Wild Woods Indoor Water Park at the Elk River Holiday Inn models itself after the old river towns of yesteryear. Compared to mega-resorts such as the Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells, it's a medium-sized park. It is lacking big-name attractions such as an uphill water coaster or a funnel ride.
But with three 4-story water slides -- including the swirling Prospector's Pan -- an old-fashioned log walk, a lazy river, the toddler-friendly Buddy’s Playland, a 20-person spa with a waterfall, and the only Vortex pool in Minnesota, the park still manages to provide a decent amount of splash for your cash.
Thrill-seekers probably wouldn't be too thrilled with the slides and rides. The park is more ideally suited for families with younger children.
The hotel offers standard rooms and various suite options, as well as an on-site restaurant, bar/lounge, fitness center, and meeting and event facilities. The Gold Rush Arcade features two ATV Track simulators, Golden Tee, car racing games, air hockey, and more.
When Is the Park Open?
Wild Woods is opened most weekends throughout the year. It is also open select weekdays and offers extended hours during the summer and school vacations.
Water park passes are included with every Elk River Holiday Inn Hotel room and suite. Day passes for the general public are also available. Birthday party packages are available as well as group rates.
What's to Eat?
Inside the park is the Pub n’ Grub Snack Bar. The Mississippi Valley Grill & Bar at the hotel offers full-service dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The Holiday Inn is located 45 minutes northwest of Minneapolis, and 35 minutes southeast of St. Cloud. The address is 9200 Quaday Ave. NE, Elk River, MN.
From the MSP Airport: Take MN-5 W toward BLOOMINGTON. Merge onto I-494 W, then take the I-94 W exit toward ST CLOUD. Take exit #207/MN-101 toward ELK RIVER, turn left at stoplight on CR-39, then turn right at the next stoplight and right once more onto Quaday.
From St. Cloud: Take I-94 E to ROGERS, then take exit #207/MN-101 NORTH toward ELK RIVER and follow as above.
Other Parks to Consider
- Water Park of America- Huge indoor water park in Bloomington, MN
- Seven Clans Casino Thief River Falls Water Park- Medium-sized indoor water park that is part of a hotel casino in Thief River Falls, MN
- Paul Bunyan Indoor Water Park at The Lodge at Brainerd Lakes- Medium-sized water park in Baxter, MN
- More Minnesota indoor water parks
- More US indoor water parks