“Disclosure: We were hosted at Michigan’s Adventure for the day by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand. All opinions are our own.”
Michigan’s Adventure Theme Park and Water Park | Muskegon, Michigan
Last weekend we got invited to explore Michigan’s Adventure in Muskegon, Michigan. They are currently celebrating their 60th anniversary and wanted to show us what the park was all about – since we’d never been. When I told my mom over the phone that we were going for the first time she quickly corrected me; reminding me of the time I went as a kid. I couldn’t remember! I guess I might have vaguely remembered something, but I didn’t truly remember all of the fond memories I had until I walked back into the park with my kids.
When we passed under the large Michigan’s Adventure sign and into the park, the memories came rushing back to me. Memories like these.
I remembered the big swans you could paddle around in on the lake, the fun fair style rides that would spin you around until you wanted to puke, and I remembered more vividly the day my mom took me and my sisters there when we were probably my kids’ ages.
That’s one of the cool things about this park – it has history. History in the rides that have been bringing laughs to park goers for years – rides like the Tilt-A-Whirl, Thunderwhirl, and the Frog Hopper. History in the details – like their retro diner which is appropriately name “Coasters Drive-In”. Plus, it has a fun way of making you feel like a kid again as you dart down slides in the water park or pick out a new Snoopy stuffed animal to take home with you at the Charlie Brown, Snoopy Boutique.
Tips to Conquering the Park with Kids
If you’re used to taking your kids to some of the larger theme parks out there – this one might feel like a breeze. While it’s large enough to hold some pretty nifty roller-coasters and rides, it’s still small enough that it doesn’t feel overwhelming – especially to parents with small kids. Personally, we were able to explore the entire park in one day and get in everything we wanted to do before the kids “were too tired to walk”.
There’s Two Parks on One Ticket
Michigan’s Adventure is split into two parks – a theme park and the WildWater Adventure water park. Both parks are accessible from your ticket. If you want to bring a bag with towels, bathing suits, ect. and take a break from the heat by splashing around, there are lockers to store your belongs in directly inside the park entrance – along with a place to change. During our visit we didn’t get to spend as much time as I would have liked playing in the water park – because on the day we visited it was over 100 degrees on a Saturday and the water park was packed! However, on the bright side, we were able to pretty much walk on to rides on the theme park side!
Appropriate for Thrill Seekers of All Ages
During our trip we focused on the younger rider attractions and family rides – since our kids are still both under the age of 10. Even though we were focused on a certain age level, I still felt like we had ample options to choose from. We had plenty to keep us busy for several hours, even though some of the rides we wanted to try weren’t running on the day we visited.
While the rides on the theme park side had a good mix of large wooden roller-coasters and smaller fair style rides – the rides on the water park side looked like they might be better aligned for the serious thrill seekers. If you’re not sure which rides your kids will be big enough to ride, simply look for the large measuring tape sign and a park attendee with provide your child with a colored band to match their height. The attractions are then marked with minimum height colors for entrance onto the rides.
Like any park or attraction, come prepared for the extras. This park also offers things like fair games to play for prizes, shopping, food and beverage, and treats like Dippin’ Dots or Auntie Ann’s. There is also an extra charge for parking which you pay for at the gate.
How to save $$
While spending a day at any amusement park or attraction does cost money, we found several ways we could save at Michigan’s Adventure.
- Purchase your tickets online ahead of time to save $3. Gate price $36.00 / Online price $33.00* (“Junior” pricing is even cheaper and ages 2/under are free.) You can also purchase tickets at Meijer for the same as the online price.
- Get a seasons pass for $99* – which includes other perks as well.
- Sign up for a dining plan – I haven’t done this yet, but if you’re planning on spending the entire day it might be worth it.
- Bring your own food. While you can not bring any of your own food or beverage into the park, they do allow for tailgating at your vehicle and stamped re-entrance into the park. With the parking lot not very far away, lots of people choose to do this.
* prices are subject to change.
Have you visited Michigan’s Adventure? Share your stories and tips with us in the comments.