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This Floating Water Park Is About To Open In Lake Michigan

By Stephen Gossett in Arts & Entertainment on Jun 13, 2017 6:07PM

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You may have to add a new destination to the old day-trip summer agenda.

A new floating water park—the first of its kind for Lake Michigan—is coming to waters near you. Dubbed Whoa Zone (because H2Whoa was already taken, we'll assume), the large-scale floating park opens on June 24, off Wihala Beach, in Whiting, Indiana. (That's about 20 miles from the Loop).

From the photos and video available, it kind of looks like some sort of a aquatic, pre-A-level American Ninja Warrior course, except built from floaties. A closer inspection reveals slides, monkey bars, a floating trampoline, towers—all your musts for an in-lake water resort.

According to WTTW, the whole thing cost $300,000; and Whiting picked up half of the initial cost. A 75-minute visit on the floating playground runs between $15 and 20; and the park holds about 120 people at a time.

The company behind the park, a German outfit called Wibit, has brought the concept to other waters in the U.S., but this'll be a first for Lake Michigan.