When summer comes, outdoor water parks around Minneapolis and the Twin Cities open for kids and families to play the sunny days away. And for those who love water slides, fountains and wave pools even in the winter, there are a couple of indoor, year-round water parks in Minneapolis and in the Twin Cities.
In the Radisson Hotel, near by the Mall of America, is a giant water park. The indoor park, open year-round, has a mile-long raft ride, surf simulator, wave pool, water slides and water playgrounds for babies, and for kids. Admission is pricey at around $20 but save money by buying advance tickets, and look out for special offers and coupons in local papers and flyers in the Mall of America.
The St. Louis Park Aquatic Park is operated by the city of St. Louis Park. The outdoor park has two slides, water toys and geysers, a lap pool, and a sand beach playground. The St. Louis Park Aquatic Park is open from the beginning of June until the end of August. Entry is either a daily admission price, or there are season tickets for the whole summer. The best deal on admission for frequent visitors is buying a season pass as early as possible before the park opens.
Another large indoor water park, in the Ramada Hotel in the northern suburb of Brooklyn Park. Grand Rios has water slides, raft ride and water playground. Admission is slightly cheaper than the Water Park of America, and deals like advance purchases, and the 4pm-4pm pass gets visitors an evening and a day at the water park for not much more than a single day's admission.
The indoor water park is in the Depot Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. There are water slides, four pools, a large whirlpool and water fountain. Admission is $20 per person, but hotel plus waterpark package rates start at $149 for one night's stay and four waterpark admissions - this deal could make sense for suburban families who want to spend a little time in downtown Minneapolis playing at the waterpark and seeing other attractions too.
This outdoor park in northeast Minneapolis has three water slides, spraying water, foam logs and foam rocks to play on. The water park is open from early June until late August. The Jim Lupient Water Park is operated by Minneapolis Parks and Recreation and admission is appropriatly reasonable.
This outdoor water park is the second of two, and the smaller of the the two owned by the city of Minneapolis. North Commons is run by the YMCA, who run activities, events and programs at the water park. The park is open from early June until late August. North Community YMCA has more information on programs at the park.
This large outdoor water park is operated by the city of Eagan. Cascade bay is open from early June until late August, and has waterslides, a lazy river raft ride, water fountains, waterfall, a sandy beach, and a zero-depth entry pool for babies and toddlers.
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 and geysers. The Splash Pad is free for all to use during the summer, from the begining of June until the end of August.
This outdoor waterpark claims to have Minnesota's largest outdoor wave pool. As well as that, 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. Plan to spend the whole day here because it's pricey. Admission is $14 for adults and $11 kids, there is an extra charge for renting a tube for the wave pool, and because Bunker Beach is in Bunker Hills Regional Park, parking fees apply too. Bunker Beach is open from early June until Labor Day.
This large outdoor water park is operated by the city of Edina, and admission is a flat $10 per person, or if you plan to visit often, save money by buying a season pass. A water playground, dry land playground, water cannons, water slides, and a zipline cable ride. The park also has an Olympic size pool, diving board and lap lanes. The Edina Aquatic Center is open from mid June until late August.