13 Amazing Amusement Parks in Michigan Perfect for Family Adventures
Whether you’re young or young at heart, Michigan’s amusement parks promise to put a smile on your face. From traditional roller coaster parks to adrenaline-boosting indoor games, from history-infused entertainment centers to water slides, there’s a Pure Michigan amusement park just for you.
Meld aircraft history with an afternoon of fun at the Air Zoo. Famous flyers such as a Wright Brothers replica and fully restored WWII fighter planes stand alongside flight-themed rides and games at this Kalamazoo mainstay. The youngest visitors are likely to enjoy the Century of Flight Ferris wheel, the Flying Circus Bi-Plane Ride and the Montgolfier Balloon Race. Bigger kids—and adults—will enjoy 3D flight simulators and, during the summer months, outdoor flights in a vintage 4-person bi-plane.
Climb aboard one of 48 hand-carved, hand-painted horses on the Silver Beach Carousel, a St. Joseph tradition since 1910. The carousel’s home, Silver Beach Center, includes a branch of St. Joseph’s Curious Kids Discovery Zone, an interactive kids' museum with a lighthouse tower to scale, a climbing wall and a water table that mimics the shape of nearby Lake Michigan. Outside, visitors can cool off in an adjacent splash pad or follow the boardwalk over the dunes to Lake Michigan.
7. Mystery Spot – St. IgnaceThis unusual location just west of the Mackinac Bridge has perplexed visitors since the 1950s, defying surveying equipment and causing many to feel a strange sensation or mild lightheadedness. A visit to the Mystery Spot will allow you to judge for yourself whether this spot is really mysterious. But there’s no doubt the park is a lot of fun. While you’re there, you can enjoy the Mystery Spot’s 18-hole mini golf course, walk through the puzzling Maze in the Woods and speed along two exciting zip lines.
8. LEGOLAND Discovery Center – Auburn HillsThe world’s most popular building block takes center stage at LEGOLAND, a kid-oriented amusement and shopping center in Great Lakes Crossing Outlets mall. Two theme park-style attractions, the Kingdom Quest laser ride and Merlin’s Apprentice ride, share space with a LEGO 4D cinema, a LEGO City play structure, and a LEGO race car building center and test track as well as 10 creative building stations. Make a full day of your fun with a visit to SEA LIFE Michigan aquarium, right next door.
Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon and Silver Lake, each offering go-karts, arcade games and mini golf. Additionally, Craig’s Cruisers in Grand Rapids offers a trampoline park, laser tag, a ropes course, indoor and outdoor go-karts and a small roller coaster; Holland and Muskegon offer batting cages and Eurobungy, and Silver Lake offers paddle boats and a zip line.
Mt. Pleasant, Snow Snake has been entertaining families year-round since the 1940s. In winter, skiers and snowboarders can schuss down 12 trails and a terrain park, while winter fat tire bicyclists ride 6 miles of groomed trails and snow tubing enthusiasts enjoy four runs and two lifts reserved exclusively for them. In summer, Snow Snake offers an 18-hole golf course, a 10-line zip line course and Rocks and Valleys, a new 200-acre ORV park that challenges drivers with hills, rocks, mud and a variety of terrains.
12. Sky ZoneWall-to-wall trampolines fill the play areas at Sky Zone, famous for their indoor jumping facilities. Enjoy the fun of trampoline jumping alone or combine jumping with volleyball, basketball or dodgeball to ramp up the excitement. There’s also a Toddler Zone, a place for the smallest family members to jump safely. Sky Zone is located in communities across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula including Saginaw, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Brighton and Canton.
13. Michigan’s Indoor Water Parks
Across Michigan indoor water parks offer family thrills whatever the weather. At Double JJ Resort in Rothbury you can splash in a 60,000 square-foot park featuring the state’s tallest indoor waterslide. Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel & Waterpark in Frankenmuth joins two water parks in one, half of which has a retractable roof that opens in warm weather. At Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City, guests can spend the day at the resort’s water slides and pools, then relax in family-themed suites designed to resemble a summer camp or wolf’s den. Michigan’s largest indoor water park is Boyne Mountain’s Avalanche Bay in Boyne Falls, with 88,000 square feet of water slides, squirting toys and swimming pools.