If cabin fever has kicked in thanks to the low temperatures and mounds of snow outside, it's time to bring a little summer fun to your winter.
The Grand Rapids area has several family oriented water parks, one of which is within 10 miles of downtown and the other is slightly over an hour away, making them perfect destinations for a quick day trip out and about.
The Little Dip Splash Pad at the Holiday Inn Express Grand Rapids South
The 10,000 square feet of water park fun at The Little Dip Splash Pad includes a 3-story figure eight-shaped waterslide, a vortex pool, zero depth entry (perfect for young children), and a hot tub for adults and teenagers 16 and older. The air temp is a balmy 85 and the pool water is kept at 80-82, a pleasant change if you're seeking refuge from the wintery outdoors.
Overnight guests in a standard room receive five waterpark passes with their room and can purchase additional passes for $15. Day passes for non-overnight guests are also $15.
The waterpark is open from 9:00AM to 10:00PM daily.
Go back to the Old West at the Double JJ's Gold Rush waterpark!
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Gold Rush Water Park at Double JJ Ranch & Golf Resort
While you may think of the Double JJ Ranch as a place to play in the summer, their Gold Rush Indoor Waterpark is a great winter destination. At just over an hour-long drive in Rothbury, it is far enough to feel like you're getting away but close enough to justify a day trip.
Thrill seekers will love racing down Rustler's Gulch, West Michigan's tallest indoor waterslide. Gold Rush also boasts three other waterslides, including Thunder Canyon, a four-person white-water raft ride that will keep the whole family laughing. Kids who like waves will go crazy for the wave pool, while others will enjoy shooting water guns in The Lost Mine, playing basketball in the Golden Pond, or floating around the Lazy/Crazy River. Little ones can also splash around in their own toddler pool, while adults can relax in the adult-only hot tub. There is also a hot tub available to all ages.
Passes for the water park are sold separately from the rooms. Double JJ Resort often offers packages that include water park passes with the room check their website for details. Day passes are $25 for adults (42 inches or taller), $20 for children (under 42 inches), and ages 3 and under are free.
Gold Rush is open Friday 4:00PM to 9:00PM, Saturday 10:00AM to 9:00PM, and Sunday 10:00AM to 5:00PM. They also open up full time between Memorial Day and Labor Day for the summer.