Today, Michigan's Adventure is really the only major amusement park in the state. There are some smaller parks and family fun centers that offer rides and other attractions, which are identified below. Before we get to the listings, however, 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.
The following parks are open. They are arranged alphabetically.
CJ Barrymore's Family Entertainment Center
It's not an amusement park, but it 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").
Crossroads Village (near Flint)
Turn-of-the-century park with 30 re-created shops and historical interpreters in period costumes. Attractions include a carousel, steam train, paddlewheel boat, and a 1912 Ferris wheel.
Deer Acres Fun Park
It was a small park for very young children themed to fairy tales. Rides included antique cars, a safari ride, a merry-go-round, and a Ferris wheel. At the time this was written, the park was under renovation and may or may not reopen.
Holland (where else?!)
Park themed to 19th-century Netherlands' village life.
Attractions include a 1924 carousel and a swing ride.
Funland Amusement Park
Apparently, this is a small park. It's so small, it doesn't have a Web site (at least not when this was written). Attractions include a kiddie steel roller coaster. The park's phone number is 989-422-5204. Call them up and ask them why they don't have a Web site.
Located at the Lakeside Mall, this indoor family entertainment center has a few kiddie rides including a small coaster. There is also an arcade and a cafe with fast food.
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.
Michigan's largest amusement park (which isn't really all that large) 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. There is also a log flume ride and a large Ferris wheel. Includes admission to both the amusement park and the adjacent WildWater Adventure waterpark.
Stagecoach Stop USA
Wild West-themed small park with train ride, panning for gold, and antiques museum.