Michigan Theme Parks and Amusement Parks

Michigan’s Adventure roller coaster

Cedar Fair Entertainment Company 

Michigan's Adventure is really the only major amusement park in the state. There are some smaller parks and family fun centers, however, that offer rides and other attractions. Let's take a look at Michigan’s parks.

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Arzo Park (Alpena)

Arzo Park Michigan

Arzo Park

The family fun center specializes in go-karts and claims to have Michigan’s longest track. Other attractions include a kiddie roller coaster, a carousel, a Ferris wheel, a Gravitron spinning ride, a space flight simulator, laser tag, bumper cars, batting cages, mini-golf, a driving range, and an arcade.

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CJ Barrymore's Family Entertainment Center (Clinton Township)

Bumper boats

C.J. Barrymore's

It's not an amusement park, but CJ Barrymore's Family Entertainment Center is a decent-sized facility with plenty of diversions including bumper boats, bowling, and a steel roller coaster with a loop (called, unimaginatively enough, "Loop Roller Coaster").

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Craig’s Cruisers Family Fun Centers (Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon, Silver Lake)

Craig's Cruisers Family Fun Centers bumper boats

Craig's Cruisers Family Fun Centers

Attractions vary at the four family entertainment centers.

  • The outdoor/indoor Silver Lake center added the Pearly Whirly Coaster in 2020. It includes cars that spin horizontally and one “hamster wheel” car that spins vertically, turning passengers upside down. Other attractions include bumper boats, a zip line, swan boats, go-karts, an arcade, snack bar, and mini-golf.
  • At Muskegon, the center offers batting cages, go-karts, kiddie carts, bumper boats, an arcade, and a bungee jump attraction.
  • In Holland, Craig’s Cruisers has batting cages, go-karts, kiddie carts, bumper boats, swan boats, an arcade, and a bungee jump attraction.
  • The Grand Rapids center offers a small, indoor roller coaster, bumper cars, indoor and outdoor go-karts, a Frog Hopper mini drop tower, bumper boats, laser tags, an arcade, zip line, an obstacle course, mini-golf, and a virtual reality attraction.
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Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad (Crossroads Village)

Crossroads Village carousel

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Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad is a turn-of-the-century park with 30 recreated shops and historical interpreters in period costumes. Attractions include a carousel, steam train, paddlewheel boat, and a 1912 Ferris wheel.

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Dutch Village (Holland)

Dutch Village Michigan

Nelis' Dutch Village

Neil's Dutch Village is a small park themed to 19th-century village life in the Netherlands. Attractions include a 1924 carousel and a swing ride.

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Funland Amusement Park (Houghton Lake)

Funland Amusement Park Michigan

Funland Amusement Park

Funland Amusement Park is really more of a family entertainment center than an amusement park (despite its name). Attractions include go-karts, mini-golf, kiddie rides, a water slide, and an arcade.

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Kokomo's Family Fun Center (Saginaw)

Kokomo's Family Fun Center Michigan

Kokomo's Family Fun Center 

The indoor and outdoor family entertainment center includes go-karts, laser tag, batting cages, an arcade, and a 45-foot tall steel roller coaster.

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Legoland Discovery Center (Auburn Hills)

Legoland Discovery Center Michigan ride

Legoland Discovery Center

Themed to the popular children's building bricks, the indoor family entertainment center offers a variety of activities including the Kingdom Quest interactive dark ride, a 4D Cinema that shows a repertoire of films, including one based on the wildly funny “Lego Movie” franchise, the Merlins Apprentice pedal-powered ride, and Miniland, which contains models of Detroit landmarks made out of Lego blocks. There is also a cafe, store, and opportunities to meet Lego characters.

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Michigan's Adventure (Muskegon)

Michigan's Adventure Wolverine Wiildcat

Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

Michigan's largest amusement park (which isn't really all that large compared to other parks), Michigan's Adventure, includes the highly rated Shivering Timbers CCI-built wooden coaster. Other coasters include the suspended steel coaster, Thunderhawk, and a second wooden coaster, the Wolverine Wildcat (pictured). There is also a log flume ride, a river raft ride, a large Ferris wheel, spinning rides, and bumper boats

Tickets include admission to both the amusement park and the adjacent WildWater Adventure outdoor waterpark (when it is open). It includes a wave pool, water slides, a family raft ride, a funnel ride, and areas for young children.

New for 2021, the park introduced Camp Snoopy. It features pint-sized rides designed for younger children, including a re-themed Woodstock Express roller coaster and the Beagle Scout Lookout spinning ride. There is also an interactive play structure. The Peanuts characters are on hand to greet visitors.

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Stagecoach Stop USA (Irish Hills)

Stagecoach Stop in Michigan

Stagecoach Stop

Stagecoach Stop USA is a wild west-themed small park with a train ride, panning for gold, and an antiques museum.

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Wild Frontier Fun Park (Comins)

Wild Frontier Fun Park in Comins, Michigan

Experience Cedar Valley

The small amusement park offers restored, vintage rides, most of which spin. Other activities include mini-golf and batting cages. There is an adjacent golf course and a campground.

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Nearby Parks

Flash Flood Water Park Michigan

City of Battle Creek

If you're able to make the drive out to neighboring states, here are a few options that are close by.

Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois

Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio

Kings Island in Mason, Ohio

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Defunct Parks

Let's acknowledge a few of the parks that have since closed in Michigan. Take Edgewater Park in Detroit, for example. It opened in 1927 and offered coasters such as the wooden Big Beast and the amusement park staple, Wild Mouse. Like many smaller parks from a bygone era, it couldn't compete and closed its gates in 1981.

Other defunct Michigan parks include Silver Beach Amusement Park in Saint Joseph, which operated from 1891 to 1971, Wenona Beach in Bay City, which entertained visitors from 1887 until 1964, and Walled Lake Park in Walled Lake, which lasted fromn 1919 to 1968.

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