Nothing says summer better than dipping your toys in the water. Splash your way to a cool, free, summer experience at one of these local water holes.
Check out free splash pads at: Heritage Park in Farmington Hills (also be sure to visit their nature center while you are there!), McClumpha in Plymouth, and so many more! You can also see our Guide to Splash Pads, Water Parks, and Pools here!
Bring your own tube and float for free down the Argo Cascades, a series of mini-rapids on the Huron River in Ann Arbor! (Argo livery also has tubes for rent by the hour)
Find yourself downtown Detroit for the day? Enjoy some fun and cooling down in the fountains on the Riverwalk. Be sure to bring a change of clothes! 🙂
And if you are downtown, head further down the Detroit River a bit to explore Mt. Elliott Park with a pirate themed splash pad!
Head out to the Rochester Hills Museum for Wet and Wild Wednesdays with a giant slip and slide and more! (Every Wednesday in July from 12 – 2 PM)
Love the beach? Kensington has two beaches with plenty of room for swimming and sand castles! (A Metroparks Vehicle Entry Permit is required to visit) For minimal fees, you can also rent kayaks, paddleboats, or ride their water slides and enjoy their splash pad!
Live further North of Detroit? Stoney Creek Metro Park has an amazing beach as well! (A Metroparks Vehicle Entry Permit is required to visit)
Believe it or not, you can also go swimming in the Detroit River if you head to the beach on Belle Isle!