Sometimes a Northern Michigan beach just won’t cut it for the kids, especially in the midst of their summer vacation in Northern Michigan. For kids (and maybe parents) who need more variety, there are numerous Northern Michigan pools and splash pads for kids that are filled with activities, spray jets, water slides and more. So pack up a bag filled with Northern Michigan food and drink, strap on your swim goggles and floaties and head over to one of these swimming activities in Northern Michigan to cool off this summer.
- The Kaliseum, Kalkaska: Take a dip in the Kaliseum’s leisure pool that features spa jets, a rain umbrella, water slide, and play fountains. This pool reaches a maximum depth of 3 ft and is perfect for little ones. Join open swim, family swim, or water aerobics. 1900 Fairground Rd. 231.258.5913.
- Clinch Park, Traverse City: Kids don’t have to dip their toes in West Grand Traverse Bay if they don’t want to. Take them over to the “splash pad”—which is just east of Clinch Park Beach—for an easy way to cool off. Great for kids who aren’t ready to tackle the Big Lake just yet. A word of warning: technical issues may mean the fountains won’t be running, but the adjacent playground is fully operational. 161 E Grandview Pkwy. 231.922.4904
- Park Place Hotel, Traverse City: Located in downtown Traverse City within the Park Place Hotel, the pool is open to the public for $7 for adults, $3.50 for kids 12 and under. 300 E State St. 231.946.5000.
- Blair Township Park, Grawn: Wonderful, new splash pad located within the Blair Township Park that is great for cooling off after a game of baseball or a round on the swing sets. 2121 CR 633. 231.276.9263.
- Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville: The park at waters edge outdoor pool at Crystal Mountain is open to the public for around $12 per person. This outdoor pool features slides, a ropes and lily pad course and of course, swimming. 12500 Crystal Mountain Dr. 231.668.6628.
- Harbor Springs High School, Harbor Springs: Swing into the Harbor Springs pool attached to the High School for recreational swim. Great place for kids who are just learning to swim and want to test out their skills. Schedule available at HarborPS.org. 500 Spring St. 231.526.4800.