When summer comes, outdoor water parks around Minneapolis and the Twin Cities open for kids and families to play the sunny days away.
St Louis Park Aquatic Park
The St. Louis Park Aquatic Park is operated by the city of St. Louis Park (that's in fact the full name of the community). The outdoor park has two slides, water toys and geysers, a lap pool, and a sand beach playground.
Check the park's website to see admission hours and fees. It is located at 3700 Monterey Drive, St. Louis, Park, MN 55416.
North Commons Water Park, Minneapolis
This outdoor water park is the second of two, and the smaller of the the two owned by the city of Minneapolis. In addition to swimming lessons and other classes, this part has speed and loop slides, a shallow pool, geysers, and other water playground features.
Check the park's website to find out about admission hours and fees. It is located at 1701 Golden Valley Road, Minneapolis.
Cascade Bay Water Park, Eagan
This large outdoor water park is operated by the city of Eagan. Cascade bay is open from early June until late August, and has water slides, a lazy river raft ride, water fountains, waterfall, a sandy beach, and a zero-depth entry pool for babies and toddlers.
Check the park's website to find out about admission hours and fees. It is located at 1360 Civic Center Dr, Eagan, Minn.
Oak Hill Splash Pad, St. Louis Park
This isn't a pool, but certainly requires users to wear their swimsuits! The Splash Pad is a giant sprinkler system for kids to run through, with fountains, spraying water, bubbling hoses and geysers. The Splash Pad is free for residents and $1 for non-residents from the beginning of June until the end of August.
Check the park's website for admission information. It is located at Oak Hill Park, 3201 Rhode Island Ave. S, St Louis Park.
Bunker Beach, Coon Rapids
This outdoor water park claims to have Minnesota's largest outdoor wave pool. In addition to the wave pool, there are water slides, a long raft ride, a climbing wall and play area in the pool for bigger kids, a sand play area, and a zero entry depth pool for tots.
Go to Bunker Beach's website to find out about admission fees and hours. The park is located at 701 County Parkway A, Coon Rapids, Minn.
Highland Park Aquatic Center, St. Paul
The City of St. Paul operates Highland Park Aquatic Center in St. Paul. The park has an aquatic rock wall, Olympic sized swimming pool, diving boards, water geysers, water slides and a splash pad. The Highland Park Aquatic Center is open from late May until Labor Day. Admission is $7 for children and adults over 48 inches tall and $6 for seniors and everyone under 48 inches. There are also family and group rates available.
Check out the park's website to find out about admission hours and fees. It is located at 1840 Edgcumbe Road, Saint Paul, Minn.