5 Ways to Have Summer Family Fun in Ypsilanti

Jun 01, 2019

Ypsilanti, Michigan is the perfect destination for family fun in the summertime! 

Cool down on the water slide at the water park, shop the unique stores such as The Rocket and Unicorn Feed and Supply, explore the arts and culture offerings, fuel up on sweet treats and roam throughout the beautiful parks and colorful playscapes.

Whether you are looking for a jam-packed weekend full adventure or you want to take it a bit easier, Ypsilanti has a something for every family.

1. Cool Off at Rolling Hills Water Park

From a three-story-high water slide, to a calming lazy river – Rolling Hills Water Park is a must-see destination for families and “kids at heart”. Take a whirl on the kiddy slide, or lounge next to the pool on the chaise lounge. The water park also includes bathrooms, diaper changing stations, and lockers.

2. Eat Sweet Treats at Go! Ice Cream

Refuel after the pool with some ice cream at Go! Ice CreamGo! Ice Cream is a small Michigan-based company that crafts artisan ice creams in small batches using local ingredients. In additon to hand-crafted ice cream, they have sorbets, sundaes, sodas, shakes and malts, all created in a vintage soda fountain atmosphere.

3. Visit the Local Ypsilanti Museums

Children and adults alike can be amazed by Ypsilanti’s historical museums. Explore the history of firetrucks at the Michigan Firehouse Museum, and peruse the largest collection of fire bells in the state. Zoom by the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum, and discover antique models which inspired characters in Disney Pixar’s “Cars”. Fly on over to the Yankee Air Museum to witness warbird history, and enjoy endless amounts of kid-friendly activities.

4. Tour the Ypsilanti Parks

Whether your strolling next to the Huron River, Ford Lake, or community gardens – Ypsilanti parks are full of natural treasures. On a beautiful day, Ypsilanti parks can be full of dog-walking, hula-hooping, or large festivals! Riverside Park, Harris Park, Oakbrook Park and Candy Cane Park are great spaces for families with kids. 

5. Attend First Fridays Ypsilanti

TinkerTech First Fridays Ypsilanti

On the “first Friday” of every month, Ypsilanti is transformed into a FREE city-wide arts and culture walk called First Fridays Ypsilanti. The events are family friendly and range from live music, to gallery displays, and kid-friendly arts and crafts activities.


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