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Get Wet! Local Splash Pads and Water Playgrounds


This post is evergreen- we published it last year, but have updated the information for 2013. The play area pictured above is at Frederik Meijer Gardens.

Great spots to cool off with water play in greater Grand Rapids.

Need to cool off but don’t want to go to a pool or the big Lake? Find a list of local splash pads and water playgrounds in West Michigan.

If you’re looking for a place to hit the beach, check here.

Otherwise, for splash pads and wading pools around greater Grand Rapids, look below.

South / West of Grand Rapids
North / East of Grand Rapids


City of Grand Rapids

The City of Grand Rapids also has water playgrounds and wading pools at various parks, but due to budget constraints, these will not open until July.  Once July gets here, this is where you can cool off in the city:

Water Playgrounds

These water playgrounds are open July 1 through August 18 (Monday through Saturday) from 12:00-6:00 p.m.

  • Aberdeen Park – Eastern at Evelyn NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
  • Mulick Park- 1761 Rosewood SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506

These water playgrounds are open June 27 through August 17 from 11:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. 

  • Joe Taylor Park
  • Alger Park School- 921 Alger SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
  • Heartside Park – 69 Ionia SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Mary Waters Park – 1042 Lafayette NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505
  • Gerald R. Ford Middle School
Wading Pools


Ottawa County

Reader Comment: The one here in Allendale is pretty small, but perfect for a low-key day. It is located in the Allendale Township Park (corner of Lake Michigan Drive (M-45) and 68th), and there is playground equipment as well. There are NOT a lot of picnic tables, but if you bring a blanket, there’s plenty of grass. It was finished Summer of 2012, so it’s in pretty good shape! I believe last year the water came on about 10 am.

Reader Comment: The Maplewood Splashpad is open from 11am-8pm. It is really nice and has a nice playground, too. There is a limited number of shaded tables, but there is space in the grass for umbrellas if you bring your own. Also worth noting, there is one of the huge cell phone towers right in the lot to the park. There are some strong arguments that argue being in close proximity to them isn’t safe and arguments that it is fine…either way, just nice to know it’s there if that’s something you don’t want your kiddos (and yourself) around.


Please leave us a comment if you know of other area splash pads or water parks.


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