New Floating Playgrounds for Your Next Family Day Trip

Dr. Angela Seabright
Kersten Kruse

| 2 min read

Children play at the Water Warrior Island aquatic park
Three family-friendly parks have taken the term “playground” to a new level … sea level!
Newly constructed aquatic playgrounds at three state parks are sure to be a blast on your next day trip.
At Van Riper State Park in the Upper Peninsula’s Marquette County, Water Warrior Island is the perfect summer fun spot for you and your family. Located on Lake Michigamme, this floating play center includes trampolines and floating walkways that are sure to keep everyone entertained.
You can choose to take a break on one of the swings or go all out by racing your friends through the obstacle course. Either way, you are sure to have a blast while enjoying one of Michigan’s many freshwater lakes.
There are two floating playgrounds to choose from in southeast Michigan that will turn your weekend into an exercise-filled aquatic adventure.
Jump Island is located on Bishop Lake within the Brighton Recreation Area. Their course includes an inflatable iceberg, as well as opportunities to balance, run, walk or slide on water. This Livingston County park is noted for giving those in attendance an “ultimate inflatable water park experience.”
The WhoaZone is a water playground on Heron Beach located within the Holly Recreation Area in Oakland County. This course offers routes with variations in levels, spanning from easy to most challenging. Visitors are encouraged to climb, jump, crawl and slide on the giant springboard, semi-circle step, wiggle bridge, half-pipe and more.
This park does require the ability to swim and that your child be at least seven years of age. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the park, go through safety training and can book for birthday parties if interested.
Many of the courses mentioned include inflatable slides, runways, jumping pillows and bouncers that are suitable for both kids and adults. Most parks recommend making reservations in advance and brining some cash for meals, hydration and additional fees. When enjoying your time out on the water, make sure to wear sunscreen and hydrate throughout the day.
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Photo credit: Water Warrior Island

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