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Guide to Detroit’s Pools, Splash Pads and Beaches


Nothing beats summer in the city. Cool down at an outdoor pool, take in the sun on the sand or visit an indoor pool on a rainy day.


Outdoor Pools

Wayne Couny Family Aquatic Center 

Wayne County’s largest and Detroit’s only water park features a wave pool, two 23ft water slides and a zero-entry splash pad.

Admission: Daily rates range from $3-$8 and season passes from $50-$70

Location: 12600 Chandler Park Dr, Detroit, MI 48213


Brennan Pool 

Detroit Parks and Recreation Department’s recently renovated public pool has 2 Olympic size outdoor pools

Admission: Daily rates $2

Location: 21415 Plymouth Rd, Detroit, MI 48228


Belle Isle Beach

Set up the beach chairs and pull out the sand toys for the best view of the city skyline.

Admission: State park pass required – $11 annually

Location: 7845 Riverbank Dr, Detroit, MI 48207


The Urban Beach

Plan a downtown adventure and have fun in the sun and sand at Campus Martius.

Admission: FREE

Location:800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Splash Pads

Mt. Elliot Splash Park

Plan a pirate adventure on the Detroit Riverfront at the universally accessible schooner-themed s plash pad.

Admission: FREE

Location: 110 Mt. Elliott Street Detroit, MI 48207


Palmer Park Splash Park

Visit the splash pad at Palmer Park and explore the 296 acres of lawns and historic woodlands that feature hiking and biking trails, Lake Frances and its lighthouse, and a historic log cabin.

Admission: FREE

Location: 910 Merrill Plaisance, Detroit, MI 48203


GM Plaza

The Fountains outside the Renaissance Center are the perfect place to cool down after a busy day exploring the city.

Admission: FREE

Location: 300 Atwater St. Detroit, MI 48226

Indoor Pools

Detroit Parks and Recreation Centers

Five Detroit Parks and Recreation Centers have indoor pools for open and family swim.

Admission: $0 – $10 daily


  • Adams Butzel Complex: 10500 Lyndon St, Detroit, MI 48238
  • Heilmann Recreation: 19601 Crusade St, Detroit, MI 48205
  • Patton Recreation Center: 2301 Woodmere, Detroit, MI 48217
  • Williams Community Center: 8431 Rosa Parks, Detroit, MI 48206
  • Young Recreation Center: 2751 Robert Bradby Dr., Detroit, MI 48207


Northwest Activities Center

Dive in the Northwest Activities Center’s Health and Fitness Club’s expansive indoor pool.

Admission: Daily rate $10

Location:18100 Meyers Rd, Detroit, Michigan


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About Carrie Budzinski

Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..

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