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Best Water Attractions in Detroit

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The Detroit Princess Riverboat

The Detroit Princess riverboat is about everything grand! Docked on the Detroit River near Hart Plaza, the ship undertakes both private as well as public cruises and offers separate private charterers too. The cruises are generally two to three hours long, with the quaint and scenic beauty of the Detroit River placed at your disposal. The ship specializes in a variety of cruises including moonlight cruises, fall color cruises and dinner cruises. Serving as many as 1800 people, the beautifully structured Detroit Princess is used for hosting parties, conferences, family outings and a lot more!

Detroit, MI, United States
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Diamond Jack's River Tours

In the summer months, take a two-hour tour of one of the world's busiest international waterways, the Detroit River. This fun cruise leaves twice a day from docks in two locations, The Upper Detroit River Tour departs from Detroit's Rivard Plaza while the Lower Detroit River Tour departs from Bishop Park in Wyandotte. The ships Diamond Jack and Diamond Queen have sailed the Great Lakes for many years and are Coast Guard approved. The Detroit tour passes by modern downtown Detroit and along the Canadian shore passing under the famous Ambassador Bridge.

Detroit, MI, United States
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Detroit River

With the beautiful River Rouge, River Canard, and the Ecorse River as its tributaries, the Detroit River and its surrounding environs are soaked in natural magnificence. One of the busiest waterways in the world, the river has been heavily polluted, but over the last few decades, major efforts have been made to clean it up and restore it to its natural state. The river has become a major commercial hub over the years, with a number of hotels and commercial buildings cashing in on its beauty. Cruises like The Detroit Princess Riverboat evinces wonderful sights of Detroit's riverfront. Within the river, numerous picturesque islands such as Belle Isle and Grosse Isle are arrayed, which are always buzzing with activity. Looming over the rippling waters are a string of bridges, which make it all the more scenic. Designated an American Heritage River, Detroit River is one of the most treasured sites in the country.

Detroit, MI, United States
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Riverside Kayak Connection

Get to know Detroit by touring the area's rivers, lakes and channels. Riverside Kayak Connection offers a wide range of kayaks you can rent for the day so you can explore the waterways at your own pace. The company also offers fantastic tours. Paddle down the Detroit River with your guide or arrange a custom tour where you can request a tour in German or Swedish. Take a tour and have an adventure!

Wyandotte, MI, United States
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Infinity and Ovation Yacht Charters

Servicing Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River, Infinity and Ovation Yacht Charters provides a one of a kind experience to all who come aboard. The Infinity is 117 feet (0.0356616 kilometer) long and can carry up to 130 guests, while the larger Ovation is 138 feet (42 meters) long and can carry 300. Each ship is a popular for hosting weddings, birthdays, corporate events and more. Be sure to attend a cruise during their Summer Cruise Series, which is a main draw of the charter company. Each cruise features a different theme (for example, Margaritaville, Motown, or Christmas in July) with accompanying food and music. It's a great way to have fun and tour the Detroit River or Lake St. Clair. Infinity and Ovation Yacht Charters docks in several locations; please check the website for further details.

St. Clair Shores, MI, United States
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Red Oaks Waterpark

Take a thrilling trip down the Triple Turn water slide, enjoy the wave pool and relax on a tube on the gentle 990 foot (301 meter) long River Ride. Children love the Soak Station with 68 fun-filled features, including water slides and water jets. If you want your toddler to join the action visit the Spray & Play area that is geared towards that age range. Please note that this is a seasonal attraction and it will also close for the day if there is bad weather. Prices vary according to the day of the week,

Madison Heights, MI, United States
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Troy Family Aquatic Center

Whether it's just you and a few friends or a huge party, the Troy Family Aquatic Center is the ultimate summer fun zone. This seasonal aquatic center is a water paradise. You can zip down water slides, chill out under a Splash Pad, swim in a lap pool, build a sandcastle in the sand area, and more! The center also offers swimming lessons.

Troy, MI, United States
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