3 Michigan state parks to open 'floating playground' water parks starting Memorial Day weekend

Posted at 7:51 PM, May 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-17 08:25:17-04

Three aqua parks in Michigan are opening Memorial Day weekend, just in time for summer. 

Brighton and Holly Recreation Areas in southeastern Michigan, and Van Riper State Park in the Upper Peninsula will open floating playgrounds with courses that include a series of connected inflatable slides, runways, jumping pillows and bouncers, according to a press release from Michigan's Department of Natural Resources. 

The parks will officially open on Friday, May 25.

  • Water Warrior Island is located on Lake Michigamme in Van Riper State Park in Marquette County. This floating playground includes 20-foot water slides, rock climbing walls, trampolines, floating walkways and a ninja-warrior-like obstacle course.
  • Jump Island situated on Bishop Lake within the Brighton Recreation Area in Livingston County, offers the “ultimate inflatable water park experience.” The water course includes an inflatable iceberg, inflatable slides, runways and other obstacles that give visitors the ability to balance, walk, run or slide on water.
  • The WhoaZone on Heron Beach is located at the Holly Recreation Area in Oakland County. The course offers four different routes with four different challenge levels – from easy up to challenging. Visitors can climb, jump, crawl and slide on the gigantic springboard, semi-circle step, the wiggle bridge, half-pipe and more.

Age and height restrictions apply, and tickets, reservation information, and hours of operation vary by location. 

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To view a preview of the fun, watch the video below, provided by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.