With less than 800,000 people, North Dakota is one of the least populated states in the U.S. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that there are not many theme parks, amusement parks, or water parks in the state. In fact, North Dakota does not host any major theme parks. For those, you'd have to travel to nearby states (see below).
The few amusement parks that are located in North Dakota are quite small. There is only one operating roller coaster in the state. And the water parks are modest as well.
Let’s run down the water parks and amusement parks in the state, which are listed in alphabetical order.
A municipal, outdoor water park, Raging Rivers offers a few slides and other attractions to cool down on hot, humid days. Rides include a 66-foot-tall speed slide, the River Run tube slide, the Black Hole tube slide, a lazy river, and an interactive water play structure with sprayers, geysers, and other elements as well as a large dump bucket. The park also has a snack bar, a party room and outdoor patio for birthday parties, and a bath house.
A small, indoor water park, Splasher’s of the South Seas is located at Canad Inn in Grand Forks. Attractions include The Rarotonga, a bowl slide, a lazy river, an activity pool, a kiddie pool, a hot tub, and an interactive water play structure with a dump bucket. Admission is open to the general public and to hotel guests (who pay a reduced rate). The park hosts birthday parties.
A small, outdoor amusement park located in Sertoma park, Super Slide’s rides are primarily geared to younger children. They include a kiddie roller coaster, a Ferris wheel, a carousel, teacups, circular bumper cars, go-karts, swings, and, of course, a large (and, apparently super) slide. Other attractions include batting cages, mini-golf, a climbing wall, and bankshot basketball. It is a pay-per-ride system with free admission.
A small, outdoor family entertainment center, Thunder Road’s attractions include go-karts, bumper cars, two 18-hole mini golf courses, laser tag, batting cages, and an arcade. The park hosts birthday parties and offers packages. Admission is free, and visitors pay per attraction. Thunder Road sometimes offers wristband promotions which allow guests to pay one price and enjoy unlimited attractions.
For a bigger water park, you could head to Wild Mountain in Taylors Falls, Minnesota. In the summer, the ski resort offers a water park with attractions such as the Big Country inner-tube ride, the Black Hole speed slide, a lazy river, and a kids' area. The Great Wolf Lodge in Bloomington, Minnesota, part of the the Great Wolf Lodge chain, is a large indoor water park and hotel.
Valleyfair in Shakopee, Minnesota is a large outdoor amusement park many roller coasters, and other rides as well as the adjacent Soak City water park, which is included with admission. Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota is a large, indoor theme park with coasters and other attractions themed to the Nickelodeon animated characters.