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The 10 Best Metro Detroit Water Parks to Keep Cool in the Pool

Take a dip, float on a lazy river, or go rafting at these family-friendly aquatic centers.

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Image via Facebook/Romulus Athletic Center

Grab your swim cap, your favorite towel, and a sense of adventure, because Metro Detroit’s wide array of water slides, lazy rivers, and pools offers a great summertime getaway. These recreation centers, water parks, and community pools are perfect one-day “staycations” for family and friends. Hanging out by the water will keep any parent, babysitter, or nanny cool and comfortable while the kids have a blast!

Many of these indoor locations are open year-around, and they are ideal ways to spend the day if it rains or snows. Consider bringing a picnic to Metropark locations as well to keep costs low. Most of these parks have admission fees, so covering lunch with food from home will make sure everyone has a good time at a good price.

Here are 10 of Metro Detroit’s best water parks to visit during the summer months and beyond!


Huron Valley Recreation & Community Education

Address: 2380 S. Milford Road, Highland, MI 48357
Hours: Monday - Friday, 4 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. | Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Water park features available Friday - Sunday only.
Phone: 248-676-2346
Fees: Day Pass, $6 | Kids under 3 free with adult admission

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Image via Facebook/Huron Valley Pools & Fitness

This indoor pool and its sister facility at Lakeland High School in White Lake offer tons of adventuresome fun for kids. The community pool has a two-story enclosed water slide that winds outside of the building; a shallow, beach-like entry area; and separate whirlpool tubs. The décor is ideal for zoo-loving swimmers, featuring a 16-foot gorilla, an alligator, and other animals. There are family-friendly changing stations in the bathrooms and plenty of nearby parking.


Macomb Township Recreation Center Pools

Address: 20699 Macomb St., Macomb Township, MI 48042
Hours: Monday - Thursday, noon - 9 p.m. | Saturday, noon - 7 p.m. | Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.
Phone: 586-992-2900
Fees: Residents, $5 | Nonresidents, $10

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Image via Facebook/Macomb Township Parks and Recreation

There’s a lot to enjoy at this large recreational center, including two pools, a water slide, a lazy river, and a large play area. There is a zero-depth entry for the little ones, as well as an exciting waterfall zone for older children. The play structure comes with a variety of activities, including lots of places for kids to splash one another safely and watch the water bubble up from floor geysers. One pool features a lap area where parents can get some exercise, too. Swim lessons also are available.


Red Oaks Waterpark

Address: 1455 E. 13 Mile Road, Madison Heights, MI 48071
Hours: Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. | Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Phone: 248-858-0918
Fees: Weekdays, $17 | Weekends & holidays, $20

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Image via Facebook/Red Oaks Waterpark

Prepare to spend the day at Red Oaks, because there is so much to do in this single location. The metropark calls itself a soak station, but your kids will enjoy it as a water wonderland that’s great for all ages. There are water jets, slides, and a 6-foot tipping bucket for kids who love to jump around in the water. You’ll also find a wave pool, a 990-foot moving river, and a family-friendly water playground. The parking is free, and there are lockers on-site with $1 rentals.


Romulus Athletic Center

Address: 35765 Northline Road, Romulus, MI 48174
Hours: Monday - Saturday, noon - 9 p.m. through Labor Day
Phone: 734-942-2223
Fees: General admission, $12 | Kids ages 2 and under, free

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Image via Facebook/Romulus Athletic Center

Not sure what you want to do today at the pool? Then head to the Romulus Athletic Center, where five pools will give you ample ideas for how to spend the day. There’s the Splash Pool with a water curtain and 150-gallon tipping bucket. There’s a 240-foot lazy river. There’s a two-story twisting water slide. For those who want to relax, there’s a lap pool, as well as a hot tub. There’s more fun outside, including a splash pool and splash pad, with everything you’ll need for a long day of fun: water geysers, cannons, and foaming jets.


Splash ’n’ Blast at Kensington Metropark

Address: 2570 Huron River Parkway, Milford, MI 48381
Hours: Open daily, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. through Labor Day
Phone: 810-227-8910
Fees: Adults, $6 | Kids 42 inches & under, $5 | Kids under 30 inches, free

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Image via Facebook/Kensington Metropark

Pack a picnic and head over to Kensington Metropark for a day on the water. This beautiful spot has one of the largest play areas in Metro Detroit, with a spray zone and unique areas featuring palm trees, cannons, and serpents spraying streams of water to cool you down. The highlight is the 250-foot twisted water slide. (Note: Water slide riders must be at least 48 inches tall.) Guests will need an annual Metroparks pass to enter this and any other Metropark. Vehicle passes cost $7 daily or $30 annually.


Summit on the Park

Address: 46000 Summit Parkway, Canton, MI 48188
Hours: Monday - Friday, 5:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. | Saturday, 6 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. | Sunday, 7 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Phone: 734-394-5460
Fees: Adults, $15 | Ages 12-17, $12 | Ages 4-11, $10 | Seniors, $13 | Ages 3 & under, free | Half-price for Canton residents

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Image via Facebook/Summit on the Park

If you have a crowd with lots of opinions about what they want in a water park, then you’ll have a happy gang at Summit on the Park. Mom and dad will be able to kick back at the spa, steam room, sauna, or therapy pool. Those looking for some exercise will find a spot in the lap pools. Little ones will find a great place to sit and splash in the zero-depth pool. The big kids will love the twisting turquoise slide and the nearby lazy river. Float your cares away!


Troy Family Aquatic Center

Address: 3425 Civic Center Drive, Troy, MI 48083
Hours: Open daily, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Phone: 248-524-3516
Fees: Daily pass, $15 | Ages 3 & under, free

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Image via Facebook/Troy Family Aquatic Center

Having two kiddie pools side by side means double the enjoyment for the kids, as well as more leisure time for nannies, caregivers, and parents. But that’s just the start at this giant aquatic center. There is a zero-depth-entry leisure pool, bubbling geysers, and a water tree. Older tweens and teens will find plenty to do, as well, with a 20-foot-wide waterfall and a 25-foot water slide.


Waterford Oaks Waterpark

Address: 1702 Scott Lake Road, Waterford Township, MI 48328
Hours: Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. | Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Phone: 248-858-1000
Fees: Weekdays, $9 | Weekends & holidays, $14

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Image via Facebook/Waterford Oaks Waterpark

Maybe you think you’ve done everything when it comes to water parks -- but you likely haven’t tried something as fast and exciting as a three-story raft ride. Waterford Oaks packs them in for the raft ride, as well as a kids water playground. There are plenty of activities in and around the water park to keep every age busy. Bring your snacks or a full-size picnic to eat at the nearby picnic areas. Forgot the food? No problem. An easily accessible concession stand has you covered. Coin-operated lockers make storage easy.


Warren Community Center Water Park

Address: 5460 Arden Ave., Warren, MI 48092
Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. | Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone: 586-268-8400
Fees: General admission, $10 | Residents, $5

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Image via Facebook/Warren Community Center

If the weather outside is rainy, head to the Warren Community Center Water Park. This indoor pool, water park, lazy river, and hot tub will keep your family busy for hours. The water park also has the largest indoor enclosed water slides in the area, so older kids will have plenty of excitement. The little ones will enjoy the play structure with its zero-depth-entry area, bubblers, and 300-gallon tipping bucket. The lap pool, large hot tub, and sauna are also highlights. The changing areas are large and offer lockers for storage.


Wayne County Family Aquatic Center

Address: 12600 Chandler Park Drive, Detroit, MI 48213
Hours: Open daily, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. | Pool closes at 6:30 p.m.
Phone: 313-822-7665
Fees: Ages 13 & up, $7 | Ages 2-12, $5 | Under 2, $2 | $1 discount for residents

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Image via Facebook/Wayne County Family Aquatic Center

There’s good reason why people rave about this large water park. The Wayne County Family Aquatic Center has something for all ages. Younger kids will find a home in the Splish Splash Land or the Way Cool Wave Pool, which starts as zero-entry and goes up to 6 feet. The older ones will find plenty to do between the 100 spray fountains, two 23-foot water slides, and 16,000-square-foot wave pool.


Did we miss any of your favorite ways to keep cool? Let us know in the comments below!

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