30+ Fun Parks With Splash Pads & Pools in West Michigan


Local Pools and Parks with Splash Pads that Will Help You Stay Cool

Sprinkler parks, splash pads and pools are one of the best things to do in summer around Grand Rapids!

And for the littlest kids, splash pads are where it’s at.

Kids can choose their own level of “getting wet” at a sprinkler park. Older kids can let dump buckets spill over their heads repeatedly while nervous toddlers can just make wet footprints. But, swimming pools are a whole lot of fun, too.

When it’s 95 degrees and the humidity is just as high, hitting up a pool and taking the plunge into the MLK pool with my kids is high on my list.

(Looking for a bigger splash? Consider a visit to one of the outdoor water parks in Michigan– there are several in West Michigan!)

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Outdoor Pools & Parks with Splash Pads

These are all the area splash pads, splash parks, kiddie pools, and swimming pools around Grand Rapids.

Sort this list by location or any other feature to find your next water fun adventure in West Michigan.

Many municipalities aim to open their splash pads by Memorial Day, and Grand Rapids City pools and splash pads are slated to open June 11, 2023.

Please check with other municipalities for most current open dates before heading out.

Park Managed by Woodchip Campground

7501 Burlingame Ave SW, Byron Center, MI 49315

Pools in Byron Center, MI
Open: Summer
Fee Required
Hours: Sunday - Wednesday: 11 AM - 8 PM, Thursday: 11 AM - 5 PM
Woodchip Campground Public Swimming Pool Details:
Download the Woodchip Campground app to book the special Pool & Play Pass.

The pass allows three hours of time in the pool, jump pillow and recreation areas.

No pets are allowed with the pool & play pass.

No refunds bad weather. If lightning occurs within the first hour, passes will be credited to a different day.

$7.50 per person entering the park, not by amenity usage. Children six months and under are free.

Park Managed by City of Grand Rapids

350 Knapp St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505

Pools in Grand Rapids, MI
Open: June 9 - Aug 19, 2023
Fee Required
Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat: 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Wed: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Sun: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Briggs Park Public Swimming Pool Details:
Briggs Park pool has a big waterslide and diving boards for adventurers, and lots of space for everyone to swim. There is also an accessible lift.

You can also take swim lessons at Briggs Park. Check the city's parks website for more info.

Park Managed by City of Grand Rapids

1101 Richmond NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Pools in Grand Rapids, MI
Open: June 9 - Aug 19, 2023
Fee Required
Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat: 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Thurs: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Sun: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Richmond Park Public Swimming Pool Details:
Richmond Park Pool is the best place to cool off on the city's northwest side. Their large pool has a waterslide, zero depth entry, concessions, and even an accessible lift.

Little kids will enjoy the mushroom fountain near the zero depth entry area.

You can also take swim lessons at Richmond Park Pool. Please see the city's parks website for more info.

Park Managed by City of Grand Rapids

900 Fuller Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Pools in Grand Rapids, MI
Open: June 11 - Aug 19, 2023
Fee Required
Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat: 12:00 - 7:00 PM, Wed: 12:00 - 5:00 PM, Sun: 12:00 - 4:00 PM
Martin Luther King Park Public Swimming Pool Details:
MLK's massive pool is a magnet in the summertime. There's lots of space to swim, lots of new friends to make, and a giant waterslide.

Lifeguards on duty, and restrooms/changing area available in the lower level of the community center.

You can also take swim lessons at MLK Pool. Please see the city's parks website for more info.

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Private Outdoor Pool Memberships 

Private pools come with the added bonus of access to other amenities whether it’s golf courses or fitness activities.

If your family loves to swim and be active, a membership to a pool may be right for you.

Watermark Country Club ($)
5500 Cascade Road SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Option to purchase a pool-only membership

Thousand Oaks Golf Club ($)
4100 Thousand Oaks Drive, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Option to purchase a pool-only membership
Membership includes access to an off-site pool at Watermark, Stonewater or Sunnybrook

Stonewater Country Club ($)
7177 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Caledonia, MI 49316

Option to purchase a pool-only membership

Sunnybrook Country Club ($)
624 Port Sheldon Street SW, Grandville, MI 49418

Option to purchase a pool-only membership

Ridgemoor Swim Club ($) 
2435 Inverness Rd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Guest passes available, limited to three visits

Kent Country Club ($) 
1600 College Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505

MVP Sportsplex – Burton ($) 
4035 Burton St, Grand Rapids,

Pool also has two tube waterslides
Guest passes available

MVP Athletic Club ($)
115 Crahen Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Pool has one twist waterslide
Guest passes available

MVP Athletic Club – Holland ($) 
650 S Waverly Rd, Holland, MI 49423

Pool has one small twist waterslide
Guest passes available

Cascade Hills Country Club ($)
3725 Cascade Road SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Separate zero-entry kiddie pool

Blythefield Country Club ($)
5801 Northland Dr. NE, Belmont, MI 49306

Egypt Valley Country Club ($)
7333 Knapp St. NE, Ada, MI 49301

Separate wading pool

Girl at splash pad at Rosewood Park

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  2. Hastings has a small one right by the movie theater. There is also a small performance stage there that hosts family entertainment in the summer – not to mention the new amphitheater three blocks over. Bound to be lots of art and musical fun in Hastings this year!

  3. Rosewood Park, formally known as Charlie’s dump, in Jenison, has a brand-new splash pad opening this year. A new playground for toddlers as well too!

    1. Yes you can! Had my sons first birthday there. Stop in at the township office. I think it cost a little money. I can’t remember.

  4. Does any one know if mulick parks splash pad is opening this year? I went to take my kids earlier today, and the entrance gate was locked…

    1. I called them today because it has been locked and the parks and rec department says they are closed until further notice. 🙁

  5. there is a Splashpad in Grand Haven too! Between the band stands and I believe the ice cream shop is called Temptations.

  6. lamar park is nice but the splash psd can be a little slippery for little ones. I would suggest water shoes for young kids at that park. Pinewood Park in Zkentwood is small but not slippery. Both parks hav nice play areas

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    News from the city of GR is that the Alger Middle School splash pad is open from 11-7.

  8. 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.

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      I just updated the post for 2013. There were a few minor changes for the GR open hours, but other than that, most of the info looks to have stayed the same. Let us know if you come across something that has changed. Thanks!

    1. It’s pretty early in the year- most open closer to June. We will let you know if we come across any that are already open.

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  12. I’m looking for an outdoor pool to join this summer. Any ideas for the SE Grand Rapids area? I’m willing to drive to get to a good pool. I’m just not sure what is available. Thanks!

  13. I don’t know if Holland is too far from GR to list here, but there’s been a splash pad for years now right in downtown Holland on 8th Street next to the 99 East 8th Street building.

  14. Southlawn Park on Bellevue & Jefferson SW (near South Godwin Elementary School) also has a splashpad, playground & covered picnic shelter. There are also benches that surround the play area.

  15. Is the Garfield Park Wading pool even functional? I have checked several times last year when they said that it was open and it was not.

  16. Pinewood park in Kentwood has a new splash pad with benches around it and a covered picnic area very close. Plus there is a large playground area.

    Also, Lamar Park in Wyoming has close-by covered areas with benches near their splash pad.

  17. Kentwood activities center on 48th st (between Eastern and Division) has a large park, volleyball/ sandpit and a splash pad! I see the city was redoing the parking lot, and updating…so we were going to check it out today!

  18. There is also a splash pad in Allendale at the park behind the fire station (on Lake MI dr and 68th) as well as one in downtown Holland, right next to the shopping district. Sorry I don’t know the name of the street for the one in Holland.

    1. 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.

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  20. Thanks Lindsay and Georgine!! We will check it out! I always like to check out new places, but with the pregnancy I want to be more cautious of where I can go so mommy can rest a bit ;).

  21. Tamara, I don’t think i see it on the list, but wilcox park wading pool is great for this. It is a GR Rec site and is near east town, st thomas school and aquinas. check to see if they will be opening this year. spots with shade and sun and playground too

  22. Question … which splash park is the best for letting my active kids 2 and 4yo get wet why I put my feet up (I need to take it easy rest of June and July) … I’m 8 mos pregnant (due in July) and want a carefree environment … just splash, no pool (since it’s just me when hubby at work during day)? I have been to Meijers Gardens and I do like it, but any other ideas without all the walking? I do like going to Fallasburg Creek/park and Townsend park lots too … “natural” splash parks, teehee!

    1. Tassell park in Cascade is basically just a flat fountain with “jumping” water (as my 3 year old says). There are benches and shady grassy areas where you can sit. It’s not very big it kept a 3, 4 and 6 year old occupied for almost 2 hours last week!

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