Boyne Mountain Resort
Encompassing 88,000 square feet of wet and wacky fun, the Bavarian-themed Avalanche Bay outside Boyne City, MI, is the biggest indoor water park in the state. The park opened its doors to record crowds on Memorial Day 2006 and has been a hot spot for vacationing families ever since.
Some of the rides beneath the facility’s expansive Fiberglas roof include the Splasherhorn water roller coaster, the Rip Zone surfing simulator, the Vertigo Cannonball tube slide and a 900-foot lazy river. The place also features hot tubs, video arcades and a protected toddler areas in an environment that stays at a balmy 84 degrees all day long.
Nearby, the Swiss-style Mountain Grand Lodge is a great place for families to relax. The hotel boasts 220 suites — perfect places for youngsters to kick back and watch cartoons after a morning of splashing around. Mom and Dad can relax here, too, as the property’s Spa at Boyne Mountain (which is Michigan’s largest) offers an entire menu of stress-eliminating treatments and massages.
Because of Avalanche Bay’s proximity to the Boyne Mountain Ski Resort, many families visit as part of a larger ski vacation. Guests here can choose from 9 different restaurants so everyone can find something to please their palate.