The summer heat is here with repeated declarations of “I’m bored” from the kids. We have compiled a list of local pools and splash pads which provide a perfect way to beat the heat and to keep the kids entertained.
The Cool Zone | The Toledo Zoo
2 Hippo Way, Toledo | 419-385-5721
Hours: 10am-one hour prior to zoo close.
Daily Cost: Included with zoo admission.
The Toledo Zoo has been repeatedly named one of the best in the nation, and it is even more fun now that The Cool Zone splash pad opened for the season until Labor Day. Lucas County Residents receive free admission with valid ID on Mondays from 10am-12pm.
Rolf Park Pool
2115 Cass Rd, Maumee | 419-887-1864
Hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-6:45pm | Sat-Sun 12pm-5:45pm
Daily Cost: $5-$8
If you haven’t been yet, put Rolf Park Pool on the to-do list for the summer—but hurry, it closes August 9. This brightly colored pool offers a variety of fun water slides and a play zone with playground equipment. For the adults who want to soak up the sun, there are many umbrellas where you can sit back and relax. Rolf Park Pool hosts Free Maumee Swim Nights. The next one is July 10 with free swim time from 7:30-9:30pm, where Maumee residents can enjoy free admission and fellowship. Rolf Park Pool can also be rented out during the evenings for private pool parties.
Bowling Green City Pool and Waterpark
520 Conneaut Avenue, Bowling Green | 419-352-2174
Hours: Weekends 12pm-8:45pm | Weekdays 1pm-8:45pm
Daily Cost for Resident: Adult $6, Youth $5.50, Child $3.75, nonresidents add $1.
Bowling Green’s City Pool is great fun for the entire family to enjoy through Labor Day. It offers something for everyone including a Zero Depth Pool, Splash Pad, Lazy River, 1 and 3 Meter diving boards, a water slide, and a full service concession stand. Additionally, a variety of water fitness classes are also available, including Water Walking, Aqua Zumba, Aqua Cycling, and Deep Water Jogging. This pool also offers a pool party package for up to four adult guests and up to 36 invited children.
Rolling Hills Water Park
7660 Stony Creek Road, Ypsilanti, MI | 734-484-9676
Daily Cost: $10
With a wave pool, water slides, lazy river, and The Activity Pool for the younger kids, this outdoor water park is fun for the whole family. The water park also offers an extensive sun deck found throughout the park where you can take a break from the fun to relax and lounge in the sun. Be sure to stop by the concession stand for a great lunch, dinner, or summertime snack.
Thorn Park Splash Pad
23999 King Rd, Brownstown Charter Township, MI
Hours: 11am-1pm | 1:30-3:30pm | 4-6pm for Brownstown residents.
Session Fee: $2 for two hours.
For a fun day trip, the Thorn Park Splash Pad is less than an hour up the road. It’s a great way to cool off and take a short trip out of town. Be sure to bring a lunch and enjoy the available picnic shelter. For those interested in renting, the splash pad is available at 6:30 and 7:30pm for parties.
7060 Sylvania Ave, Sylvania | 419-882-1500
Hours: 12pm-7pm everyday
Daily Cost: $6
At nearly 22 ft. deep, the Centennial Quarry is a great place for more experienced swimmers. Visitors can enjoy diving platforms, a water teeter-totter, a rolling log, and swim rafts, the beautiful sand beach, as well as volleyball and basketball courts.
6940 Maplewood Ave, Sylvania | 419-885-8996
Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm | Sat 11am-8pm | Sun 1pm-8pm
Daily Cost: 12+, $5 | Under 12, $4
Affordable for the family and fun for all, Plummer Pool is an ideal destination when you want to cool down this summer. Unique to this pool is the opportunity for swim lessons, which are broken down by ability level into three experience-based categories. All classes are $50 for six 40 minute lessons, and are taught by instructors who are American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Certified. Plummer Pool is open through Labor Day.