14 Best Water Parks in Minnesota

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With amazing indoor and outdoor water parks sure to put a smile on your face, be sure to make Minnesota your next getaway. Each park is unique and features a whole host of amazing rides and slides. Some of the parks and resorts even offer a variety of dryland activities in case the water just isn’t your thing. For those that want to get wet, you’ll be sure to be entertained for hours, and even days, at these great parks.

Lets have a look at the best water parks in minnesota:

1. Water Park of America, Bloomington

Water Park of America, BloomingtonSource: expedia
Water Park of America, Bloomington

With tons of fun rides and awesome attractions, you won’t want to miss the Water Park of America. Children of all ages will have a blast at the Fort Snelling area which boasts a huge water playground and activities as well as zero-depth entry. Test your surfing abilities at the Cascade Falls FlowRider. The activity pool packs a ton of fun with features like water basketball and the lily pad crossing. The lazy river and wave pool are sure to make for hours of relaxing, splashing entertainment. For heart pounding adventure, visit the many rides. Grab the family and raft down the twists and turns of the Eagles Nest. Tube down the Eagles Nest 5th Floor Tube Slide or adventure down the body slides. Adults will love the Isle Royal Hot Tubs. For tons more fun be sure to visit the Northern Lights Arcade, or of course, the mall.

2. Soak City, Shakopee

Soak City, ShakopeeSource: cityprofile
Soak City, Shakopee

Prepare yourself for a day that’s sure to be unforgettable. Soak City has so much to do you’ll want to come back again and again to be sure you didn’t miss something. Cool down in the swells of the three hundred and fifty thousand gallon wave pool. Children will love Barefoot Beach, the awesome splash pad that is almost an acre! There are slides, geysers, and tons of interactive features. There’s also the Splash Station, made just for younger water lovers. Adrenaline and action seekers will love the rides at Soak City. Step up to the enclosed capsule of Breakers Pipeline. When the trap door opens, you’ll be plummeted down the sixty-five foot ride. Satisfy your need for speed on Breakers Plunge, two exciting speed slides that will drop almost straight down. Brave the waters on the Hurricane Falls raft ride and on the Raging Rapids. If relaxation is your destination, float down the tranquil waters of the almost thirteen hundred foot Ripple Rapids lazy river. When you’re ready to dry off, head on over to the sand volleyball courts for tons more fun.

3. Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center, Alexandria

Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center, AlexandriaSource: arrowwoodresort
Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center, Alexandria

For the perfect getaway or family vacation don’t miss Arrowwood Resort. The resort comes complete with a ton of wet and dry fun. People of all ages will love Big Splash Minnesota Indoor Waterpark. The thirty-eight thousand square foot park boasts three, four story waterslides, a lazy river, whirl pool, and a kiddie area complete with a five hundred gallon dumping bucket. For dryland fun, be sure to check out the horse stables. You can go for a forty-five minute guided trail ride and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the area. For smaller children there are riding lessons or lead arounds. If you aren’t too sure about horses, try the tractor drawn hayrides. Golf enthusiasts will love the beautiful golf course which offers nine or eighteen holes. There’s a marina which rents boats, or feel free to bring your own. The resort also has a spa and awesome dining options.

4. Venetian Waterpark at Holiday Inn, Osseo

Venetian Waterpark at Holiday Inn, OsseoSource: venetianwaterpark
Venetian Waterpark at Holiday Inn, Osseo

Escape to Venice at the beautiful indoor, twenty-five thousand square foot Venetian Waterpark. The park was designed to look just like the city streets of Venice. Tall buildings frame beautiful clear pools. There’s a huge hot tub where you can relax and let your cares drift away. The activity pool is complete with water basketball. Two massive, winding slides will have you screaming in delight. The crossing activity will test your agility. Tots and younger children will enjoy the wading pool complete with zero-depth entry, a ship slide and interactive activities. The park also has an arcade for a little dryland adventure.

5. Paul Bunyan Water Park, Baxter

Paul Bunyan Water Park, BaxterSource: arrowwoodbrainerdlodge
Paul Bunyan Water Park, Baxter

With over thirty thousand square feet, this indoor waterpark is sure to everything you could ask for to have a thrilling time. Adrenaline seekers will have a blast on the four story high body slide. The tube slide is a can’t miss. For tots and children there’s a zero-depth entry pool and a huge treehouse play structure complete with water cannons. Everyone will enjoy the activity pool complete with a log walk crossing activity and water basketball. Adults will love relaxing in the warm waters of the indoor/outdoor hot tub and the calm waters of the lazy river. For more dry land fun, visit the twenty-four hundred square foot Gold Mine Arcade.

6. Bunker Beach Water Park, Coon Rapids

Bunker Beach Water Park, Coon RapidsSource: waterparks.wanderbat
Bunker Beach Water Park, Coon Rapids

Open seasonally, the massive Bunker Beach water park is a destination sure to delight the entire family. Splash and play in the Bunker Beach wave pool. Whoosh down one of the six challenging, twisting, delightful slides to land in the cool waters below. Children will love the wet and wild kiddie areas as well as the sand area. The Lazy Loop nine hundred foot long lazy river winds around the park. The Plunge Pool comes complete with the Wiggly Water Walk lily pad crossing activity. Rocky Bay is the place to be to try out the water climbing walls or shoot some hoops. If you’re a volleyball lover, you’re in luck; the park has a sand volleyball court.

7. Cascade Bay Water Park, Eagan

Cascade Bay Water Park, EaganSource: eaganmn
Cascade Bay Water Park, Eagan

For tons of wet and dryland fun, grab your swimsuit and bring the entire family to Cascade Bay Water Park. You’ll have a blast building sand castles in the huge sand play area. Tots will love the kiddie area with bubblers, fountains, splashing buckets, slides, and gradual entry. There’s a slide for everyone including slides for younger riders and high thrill rides. Children can’t miss the Captain’s Ship Slides. A massive lap pool makes for hours of splashing fun and the lazy river will have you kicking back and relaxing in style. After you’ve had your fun at the water, dry off and sink a putt at the mini golf course.

8. Three Bear Waterpark, Brainerd

Three Bear Waterpark, BrainerdSource: tripadvisor
Three Bear Waterpark, Brainerd

For fun all year round, make Three Bear Waterpark your destination. Thrill seekers will love the huge slides. The Polar Express offers three hundred feet of thrilling speeds and turns. Grab a tube and shoot down the three hundred food Grizzly Express slide. There’s a plunge slide for younger riders and a tot slide for even the smallest adventure seekers. The kiddie areas featuring the thousand gallon dumping bucket and activity pool with water basketball are not to be missed. If you’re looking to kick back, float down the lazy river or grab a snack at the Grill & Bar. When you’re ready to dry off, the park offers laser tag for hours of excitement.

9. SandVenture Aquatic Park, Shakopee

SandVenture Aquatic Park, ShakopeeSource: visitshakopee
SandVenture Aquatic Park, Shakopee

Perfect for a day at the beach or wet fun in the water, SandVenture is not to be missed. The beautiful, scenic area is ideal for building sandcastles or sunbathing on the beach. If you’re a water lover, the cool waters of the lake are sure to delight. The waters are clear and the bottom is sandy. For thrill seekers there’s a three hundred foot waterslide as well as two drop slides. For big splashes there’s also a diving board. The park comes complete with concession.

10. Great River Water Park, St Paul

Great River Water Park, St PaulSource: startribune
Great River Water Park, St Paul

Have a blast all year round at the huge, indoor Great River Water Park. For a splashing good time, the park features a huge, twenty-five meter pool, twisting water slides, diving board, a kiddie activity pool, huge floats and a sauna. The pool offers swimming lessons and water fitness classes as well as lap swimming and birthday party packages. Be sure to check out the website for all the exciting options.

11. Hastings Family Aquatic Center, Hastings

Hastings Family Aquatic Center, Hastings
Hastings Family Aquatic Center, Hastings

Open seasonally from the beginning of June until the end of August, Hastings Family Aquatic Center has everything you’re family needs to make a splash in the summer. The exciting two hundred foot water slide will get your heart racing and the drop slide is sure to guarantee a huge splash landing. The pool features zero-depth entry so even small water lovers can come and play, as well as a fun crossing activity. Kids will love the play structure made just for them.

12. North Commons Water Park, Minneapolis

North Commons Water Park, MinneapolisSource: results27.sites.remaxagents
North Commons Water Park, Minneapolis

For a day filled with smiles and splashes grab your bathing suit and head down to North Commons Water Park. The speed and loop slides will keep you screaming and laughing all day long. For the kids there’s a great shallow water pool, an aqua playground with tons of interactive features, geysers and water umbrellas. Cool down in the wading pool or just relax on one of the park’s chairs as you watch the kids. Swimming lessons are offered at the park, check the website for scheduling.

13. River Springs Water Park, Owatonna

River Springs Water Park, OwatonnaSource: southernminn
River Springs Water Park, Owatonna

For a day filled with action and adventure visit the River Springs Water Park. Adventure seekers will have a blast on the tube and body slides as well as on the challenging climbing wall and on the lily pad crossing. The park is complete with a lazy river for relaxing, an activity pool, and a zero depth entry pool for young water enthusiasts. For tons of dryland fun there’s a sand volleyball court.

14. Battle Creek Waterworks, Maplewood

Battle Creek Waterworks, MaplewoodSource: kstp
Battle Creek Waterworks, Maplewood

Come on down and splash the day away at Battle Creek Waterworks, located in Battle Creek Regional Park. The park is designed for children ages ten and under but parents don’t be shy to get in on the fun. The park has a winding, twisting waterslide, a pool with zero depth entry, a lily pad crossing activity, huge play structure, and of course tons of squirters and geysers to keep you refreshed all day long. Show off your sand castle skills in the sand play area, or if soaking up the sun is your idea of the perfect day, relax on one of the deck chairs.

14 Best Water Parks in Minnesota:

  • Water Park of America, Bloomington
  • Soak City, Shakopee
  • Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center, Alexandria
  • Venetian Waterpark at Holiday Inn, Osseo
  • Paul Bunyan Water Park, Baxter
  • Bunker Beach Water Park, Coon Rapids
  • Cascade Bay Water Park, Eagan
  • Three Bear Waterpark, Brainerd
  • SandVenture Aquatic Park, Shakopee
  • Great River Water Park, St Paul
  • Hastings Family Aquatic Center, Hastings
  • North Commons Water Park, Minneapolis
  • River Springs Water Park, Owatonna
  • Battle Creek Waterworks, Maplewood