29 Outdoor Water Parks, Pools, Splash Pads, and Local Swimming Around Lansing and Beyond

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Summer means Water Parks, Splash Pads, Pool, and Beach Season is here!

Splash pad, pool, beach, and outdoor water parks season is here!

Many of the locations open up starting Memorial Day Weekend and run through Labor Day Weekend.

As temps are rising and the water is calling our names, here are 29+ water park and splash pad options for a guaranteed refreshing relief during these hot sunny days.

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Hawk Island Splash Pad in Lansing, MI

Where to Find Water Parks, Splash Pads, & Beaches In Lansing This Summer

Pack the bathing suits, beach towels, and sand toys then head to these 15 places to cool off in water around the Lansing area + 14 locations close enough for a day trip and worth-the-drive.

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Hunter Park Pool and Splash Pad in Lansing, MI
 Hawk Island
Open Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day Weekend 
Lake/Beach with lifeguards from 12pm to 8pm (swim at your own risk outside these hours)
Splash Pad
Boat Rental
FREE to play
Parking is $3 (Ingham county residents) and $5 for non-residents
Yearly parking passes available

1601 E. Cavanaugh Rd. Lansing, 48910
Hawk Island Beach Kids water playground
Hawk Island Park Beach
East Lansing Family Aquatic Center ($)
Water Park 
The popular East Lansing Aquatic Center is reopening after some major renovations, with a NEW water feature!
Opening day TBD
Check their Facebook for updates on when you and the fam can splash all day

6400 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, 48823
Hunter Park Pool
Open June 13 – August 26
Pool
FREE to swim and park
Bring your ID to check-in plus a lock for their locker rooms
In most cases, personal items are not allowed on the deck
Hunter Park Pool is staffed by the Lansing YMCA

1400 E Kalamazoo St, Lansing, 48912
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Hunter Park Wade-In Pool in Lansing, MI
Moores Park Pool
⊗ CLOSED for Renovations
Pool 
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the J.H. Moores Memorial Natatorium—or as we call it, Moores Park Pool—is in need of significant renovations to save it. Read more on the history and efforts here!
When open, FREE to swim and park
Two great playgrounds are located along the paved river trail that runs through Moores Park.

420 Moores River Dr, Lansing, 48910
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Moores Park Pool in Lansing, MI
Lake Lansing South ($ for parking)
Beach
Open Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day Weekend
Lifeguards 12pm-8pm (swim at your own risk outside lifeguard hours)
FREE to play and swim
Parking is $3 (Ingham County residents) and $5 for non-residents.
Yearly parking passes available

1621 Pike St, Haslett MI, 48840
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Lake Lansing Park South Beach in Haslett, MI
Valhalla Park
Open Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day Weekend
Beach
No lifeguards, swim at your own risk
FREE to swim and park

2287 Pine Tree Rd, Holt, 48842
Park Lake
Beach
No lifeguards, swim at your own risk
FREE/public swim access
Wiswasser Playground is across the street

6064-6274 Park Lake Rd, Bath Twp, 48808
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Burchfield Park
Open Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day Weekend
Beach
Lifeguards 12pm-8pm, swim at your own risk outside of these hours
FREE to swim
Parking is $3 (Ingham County residents) and $5 for non-residents.
Yearly parking passes available

881 Grovenburg Rd, Holt, 48842
Jaycee Park
Open Memorial Day – Labor Day Weekend
Splash Pad
FREE to play

525 E River St, Grand Ledge, 48837
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Nixon Water Park ($)
Water park
$4 – $2 per person depending on the time of day
Check the website for times and exact fees

400 E. North St. Jackson, 49201
St. Johns City Park/Spray Park
Open through Labor Day Weekend
Splash Pad 
FREE to play

805 W Park St, St Johns, 48879
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Sleepy Hollow State Park
Beach is open year-round
Buoys up from Memorial Day Weekend – Mid September
Beach 
FREE to swim
Free parking with Michigan registration recreational passport
$3 for parking without

7835 E Price Rd, Laingsburg, 48848
Cascades Falls and Splash Pad ($)
Open Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day Weekend
Splash Pad 
Kids 3 and under FREE to play. Ages 3+ $2

1401 S Brown St, Jackson, 49203
Photo Credit: Jackson County Parks – Cascades Splashpad
Motz Park
Open Memorial Day – Labor Day
Beach 
FREE to play

4630 N DeWitt Road, St. Johns, 48879

Worth-the-Drive Water Parks, Splash Pads, Pools, from Lansing

Queue up your favorite playlist on Spotify and head to these water destinations!

Our family travels a lot both for work and adventure. We’ve almost got trip-taking down to a science. I pack up food for the family in my small cold-pack bag, fill up our water bottles, check or stock my ready-to-go beach tote (baby powder included for getting off the sand), and grab a coffee on the way out for a dream day in the water.

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Waterfront Splash Pad overlooking Canada in Downtown Detroit, MI

If thinking about the drive home is stopping you from taking these day trips – don’t worry – in most cases driving home is a breeze.

After we’ve all had a great day in the sun and water, by the end of the trip my kids are so wonderfully exhausted that they either fall asleep, gaze out the window taking in the scenery, or continuing the bonding time with laughter and smiles.

Here is our list of epic splash pads, outdoor water parks, or pools worth-the-drive within an hour and a half radius around Lansing:

GM Plaza – Renaissance Center Splash Pad
Splash Pad + Carousel and Beach/Sandpit a short walk down the shore.
Drive Time: 1 hour 29 min

200 Renaissance Ctr, Detroit, 48243
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Kensington Metropark (Splash ‘n’ Blast) ($)
Beach open Memorial Day Weekend 
Water Park open mid-June
Drive Time: 50 min East 
FREE to swim at the beach, $7 and under per person for the water park – Splash ‘n’ Blast.

4570 Huron River Pkwy, Milford, 48380
Cherry Park Splash Pad
Splash Pad and Playground
Drive Time: 45 min West
FREE to play
Walking distance to East Grand Rapids coffee shops, ice cream shops, and more!

725 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids, 49503
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Jump Island Brighton ($)
Water Park on a lake
Drive Time: 45 min East
$ Admissions and passes available

6140 Bishop Lake Road Brighton, 48116 
Millenium Park ($)
Beach and Splash Pad
Drive Time: 55 min West
$4 – $2 per person 

 1415 Maynard Ave SW, Walker, 49534
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Independence Lake Park ($)
Beach & Water Park
Drive Time: 55 min East
Cost per person to enter – See the website for full details

3200 Jennings Rd. Webster Township Whitmore Lake, 48189
Mt. Elliot Park
Splash Pad + Concessions.
Drive Time: 1 hour 29 min East

110 Mt. Elliot Street Detroit, 48207
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Mt. Elliot Splash pad on the riverfront in Detroit, MI
Frederik Meijer Gardens ($)
Splash Pad and Wading Pool
Drive Time:  45 min West 
$ Admissions to the gardens, see site for full details

1000 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, 49525
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Frederik Meijer Gardens Splash Pad in Grand Rapids, MI
Flash Flood Water Park($)
Water Park 
Drive Time: 45 min South West
$ Admissions to the park, see site for full details. 

35 Hamblin Avenue Battle Creek, 49017
Maplewood Splash Pad and Playground
Splash Pad and Playground
Drive Time: 1 hour West
FREE to play and park

8000 12th Avenue, Jenison MI, 49428
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Wayne County Family Aquatic Center ($)
Water Park 
Drive Time: 1h 29 min East
$ Admissions to the park, see site for full details

12600 Chandler Park Dr. Detroit, 48213 
Lamar Park
Splash Pad 
Drive Time: 30-40 min West 
FREE to play

2561 Porter St, Wyoming, 49519
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Turtle Cove Aquatic Center ($)
Water Park  
Drive Time: 46 min east
$ Admissions to the park, see site for details

13000 High Ridge Drive Brighton, 48114-9058
Sessions Lake State Park 
Beach
Drive Time: 35 min North West
FREE to Swim
This is a small town area with lots of cute shops to visit while you’re there

2880 West David Highway Ionia, 48846

Where Kids Can Swim and Splash in the Lansing Area

Did I mention how much I love water parks and pools?

Believe me when I say, I’d LOVE to hear from you if you have another epic water play spot that we don’t have listed.

Will you share it with our community at Lansing Family Fun? We’ll be sure to get it on the list for other families to enjoy.

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Have fun splashing with your family this summer, Lansing!

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