In a state that endures cold and snowy winters, Minnesotans try to do summer right as best they can with summer activities. And while water parks are not exactly a year-round source of entertainment, they are exceptionally pleasing locations come the warmer times of the year. Here are eight water parks around the Minneapolis area that can help make one’s summer feel complete.
North Commons Water Park
1701 Golden Valley Rd, Minneapolis, MN 55411
As far as water parks go around Minneapolis, North Commons has a little bit of everything. The outdoor park boasts three thrilling slides, a splash pool, Geysers and Funbrellas, and plenty of playground features for the kids.
Great Wolf Lodge Water Park
1700 American Blvd E, Bloomington, MN 55425
For those seeking more of a vacation experience, Great Wolf Lodge offers the comfort of an indoor water park near Minneapolis nestled within a hotel. Dubbed the best indoor water park in Minnesota, they offer a number of exciting slides and playful forts for a one-of-a-kind water park experience. Check out the cabana rentals for a great spot to cool down after all the wet fun.
Jim Lupient Water Park
1520 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Better suited for those seeking more sport with their water park, the Jim Lupient Water Park has plenty of activities to keep busy in the summer sun. They’re perfectly equipped for running laps, playing volleyball, or taking the log water walk. Three big slides are also present and there’s a grassy area perfect for sunbathing.
Great River Water Park
270 Lexington Pkwy N, St. Paul, MN 55104
St. Paul boasts an enticing indoor experience at the Great River Water Park that can be enjoyed no matter the season. Based inside the Oxford Community Center, this water park near Minneapolis, MN has a lap pool for the athletic, an activity pool for the kids, and a massive water slide for everyone. It’s also a pretty spacious spot for having saunas, party rooms, and concessions.
Venetian Waterpark at Holiday Inn Hotel Maple Grove/Arbor Lakes
11801 Fountains Way, Osseo, MN 55369
A bit of a drive north will lead one to the spacious and decadent Venetian Waterpark at Holiday Inn. Perfect for a vacation getaway, the park features a towering waterslide, a fort for the kids, and basketball hoops. The area is massive enough to be the heart of the hotel and the rooms are relaxing enough to make this Holiday Inn in Maple Grove of all places to be an opportune spot for summer fun.
Highland Park Aquatic Center
1840 Edgcumbe Rd, St. Paul, MN 55116
St. Paul’s Highland Park area boasts the brilliantly built Aquatic Center. This water park near Minneapolis features a 8-lane lap pool that spans for 50 meters. The park also includes an activity pool, slides, and diving boards. Be sure to check out their aquatic climbing wall as well as their prehistoric whalebone splash pad area.
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Oak Hill Park Splash Pad
3201 Rhode Island Ave S, St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Specifically designed for the littlest members of the family, the Oak Hill Park Splash Pad is a small, simple, and satisfying water experience for the wee ones. The splash pad comes equipped with geysers, dumping water buckets, and water cannons for all manner of wet fun. Changing rooms are also available so families won’t have to switch into their swimsuits in the car.
St. Louis Park Rec Center
3700 Monterey Dr, St. Louis Park, MN 55416
The outdoor pool of the St. Louis Park Rec Center is sure to induce excitement in kids seeking a thrill from their slides. The massive waterslide at this water park is built for going down on giant inner tubes, making for a ride any kid would want to take again and again. There are also shallow areas for relaxing, lap areas for the serious athletes, and a diving board for those seeking to pull off the perfect dive.
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