Why Did it Take Me So Long to Visit Holland Aquatic Center?
That’s what I’ve been asking myself since we ended our first yesterday.
The 45 minute drive from our house, the busy schedule we keep, and the many other great Grand Rapids entertainment options available have kept us away. Since none of my friends talked about the Holland Aquatic Center, it wasn’t on my radar.
Until yesterday, that is, when our spring break plans fell through and I was left wondering if I could book a night at a waterpark hotel at the last minute. (Turns out that waterpark hotels tend to be booked solid the day of spring break. Go figure.)
It was then that I looked more closely at Holland Aquatic Center and decided that a little adventure was in order. Watching this Youtube video sealed the deal.
What to Expect at Holland Aquatic Center
Holland Aquatic Center is part of a larger community health complex with exercise facilities and more. But the aquatic center itself is a big draw for families. Holland Aquatic Center is a state-of-the-art aquatic facility with a water slide, zip line, water obstacles, and more.
The aquatic center has an Olympic-sized pool, a waterslide area, and a kiddie splash zone -all in one huge room. It’s important to note that different water features are available at different times – not all features are always available.
150 Foot Water Slide
Three stories high with a triple-spiral! You must be 48 inches tall to go on this water slide. It’s open during all regular Splash Zone hours.
Tumble buckets, a tire swing, and splashing fun! This area is especially fun for preschool age children with their parents. Zero depth entry. It is open during posted Preschool Swim and Splash Zone hours – see their schedule for details.
Things you should know: kids under 42 inches tall must have an adult in the water with them. Children who are not toilet trained must wear a swim diaper.
Giant Aqua Log & Diving Boards
Located in the deep end. A swim test is required to access these features. If you can’t pass the swim test, you may go off the diving board wearing US Coast Guard approved floatation.
AquaTrack is a 2-person, gigantic, floating obstacle course. Swim test required for access. The AquaTrack is available during weekend open swim times on Saturdays and Sundays.
Alpine Challenge rock wall
Located in the deep end
Fly across the pool on the popular zipline. In order to use this feature, you must be able to reach the handle without assistance. Swimmers must pass a swim test to use the use the zip line. The zip line is available on Wednesdays and Fridays after 6 p.m.
The spa is available for adults (age 16+). The spa is open during all listed lap swim hours.
Vortex Pool & Water Cannons
Kids love going for a “spin” in the vortex pool, plus the water cannons are nearby, giving them a chance to spray their friends! Kids must be 48 inches tall to be in this area without an adult. Any child under 48 inches must be accompanied by an adult. The vortex and water cannons are available during Splash Zone hours.
Bring a lock or rent one from the front desk. Locker rooms are available for families, men, and women.
Bring your own towels. Soap is provided, but many people like to bring their favorite brand.
Holland Aquatic Center Hours, Fees & Info
|Holland Aquatic Center|
550 Maple Ave, Holland, MI 49423
Swim Diapers – They require either a swim diaper or a cloth diaper with a tight-fitting rubber pant for children who are not toilet-trained. Swim diapers are available to purchase at the front desk.
Hours – Preschool splash zone and Open Swim for all some of the items offered. Details here. Special events are listed on their home page.
Rates – Day passes available as well as memberships and discounts. More info here.
If you’ve visited the Holland Aquatic Center, leave your tips and tricks in a comment below.