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Michigan Adventure Water Park: Visit Michigan LARGEST Amusement Park

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2022 Guide to Michigan’s Adventure Amusement and Water Park

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The feel of the summer sun against your skin; the smell of cotton candy and fresh popcorn; the sound of wheels against wooden roller coasters and delighted screams filling the air; just a few of the things you’ll experience when you walk through the entrance of Michigan’s largest amusement park and water park: Michigan’s Adventure in west Michigan.

Maybe roller coasters and water rides were a staple part of your childhood, or maybe you’ve never set foot in an amusement park. Either way, this roller coaster and water park in Muskegon, Michigan, is the perfect way to spend a summer day (or maybe more).

Michigan is home to more than 20 waterparks an this one is definitely one of the BEST!

Read on to discover more about Michigan’s Adventure.

Rollercoster at Michigans Adventure Water and Amusement park

History of Michigan’s Adventure Water Park

Michigan’s Adventure in Muskegon County started in 1956 as a petting zoo called Deer Park. It was reinvented as a Funland twelve years later when carnival rides, and eventually, roller coasters, were built. Over the following years, it evolved from a deer park in Michigan to a center for fun and thrills.

When Cedar Fair Entertainment Company bought it in 2001, the park underwent some major upgrades and grew in popularity.

The ambition of Cedar Fairs to add more thrill-based roller coasters sent the little northern Michigan park into national rankings. Now, it is a well-known and loved amusement park that hosts music festivals, draws in all audiences, and reunites both kids and adults with their spirits of adventure every summer.

rollercoaster at Michigan adventure

The Rides at Michigan Adventure

There’s nothing like slowly ascending a roller coaster, everything beneath you growing smaller and smaller as you climb higher into the sky, then rolling over the uppermost peak and plummeting down the hill, screams of excitement ringing in your ears.

If this sounds like the best kind of pure Michigan fun, then Michigan’s Adventure is the place for you. With thrill rides like the infamous Shivering Timbers, a mile-long wooden roller coaster, and family rides like the giant gondola wheel, the park has something for everyone.

Other rides include the Mad Mouse, the Wolverine Wildcat, and Zachs Zoomer for younger riders.

The Snakepit Ride at Michigan Adventure Waterpark

About the Waterpark at Michigan Adventure

Jump into the Wildwater Adventure water park at Michigan’s Adventure with an unforgettable splash. Michigan’s Adventures water park includes an abundance of opportunities for fun in the water. Here are some of our favorites:

The wave pools, or Boogie Beach, are for both shallow-water floaters and deep-water swimmers. The waves are generated in intervals of five minutes on, followed by five minutes off. This gives you time to float around and enjoy the water, as well as body surf on the waves.

When you start to get tired from your day of fun, float down the lazy river with your friends or family and enjoy some relaxation in the water.

The kiddie pool at Michigan's adventure waterpark

Michigan Family-Friendly Waterpark

Half-pint paradise is a great place for families with young children to enjoy. It features children’s slides, interactive water features, and areas for parents to relax while easily watching their children.

Funnel of Fear: For more of a thrill, Wildwater Adventure offers water slides like this one. On a four person tube, you and your friends wind down a watery tunnel that twists and turns your tube until you circle down the huge funnel and out the other side.

The Grand Rapids raft ride is another favorite: You travel down the rapids in groups on rafts, water splashing you from every side and veering you this way and that as you adventure down the river.

This is just the beginning of the rides and water features that Wildwater Adventure offers. It’s hard to leave once you join in on the fun of the Michigan’s Adventure water park.

Snoopy and friends at Michigan's Adventure Waterpark

Other Attractions at Michigan’s Adventure

If you prefer to sit back and relax, attractions like the ferris wheel or Timbertown Railway are ready to take you aboard!

Coming in 2021 is Camp Snoopy, a Peanuts themed section of the park for kids, with family rides, a climbing playground called the Beagle Scout Acres, and lush landscaping and walking areas. If you have kids, this new feature makes Michigan’s Adventure all the more inviting!

Things to Do Near Michigan’s Adventure

If you’re going to spend more than one day at the park, you may want to know what’s near Michigan’s Adventure. Lucky for you, Michigan’s Adventure is located near some of Michigan’s best beaches and beach towns, including Grand Haven and Muskegon.

Cedar Fair Entertainment works hard to offer you the best of the best at Michigan’s Adventure every summer. But it’s not just the park itself; it’s the area surrounding it. Here are a few places in Muskegon that you’ll love to visit if you’re making a multiple day trip:

If you need a break from the noise of the amusement park, stroll the aisles of the Muskegon Art Museum at your artistic leisure.

Pere Marquette Park includes a beautiful beach and lighthouse with stunning sunsets, space for sunbathing, and a perfect shoreline for swimming with the family.

Muskegon’s Farmers Market is a great way to spend an afternoon in Muskegon! Meet a diverse collection of vendors selling everything from flowers to produce to home decor.

For a list of hotels near Michigan’s Adventure, click here!

If you really enjoy your first visit, Michigan’s Adventure offers season passes that give you season-long access. For a daily ticket or a fast lane pass, visit the Michigan’s Adventure website.

Grand Haven lighthouse and pier neat Michigan's Adventure waterpark

More U.S. Waterparks

Are you a real fan of water parks? Here are some others around the United States you might want to check out:

  • Schlitterbahn Galveston
  • Schlitterbahn New Braunfels
  • Dorney Park
  • Knotts Berry Farm
  • Kings Dominion
  • Kings island
  • Worlds of Fun

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About the Author
Kyrsten Newlon is a content writing and editing intern for Growing up in Kalamazoo, she wrote and read everything she could. Now, she is a student at Grace College with Journalism and Communications majors and an English minor. She has been published by Grace College, the Winona Lake Newsletter, Input Fort Wayne, and various online blogs. Kyrsten loves raising puppies to be service dogs, spending time in coffee shops, and adventuring through Michigan.