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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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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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
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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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.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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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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