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08/22/2011 12:28 pm ET Updated Oct 10, 2011

Water Parks In Detroit: A Huffington Post Travel Guide

Water parks in Detroit are few and far between. Detroit is located in the Great Lake state of Michigan and has a plethora of lakes to enjoy for swimming and boating activities. That said, there are some fun spots to cool off during the summer heat. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on water parks, here is our guide to all the key information visitors need to know about the ones in Detroit.

Red Oaks Water Park


Red Oaks Waterpark has a variety of water activities for a hot summer day including a waterslide, river ride, children's water splash pad and a wave pool. Everyone in the family, from toddlers to teenagers, will find something fun to do.

Beat The Heat

During hot Michigan summers, many Detroiters flock to Red Oaks to cool off. On holiday weekends it is recommended to arrive early in the day to beat the crowds. Once the park is filled to capacity, the park management will refuse any further admissions.

Explore Nature

Red Oaks is part of the Oakland County parks system and is surrounded by nature trails, playgrounds, soccer fields and biking paths. Many families pack a lunch and spend the whole day enjoying all that the park has to offer.

Buy Food Or Bring Your Own

Red Oaks Waterpark does have a concession stand, but most guests pack a picnic lunch or use one of the many barbecue areas. Visitors may reserve group picnic areas in advance.

Safety Record

Our research revealed no reports of safety issues at Red Oaks. In fact, the lifeguards in the Oakland County Parks system received the 2010 Gold International Aquatic Safety Award. This award is given to those that have the highest level of swimmer protection.

Address: 1455 East 13 Mile Road, Madison Heights, MI 48071
Phone: 248-858-0918
Hours: June 3 through Aug. 28, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 pm.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Late Season: Aug. 29 through Sept. 1, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sept. 2, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sept. 3 through 5, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Price: Weekends and holidays: $16 for anyone over 43 inches, $12 for residents, $9 for seniors 62 and older, active military and anyone under 43 inches. Monday through Friday: $13 for anyone over 43 inches, $10 for residents, $7.50 for seniors 62 and older, active military and anyone under 43 inches. Discounted admission is offered for admission after 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Waterford Oaks Water Park


Located just outside Detroit, Waterford Oaks is another great place to cool off during hot Michigan summers. The park has a wave pool (barrier-free access), dual water slides and a children's splash area with more than 30 interactive features.

Raft Rides

One of the most popular rides at Waterford Oaks is Ragin' Rapids, a group raft ride that descends over three stories through a series of twists and turns before depositing riders in a pool at its base. Plan to arrive early, since park officials will close the park when it reaches capacity.

Miles Of Outdoor Fun

Like Red Oaks, Waterford Oaks Waterpark is part of the Oakland County parks system. Admission grants visitors access to miles of biking, rollerblading and walking trails as well as many playgrounds and sports fields throughout the park. Many families appreciate the ability to step away from the water features and enjoy a quiet bit of nature.

Picnic And BBQ

Waterford Oaks Waterpark does have a concession stand, but most guests pack a picnic lunch or use one of the many barbecue areas. Visitors may reserve group picnic areas in advance.

Safety Record

Our research revealed no notable reports of safety issues at Waterford Oaks Waterpark. In fact, the lifeguards within the Oakland County Parks system were recently honored by being awarded the 2010 Gold International Aquatic Safety Award.

Address: 1702 Scott Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48328
Phone: 248-858-0918
Hours: June 3 through Aug. 28, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 pm.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Late Season: Aug. 29 through Sept. 1, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sept. 2, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sept. 3 through 5, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Price: Weekends and holidays: $16 for anyone over 43 inches, $12 for residents, $9 for seniors 62 and older, active military and anyone under 43 inches. Monday through Friday: $13 for anyone over 43 inches, $10 for residents, $7.50 for seniors 62 and older, active military and anyone under 43 inches. Discounted admission is offered for admission after 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Other Noteworthy Parks Near Detroit

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Turtle Cove Family Aquatic Center
Fuller Park Pool
Lake Erie Metropark Wave Pool
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