Minnesota Indoor Water Parks

Find Year-Round, Weatherproof Fun

The indoor water park craze started in the mid-1990s in Wisconsin Dells and soon spread to the Midwest, including Minnesota (and eventually to the rest of the U.S. and beyond). The chief advantage of moving water slides and other bathing suit-friendly attractions indoors is that the watery fun becomes weatherproof.

Even (especially?) Minnesota's notoriously brutal winters can't stop the fun. There are quite a few hotels with indoor water parks of varying sizes and features around the state, which follow and are listed alphabetically. Note that the state's largest indoor water park resort, the Water Park of America in Bloomington, closed and is being rebuilt into a Great Wolf Lodge.

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    The Edge water park at the Edgewater Resort
    ••• ZMC Hotels

    Duluth

    A medium-sized park that is open to registered hotel guests and the general public, The Edge offers tube and body water slides, an interactive water play structure, a children's pool, a vortex pool, an activity pool, a hot tub whirlpool, and a lazy river. In addition to the park, the Edgewater Resort offers 300 hotel rooms, an arcade, conference rooms, and complimentary breakfast.

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    Alexandria

    The medium-sized park is open to registered hotel guests and the general public. Attractions include tube slides, a body slide, a lazy river, a whirlpool hot tub, water basketball, a tipping bucket, and a play area for small children. Other features include an arcade, golf course, marina, horseback riding, and snowmobile rentals.

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    Paul Bunyan Indoor Water Park at Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes

    Paul Bunyan Indoor Water Park at Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes
    ••• Regency Hotel Management Company

    Baxter

    The medium-sized indoor water park includes tube slides, body slides, a lazy river, kiddie slides, whirlpool spas, and an interactive play structure with water cannons. The Arrowwood Lodge also offers over 100 guest rooms, an arcade with redemption games, conference facilities, and a restaurant.

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    Owatonna 

    A tiny indoor water park for resort and non-resort guests at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Owatonna, The Great Serengeti barely qualifies as a water park. It offers two slides -- a body slide and a tube slide. The hotel also has an arcade. There is a Cabela's next door and Preferred Outlets nearby.

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    Rapid River Lodge Waterpark
    ••• Rapid River Lodge & Waterpark

    Baxter

    A small park, Rapid River Lodge offers tube slides, body slides, a 250-foot lazy river, water basketball, play areas for children, and an indoor--to-outdoor hot tub.

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    Seven Clans Casino Thief River Falls Water Park
    ••• The water park at Seven Clans Casino Thief River Falls offers weatherproof fun. Seven Clans Casinos

    Thief River Falls

    This is a medium-sized indoor water park that is part of a hotel casino. The park is open to the public as well as on-property guests. Attractions include water slides, a lazy river, and an interactive water play center with a tipping bucket.

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    Baxter

    Small park with a tube slide, a body slide, a splash bucket, whirlpools, san activity pool, a lazy river, and activities for younger children. The hotel also offers laser tag, an arcade, a birthday party room, meeting rooms, and a restaurant.

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    Thumper Pond Indoor Water Park
    ••• Thumper Pond

    Ottertail

    Thumper Pond has a small park with two water slides, an activity pool, and a whirlpool. The resort offers golf, an RV park, function rooms, and restaurants.

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    Venetian Indoor Water Park at The Holiday Inn
    ••• Holiday Inn

    Maple Grove

    This small park has a cute Italian theme and offers two large water slides, one kiddie slide, water basketball, an activity pool, a lily pad walk, a wading pool, and a hot tub.The hotel features 136 rooms as well as an on-site restaurant, a bar/lounge, meeting and function space, and an arcade.

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    Wild Woods indoor water park Minnesota
    ••• Holiday Inn

    Elk River

    A small park located at the Elk River/Rogers Holiday Inn, it offers three water slides, a log walk, a lazy river, the toddler-friendly Buddy’s Playland, a whirlpool spa with a waterfall, and a vortex pool.