I don't know about you, but I think this heat is something else!
I'm the kind of person who likes a good cold wave. I enjoy the winter, even when it's below zero!
I always tell my wife and kids, "You can always warm up when cold, but it's harder to cool down when hot!"
I say that because we don't have central air.
It's not fun.
So with that idea in mind, I wanted to share some ideas for staying cool this short/hot summer!
First off, in Waterford, MI is a Waterpark called (appropriately) Waterford Oaks Waterpark.
It features a wave pool with bubbler fountains near the shore and a children’s water playground features more than 30 interactive activities.
You'll also find areas to grill and hang out in the shade, bathrooms with showers and lockers, a concession stand and of course well trained lifeguards!
Here's the link to find out more: https://www.oakgov.com/parks/parksandtrails/Waterford-Oaks/Pages/Waterford-Oaks-Waterpark.aspx
Next up is another waterpark in Madison Heights, MI.
Red Oaks Waterpark has a lot of attractions! You'll find a wave pool, triple flume waterslide, toddler play area, children's playground with 68 features (including a giant bucket) and a 990-foot long moving river with fitness walking program. This is a really cool place!
You can find out more about it here: https://www.oakgov.com/parks/parksandtrails/Red-Oaks/Pages/Red-Oaks-Waterpark.aspx
If you're just looking to play in the water and not deal with quite so many people, then one of the State's natural lakes is a great idea!
Stony Creek Metropark is one of the nicest natural lakes you can go to. They've improved the offerings over the years and now have a number of cool attractions to take part in.
From a nice swimming area/beach to an inflatable waterslide and a really cool kids play area, Stony Creek has all sorts of options to beat the heat this summer!
Because this is one of the official Metroparks in Michigan, you can get a year pass and have access to other parks like Metro Beach (which is up next!).
Stony Creek also has a nice little nature center and tons of trails and walking/biking paths.
If you've never been, you've been missing out!
Find out more here: https://www.metroparks.com/parks/stony-creek-metropark/
Next up is Metro Beach or as it's officially known, Lake St. Clair Metropark.
Similar to Stony Creek, it's part of the Michigan official Metroparks program.
This one is a bit more expanded though.
You can find great grilling and party areas and a beach to play in. You'll also find a wave pool, splash pad, putt putt golf course and a concert hall which has lots of different concerts throughout the summer!
Of course there are also the standard amenities such as bathrooms with showers, lockers, concession stand and a playground for the kids.
Learn more here: https://www.metroparks.com/parks/lake-st-clair-metroparks/
Up till now, I've just listed some of the less expensive options designed for a "Day at the Beach".
If you really want to make a weekend or longer trek and actually get away from it all, here are a few places to check out. Be aware, these places can get pricey if you don't plan ahead!
First up is Michigan's Adventure. Located in Muskegon, MI this park has it all!
From roller coasters to a full blown waterpark, there isn't much that you can't do here.
The waterpark features Funnel of Fear, three wave pools, body slides, speed slides, kids areas and a lazy river. Want to keep cool? Here you go!
If you want to do a bit more and really enjoy the "Amusement Park Vibe", you won't be let down!
You'll find 7 roller coasters, bumper boats, a log ride and all the rides you'd expect to find at a traveling carnival!
While you can't actually stay at Michigan's Adventure, there are a number of hotels nearby that offer plans and discounts.
Find out more here: https://www.miadventure.com/
Next up is Great Wolf Lodge!
You've probably heard about this place on the internet or maybe seen a commercial. The hype is real!
I took my own family there last year and it was pretty incredible.
Unfortunately it rained most of the time we were there so we didn't get to do everything, but the indoor waterpark was awesome as is.
The Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City is quite a trek. It took us almost 5 hours to get there. It was totally worth it though.
As I said, you'll find an indoor waterpark with two waterslides, a lazy river a pool to splash around in, a climbing area with a huge water bucket and of course a little kids play area. There are also two hot tubs with one being exclusive for adults. Great Wolf is designed to be a weekend or more destination with a hotel attached to the waterpark.
Among other attractions are an arcade, a spa for the kids, ice cream parlor and a pizza place, outdoor pool, climbing wall and a putt putt course.
There's also a small bowling alley and MagiQuest game for the kids that will keep them moving throughout the building.
It's a ton of fun and I definitely recommend it.
Find more info here: https://www.greatwolf.com/traverse-city
Last but not least is a place that isn't exactly in Michigan, but is such an icon that it has to be mentioned.
That place is Cedar Point!
Cedar Point has been a staple vacation destination for millions of Michigan residents for years now!
They just keep getting better every year!
The waterpark area has expanded considerably and now features multiple waterslides, redesigned cabanas, twelve kid-sized slides and a great splash pad area. Not to mention their own beach!
There are so many things to do and see at Cedar Point that I'm not even gonna try any longer.
Check it out for yourself here: https://www.cedarpoint.com
An honorable mention is the new splash pad over at Dodge Park in Sterling Heights.
Over the past couple years, Dodge Park has gotten a huge overhaul. It's right on Utica Road and takes up over 50 acres. Most of the area is a regular parkland with walking trails and lots of nature to enjoy. With the new additions there is a dedicated Farmer's Market building that's open 3-8pm on Thursdays until September 26th, a splash pad, redesigned kids play areas, basketball courts and sand volleyball nets as well as a small enclosed soccer field. The splash pad costs $5 to get in per person, but everything else is open and free.
Find more info here: https://www.sterling-heights.net/Facilities/Facility/Details/Dodge-Park-11
So there you go!
A whole bunch of awesome places to go to stay cool during these hot summer days.
Let me know what your experiences have been in the comments below!
See ya soon!