Indoor Waterparks in Michigan to Chase Away the Winter Blues

Does the cold winter weather have you down? Warm up at one of these great indoor waterparks in Michigan.
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Photograph courtesy of Zehnder's Splash Village

Michigan is home to waterparks that are filled with fun for the entire family to enjoy, and thanks to a number of indoor waterparks in metro Detroit and beyond, a waterpark can be a weekend vacation destination any time of year. Check out these five options for your next staycation.

Zehnder’s Splash Village

Located in Frankenmuth, Zehnder’s has thrilling waterslides such as The Super Loop body ride and a six-story family raft ride. You can take a break from the slides and relax in the Whimsical Whirl Hot Tub or drift along the Crooked Brook Lazy River. When it’s time to eat, grab a bite at the Mushroom Grille and get right back to the fun. Zehnder’s Splash Village, 1365 S Main St., Frankenmuth; zhenders.com.

Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel

Soaring Eagle has fun for all ages. Mosey along the Little Beaver’s Bend after riding the waterslides or jump from platform to platform on Acorn Pass. You can also put your skills to the test by rock climbing above the water and surfing on the FlowRider. Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel, 5665 E Pickard St., Mt. Pleasant; soaringeaglewaterpark.com.

Gold Rush Indoor Waterpark

Gold Rush is home to Western Michigan’s tallest indoor waterslide and has many other thrill slides for your enjoyment. You can try out their lazy/crazy river and take a dip in the wave pool. The little ones will also have a blast playing in the toddler pool. Gold Rush Indoor Waterpark, 5900 S Water Road, Rothbury; doublejj.com.

Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark

Have fun with friends and family by racing on the Downhill Mat Racer and riding The Big Couloir, which has the steepest drop in the waterslide industry. Take time to rejuvenate in the Glacier Hot Springs or the Lazy River Adventure. If the kids want a break from the rides, they can explore the Splasherhorn play structure for hours of entertainment. Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark, 1 Boyne Mountain Road, Boyne Falls; avalanchebay.com.

Great Wolf Lodge Water Park

Have some fun by heading to Fort Mackenzie, an interactive four-story water structure filled with slides and toys. If you want to check out the slides, hop in a raft with your family and go down the River Canyon run together as you ride over curves and bends. The little ones can also enjoy themselves in the Cub Paw Pool. Great Wolf Lodge Water Park, 3575 N U.S. 31 S, Traverse City; greatwolf.com.

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