Theme parks are the ideal family day getaway. There’s always something for everyone, from the smallest toddler family member to the more elder members in the group. Theme parks can be fun and exciting, thrilling and scare-inducing. Whatever the case, theme parks provide all-around entertainment that will make you want to go back time and time again. Michigan has a wide selection of some of the biggest and most modern theme parks in the country. You’ll find Michigan’s Adventure in Muskegon, the biggest theme park with over 60 rides. There is even a good selection of indoor waterparks. Here’s a rundown of the top theme parks and amusement parks in Michigan, USA.
1. Michigan's Adventure
It takes at least two days to get around the 101-hectare (450-acre) property of Michigan’s Adventure. Michigan’s largest adventure park combines two parks in one area. With over sixty rides, it’s highly improbable that you’ll get to try, or even want to try, each ride.
For the bigger kids, the mandatory must-try is Adventure Falls, a wet, fun rollercoaster ride that starts off with a slow ascent, followed by a very sharp descent, with plenty of twists and turns in between. For the smaller ones, there are fun airplane rides, bumper boats, carousels, and something called the Frog Hopper. Kids can also pet some friendly animals at Funland Farm. You can also try the fun waterslides, like the Ridge Rider and the Snake Pit.
Address: 4750 Whitehall Road Muskegon, MI 49445
Website: Michigan’s Adventure
Opening hours: 11am - 6pm (daily)
Price: 35 USD
2. Paradise Park, Novi
Looking for a place where the kids can run around all day long? Or perhaps have a fun birthday party with friends? Paradise Park, Novi, is what you imagine a party place to be, full of fun activities where kids can expend their energy without ever complaining that they’re “getting bored”.
You can choose from a myriad of activities that your kids and their friends can try, such as laser tag, hour-long arcade sessions, miniature golf, wall climbing, go-karting, the Euro bungee, and the Space Ship Simulator. You can also choose from a selection of themes, as well, from Spongebob to unicorns, to easily fit your kid’s personality.
Paradise Park, Novi
Address: 45799 Grand River Ave Novi MI 48374
Website: Paradise Park, Novi
Opening hours: Fri: 4pm - 10pm; Sat: 11am - 10pm; Sun: 12pm - 8pm
Price: 35 USD minimum
3. Nelis' Dutch Village, Holland
Looking for a clean, family-themed park, where you can have a picnic with the nephews and grandparents? This Dutch-themed park takes you into the beautiful scenery of the Netherlands, with its 25,000 tulip flowers blooming in certain parts of the year and a wholesome windmill-turned-Ferris wheel ride for the kids. There’s also a petting zoo, where your kids can take the goats out on a walk.
For older visitors, visit the Wooden Shoe Shop, where you can shop for famous imports from the Netherlands. Dine at the Hungry Dutchman Cafe, with beer from their own micro-brewery. Finally, take home some deli meats and cheese from their shop, De Koekjeshoek.
Nelis' Dutch Village, Holland
Address: 12350 James St, Holland, MI 49424, United States
Website: Nelis’ Dutch Village, Holland
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 10am - 5pm (closed Sat & Sun)
Price: 13 USD
4. Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark, Boyne Falls
Whether it’s summer or winter, Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark has a lot of activities in store for the whole family. The ride that should pique the interest of the thrill-seekers out there is the Big Couloir, a waterslide with the steepest drop in Michigan. There’s also the Rip Zone Surf Simulator and the Vertigo Cannonball, a ride that takes you round and round as you go down, using a tube.
If you’re tired, take a rest in some of the more leisurely pools and hot tubs, like the Glacier Hot Spring. There are snack shacks, taverns, and beer pubs all over the park, as well, for when you’re hungry.
Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark, Boyne Falls
Address: 1 Boyne Mountain Rd, Boyne Falls, MI 49713, United States
Opening hours: 9am - 9pm (daily)
Price: 10 USD
As you may have already guessed, the star of this theme park is the life-sized renditions of the nostalgic toys we loved so much as kids. Legoland Discovery Center has ten attractions for the family. You can go on a factory tour to show your kids how the beloved toy is made and end at the Creative Workshop, so kids can stretch their imaginations on how to use Lego blocks.
The Legoland Discovery Center also has a 4D cinema, where you can watch exclusive Lego movies, and a Duplo Farm, where they can play with brick-sized Lego blocks to build life-sized structures. Fun!
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan Admission Ticket in Detroit
Duration: 3 hours
6. Kokomo's Family Fun Center, Saginaw
Take a ride on the Serpent Rollercoaster or rev your engines at the Go-Kart Station. Whatever your vibe is for the day, Kokomo’s Family Fun Center is a great space to spend some time with friends and family members. If your kids need a birthday party venue, Kokomo’s is a great option because it has activities for people who want different levels of excitement. You can practice your swing at the batting cages or practice your form at the golf driving range. There’s sure to be an activity waiting for you.
Kokomo's Family Fun Center, Saginaw
Address: 5200 Kokomo Dr, Saginaw, MI 48604, United States
Website: Kokomo’s Family Fun Center, Saginaw
Opening hours: 10am - 11pm (daily)
Price: 229.95 USD for 10 children
7. Dinosaur Gardens, Ossineke
It might be millennia since dinosaurs roamed the earth, but at Dinosaur Gardens, Ossineke, you’ll have a chance to feel what it would be like if they were still with us. Life-sized dinosaur replicas are everywere, from the No-Boundaries exhibits to the walking tours. You and your family can also try archaeology-themed activities, such as a fossil dig or a miners sluice.
There are also guided tours that will take you around the life-sized exhibit outside. Dinosaur Gardens has also ensured that the fauna is as close to what you would see back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, with humongous ferns and a cedar swamp that has surprise animatronic creatures lurking under the water.
Dinosaur Gardens, Ossineke
Address: 11160 US-23, Ossineke, MI 49766, United States
Website: Dinosaur Gardens, Ossineke
Opening hours: 10am - 5pm (daily)
8. C.J. Barrymore's, Clinton Township
With both indoor and outdoor attractions, C.J. Barrymore’s promises fun for everyone. For the outdoor attractions, you can run through some exciting options, like the Drop Tower, the Saddle Sling, the Ferris wheel, and the Spinning Coaster. You’ll have to plan your vacation well though, as the outdoor attractions are closed during the winter. The indoor attractions, however, are open all year long. Do check out the arcade, bowling alley, bumper cars, and golf dome.
C.J. Barrymore's, Clinton Township
Address: 21750 Hall Rd, Clinton Twp, MI 48038, United States
Website: C.J. Barrymore’s, Clinton Township
Opening hours: 9am - 10pm (daily)
Price: 25 USD
9. Arzo Sports & Fun Park, Alpena
Your 90s heart will be pleased. Arzo Sports and Fun Park has all the outdoor activities you’ve probably only seen in a Nickelodeon production. Go inside the Orbitron and roll your way around the park, or perhaps the Gravitron, which is lit like a space ship, ready to take you to outer space. Arzo Sports and Fun Park is also available for exclusive use for birthdays, team building, and other celebrations.
Arzo Sports & Fun Park, Alpena
Address: 2516 Bloom Rd, Alpena, MI 49707, United States
Website: Arzo Sports & Fun Park, Alpena
Opening hours: 9am - 10pm (daily)
Amusement parks for the young and young-at-heart
Whether your 17 or 70, there’s a theme park and amusement park in Michigan that’s right for you. From the relaxed to the more thrilling rides and adventures, each one is designed to bring out your inner child. Just make sure that you have time to really take in the experience. As most of these theme parks are acres in size, you’ll have to prioritize the ones that really match your deep interest. Have fun at these top theme parks and amusement parks in Michigan, USA!
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