The concept of indoor water parks began in Wisconsin Dells in 1994 and migrated throughout the Midwest, including Michigan, (and then around the US) soon thereafter. There are a number of hotels with water parks around the state, which follow. Click on a park for additional info.
There are some very small parks, including Surfari Joe's in Watervliet and Holiday Inn Express in Grand Rapids. Below are larger indoor water parks, including Great Wolf Lodge, which is part of a chain, and Avalanche Bay, the biggest indoor water park in Michigan. Parks are listed alphabetically.
Avalanche Bay is a comparatively large indoor water park at the ski resort, Boyne Mountain. Attractions include a surf simulator, lazy river, body slides, tube slides, a bowl slide, and a huge interactive water play structure with tipping bucket. There is also an arcade as well as Fritz's Snow Fort & Craft Center. The park is open to hotel guests as well as the general public.
Bavarian Inn offers a medium-sized indoor water park along with other activities. Among the attractions at the park are an enclosed body slide that delivers a ride in the dark, a tube slide that sends riders swishing around a bowl before it deposits them back onto a chute, and three whirlpools. The park is open to registered hotel guests only. Among other things to do at the resort are a family fun center with over 150 arcade games, indoor mini-golf, and pretzel rolling. There is also a large restaurant featuring German dishes.
This comparatively small indoor water park, which used to be known as Northpointe Inn, offers attractions such as a lazy river, body slides, an interactive play structure, an activity pool, and a whirlpool spa. The park is only open to registered hotel guests, and admission is included in the room rates. A complimentary hot breakfast bar is also included.
At 60,000 square feet, the Gold Rush indoor water park is medium-sized. Its attractions include a bowl ride, lazy river, tube slides, body slides, a wave pool, and an interactive play structure with dump bucket. The park is open to hotel guests and general pubic. Other experiences include mini golf, horseback riding, and outdoor water park slides.
This is a municipal facility operated by the city’s parks and recreations department. It includes both outdoor and indoor water parks. Unlike most other indoor water parks, Flash Flood is not connected to a hotel and is open Memorial Day to Labor Day rather than year-round.
One of the water park resort chain's smaller indoor water parks, Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City offers attractions such as an interactive water play structure, a toboggan-style water slide, a tube slide, an activity pool, body slides, and a lazy river. The water park used to be restricted to hotel guests staying at the resort, but now offers day passes. Other features include mini-golf, bowling, an arcade, and the MagiQuest and Compass Quest interactive adventures.
Splash Universe is a comparatively small indoor water park and offers a lazy river, tube slides, body slides, an interactive play structure with dump bucket, an activity pool, and a whirlpool spa. Registered hotel guests receive complimentary passes to the water park. The general public can purchase day passes. Discounts are available for regional residents. Guests staying at the adjacent Holiday Inn Express can also purchase packages to use the water park.
The hotel offers a small indoor park for its guests. Features include a pool, a three-story water slide, a lazy river, and a whirlpool.
Zehnder's Splash Village offers two indoor water parks: Splash Waterpark and the newer Atrium Waterpark with a retractable roof. Attractions include includes a six-story family raft ride, tube slides, a lazy river, a body slide, an interactive water play structure with dump bucket, a toddlers play area, and a hot tub whirlpool. The parks are open to hotel guests only.