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


Where Kids Can Splash Around Lansing: Outdoor Water Parks, Pools, Splash Pads, and Beaches

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” and I’m not talking about Santa. Nope – it’s outdoor water park, pool, beach and splash pad season!

As soon as this time hits every year, I geek-out, turning into a kid overrun with excitement for water-play trips with the family. Anyone else play mermaid or tea party at the bottom of the pool as a kid?

Parent Bonus: Water-play fun has helped save me from some crazy-momma-meltdown-moments. If you’re not the swimming-type, you’ll still enjoy this list because these water-play options are a guaranteed refreshing relief from those sunny days pushing 100+ degrees. After a trip to these fun locations, we’ll all be cool as a cucumber, both inside and out.


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Use Our Formula to Stay in Love With Summer

As a kid, I would constantly hear adults say, “I hate summer!” and, “It’s just sooooo hot!”

I didn’t understand it at all back then because I LOVED summer and everything about it. As an adult, I’ve realized what they were talking about. Hot, sticky, unbearable air makes summer no fun unless you know how to beat the heat.

Our formula for being able to say – without a doubt – “I LOVE summer!” is simple: ice cream, and air conditioning, and water-play!


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Where to Find Water-play In Lansing This Summer

Ready for a great 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, many splash pads, beaches and water parks will not be opening for 2020. Be sure to check your destination before you leave.



All Ingham County pools, beaches and splash pads are closed for the summer 2020 season due to the coronavirus.

Hawk Island
1601 E. Cavanaugh Rd. Lansing, 48910
Open Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day Weekend  ** Closed for 2020 **
Splash Pad and Lake/Beach

FREE to play. Parking is $3 (Ingham county residents) and $5 for non-residents. Yearly parking passes available.

Hawk Island Beach Kids water playground

East Lansing Family Aquatic Center ($)
6400 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, 48823
Open June 1 – September 2  ** Closed for 2020**
Water Park 

Hunter Park Pool
1400 E Kalamazoo St, Lansing, 48912
Open June 11 – September 2  ** Closed for 2020 **

FREE to swim and park. Bring your ID to check in plus get a lock for their locker rooms. In most cases, personal items are not allowed on the deck. Pool staffed by the Lansing YMCA.

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Moores Park Pool
420 Moores River Dr, Lansing, 48910
Open June 11 – August 19  ** Closed for 2020 **

FREE to swim and park. Plan for a nice walk from the parking lot to the pool. Two great playgrounds along the paved river trail that runs through Moores Park.

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MSU Outdoor Pool ($)
Chestnut Road between IM Sports-West and Munn Ice Arena on MSU’s campus.
Check website for real-time daily hours as they are subject to change. Usually open mid-May – August.  ** Closed for 2020 **

Family rates available. Open to the public.

Lake Lansing South ($)
1621 Pike St, Haslett, 48840
Open Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day Weekend ** Closed for 2020 **

FREE to play and swim. Parking is $3 (Ingham County residents) and $5 for non-residents. Yearly parking passes available.

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Valhalla Park
2287 Pine Tree Rd, Holt, 48842
Open Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day Weekend

FREE to swim and park.

Park Lake
6064-6274 Park Lake Rd, Bath Twp, 48808

FREE/public swim access. Wiswasser Playground is across the street.

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Burchfield Park
881 Grovenburg Rd, Holt, 48842
Open Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day Weekend  ** Closed for 2020 **

FREE to swim. Parking is $3 (Ingham County residents) and $5 for non-residents. Yearly parking passes available.

 Jaycee Park
525 E River St, Grand Ledge, 48837
Open Memorial Day – Labor Day Weekend  ** Closed for 2020 ** 
Splash Pad

FREE to play.


Nixon Water Park ($)
400 E. North St. Jackson,
Open June 17 – August 17  ** Closed for 2020 **
Water park

$4 – $2 per person depending on time of day. Check website for times and exact fees.

St. Johns City Park/Spray Park
805 W Park St, St Johns, 48879
Open June 1 – Labor Day Weekend
Splash Pad 

FREE to play.


Sleepy Hollow State Park
7835 E Price Rd, Laingsburg, 48848
Beach is open year round. Buoys up from Memorial Day Weekend – Mid September

FREE to swim. Free parking with Michigan registration recreational passport. $3 for parking without.

Cascades Falls and Splash Pad ($)
1401 S Brown St, Jackson, 49203
Open Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day Weekend
Splash Pad 

Kids 3 and under FREE to play. Ages 3+ $2.

Motz Park
4630 N DeWitt Road, St. Johns, 48879
Open Memorial Day – Labor Day

FREE to play.

Water Play Worth-the-Drive

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

Our family travels a lot for both 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 Trader Joe’s bag, fill up our water bottles, check or stock my ready-to-go beach tote (baby powder included for getting off sand), and grab a coffee on the way out for a dream day in the water.

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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 great water play spots worth-the-drive within an hour and a half radius around Lansing:

GM Plaza – Renaissance Center Splash Pad
200 Renaissance Ctr, Detroit, 48243
Splash Pad + Carousel and Beach/Sandpit a short walk down the shore.

Drive Time: 1 hour 29 min


Kensington Metropark (Splash ‘n’ Blast) ($)
4570 Huron River Pkwy, Milford, 48380
Water Park and beach
** Water park closed for 2020, beach is open ** 

Drive Time: 50 min. East 

FREE to swim at the beach, $7 and under per person for the water park – Splash ‘n’ Blast.

Cherry Park Splash Pad
725 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids, 49503
Splash Pad and Playground ** Both closed until further notice for 2020 **

Drive Time: 45 min. West.
FREE  to play.
Walking distance to East Grand Rapids coffee shops, ice cream shops, and more!

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Jump Island Brighton ($)
6140 Bishop Lake Road Brighton, 48116
Water Park

** Closed for 2020 **

Drive Time: 45 min. East

$ Admissions and passes available. 

Millenium Park ($)
 1415 Maynard Ave SW, Walker, 49534
Beach and Splash Pad 

** Closed until further notice for 2020 **

Drive Time: 55 min West

$4 – $2 per person 

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Independence Lake Park ($)
3200 Jennings Rd. Webster Township Whitmore Lake, 48189
Beach and Water Park – $

** Closed for 2020 **

Drive Time: 55 min East

Cost per person to enter. See website for full details.

Mt. Elliot Park
110 Mt. Elliot Street Detroit, 48207
Splash Pad + Concessions.

Drive Time: 1 hour 29 min. East


Frederik Meijer Gardens ($)
1000 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, 49525
Splash Pad and Wading Pool 

** Check website for current opening status **

Drive Time:  45 min. West 

$ Admissions to the gardens, see site for full details. 

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Flash Flood ($)
35 Hamblin Avenue Battle Creek, 49017
Water Park 

** Check website for current opening status **

Drive Time: 45 min. South West

$ Admissions to the park, see site for full details. 

Maplewood Splash Pad and Playground
8000 12th Avenue Jenison49428
Splash Pad and Playground

Drive Time: 1 hour West

FREE to play and park.

maplewood splah pad

Wayne County Family Aquatic Center ($)
12600 Chandler Park Dr. Detroit, 48213
Water Park 

** Check website for current open status **

Drive Time: 1 h 29 min. East. 

$ Admissions to the park, see site for full details. 

Lamar Park
2561 Porter St, Wyoming, 49519
Splash Pad 

Drive Time: 30-40 min. West 

FREE to play.

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Turtle Cove Aquatic Center ($)
13000 High Ridge Drive Brighton, 48114-9058
Water Park  

** Closed for 2020 **

Drive Time: 46 min east

$ Admissions to the park, see site for details. 

Sessions Lake State Park 
2880 West David Highway Ionia, 48846

Drive Time: 35 min North West

FREE to Swim. 

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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