My family recently visited the Soaring Eagle Waterpark in Mt Pleasant, Michigan. Here was our experience:
Our visit started with a one night stay at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort. My husband had tickets for an event there. It was a crazy busy weekend for my family so we decided to join him, not for the event but to squeeze in some family time. Since we were going to be in the area we decided to spend our family time at the waterpark.
The Soaring Eagle Waterpark is also a resort. However, there were no available rooms for the night we needed. So, we didn't stay at the waterpark resort. We did read on their website that the waterpark has limited "tickets" for each day so it was recommended to reserve your tickets ahead of time. So, we did just that. My husband took care of this. He had to call to make the reservation and it was kind of awkward but it ended up going well overall. We were given a start and end time for the waterpark. We had the choice of a full or half day visit. Since we were visiting on the day that we were heading out of town we decided to just pay for a half day.
So, we showed up the day of our reservation.
We went to the hotel desk to check-in (there was a desk for the waterpark but it wasn't staffed). At the desk my kiddos were given coloring books and crayons. We were also given paper bracelets to wear during our visit. It was color coded for the day and time frame we had paid for.
Inside the waterpark:
|Locker rooms with plenty of toilets, private showers, private dressing area, and one of the machines I LOVE that spin dries your suit.|
|They provide life jackets for kiddos. They also have towels but they are small and rough.|
|A play area for little kiddos.|
|Another view of the kids play area.|
|Swimming pool with 1 basketball hoop.|
|Rock wall! And you just push yourself off at the top so you land in the water. My kiddos were not interested in this so we didn't try it. However, it looked fun.|
There are two slides:
|You can ride this as a single or double ride. It spits you out into a small "toilet bowl" that makes it fun. My daughter and my husband revisited this slide many times!|
|Little Beaver's Bend (lazy river).|
|Hot Springs (hot tub)|
|Eating area - was very hard to find a table to sit at.|
|Restaurant: fries, drinks, hot dogs, grilled cheese, club sandwiches, ...|
Kind of expensive - especially when you add beverages.
Everything is cooked when you order it so you wait a little but it's fresh.
|You can't bring food in but you can go to your car/hotel room, eat, and come back to the waterpark (as long as you have the band and stay within your paid time).|
|Sample of our bill - not cheap but....|
|Grilled cheese with fries.|
|Turkey club with fries|
I have many friends that went to Central Michigan University (in Mt Pleasant). One highly recommended stopping at this ice cream place on the way out of town. I have since found out it is a popular place. My experience: it was a little confusing as a "first timer". There were two windows. I waited in line at one only to find out that it was the pick-up window and the other window was for ordering... There were so many options that it was a little hard to figure things out. I also checked out their Facebook page before our visit and there appears to be some menu options that are more known by the locals. I say that because what I saw special options that were being promoted on Facebook that I did not see on the many menus at the ice cream shop. Would I stop again? Yes - but I would try to get some more "local" tips to improve my visit ;-)