8 Outdoor Metro Detroit Water Parks for Summer Fun

Cool off in the summer heat at these eight outdoor water parks in or around the metro Detroit area.
Photograph courtesy of Huron-Clinton Metroparks

The summer heat is coming to Michigan, and what better way to cool off than by visiting your local outdoor water park? Water parks offer the best of both worlds for those waiting to relax by the pool or for those who would like to jump in, make a splash, and catch a wave while having fun with friends or family.

There are many ways to cool off and make a splash in and around metro Detroit. You can start off by checking out these eight outdoor water parks to plan your summer fun.


Located in Holly State Park, this award-winning inflatable water course is available to jump and climb on during the heat. Featuring a floating obstacle course and watercraft such as kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards, there is much to do while you relax as the kids splish and splash. When it’s time to eat, grab a snack at SnackZone concessions.  WhoaZone opened on May 27, 2023. $12-$55. WhoaZone, 5005 McGinnis Road, Holly; whoa.zone.    

Turtle Cove Family Aquatic Center

This family fun outdoor water park has fun for all ages including two waterslides, a lazy river, a 300-gallon dumping bucket, and a zero-depth entry pool. It will open in mid-June. $8-$12. Turtle Cove Family Aquatic Center, 40151 E. Huron River Drive, Belleville; metroparks.com 

Wayne Family Aquatic Center

Enjoy Wayne County’s largest water park as you search to beat the summer heat. There is much to do at this outdoor water park, which features a wave pool, Splish Splash Land, and two 23-foot-high waterslides. The little ones will have a blast conquering this water park. Opening is June 21, 2023. $2-$90. Wayne Family Aquatic Center, 12600 Chandler Park Drive, Detroit; waynecountyaquatic.com.

Troy Family Aquatic Center

This outdoor water park is sure to please you and your family. Slip and slide on body slides, hangout by the main pool, or play some volleyball. The little ones enjoy a waterfall and a splash pad. Grab a bite to eat at the Harvey’s Hut concession stand as well. This water park opens June 2, 2023. $12-$540. Troy Family Aquatic Center, 3425 Civic Center Drive, Troy; Troy Family Aquatic Center.

Rolling Hills Water Park

This park is your ticket to wild summer fun. Whether it’s floating down the lazy river, dipping into the wave pool, or sliding down a water slide, this Ypsilanti water park has it all. The little ones can enjoy the Activity Pool with zero-depth entry, geysers, a waterfall, and a kiddie slide. Rolling Hills opened on May 27, 2023. $6-$30. Rolling Hills Water Park, 7660 Stony Creek Road, Ypsilanti; washtenaw.org.

Water Warrior Island

This inflatable water park is located within Orion Township’s Van Riper State Park. You can soar and bounce at this water park while also slicking down the new Warrior Whoa Slide. Slides, swings, jumping pillows, and bouncers are connected for ultimate water fun. Water Warrior Island opened on May 24, 2023. Water Warrior Island, $20-55, 3361 S Lapeer Road, Orion Charter Township; waterwarriorisland.com.

Waterford Oaks Waterpark  

This tropical wave pool offers much in the Michigan heat including palm trees and bubble fountains that can be your own oasis. Enjoy heated pools, catch a wave in the wave pool, have fun in the children’s water playground, or tackle a three-story raft ride. This outdoor fun park will open June 10, 2023. $8-$13. Waterford Oaks Waterpark, 1702 Scott Lake Road, Waterford Township; oakgov.com. 

Kennedy Aquatic Center

This outdoor water park offers a state-of-the-art facility with a waterslide, splash area, a leisure pool with 9 water features, and 2 diving boards. People of all ages can enjoy this place to dip their toes into and beat the summer heat. This aquatic center will open June 19, 2023. Kennedy Aquatic Center, $3-$8, 3101 West Road, Trenton; trentonmi.org.

Did we miss your favorite outdoor water park? Tell us about it in the comments so that we can add it to our list. Plus, find even more recreation spots and things to do in metro Detroit at HourDetroit.com.