If you are looking for a super fun family day, look no further than Michigan’s Adventure-the state’s largest amusement park!
I should probably start by saying I don’t like roller coasters.
Like not even a little bit.
Yet I still love this place!
Let me give you a quick run-down of what’s there, what you should pack, and how you can save a little bit of money.
Something for Everyone
There truly is something for everyone at Michigan’s Adventure, from babies to grandmas and from wimps to daredevils. For your smaller and less daring group members, there are lots of small kiddie rides (carousel, little cars that go in a circle, etc.) on the amusement park side.
On the water park side, there are several very small slides, a huge zero entry water playground, a lazy river, and a very shallow splash type pool.
For your risk-takers, the roller coasters are pretty impressive (so I’ve heard). Shivering Timbers, The Corkscrew, and Wolverine Wildcat are all unique, fast, and fun. In the water park, there is the Funnel of Fear, Snake Pit (no snakes involved!), and many others.
GET YOUR TICKETS
Tickets are available online or at the gate. Meijer sells them for a few dollars less. If that is not convenient for you, you can usually find a coupon for $3 off per ticket in the Great Deals magazine. Note that there is also a $10 parking fee per vehicle.
TIMING IS EVERYTHING
The weekends get pretty nutty around there!
We went on a Wednesday and spent very little time waiting in line for anything.
Wear your swimsuits under your clothes.
This is just a personal preference.
I am not a big fan of locker rooms so for us, it has worked well to just layer up. However, the locker rooms really are quite clean and there are several changing rooms with locked doors for privacy, so it’s not like 8th grade gym class at school.
Anyone else have traumatic memories of that?!
Don’t forget your towels, sunscreen, and water shoes.
(Crocs or flip flops are fine, too). The cement throughout the water park is rough to avoid people slipping when it’s wet. If you go barefoot, it is awfully tough on the toes! Any kids 48″ tall or less are required to wear a life jacket. We have never had a problem getting a life jacket for our kids (these are available free of charge), but if you prefer to take your own, make sure it’s Coast Guard Approved.
Pack your own food.
I had this friend in high school whose mom would always pack a cooler of food when we went shopping and we would stop at a park and eat out of the trunk of the car rather than stopping for fast food. I always hated that. I am not going to go that far, but I would suggest packing your own lunch.
We ate at the park during our last visit and it cost our family of four almost $50 to have so-so burgers and fries. You are able to exit and re-enter the park as many times as you want during the day (just make sure you get your hand stamped), so when we go with my brother’s family, we always tailgate in the parking lot.
We spend the first few hours of the day in the amusement park, then we head out to the parking lot for lunch. We bring a table, chairs, music, and make it a regular party. Then we head back in and go straight for the water park.
Establish your home base in the water park.
Claim a couple of chairs and leave all of your stuff there: then everyone will know where to go if you should get separated. It’s a good idea to talk to your kids about what to do if they can’t find you, just to be safe. That being said, there are TONS of lifeguards and security staff and I always feel incredibly safe when we are there.
Lockers are available, but they are tiny and you have to pay to use one. We have never had any issues with leaving our things out, but obviously do what suits you.
It takes less than an hour to get to Michigan’s Adventure.
Their website gives details about hours of operation, a map of the park, and great descriptions of all the attractions (including height restrictions).
Have fun on your own family adventure!