beach. Shutterstock


Coronavirus hasn’t cancelled everything. With warm air still upon us, these select local and area waterparks and beaches are ready for some socially distant splashing. Pass the sunscreen.

With only a few weeks remaining of summer there is plenty left to do to make the most out of the weather, and with Labor Day right around the corner safe fun can be had by all around Michigan. Here’s the rundown.

While many popular Metro Detroit water parks such as Red Oaks in Madison Heights and Turtle Cove in Belleville have closed for the season, others, including the WhoaZone in Holly and Jump Island in Brighton, remain open.

Beachgoers have also been met with roadblocks this summer due to the coronavirus as well as the recent closures of several locations including Handsome Lake in Oakland County, Independence Lake in Washtenaw County, and Ross Lake in Gladwin County, all due to high bacteria levels.

Mercer Beach in Walled Lake was also closed recently due to overcrowding.

Despite these closures, there are still plenty of options for socially distanced fun with a little less than a month to go on the summer calendar.

Here are a few select locations worth visiting to get your kicks for Labor Day weekend: 

Jump Island Waterpark: Located at Bishop Lake Brighton, this inflatable obstacle course is a blast for kids and families alike. Priding itself as the first outdoor inflatable water park in Michigan, the park is currently operating at 50% capacity and sanitizing life jackets after every use while cleaning the equipment multiple times per day.

A day pass is $15 for a 45 minute session and more information can be found here. All day and extra session passes are also available.

Splash Island, a recreation area for small children, is $9 per session. There is a 48″ height requirement for Jump Island and 44″ for Splash Island (which is designated for kids).

WhoaZone Holly: Located at Heron Lake in Holly, this inflatable obstacle park allows adults and children alike to run, jump, slide and bounce on one of four floating courses of varying difficulty levels.

A Michigan recreation passport is required to visit by car.

The cost is $17.00 for a one-hour session and group discount rates are available, along with stand-up paddleboard and kayak rentals.

Hours are 12-6 p.m. through Labor Day, according to its website. 

For more information visit here.

Additional Outdoor Swimming Options Include:

Belle Isle Beach: While the aquarium and conservatory are currently closed due to coronavirus concerns, Belle Isle’s swimming beach will remain open through Labor Day, along with the famous James Scott Memorial Fountain and a giant slide that offers rides for $1.

For more information visit here.

Groveland Oaks County Park: Located on Stewart Lake in Holly, this sandy lifeguarded beach is currently open and includes a fishing pier, paved trails and more.

For more information visit the park’s Oakland County website here.

For more information on outdoor recreation areas in the state including a list of over 1,200 beaches, up-to-date beach closures and more, visit the Department of Environmental Quality’s BeachGuard database here.