Midwest Water Park Getaways Within a Few Hours of Grand Rapids

Water Park Vacations Are Closer Than You Think, Grand Rapids

Treat your kids to a day poolside. 

Today my kindergartener asked if we could swim in Grandma’s pool. It was 60 degrees outside, after all. …But it’s also February.

What do you do when your kid wants to swim in February but you don’t want to break the bank flying to Florida?

Find them an indoor water park that’s not too far away! Water parks are great destinations for families; kids can play for hours on end and mom and dad can have some fun, too.

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19 Water Parks Within Driving Distance of West Michigan

Did you have any idea there were that many water parks at your disposal? Choices abound. Most of these places build their reputations on their water parks, while others offer exciting spring break options beyond their poolside fun. So bust out the swimsuits and get ready to watch your kids delight in the fun at your favorite water park destination.

Plan ahead now for Spring Break. Many of these places will get booked well ahead of time for that peak week.

Indoor Waterparks within 1 HOUR of Grand Rapids

  • Double JJ Resort in Rothbury, MI features: Hotel, Gold Rush Indoor Waterpark, Snow Tubing, Horseback Riding, and Golf (weather permitting). Call for rates: 800.DOUBLEJJ.
  • Holland Community Aquatic Center in Holland, MI.  Features an indoor waterpark complete with therapy pool, splash zone and spa.  Day passes range from $4.50 to $5.50, depending on residency status. Memberships are also available.  Call 616.393.7595 for more information.
  • Spring Lake Community Fitness & Aquatic Center in Spring Lake, MI.  Features a pool with swim classes and facility rental available.  Guest passes start at $10 and membership is available.  Call 616-847-5858 for more information.
  • Kroc Center located in Grand Rapids, MI.  Features an indoor waterpark, climbing wall, special activities like Parents’ Night Out.  Free for members. Day passes are $7.50 for ages 12 & up, $5.50 for ages 11 & under. Call 616.588.7200 for more information. To enjoy the 28 foot slide and more, look for the “full features on” times in their drop-in recreation guide here.
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Grand Rapids, MI. Features: hotel, indoor splash pad (3-story water slide now permanently closed), complimentary breakfast buffet, and free wi-fi.  Room rates begin at $80.  Call 616-871-9700 for more information.

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Indoor Waterparks within 1-3 HOURS of Grand Rapids

  • Avalanche Bay in Boyne Falls, MI.  Features: winter wonderland themed waterpark, downhill mat racer, slides, surf zone, blizzard bay and glacier hot springs. Ticket options available here or call 800-Go-Boyne.
  • Best Western Sterling Inn in Sterling Heights, MI.  Featuring a 32k square foot waterpark, zero entry pool, three story water slide, a lazy river, whirlpools and poolside snack bar.  Call (800) 953-1400 for reservations and rates.
  • Splash Universe in Dundee, MI. Features lazy river, zero entry pool, family spa, adult hot springs and water park slides. For more information on Day Pass pricing and availability call: 1-877-752-7482.
  • Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City, MI. Featuring 39,000 square feet of water excitement, four story slides, zero entry pool, activity pool, kiddie slides, adult whirlpools, lazy river.  Rates start at $149.  Please visit the website for more details.
  • Summit on the Park in Canton, MI. The Aquatic Center is a fun-filled water environment for people of all ages! There is a 5-lane, 25 yard lap pool, zero-depth leisure pool with play features, a lazy river and slide, spa, steam room and sauna room. Call  734/394-5460 for more information.
  • Zehnder’s Splash Village located in Frankenmuth, MI.  A 30,000 square feet water park featuring a hotel, 4 story slides, dumping bucket, hot tub and lazy river. Day and hotel passes are available.  Call 800-863-7999 for more information.
  • Surfari Joe’s in Watervilet, MI. A 20,000 square feet indoor waterpark featuring two extreme waterslides, a lazy river, kiddie pool and arcades.  Day passes for $25 per person.
  • Soaring Eagle Waterpark in Mt. Pleasant, MI.  Features: hotel, pool, sauna, steamroom, little beaver’s bend (river), outdoor sundeck, climbing wall and surf attraction.  Call for rates: 1.877.2EAGLE2.  An All-day Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel Day Pass extends your fun from 11am until closing. Passes are available 7 days a week for a cost of $23.99 per person (ages 3 and over.) Children 2 and under are FREE. (Read our review.)

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Indoor Waterparks THREE OR MORE HOURS Away From Grand Rapids

  • Kalahari Resorts in Sandusky, OH and Wisconsin Dells.  These indoor water parks feature lazy rivers, kiddie pools, waterslides, mini golf, arcades and swim up bars. For resort fees please visit the website.
  • Bridge Vista Beach Hotel in Mackinaw City, MI featuring an oversized spa, lazy river, three story slides and a waterwalk.  Call 1-800-576-2842 for rates and reservations.
  • Fort Rapids in Columbus, OH.  Features 12 water rides, dipping bucket, interactive towers and adult only hot tubs. All day passes start at $23.95 per person.  Call 614-868-1380 for more information.
  • Maui Sands in Sandusky, OH.  Features slides, a lazy river, vortex pool, spa and kiddie pools. Day passes are available.  Call (419) 621-7357 for more information.
  • Coco Key Water Resort in Cincinnati, OH. A 50,000 square foot water park complete with palm trees, slides, family restaurants, kiddie pool, spas and video arcade. Day passes start at $19.99 for adults.  Call (513) 771-2080 for more information.
  • Castaway Bay in Sandusky, OH. An elaborate enclosed waterpark with a five-story structure featuring a vaulted wood ceiling that covers a natural setting of palm trees, huts, inland lagoons and plenty of wet and wild water adventure. (419) 627-2106.

Did we miss any? Do you have a favorite? Leave us a comment and let us know which waterpark getaway your family favors!

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About the Author:

April H
April is a stay-at-home-working-mom hybrid who balances her time between managing a household and using her editor brain to find all the typos in her friends’ emails. In her occasional free time she enjoys reading, quilting, antiquing and photography. She lives in Grand Rapids with her husband and three children.

3 Comments

  1. Dawn N-S March 7, 2016 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    Holiday Inn GR says it removed the 3 story water park structure and replaced it with just a splash pad.

  2. Amanda Duimstra February 10, 2015 at 10:43 am - Reply

    Just sending along this picture of the Holland Community Aquatic Center for those wondering what the Splash Zone looks like!

  3. Jana January 23, 2014 at 10:26 am - Reply

    Great list – thanks for putting it together! But one thing – Soaring Eagle needs to be moved to the 1-3 hr category. Unless you have a jet plane, you’re not going to make it to Mt. Pleasant in an hour…

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