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Staying Cool at Detroit’s Pools and Beaches

Posted on Monday, July 30 2012 in Outdoors


Detroit is in the middle of one of the hottest summers on record. Thankfully, the silver lining of the record-breaking heat is that the Motor City knows how to cool down and spend time in the water. Whether you prefer a local pool or lakes and rivers, there are plenty of places to swim when the temperature rises.

Indoor and Outdoor Pools

Detroit’s numerous local swimming pools are a great way to beat the heat. Visit DetroitMI.gov for details on open swim times and membership fees at Gatliff Pool at Palmer Park, Brennan Pool at Rouge Park and indoor swimming complexes throughout the city.

Many of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks throughout southeast Michigan include beaches along the Huron River, as well as water parks like the Turtle Cover Family Aquatic Center. Oakland County Parks Picnic Places has seven locations for special occasions, and has four day-use parks and two water parks, including Waterford Oaks Waterpark. For surrounding areas, check out the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit.

Belle Isle Beach and Water Slide

In addition to Belle Isle’s public beach and the surrounding Detroit River, the Belle Isle Water Slide is open from the second week of June through Labor Day for a fee of $3 for the entire day. If you’re interested in a swim in the Detroit River, check out Kelli B. Kavanaugh’s "Detroit’s a Beach: Swimming in the River" at Model D.

Great Lakes Road Trip

In many ways Detroit serves as the gateway to the Great Lakes, with access to some of Michigan’s — and the world’s — most beautiful beaches. If ever there was an excuse for a road trip, it’s to escape the summer heat. Pure Michigan beach listings show you all the nearby beaches and attractions, right in Detroit’s backyard.

Water Parks

Chandler Park Family Aquatic Center features a wave pool, children’s aquatic area, body slide, inner-tube slide. Best Western PLUS Sterling Inn has a waterpark inside. And there are also water parks at the Livonia Community Center and the Dearborn Community Center.

Remember the Family Dog

If you’re looking for a place to swim, chances are Fido is panting, too. Surely man’s best friend would enjoy a dip in the water. Here’s a list of the Best Places Where Dogs Can Swim in Detroit.

Where in The D do you go to cool down when the mercury starts boiling in the thermometer?

*Photo by Bill Bowen