The 4 best water parks in Michigan, according to our research

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By The 'Gander Staff

June 4, 2024

Are you ready to make a splash in the Great Lakes State? Michigan is home to some of the most exciting water parks in the country. From indoor attractions to outdoor adventures, Michigan water parks offer fun for the whole family.

Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel: Your Splashy Home Away From Home

Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel is a magical oasis nestled Mt. Pleasant. There are thrilling water slides, a lazy river, and a surf simulator. For the little ones, there’s a kiddie pool where the water is just deep enough for pint-sized splashing.

For the adrenaline seekers, the water slides twist and turn, sending you spiraling into pools of joy. And for those who dream of catching waves, the FlowRider offers endless surfing excitement – no ocean required! Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway, a family vacation, or simply a day trip to escape the ordinary, Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel is worth the experience.

Double JJ Resort Gold Rush WaterPark: Strike it Rich with Fun!

Nestled in West Michigan lies a treasure trove of aquatic excitement: Double JJ Resort Gold Rush Waterpark. You can conquer the towering slides, brave the rushing currents of a lazy river that’s anything but lazy, and dodge the deluge from the mammoth water bucket that tips when you least expect it. Gold Rush offers a whirlwind of activities that cater to the bravest of the brave and the chill seekers alike. So, whether you’re a daredevil slider, a laid-back floater, or someone who loves the thrill of discovering new places, Gold Rush Waterpark offers a bounty of fun.

Avalanche Bay Indoor Water Park: A Blizzard of Fun!

Avalanche Bay Indoor Water Park, located in Boyne Falls, is a tropical getaway smack in the middle of Michigan’s mitten. Forget about the skis, and grab your swimsuit because this place turns the concept of a snow day on its head. At the heart of Avalanche Bay is the thrill of the surf simulator, where you can catch a wave without ever hitting the ocean.

For those who prefer a gravitational thrill, the water slides at Avalanche Bay are nothing short of legendary. They twist, they turn, and they toss you into the pool with a grin so big you’ll need to scoop the water out of your mouth.

And for the little adventurers, there’s a special area that’s just their size, filled with mini-slides, water cannons, and fountains that keep the fun flowing all day long. When you’re ready to take a break from the water, the adjacent Boyne Mountain Resort beckons with open arms, offering even more excitement with its array of winter and summer activities. So, gather your crew, ditch the snow boots for flip-flops, and make a beeline for Avalanche Bay this summer season.

Making Waves in the Great Outdoors: Zehnder’s Splash Village

Not to be outdone, Zehnder’s Splash Village in Frankenmuth transforms a slice of Michigan’s own Little Bavaria into a sun-soaked oasis. Here, the lazy river isn’t just a ride; it’s a journey through relaxation and joy, winding its way through scenes that spark the imagination. It’s where families unite, drifting together on currents of happiness, and where the more adventurous can test their mettle against slides that twist and turn, promising a splash-tastic finale. Zehnder’s Splash Village blends the charm of Frankenmuth with the exhilaration of outdoor water park fun, creating a destination that’s both uniquely Bavarian and universally delightful.

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This story was generated in part by AI and edited by The ‘Gander staff.

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