Detroit summers can get quite hot these days and not everyone has a private pool to jump into to cool off! Of course, there’s always the option to go for a dip in a nearby lake, Great or not, but that’s not quite as fun as a water slide! Whether young or old, water slides are loved by all and are a fun and family-friendly way to cool off when the sun becomes relentless in the hot summer months. Here are some of the best water slides within the city and around the whole Metro Detroit area to check out this year.
Slide The City 1000-ft Water Slide
141 E Michigan Ave #501
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
(269) 344-0795

In 2015, the City of Detroit welcomed the national traveling event called the “Slide the City” celebration. During that time, officials opened a temporary 1000-ft water slide that went down the downtown area of Detroit from all to come and ride and it certainly made a big “splash”, pun intended. Certainly it was one of the most spectacular water slide-related events in recent Detroit memory! This year, the event is planning on being in Kalamazoo (and possibly other Metro Detroit locations), so for those who want to relive that awesome experience, they need not travel too far!

Photo Credit: Michael Ferro

Photo Credit: Michael Ferro

Family Aquatic Center At Chandler Park
12600 Chandler Park Dr.
Detroit, MI 48213
(313) 822-7665

Not only does this great water park have two massive water slides for kids to ride down, but there is also an incredible playscape for children to explore, as well. As a full service water park, there’s more here to enjoy than just the great slides, though many you find will always be in line waiting to ride down the slide! Teens and adults are also welcome to ride down the slides, so anyone and everyone is welcome to come and enjoy and cool off when the weather gets too warm.

Kindle Water Slide
337 Main St.
Kinde, MI 48445
(989) 874-4070

For those looking for more than just your average water slide, there’s the Kindle Water Slide, located in the small town of Kindle up in the Michigan thumb, or only about an hour’s drive from Detroit. And trust us, the Kindle Water Slide is well worth it! The slide itself is enormous, towering well into the air and full of twists and turns. Both adults and children will love this incredible slide! When you’ve had enough of the slide, there’s also mini golf, an arcade and a restaurant complete with ice cream (to help cool off, of course…).

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Lower Huron Metropark
17845 Savage Rd.
Belleville, MI 48111
(734) 697-9181

The Metroparks of Southeastern Michigan are great places to go whenever you want to enjoy the summer weather. The Lower Huron Metropark is a great one to consider when you’re looking to cool off in those hot weather months because they come equipped with different-sized water slides, as well! There are larger water slides for the bigger kids and smaller ones for those who are younger, too. There’s also a lazy river ride for rafts and tubes as well as food, games, and other activities. But the biggest draw, obviously, are those slides.

The massive slide at Zehnder's Splash Village. Photo Credit: Michael Ferro

The massive slide at Zehnder’s Splash Village.
Photo Credit: Michael Ferro

Zehnder’s Splash Village 
1365 S Main St.
Frankenmuth, MI 48734
(800) 863-7999

Not far from Detroit is the home of everyone’s favorite Bavarian winter wonderland, Frankenmuth. But as many are also now learning, Frankenmuth is also a great place to go each summer, too! Zehnder’s is perhaps the most famous establishment in all of Frankenmuth and their massive water park, known as Zehnder’s Splash Village, is a favorite location with some of the biggest and best water slides in all of Metro Detroit. There’s over 50,000 square feet of aquatic playscapes to explore including a six-story massive family-sized water slide that loops throughout the whole interior of the building! Definitely a top indoor and outdoor water slide in the Detroit area.

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Michael Ferro is freelance writer and a graduate of Michigan State University where he majored in Creative Writing and received the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award. Born and bred in Detroit, he currently resides in rural Ann Arbor. Additional writing can be found at