No matter the time of year and the temperature outside, a great indoor water park can make you feel like you are on vacation, even if it's just for an hour. Minnesota has many great water parks that you can visit, but these six are high on our list. They are well-located, clean, and very family-friendly, making it a perfect destination for you and your kids. Whether you are on a road trip and just passing through, want to get away for the weekend, or are vacationing nearby, be sure to check these indoor water parks out.
The 6 Best Indoor Water Parks in Minnesota
1. Water Park of America
Water Park of America’s claim to fame are its 10-floor body slides, which are the largest in America. This indoor water park is right down the street from another popular Minnesota attraction, Mall of America. Located adjacent to the Radisson Bloomington Hotel in Bloomington, this water park is the perfect place to unwind and have fun. Other rides at the park include surfing simulation, raft rides, a lazy river and more. There’s plenty for kids and adults of all ages and passes to the water park are discounted with your stay at the Radisson. Day passes start at $27.95 and hours are seasonal.
2. The Grove Cove Aquatic Center
Take a trip to Grove Heights to The Grove Cove Aquatic Center! The facility has indoor and outdoor pools with a 130-foot waterslide and lazy river. You’ll definitely want to plunge into the water on the rope swing and try the aquatic obstacle course while you’re here. The family day rate is $22 for resident, $25 for non-residents. Be sure to check out any specials and when certain activities will be open on their website.
3. Great River Water Park
This smaller water park is a great place to swim a few laps in the 25-yard pool while your kids play on the waterslides. The facility also offers diving boards and a children’s activity pool. Located in Saint Paul, this water park is open year-round. Be sure to check the hours, different activities are available at certain times. A family pass to the Great River Water Park costs $24 and single admission is $7.
4. Rapid River Lodge and Water Park
Imagine relaxing in the hot tub while watching your kids have fun on waterslides. This water park in Baxter comes free with your hotel stay and has all of amenities wrapped into one. Rapid River Water Park offers 240 ft. tube and body slides, a lazy river and a whirlpool. The lodge has family and senior specials and keeps the water park open year round. Check on their website for accommodations and dates.
5. Paul Bunyan Water Park
The large tree house and slides make Paul Bunyan Water Park a wonderland for families of all ages. Slide down the four-story body slide or shoot water cannons from the top of the tree house. This 30,000-square-foot water park is located at Brainerd Lakes in the Arrowwood Lodge. Other amenities include an arcade, sand volleyball and a playground area with a zipline. Water park passes come with most rooms at the lodge. Public admission starts at $11.95 per person, but be sure to call ahead to ensure the park is open to the public on the day you would like to.
6. Venetian Indoor Water Park
Escape to Venice for a day at the Venetian Indoor Water Park in north Maple Grove. Located in the Holiday Inn, this water park is perfect for rain, snow or shine! With over 25,000 square ft. of water activities, both kids and adults will feel like they’re on a Mediterranean vacation. Get the weekend family fun package for a night’s stay, up to four passes at the water park and pizza.
This article was written by Taylor Bishop.