Michigan’s Adventure and WildWater Adventure | Perfect for Every Family!

A few weeks ago, I was approached by Blog Meets Brand to participate in a campaign to visit Michigan’s Adventure and WildWater Adventure.  I quickly and enthusiastically said, “YES!”.  I’ve always been a huge amusement park and waterpark enthusiast and had been wanting to take our son to experience the fun and thrills. I had been reluctant to go quite yet because he’s only 2 1/2 and I figured that he would be too small to enjoy most of them. When I went to check out Michigan’s Adventure website, I was thrilled to see that they had a ton of rides for the littlest adventurers AND a great waterpark with rides for all different ages and thrill levels.

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Michigan’s Adventure and WildWater Adventure is a duel amusement park and waterpark, all for the price of one ($31 online or $36 at the gate). They have 60 rides and attractions, including WildWater Adventure! They have rides for the ultimate speed and thrill seekers, such as roller coasters like Thunderhawk and Shivering Timbers, or thrill rides like Grand Rapids or HydroBlaster. For the younger and more tame crowd, they have slower rides like the Grand Carousel and Timbertown Railway.

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Since Aiden is only 2, we weren’t sure how he would respond to the rides. It was a 50/50…he’d either love them or hate them. When we walked in and he saw the rides, his eyes lit up and he hopped right in line to get on a ride. I think my husband and I were more nervous than him! He fell in love with the first ride and wanting to ride them all after that, even the Frog Hopper, which is kind of a big ride for such a little dude. He has no fear! There was definitely a large variety of rides for him to choose from.

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It was great because the lines to get on the lines were super short (we never waited more than 5 minutes) and quick moving, which is fabulous for an impatient toddler that doesn’t like to wait. The attendants were super friendly, thorough and safety minded. Many of the rides for the younger visitors are similar to the rides you’d see at a carnival. It was comforting to me that they weren’t constantly being taken apart and put back together.

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They also have a great area for younger kids, called Funland Farm. To commemorate the park’s 60th anniversary, a petting farm featuring llamas, alpacas, a mini horse, goats, bunnies, ducks and a mini donkey was constructed. Aiden’s loved being able to check out the animals up close and personal.

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WildWater Adventure is Michigan’s largest waterpark. The waterpark has something for everyone. There are 3 different size wave pools, tons of water slides for all thrill levels, a lazy river for a relaxing ride, huge splashpad areas with spray guns, water slides, dumping buckets, net bridges and water wheels. You can rent additional tubes and life jackets for all sizes are available at no cost.

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The definite favorite for our family was Beach Party! Aiden ran through the multi-story splash area, climbed the nets, played with spray guns and rode the slides. Nearby was a large shaded area with plenty of chairs and loungers, so my husband and I were able to easily switch places (one was always with baby Brielle). We also spent a ton of time in the smallest wave pool (Commotion Ocean), the Lagoon wading pool and the Gang Plank body slide.

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If we lived nearer, I would definitely buy a season pass (only $99). It would be worth it for the waterpark alone, plus all the other great benefits and discounts that you receive with it. The park is small enough that you could do it all in one day (it’d be a very busy day especially if you were riding all the roller coasters too), but big enough that two days would be even better. You could easily spend one day hanging out at WildWater Adventure Waterpark without being bored.

Despite my reservations about going since my son was so young and small (only 37″ – minimum for most rides is 36″), we had a great time and there was no shortage of things for us to do. It was super easy to get in and out of the park which was a great perk. We had lunch packed in the car and had a picnic lunch before heading to the waterpark so being able to return easily was a huge bonus and saved us a lot of money.

After the great visit that we had this past weekend, we’ll definitely be returning and this is likely the start of a new tradition for our little family. As the kids get older, I think that we will fall even more in love with Michigan’s Adventure since we’ll be able to explore and enjoy more rides (unfortunately we didn’t get to go on the larger rides because of the kiddos, but they do have a parent swap pass if you have younger and older children so you can both ride). Michigan’s Adventure really does a fantastic job with appealing to all different age levels, disabilities (their assistance with autism spectrum disorder patrons is great!), thrill and speed levels.

If you plan on being in the Grand Rapids or Western Michigan area or are looking for a quick weekend getaway, definitely give Michigan’s Adventure a visit. You won’t be disappointed!

Are you an amusement and waterpark fan?

Have you taken your kids to one before?

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand, and I have been compensated for my participation. All opinions are my own.

By | 2016-11-16T13:52:17+00:00 June 28th, 2016|family, travel|20 Comments

20 Comments

  1. Kristen from The Road to Domestication June 28, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    That looks like fun! Oh yes, here in Florida you can’t get through the season without going to a waterpark!

    • Amber Battishill June 28, 2016 at 8:11 pm

      Ooo, definitely! I don’t think I could handle your temps!

  2. Christine - The Choosy Mommy June 28, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    This place looks really fun! And I love that the water park is right there too. Great family fun!

    • Amber Battishill June 28, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      Yes! It’s two parks for the price of one!

  3. Katina June 28, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    I live in Michigan! I’ve never been. We always end up at cedar point. I have to remind my husband about Michigan adventure. I’m looking for somewhere different to go.

  4. Sophia June 29, 2016 at 1:51 am

    This is a great family trip. I would love to go here with my son.

  5. Linda Renslear June 29, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Aiden came home with many fun stories about his good time at the park…signed his Grandma .

  6. Alexie June 29, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    This looks like so much fun!! I love the pictures, especially the carousel!! How awesome! So glad you all had a great time!

  7. Angie Scheie June 29, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    I LOVE Amusement ant water parks. Even though I’m too chicken to go on some of the amusement park rides there is something so captivating with these types of parks. We have a local one that I have years of great memories at. This Michigan one looks like a blast!

  8. Roxy June 29, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    This looks like so much fun and the perfect way to beat this summer heat! Your son looks SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO cute on all the rides!

  9. Kusum June 29, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Oh how fun, you make me want to go there now. I love adventure/water parks. You guys seem to have had so much fun, the kiddo looks so happy.
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

  10. Lauren | also known as mama June 29, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    I LOVE Michigan’s Adventure! Do you live in Michigan? We’re in the Detroit area? Love meeting other Michigan bloggers! 🙂

    • Amber Battishill June 30, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      I do! I live in Fenton (25 minutes south of Flint). Where are you from? I’m definitely going to add your blog to my reading list! 🙂

  11. Molly Kumar June 30, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Sounds like a fun place to be and with $99/year it makes its a MUST have.

  12. Erin Klema | The Epicurean Traveler July 1, 2016 at 3:43 am

    I didn’t realize how reasonably priced the Michigan’s Adventure tickets are. I’ll have to keep this in mind for when out of towners visit me in Grand Rapids.

  13. Liz @ Yes/No Films July 1, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Looks like a fun time! I’ve never actually been to Michigan Adventure but I used to attend Blue Lake (a fine arts camp) and that was in the same area.

  14. Crystal Wachoski July 2, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    We’ve been once before and I love how the park is very laid bag and not overcrowded. I need to set a weekend to go.

  15. Ashleigh @Dash of Evans July 3, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    I’m in Grand Rapids. I keep considering Michigan’s Adventure, but I was worried my kiddos (5, 7,7) were too young. I’m happy to hear there is plenty for them to do! I haven’t been since high school. Great review!

    • Amber Battishill July 5, 2016 at 1:59 pm

      Thank you! They’ll love it! They will be able to ride a lot more rides than my toddler was able too and I bet that they’d absolutely love the waterpark!

  16. Leslie Rossi | alifewellconsumed July 4, 2016 at 5:04 am

    wow what a steal! that is really affordable for a family than the other parks.

    Leslie
    http://alifewellconsumed.com

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