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Wave Pools Near Me: Here’s the New Reliable Need to Know Guide

Summer is almost here and we can’t wait to visit the amazing wave pools in Oakland County.

Wave Pools 2023 Opening Dates and Hours

Red Oaks Waterpark and Waterford Oaks Wave Pool will open for the 2023 season with all attractions in full operation in mid-June.

Waterford Oaks Wave Pool will open Saturday, June 10 while Red Oaks Waterpark is set to open Monday, June 12.

However, as the nationwide staffing shortage continues to linger, Red Oaks Waterpark will have modified hours and dates of operation during the beginning and end of the season. It will be open as follows:

  • 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. June 12 -16
  • 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. June 17-18
  • 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. June 19-23
  • 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. June 24-Aug. 20
  • 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Aug. 21-25
  • From Aug. 26 until Labor Day, Sept. 4, hours will be announced later based on staff availability

Waterford Oaks Wave Pool will be open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursdays-Sundays and closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. However, the wave pool will be open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. July 4 and Sept. 4 for the Fourth of July and Labor Day holidays.

Red Oaks Waterpark Near Me

Wave Pool Activities

“We are looking forward to a wonderfully busy season,” Red Oaks County Park Supervisor Matt Pardy said. “Visitors love the variety of activities available at the waterpark and often spend the entire day splashing around in the wave pool or at SplashTown, a children’s splash pad with 52 interactive water features, including a water play climber with slides and a dumping bucket.”

Adventure seekers will enjoy the triple-flume waterslide while those just looking to relax in the summer sun can do so on the provided lounge chairs or by grabbing a tube and floating on the River Ride, a 990-foot-long moving river.

Waterford Oaks Waterpark

At Waterford Oaks Wave Pool, guests will be delighted by the tropical wave pool that features palm trees and bubbler fountains near the shore. A children’s water playground provides more than 30 interactive activities for hours of outdoor entertainment.

“Even if the weather is a bit on the chilly side, come on out because the wave pool is heated,” Waterford Oaks County Park Supervisor Mike Boyd said.

Safety is always a priority at the waterpark and wave pool. Oakland County Parks (OCP) has received high marks for safety from the Jeff Ellis and Associates International Lifeguard Training Program, which licenses lifeguards to work at OCP facilities. OCP waterparks have consistently demonstrated that they exceed industry standards in risk management and epitomize aquatic excellence.

River Walk at Red Oaks Waterpark

The popular River Walk program at Red Oaks Waterpark will be open four days a week this year, Mondays-Thursdays from June 19-Aug. 17. This is a fitness program where participants walk with or against the current for exercise. A program change this year is that walkers will need to pick a specific night of the week they wish to walk so staff can monitor capacity closely. Those who wish to walk more than one day a week will need to purchase multiple punch cards. Additional information and registration details can be found at

Water Park Ticket Info

Guests are encouraged to purchase waterpark and wave pool tickets online at up to three days prior to day of visit. Tickets can also be purchased on site during regular hours. It is recommended that guests check ticket availability for specific days before coming out to the waterpark or wave pool, as it’s likely many days will sell out in advance.

Red Oaks Waterpark ticket prices are $26 regular rate; $20 Oakland County resident rate; and free for children ages 0-1 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; and $24 regular rate; $18 Oakland County resident rate; and free for children ages 0-1 Mondays-Thursdays.

Waterford Oaks Wave Pool ticket prices are $21 regular rate and $16 Oakland County resident rate on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays; and $15 for everyone on Thursdays and Fridays. Children ages 0-1 are always free with a paid adult admission.

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