Best Indoor Water Parks in Minnesota for Year-Round Splash Fun

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Empty inner tubes floating down a lazy river.
Lazy rivers are a big park of indoor water parks. Photo credit: Jill Robbin

Known for its bustling twin cities St. Paul and Minneapolis, more than 11,000 lakes and beautiful family-friendly beaches, Minnesota certainly has no shortage of ways to cool down on a hot summer day. But just because summer ends doesn’t mean the water fun has to! From zero-depth splash pads and tot slides to adrenaline-pumping four story waterslides and surf simulators, these indoor water parks in Minnesota are open year round and will keep the entire family soaked and satisfied!

Whether you’re looking for family fun or relaxation, here are 11 indoor water parks in Minnesota where you can get your splash on during your next midwest family vacation:

Great Wolf Lodge, one of the best indoor waterparks in Minnesota
Great Wolf Lodge is self-proclaimed to be the best indoor waterpark in Minnesota. Photo credit: Great Wolf Lodge

1. Great Wolf Lodge

1700 American Blvd E
Bloomington, MN 55425
(952) 851-9653

Self-proclaimed as the best indoor water park in Minnesota, the Great Wolf Lodge has everything any water-loving child, teen or adult could need at an indoor water park.

Like its many other properties across the nation, Great Wolf Lodge makes it nearly impossible for its guests to get bored. This indoor water park in Minnesota packs both relaxing and thrilling water activities such as a four-story interactive water fort treehouse, zero-depth entry wave pool, four-story tube slide, twisting body slides, lazy river and kiddie activity pool.

Those up for the challenge can try to keep their balance on the floating lily pads, play a game of water basketball or practice their surf skills on the surf simulator. All of the above should be enough to tucker out anyone after a day.

However, if your kids are anything like my 8-year-old son and want to ride until the wheels fall off, there’s plenty of dry activities to enjoy on site including bowling, wall-climbing, an arcade and a fitness center for the adults.

More reasons to visit Great Wolf Lodge:

  • Just one mile from the famous Mall of America and Nickelodeon Universe theme park
  • Day passes available for non-guests and free waterpark passes for guests
  • Several dry activities to enjoy such as a bowling alley, climbing walls and rope course

Read More: Great Wolf Lodge Tips: The Ultimate First Timer’s Guide

Three Bear Water Park, one of the best indoor waterparks in Minnesota
If getting wet is your goal, Three Bear Water Park is the place to be! Photo credit: Baxter Holiday Inn

2. Three Bear Water Park

15739 Audubon Way
Brainerd, MN 56425
(218) 824-3232

Located inside the Holiday Inn Express Suites, the Three Bear Water Park has 250,000 gallons of heated water to splash around no matter what time of year. This indoor water park packs fun as well as relaxation for family members of all ages.

For the littlest ones, there’s a tot slide and plunge slide, as well as a 125-foot-long Cub Express slide for the more adventurous children. Older children will have a blast speeding down the 300-foot single- and double-tube slide and or zipping down the super fast 300-foot body slides.

The entire family can get soaked together under the 1,000 splash bucket, play a game of water basketball in the activity pool, coast down the lazy river or relax in the 18-seater family hot tub. There’s also an adults-only hot tub for when you want to sit back and relax without the kiddos.

When the family is worn out from all of the exciting water play, head over to the Three Bear Grill and Bar to replenish before jumping back in!

More reasons to visit Three Bear Water Park:

  • Day passes available to non-guests
  • Lifeguards and attendants on-site at all times
  • Food bar on-site at the park

Big Splash Minnesota, one of the best indoor waterparks in Minnesota
Big Splash Minnesota Indoor Waterpark offers a variety of fun for little ones and adults. Photo credit: Arrowwood Resort

3. Big Splash Minnesota Indoor Waterpark

2100 Arrowwood Ln
Alexandria, MN 56308
(320) 762-1124

Big Splash Minnesota Indoor Waterpark, located inside of the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center, provides water-loving families with 38,000 square feet of indoor fun including a 500-gallon splash bucket, three four-story tall twisting water slides, a lily pad water walk and a lazy river. There’s also water basketball for families looking for a little friendly competition.

The littlest guests will love the children’s play fort with geysers and water blasters. Adults looking to relax can kick back in the tropical whirlpool spa.

When the family is worn out from the water and ready to replenish, they can do so with pizza, hotdogs and ice cream at the Banana Cabana Snack Bar.

More reasons to visit Big Splash Minnesota Indoor Waterpark:

Rapid River Lodge, one of the best indoor waterparks in Minnesota
Sit back, relax and cruise along the lazy river at Rapid River Lodge. Photo credit: Rapid River Lodge

4. Rapid River Lodge Water Park

7376 Woida Rd N
Baxter, MN 56425
(218) 825-7234

Located inside the Comfort Suites Rapid River Lodge, this family-friendly indoor water park in Minnesota is enough to put a smile on every child’s face.

This park not only boasts a 1,300-square-foot activity pool with water basketball, but also a 240-foot tube slide, 240-foot body slide, a lazy river complete with waterfall and rapids, two water tipping buckets and spray tubes. Younger kids will have a blast in the kiddie pool with a tree fort and water slides.

My son would surely get a kick out of the water hoses provided for water fights before jumping out to head to the on-site arcade room. Meanwhile, adults can find relaxation in the hot tub or sauna.

More reasons to visit Rapid River Lodge:

  • Other dry activities to enjoy include a video arcade and exercise room
  • Located in the Brainerd Lakes area, known for its variety of outdoor activities
  • Free wifi throughout the property
Grove Cove Aquatic Center, one of the best indoor waterparks in Minnesota
This community center indoor waterpark has just enough to keep the kids busy for hours. Photo credit:

5. Grove Cove Aquatic Center

12951 Weaver Lake Rd
Maple Grove, MN 55369
(763) 494-6500

Part of the Maple Grove Community Center, Grove Cove has plenty of activities to keep the family busy for several hours.

With a zero-depth beach entry pool, sprayers and a tot slide, the youngest ones in the family can participate in the water fun while the older kids can zip down the 130-foot water slide, channel their inner Tarzan with the rope swing or free play in the leisure pool. There are also two indoor swimming pools with diving boards as well as a pool dedicated to swimming laps.

More reasons to visit Grove Cove:

  • Open seven days a week
  • Lifeguards always on site
  • Snacks and concessions available on-site
Wild Woods Water Park, one of the best indoor waterparks in Minnesota
Wild Woods Water Park is voted one of the best indoor waterparks in Minnesota. Photo credit:

6. Wild Woods Water Park

9200 Quaday Ave NE
Otsego, MN 55330
(763) 656-4400

Located inside of the Wyndham Garden Minneapolis NW Elk River, the Wild Woods Indoor Water Park has been voted as one of the best indoor water parks in Minnesota.

With an “old town” look and feel, this 30,000-square-foot water park has something for all ages. For the older children, there are the four-story water slides including two tube slides, a body slide and the circular “Prospector’s Pan” that sends you splashing down into the pool below. For the toddlers and younger children, there’s “Buddy’s Playland” where you’ll find a zero-depth entry pool with plenty of toys and activities for entertainment. Together, families can cruise down the lazy river or play a game of basketball in the activity pool.

This is one indoor water park that will certainly leave the entire family talking after their visit.

More reasons to visit Wild Woods Indoor Water Park:

  • On-site snack bar
  • Water park passes included for guests of the hotel
Edgewater Water Park, one of the best indoor waterparks in Minnesota
Thrill seekers will love the array of twisty, adrenaline-pumping waterslides at Edgewater Water Park. Photo credit:

7. Edgewater Hotel and Waterpark

2400 London Rd
Duluth, MN 55812
(218) 728-3601

Also known as “The Edge”, this family-friendly indoor water park in Duluth offers 35,000 square feet of fun with a little bit of everything to satisfy all ages and thrill levels.

For the thrill-seekers, there’s a massive 4.5-story twisting covered body slide and tube slide. There’s also Minnesota’s first vortex pool where daring swimmers can either swim with or against a fast-moving current.

For the younger guests and not-so-strong swimmers, there’s a zero-depth entry water playground with child-size slides, climbing areas and a 300-gallon water tipper. Family members who want to relax can kick back and float down the 400-ft lazy river.

More reasons to visit Edgewater Waterpark:

  • On-site grill and bar to replenish after working up an appetite
  • A 2,000-square-foot arcade with more than 40 games and ticket prizes
Paul Bunyan Water Park, one of the best indoor waterparks in Minnesota
The Paul Bunyan Water Park has everything you need for a fun water play day with the family. Photo credit: Arrowwood Brainerd Lodge

8. Paul Bunyan Waterpark & Recreation Center

6967 Lake Forest Rd
Baxter, MN 56425
(218) 822-5634

The Paul Bunyan Waterpark and Recreation Center is totally worth a visit if you’re spending a long weekend in Minnesota!

Located inside of the Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes, this large 30,000 square foot indoor water park has a four-story body slide, tube slide, lazy river, log walk and large treehouse with water cannons. Parents of younger children will feel more comfortable with the zero-depth entry pool and non-slip rubberized deck. There are also water basketball hoops for families who want to play a game of one-on-one and a hot tub for the adults to kick back and relax.

My son would happily spend his time bouncing between the water park and the 2,400 square foot arcade room that has the same hours as the water park. And once everyone has worked up an appetite, head over to Sourdough Sam’s Snack Bar to refuel!

More reasons to visit Paul Bunyan Water Park:

  • Lifeguards on duty during park hours
  • Towels and life vests provided if needed
  • Private party rooms available
  • Free access to hotel guests and available to the public for $20 per person (plus tax)
Venetian Waterpark, one of the best indoor waterparks in Minnesota
Take a quick trip to Venice when you visit Venetian Waterpark! Photo credit: Venetian Water Park

9. Venetian Waterpark

11801 Fountains Way
Maple Grove, MN 55369
(763) 425-3800

If you’re looking for a fun, Venetian-style indoor getaway, the Venetian Waterpark is a must-visit! Located inside of the Holiday Inn & Suites in Maple Grove, this 25,000-square-foot water park is a pleaser for the entire family.

This indoor water park in Minnesota boasts two thrilling four-story water slides, four water basketball hoops and a lily pad crossing. Younger kids can splash around in the Bambina Piscina, a zero-depth entry children’s pool. There’s also a hot tub and fitness center for the adults.

When the family needs a break from the water, there’s also an arcade appropriate for kids of all ages. It is important to note that at this time the water park is open to guests only. However, for every room booked you will receive five wristbands with park access.

More reasons to visit Venetian Waterpark:

  • Located near Arbor Lakes, the premier shopping and entertainment district of Maple Grove
  • Concession area
  • Arcade for children of all ages
The Lagoon, one of the best indoor waterparks in Minnesota
Adults will love the separate adults-only swimming area featuring the only swim-up bar in Minnesota! Photo credit: Treasure Island Resort and Casino

10. The Lagoon

5734 Sturgeon Lake Road
Welch, MN 55089
(800) 222-7077

Located inside the Treasure Island Resort and Casino, the Lagoon is a year-round indoor water park and a great family activity for families staying at the resort.

This family water park offers a zero-depth spray-and-play area for toddlers with a smaller water slide. For older children, there are two looping body slides and an activity pool. There is also a 320-foot lazy river, lounge stairs, rapids and an under-bridge waterfall. But no matter what the age, it’ll be hard to NOT get soaked with the tipping bucket and geysers.

And good news for the grown-ups looking to have fun: There’s a separate adults-only area with a swim-up bar and two-tiered hot tubs!

More reasons to visit The Lagoon:

  • Home to the only swim-up bar in Minnesota
  • Year-round outdoor hot water spa with heated decks
Great River Water Park, one of the best indoor waterparks in Minnesota
The Great River Water Park is the ideal place to splash around with the littlest family members. Photo credit: Oxford Community Center

11. Great River Water Park

270 Lexington Pkwy N
St Paul, MN 55104
(651) 642-0650

Located inside the Oxford Community Center, Great River Water Park is a premier aquatics facility in St. Paul.

This water park offers plenty for the family to enjoy including large water slides, a splash pad, children’s activity pool and multi-lane lap pool with diving boards. Little ones will have a blast playing on the large pool floats, Snappy the Turtle and his log.

When the family has worked up an appetite, there’s a concession stand with a separate dining area to take a break and refuel.

More reasons to visit Great River Water Park:

  • Free life jackets available for rent
  • Family locker rooms
  • Swimming lessons and water aerobics available

Are there any other indoor water parks in Minnesota that we missed? Share with us in the comments!

Kimberly Miles is a mother of one and an experienced solo and single mom traveler. So far, she has traveled to Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Dubai, Bahamas, Aruba, Mexico, and several places in the U.S. Kimberly was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia, but in 2018 she took a leap of faith and made the beautiful beach town of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico her home with her young son. In addition to writing for SheBuysTravel, Kimberly ghostwrites blogs on a variety of topics. She also provides marketing consulting services and business guidance to entrepreneurs, small businesses, and corporations via her independent business KNM Virtual Solutions. When she’s not traveling or writing, you can find Kimberly working out, eating tacos, dancing the night away, or spending time at the beach with her son. You can read more of her work at Travel Unapologetically.
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