Michigan’s Adventure Theme Park
Michigan’s Adventure, Michigan’s largest amusement park and waterpark, is an adrenaline junkie’s dream come true – and one of the state’s favorite destinations for family-friendly summer fun.
From roller coasters to water slides, this theme park promises a wild and unforgettable day trip.
People love it because it’s the perfect blend of thrill rides and modern attractions, peppered with nostalgic amusement park staples, like cotton candy, carnival games and the Ferris wheel.
The roller coaster theme park opens for the season on May 26, 2023.
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The Scoop on Michigan’s Adventure
4750 Whitehall Rd, Muskegon, MI 49445
We decided to put Michigan’s Adventure to the test. One of our families purchased season passes and worked hard to discover the ins and outs of the theme park firsthand.
So, how did it measure up?
Compared to other amusement parks, Michigan’s Adventure has a lot going for it:
- It’s affordable
- Food and necessities can be easily retrieved from the parking area
- Summertime weather in Michigan beats the weather in the southern parts of the Midwest or Florida.
- You spend much less time waiting in line
- You can revisit your faves without fear of missing out
- Water park admission is included
With some simple planning, it’s easy to have a blast at Michigan Adventure. See how:
Exclusive! 2-Day Michigan’s Adventure Pass – Only Sold Here!
2 Day Ticket Price: $65
Can be used any 2 days the park is open during the 2023 season.
Buy 2-Day Tickets
New for 2023: Tricks & Treats Fall Weekends
The park’s 2023 season will extend past Labor Day for the first time with the addition of Tricks and Treats Fall Fest.
Every Saturday and Sunday from September 16 – October 15, visitors will find a transformed amusement park.
Look forward to a candy trick-or-treat trail, seasonal activities, treats and drinks – adult beverages and special magical potions for the kids at this all new event.
Tricks and Treats Fall Fest will offer select rides. A season pass includes admission to Tricks and Treats Fall Fest.
Michigan’s Adventure Open Days & Hours
Michigan Adventure Rides and the Water Park operate on separate schedules.
- Michigan’s Adventure opening day is May 26, 2023.
- WildWater Adventure Waterpark opening day is June 10, 2023.
Michigan Adventure Hours
The table shows the general operating hours for mid-June through mid-August 2023. (Check the park’s calendar to confirm – some exceptions do apply.)
|Michigan’s Adventure||Wildwater Adventure|
|11 am – 8 pm||noon – 6 pm|
Michigan’s Adventure has used every nook and cranny on it’s campus for something.
Navigating the park is pretty easy, but it’s easy to miss some of the more tucked-away features. Or underestimate how long it will take you to get from point A to point B.
This birds-eye view of the park might help:
Amusement Park Rides at Michigan’s Adventure
53 rides and experiences are currently listed on the Michigan’s Adventure website.
Five rides are aggressive thrill rides. These include four coasters: Corkscrew, Shivering Timbers, Thunderhawk, and Wolverine Wildcat. The RipCord is the fifth thrill ride.
Ride access is determined by height. To see ride height requirements, download the app or look here.
This is where you can ride Shivering Timbers, the mile-long wooden roller coaster that is over 125 feet tall and travels up to 65 miles per hour!
The amusement park has a total of seven roller coasters.
Corkscrew Roller Coaster: thrill level 5, min height 48″
Be flipped upside down on this spiraling coaster ride. It’s the park’s first roller coaster and remains a fixture here for a reason: people love it.
Shivering Timbers: thrill level 5, min height 48″
Good to know: the ride time for Shivering Timbers is long for a roller coaster. Also, the wooden timbers mean the ride is pretty bumpy.
Thunderhawk: thrill level 5, height between 52″ – 78″
A smooth, thrilling ride you’ll dare yourself to do again and again.
Wolverine Wildcat: thrill level 5, min height 48″
Another classic wooden rollercoaster.
Mad Mouse: thrill level 4, min height 48″ (44″ with supervising companion.)
This high-in-in-the-sky coaster takes you through a series of hairpins turns and steep drops designed to make you feel every single change.
Woodstock Express: thrill level 3, min height 42″ (36″ with supervising companion.) Part of Camp Snoopy, this kiddie coaster is a great first-time coaster experience for many.
Zach’s Zoomers: thrill level 4, min height 46″ (40″ with supervising companion.) Once you’ve mastered Woodstock Express, it might be time to level up to this ride.
Popular Family Rides
A few highlights for familiies in the ride department include:
Swan Paddle Boats
Kiddie Rides & Camp Snoopy
Camp Snoopy is a charming section of the park that is themed after the beloved Peanuts characters.
Camp Bus Ride
Find a handful of gentle rides perfect for younger children to tweens, including the Woodstock Express roller coaster, the Camp Bus ride and Mud Buggies.
Beagle Scout Acres features a large climb-and-play structure that kids can climb, slide, and explore to their heart’s content.
Water Park at Michigan’s Adventure
Most of waterparks in Michigan are indoors. That alone sets the WildWater Adventure outdoor water park apart from the crowd. (This seasonal park is opens on June 10, 2023.)
Add to the mix these popular waterpark features and you have a winning recipe:
- Lazy River
- Wave Pool
- Kiddie Area
Please note: The waterpark opens later in the day and closes earlier than the main park. For the most part, Wildwater Adventure is open daily from noon to 6 pm starting on June 10, 2023.
Also, swimwear is required to participate in the waterpark attractions.
Water Park Attractions & Water Slides
If your crew loves the water, spending the bulk of your day in the waterpark might just hit the spot. There’s never a line for the wave pool or lazy river, making it easy to linger for hours on these popular rides.
Wave Pool: This wave pool is the real deal – when it’s rocking and rolling the waves are giant near the front for anyone wanting a wild ride. The zero-entry pool is mild at the rear, though, letting little kids enjoy a romp in the wavy water, too.
Lazy River: Float around on a double or single tub and soak up the sun. The lazy river never ends, giving you infinite time to chill out and cool off. Ride the gentle current or splash a friend while you meander on your inner tube. The river is just under 3 feet deep, making this attraction easy for kids and adults alike.
Waterslides: Numerous inner tube and body slides are waiting for adventurous riders at the Michigan Adventure water park!
Ridge Rider / Wild Slide
Funnel of Fear dominates the skyline and challenges you to ride it if you dare!
Water Park Areas for Kids
We give props to Michigan’s Adventure for the thoughtful design on the kiddie pool and slide area.
The park is busy, yet they’ve managed to carve out a little oasis for kids and parents with the Beach Party, Tropical Twist, and Half-Pint Paradise attractions.
Beach Party: This is what happens when you build a treehouse-type playground in a waterpark! You end up with lots of landings and rope bridges outfitted with super-soaker spray guns, kiddie water slides, giant geysers and a massive dumping bucket.
Half Pint Paradise: For a bit more chill experience, this seven-waterslide with splash pad water area is designed for small children and families.
Interactive water play features like dumping buckets and geysers make this a sought-after corner of the park.
Kiddie Area Map & Tips
If you’re heading to the waterpark with little kids, these are the places to seek out.
After you enter the waterpark, find the main kiddie attractions tucked away on the left-hand side.
Michigan’s Adventure waterpark for little kids – map
The lazy river and wave pool are a lot easier to find – they’re front and center – but they are not located with the kid-specific water rides/features.
Life Jackets: Required for children who are less than 42″-48″ tall in bare feet, depending on attraction. Life jackets are also available to use at no charge for inexperienced swimmers or anyone else who wants one.
Swim Diapers: For babies and toddlers, pack extra swim diapers for WildWater Adventure, as they are required. The waterpark gift shop sells swim diapers and water related gear, too.
Water Park Amenities
*Towels are not provided at Michigan’s Adventure water park.
Lockers are available to rent. They are located near the waterpark entrance along with changing rooms and restrooms.
Bring empty water bottles and top them off at the water refill station at the entrance of the waterpark.
Food and Dining Options
Hungry park patrons can choose to tailgate, dine in, or do both.
Pack a Lunch
Outside food and drink are not allowed inside of the park BUT you are allowed to leave and re-enter the park throughout the day, making tailgating in the parking lot a popular option if you want to pack a lunch.
*You can bring in empty water bottles and fill them at the waterpark entrance.
Dining and Meals at the Park
The park is loaded with dining options, including restaurants and concession stands. You can find everything from sit-down dinners to street food to ice cream snacks and carnival items. The app is the best place to peruse the options and find locations near you.
Drink and dining plans can be a good deal. A single meal deal in 2023 is $15.99 per person and includes and entrée, side, and choice of drink.
Adult beverages are available at the Beer Garden and Sunshine Oasis.
Using the App
The Michigan Adventure app is really good. You don’t have to use it, but if you do, you’ll be able to see ride wait times, locate dining and restroom locations, sort the attractions by type, thrill level and more.
It’s free to use and we recommend you download it prior to your visit so you can hit the ground running.
Ticketholders get access to both the water park and amusement park for the day.
Michigan’s Adventure Ticket Deals
We have partnered with aRes Travel to bring you exclusive Michigan’s Adventure ticket deals!
No Reservations Required –
$2/ticket processing fee compared to Michigan’s Adventure $6.99 charge
2 Day Ticket – can be used any two days the park is open this season.
No Reservations Required
$2/ticket processing fee
Save when you bundle!
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Regular Michigan Adventure Tickets & Admission
Wondering how much it will cost to visit Michigan’s Adventure?
Pricing may change. These prices were up-to-date as of 03/17/2023.
|2023 Any Day Admission|
Valid any day during the 2023 season. Ages 3 & up. Guests 2 and under are free.
|$50 gate price|
$39.99 online as of 4/22/22 with an $6.99 processing fee per transaction
|2 Day Pass|
Come for a weekend or split up the days.
|$65 (Only available through aRes Travel)|
|2023 Fast Lane|
Bypass the lines on 14 rides & attractions
|2023 Regular Season Pass|
Unlimited Park Visits, water park visits, food & merchandise discounts, and pass perks rewards
Go Platinum: Includes free parking all season, admission to ALL Cedar Fair Parks
|2023 All Day Dining Pass|
All Day Dining wristband includes an entrée and a side at participating restaurants during your day at Michigan’s Adventure. Valid for the 2023 season. Enjoy an entrée and side as often as every 90 minutes during your visit in 2023. Drinks are not included.
|2023 Single Meal Deal|
Single Meal Dining Plan voucher good for one entrée, one side and a fountain drink at your choice of participating locations during the 2023 season.
10’x10′. 8 guests. Lounge chairs, patio table, shade.
$15 + tax
$17 + tax
$22 + tax
Purchase tickets prior to arriving at the park using the RESERVATION PORTAL.
Michigan’s Adventure FAQs
Where is Michigan’s Adventure located?
Michigan Adventure is located on the West side of Michigan’s lower peninsula, just north of Muskegon, Michigan, and a half-hour south of Silver Lake, Michigan.
The park is about an hour’s drive from Grand Rapids or a little over 3 hours from Detroit, MI.
Are there Rides for Little Kids at Michigan’s Adventure?
Yes, Michigan Adventure has rides for little kids in the new Peanuts®-themed area, Camp Snoopy.
This kid-friendly spot includes Beagle Scout Acres, a large climb-and-play structure with lots of interactive features.
The whole area is filled with rides geared toward kids and families. The biggest thing to pay attention to is ride height requirements.
Does Michigan’s Adventure offer School Field Trips?
Yes, the amusement park has several days in 2023 set aside for school field trips: May 26, May 31, June 1, June 2, June 7, June 8 and June 9. $32.00 per person.* Advance registration is required.
What was Michigan Adventure before it was Michigan Adventure?
Michigan Adventure used to be called Deer Park Funland. It changed its name to Michigan’s Adventure in 1988.
Are there animals at Michigan’s Adventure?
Yes, the amusement park has animals! As a throwback to the park’s roots, there is a petting zoo at the amusement park. Funland Farm is home to llamas, alpacas, a mini horse, and more. Find them near the Mad Mouse roller coaster.
How many roller coasters does Michigan’s Adventure have?
Michigan’s Adventure is the largest amusement park in Michigan. It has seven rollercoasters among its 53 rides. The most extreme roller coasters are the Corkscrew, Shivering Timbers, Thunderhawk, and Wolverine Wildcat.
Does the Waterpark at Michigan’s Adventure cost extra?
No, the waterpark is included in the price of your ticket. Michigan’s Adventure is unique because your ticket gets you into both the amusement park and the waterpark for the day
Michigan’s Adventure Packing List
Going to both parks? Use this checklist to help prep for a day at Michigan’s Adventure.
- Beach Towel
- Sunglasses or hats
- Hand sanitizer/wipes
- change of clothes
- bathing suit / swim diapers
- plastic bags for wet swimwear
- waterproof pouch for credit card or cell phone
- lip balm
- tummy-trouble medicine
- comfortable walking shoes
- Flip flops for the water park bathroom & changing areas (footwear is not allowed on WildWater Adventure attractions. )
Nice to Have
- Guests are permitted to bring their own life jacket if they’re Coast Guard certified. The park provides life jackets.
- A wagon or stroller to cart around all the things, especially for the water park portion.
- disposable rain ponchos
- a hairband/clip for long hair
Safety Notes & Special Considerations
If one of your family members has mobility challenges or requires special accommodations, review this page.
Michigan’s Adventure has systems in place for those with autism or mobility challenges (to help minimize wait times), to a Kid Track system to keep families together.
Tip: Dress your kids in bright colors take a photo of each child as you enter the park.
Bonus Tip: Establish a group meeting place as soon as you enter the park.
Hotels Near Michigan’s Adventure
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Comfort Inn Whitehall
2822 N Durham Rd, Whitehall, MI 49461
Free Hot Breakfast; Indoor Pool and Whirlpool
5.3 miles from Michigan’s Adventure
Quality Inn & Suites Muskegon
1675 E Sherman Blvd, Muskegon, MI 49444
Free Hot Breakfast; Outdoor and Indoor Pools.
12.5 miles from Michigan’s Adventure
Shoreline Inn & Conference Center
750 Terrace Point Rd, Muskegon, MI 49440
Muskegon’s Only Waterfront Hotel
Amenities include free WiFi, fitness center, seasonal outdoor pool, meeting space, and restaurant. Guest rooms feature microwave and Refrigerator, coffee Maker, flat-screen TVs, premium cable channels, and iron and ironing board.
9.4 miles from Michigan’s Adventure
Delta Hotels by Marriott Muskegon Downtown
939 3rd St, Muskegon, MI 49440
Indoor Pool, Whirlpool, Fitness Center, Free Wi-Fi
9.2 miles from Michigan’s Adventure
Hampton Inn Muskegon
1401 E Ellis Rd, Muskegon, MI 49444
Free hot breakfast and On the Run breakfast bags, Free Internet (Wired, Wireless and Public Wi-Fi)
16.1 miles from Michigan’s Adventure
12 thoughts on “Michigan’s Adventure 2023: Ticket Deals & What You Need to Know for the Most Fun”
How soon after ordering from aResTravel in the link you provided, does it take to get your tickets? Wondering for a same day purchase.
You should get your tickets in your email as soon as your credit card goes through. If you’re concerned about timing, though, you can call (800) 919-1814 for assistance. They will be able to answer your questions and can even take your order over the phone.
When are the season pass bring a friend days
i am a grand mother with a walker is there any motorize scooter for us disability people ?
If so how much ia rental fee ?
Yes 60$ a day reserve it abead if time
If you have food allergies and don’t feel comfortable eating there, you can bring your food in the park. You have to get a tag on your cooler but then you can join your family when they’re eating in the park.
We enjoy opening the park so we can get the big rides done without a wait. Then we do the not as popular rides, eat then head for the water park to finish our day.
Get an adult meal to split between the kids. More for your money that way.
Hi I have a 3 year old aND a 2 year old I was just wondering how much there ticket is..
If you get the tix thru Meijer, it’s $24.99 per person (3 and up). We went last week, with five children (ages 18mo thru 10yrs). There is truly something for everyone. It’s an annual summer thing for us.
We do the amusement park in the morning (from the kid section back to the scrambler), picnic in the car for lunch around 2pm, work from the Corkscrew back to the waterpark and cool off in the afternoon, then when we’re sick of being wet do the bigger coasters and ride the rail cars and wind down with whatever kid rides we can fit before close.
Note about the new children’s waterpark area – we did NOT like it. There’s no way to keep track of your children in it. It’s packed, it’s big, and it’s overwhelming. Thinking like a pedophile, it’s the perfect place to snatch a kid. I was incredibly uncomfortable with it. We had more fun in the kid-sized wave pool near it, and in Pirate’s Cove… which is now much quieter what with the new park getting all the attention.
Meijer sells discounted tickets- check at their customer service, I am not sure what the price is. Does anyone else know?
Does anyone know of discount tickets for MI Adventure? There are 5 of us and that is pretty pricey….
Thanks for the review. I have been debating on whether or not it would be “fun” for my 3 and 5 year old. Looks like it will be.
Don’t tell my kids that we are going later on in August! I’m excited to try out the new water park- finally something the little people will enjoy and can do! Thanks for the report, Katie!