The sun is out, so it’s time to get those buns out (and we’re not just talking about SOBO hamburgers).

Battle Creek has different water-based options that are both cooling and fun.

Whether you want to build sand castles or lounge by the pool, check out these options:

Willard Beach

On hot days, you’ll find people of all ages floating in the water of Goguac Lake. 

The lake is a little unusual, in that it’s surrounded by the city of Battle Creek. You don’t have to drive to the middle of nowhere, but it’s surprisingly peaceful once you get to Willard Beach.

Multiple picnic pavilions provide shade while overlooking the lake. They also have charcoal grills for cook-outs.

There’s a strip of sand along the water and a sand volleyball court. A building with bathrooms is available.

Willard Beach has one of the best playgrounds in Battle Creek. The structure is three stories high, with all kinds of chutes and ladders.

Admission is $2 per person or $5 per vehicle.

Full Blast

Go full speed down the water slides at Flash Flood. The two towering slides have recently been refurbished, along with new canopies and pool-side loungers.

Little ones will have more fun in the wading pool area, where there are sprinklers and water spouts. 

Borrow an innertube for some floating under the sun at the outdoor pool.

Flash Flood is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Admission is $12 for ages 3 and older; it’s free for ages 2 and younger. Tuesday is Buy One Get One Free ticket day, and it’s $5 after 5 o’clock every other day of the week.

Clyde Evans Park Splash Pad

Binder Park Zoo isn’t the only place you’ll find a giraffe.

Clyde Evans Park now has a splash pad that is free to everyone. Jungle animals squirt water and spray out a cooling mist.

There’s no swimming, but it’ll keep the kids from sizzling in the sun.