Though it gets the lion’s share of the attention, Water Park of America isn’t the only indoor water park in Minneapolis. With their brutal Minnesota winters and large population, the Twin Cities offer the perfect setting for a whole slew of indoor water parks. Well, maybe slew is an exaggeration. But for a city that’s not designed around tourism, it certainly offers a healthy selection of options.
Here’s a full list of indoor water parks in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and the surrounding suburbs. Whether you live in the Cities or are traveling from out of town, these year-round water parks are perfect for a quick and affordable getaway. In most cases, the water parks are attached to hotels, so you can stay onsite and enjoy the water fun without setting foot outside (which is sorta nice when it’s 20 below outside).
Water Park of America (Bloomington)
At 70,000 square feet, this is the big dog on the block. In fact, it’s believed to be the tallest indoor water park in the country. You can stay at the attached Radisson Hotel and get your fill of this giant water park and all the attractions at the nearby Mall of America.
Wild Woods Waterpark (Elk River)
Attached to a Holiday Inn, this water park is 30,000 square feet (medium-sized by national standards) and features a “river town” theme. It has the full menu of popular attractions, including lazy river (natch), water slides, and an activity pool where you can play water basketball.
Venetian Indoor Water Park (Maple Grove)
At 25,000 square feet, this isn’t one of the largest indoor parks around – but it’s definitely one of the coolest. The design is inspired by Venice, with “canals,” a footbridge, and background props depicting the romantic city. While the water park is exotic, the affiliated hotel couldn’t be more familiar – it’s a Holiday Inn.
Waterpark at The Depot (Downtown Minneapolis)
This water park is tiny (15,000 square feet), but it shines due to its fantastic location and assortment of railroad-themed water attractions. It’s part of a complex that includes two hotels, dining options, and an ice rink – all centrally located in downtown Minneapolis.
In addition, there are a couple of indoor water parks in the Twin Cities that deserve their own category. These water parks aren’t connected to privately owned hotels or resorts, but are part of municipally run community centers. While comparatively small and basic, they offer cheaper admission and a place where local families can go for a little exercise and excitement year-round.
Tropics Indoor Water Park (Shoreview)
This little water park is part of the Shoreview Community Center. It features a kiddie play structure, water toys, agility course, and spa.
Great River Water Park (Saint Paul)
Part of the Oxford Community Center, this water park features three water slides and an activity pool for kids. Adults might like the idea of relaxing in the sauna while the kids wear themselves out on the other attractions.
Obviously, if you’re looking for a Minneapolis indoor water park, your choices are many. The Twin Cities metro really has it all, from the enormity of Water Park of America to some stylish smaller water parks like the Venetian. However, if for some reason you want even more options, check out our list of indoor water parks throughout the state of Minnesota.