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15 places to swim or splash in Detroit this summer

The fountains at GM Plaza
Photo by Michelle & Chris Gerard

We’re in the midst of a ridiculously hot summer in Detroit. If you can’t get out of the city for some lake time, or you don’t have access to an apartment pool, you still have a few choices for places to cool off. We’ve rounded up 15 places around the city to swim, splash, or get your feet in the water. Some are free, while others charge a small fee. Did we miss one? Let us know in the comments or on the tip line.

Looking for more places to take the kids? Check out 18 options on our kids map.


Wayne County Family Aquatic Center

On Detroit’s east side, the Wayne County Family Aquatic Center has a wave pool, two 23-foot water slides, and a “Splish Splash Land” for the kids. This family-friendly place is also great for hosting events and parties.

Belle Isle Beach

One of the only places where you can get into the Detroit River, Belle Isle Beach is a popular destination for visitors during the warmer months. If you want to get away from the crowds and find a place for your pup, head toward the lighthouse and Hipster Beach on the east side of the island.

Rouge Park

Detroit’s largest park has two Olympic-sized swimming pools. Brennan Pools are open from 12 to 8 p.m. and admission is $2.

Rec Centers

Seven Detroit rec centers—Adams Butzel, Heilmann, Kemeny, Patton, Williams, Young, and the Northwest Activities Center—have swimming pools. Check the city’s recreation site for more info; a membership card is required to use the facilities and pools.

Splash Pads
Photo by Michelle & Chris Gerard

If kids want to splash around in the city, head to the pirate-themed playscape at Mt. Elliott Park near Belle Isle and the splash park at Palmer Park.

GM Plaza

The fountains along the Riverwalk near the Ren Center are always a fun place for kids to play when the temperatures rise.

H2D Swim Club

For the adults, there are still some opportunities this summer to hang at the H2D swim club. Reserve your tickets early!