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.
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. Park is open to hotel guests as well as general public.
Bavarian Inn Lodge Hotel and Waterpark
Medium-sized indoor water park with other activities. Featured attractions are an enclosed body slide that delivers a ride in the dark, and a tube slide that sends riders swishing around a bowl before it deposits them back onto a chute. Park is open to registered hotel guests only.
Bridge Vista Beach
Used to be known as Northpointe Inn. Comparatively small indoor water park 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.
Medium-sized indoor water park resort. Features include a bowl ride, lazy river, tube slides, body slides, wave pool, and an interactive play structure with dump bucket. Open to hotel guests and general pubic.
Outdoor and indoor water parks. Unlike most other indoor water parks, Full Blast is not connected to a hotel and is open Memorial Day to Labor Day rather than year-round.
Great Wolf Lodge
One of the chain's smaller indoor water parks. Attractions include an interactive water play structure, a toboggan-style water slide, a tube slide, an activity pool, body slides, and a lazy river. As with all Great Wolf Lodges, admission to the water park is restricted to hotel guests staying at the resort.
Comparatively small indoor water park 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 available for regional residents. Guests staying at the adjacent Holiday Inn Express can also purchase packages to use the water park.
Small indoor park for hotel guests with pool, 3-story water slide, lazy river, and whirlpools.
Zehnder's Splash Village
Comparatively small indoor water park includes 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. Open to hotel guests only.