29 Outdoor Water Parks, Pools, Splash Pads, and Local Swimming Around Lansing and Beyond 2021

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2021 Summer means Water Parks, Splash Pads, Pool, and Beach Season is here!

Splash pad, pool, beach, and outdoor water parks season is here and guess what?! Hooray, most are open for 2021!

Even better news is that many of the locations open up starting May 29th 2021, 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
Note: We are marking splash pads, beaches, and water parks that have been confirmed to be open for 2021 with
♥ OPEN or ⊗ CLOSED.
Any listing without a notation has not yet been verified for 2021. If you can confirm a listing is open, please email Carla@lansingfamilyfun.com. Thanks!

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.

Special Note: Due to the coronavirus, some splash pads, beaches, and water parks will not be opening for 2020. Be sure to check your destination before making the trip.

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Hunter Park Pool and Splash Pad in Lansing, MI
 Hawk Island
♥ OPEN for 2021
Open Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day Weekend 
Lake/Beach ** No lifeguards for 2020 swim at your own risk **
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 ($)
⊗ CLOSED for 2021
Open June 1 – September 2 
Water Park 
6400 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, 48823
Hunter Park Pool
♥ OPEN for 2021
Open June 14 – September 2
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 2021
Open June 11 – August 19  
Pool 
FREE to swim and park.
Plan to bring your ID, you must show to check-in.
Plan for a walk from the parking lot to the pool.
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)
♥ OPEN for 2021
Beach
Open Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day Weekend **No lifeguards for 2021, swim at your own risk**
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 for 2021
Open Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day Weekend
Beach
**No lifeguards for 2021, swim at your own risk**
FREE to swim and park.

2287 Pine Tree Rd, Holt, 48842
Park Lake
♥ OPEN for 2021
Beach
**No lifeguards for 2021, 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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♥ OPEN Burchfield Park
Open Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day Weekend
Beach
 **No lifeguards for 2021, swim at your own risk**
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 for 2021
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 ($)
⊗ CLOSED for 2021
Open June 17 – August 17
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 for 2021
Open date set for mid-June/TBA – Labor Day Weekend
Splash Pad 
FREE to play.

805 W Park St, St Johns, 48879
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Sleepy Hollow State Park
♥ OPEN for 2021
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 for 2021
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
Motz Park
♥ OPEN for 2021
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
⊗ CLOSED as of now. Check back for open date updates.
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) ($)
♥ OPEN for 2021
Beach open Memorial Day Weekend 
Water Park set to 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
♥ OPEN for 2021
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 ($)
♥ OPEN for 2021
Water Park on a lake
Drive Time: 45 min. East
$ Admissions and passes available.

6140 Bishop Lake Road Brighton, 48116 
Millenium Park ($)
♥ OPEN for 2021
Beach and Splash Pad
Drive Time: 55 min West
$4 – $2 per person 

 1415 Maynard Ave SW, Walker, 49534
millennium park grand rapids kids water playground
Independence Lake Park ($)
♥ OPEN for 2021
Beach
Water Park set to open June 21, 2021
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
⊗ CLOSED as of now. Check back for open date updates.
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 ($)
♥ OPEN for 2021
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($)
♥ OPEN for 2021
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
♥ OPEN for 2021
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: 1 h 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 ($)
♥ OPEN for 2021
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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