In terms of indoor water parks, Minnesota is the envy of just about every other state. Without a doubt, the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” has more than a few man-made bodies of water as well. Among all the options, one stands head and shoulders above the rest (quite literally) – Water Park of America is one of the tallest indoor water parks in the country. The rest of the indoor water parks in Minnesota generally fall into the small-to-medium range.
To help you sort through all the indoor water parks in the state, here’s a list of them in order of size. This list might not include every single indoor swimming pool with a water slide and kiddie playset in the state, but it is a complete list of all the major indoor water parks in Minnesota – and certainly includes all the biggest and best ones. Most of these water parks are connected to hotels or full-fledged resorts, though you can typically buy a day pass to the park without renting a room.
Water Park of America (Bloomington/Twin Cities)
Across the way from the Mall of America, this 70,000 square foot indoor water park features a surfing simulator, wave pool, and the longest indoor raft ride in the country. You don’t have to stay at the connected hotel to get in, but doing so gives you a couple hours of exclusive access.
Seven Clans Casino Water Park (Thief River Falls)
If you want to turn your gambling trip into a family vacation that will keep everyone entertained, Seven Clans Casino might be your best bet. It has a substantial 40,000 square foot indoor water park onsite.
Big Splash Minnesota Indoor Waterpark (Alexandria)
This indoor water park at the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center seems much larger than its 38,000 square feet. That’s because it has four-story slides that weave in and out of the facility.
The Edge (Duluth)
The Edgewater Resort and Waterpark (also known simply as The Edge) is the largest indoor water park in Duluth. Well, actually it’s the only indoor water park in Duluth. But at 35,000 square feet, and lots of cool attractions, it’s nothing to sneeze at.
Paul Bunyan Water Park (Baxter/Brainerd)
The Brainerd area claims Paul Bunyan as its own, and so does this indoor water park. It’s 30,000 square feet, and equipped with some unique attractions – including tube slides with holographic images.
Wild Woods Waterpark (Elk River/Twin Cities)
Water Park of America isn’t the only indoor water park in the Twin Cities. At 30,000 square feet, Wild Woods Waterpark is less than half its size – but it has a very cool “river town” theme and plenty of slides and rides to keep the whole family busy.
Venetian Indoor Water Park (Maple Grove/Twin Cities)
Another indoor water park in the Minneapolis metro area that has a lot of character. It’s mid-sized by national standards (25,000 square feet), but the Venice theme is highly original.
Three Bear Waterpark (Baxter/Brainerd)
Another indoor water park in the Brainerd area. At 18,000 square feet, it’s somewhat small, but still contains a lot of the attractions you look for when visiting an indoor water park, including water slides, a kiddie area, and the ever-popular lazy river.
Waterpark at The Depot (Minneapolis)
Yet another indoor water park in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area – this one weighing in at a relatively modest 15,000 square feet. Still, it has one selling point that no indoor water park in Minnesota can claim – it’s situated in The Depot, a charmingly historic building in downtown Minneapolis.
The Great Serengeti Waterpark (Owatonna)
The Great Serengeti is only 14,000 square feet, but forget that – it has a cool African theme that makes it stand out compared to many larger indoor water parks. The life-sized giraffe and hippo statues will make the kids feel like they’re on safari.
Thumper Pond Water Park (Ottertail)
Connected to the Thumper Pond Resort, this small (12,000 square feet) indoor water park offers additional fun for people visiting the area to golf, hike, or what-have-you. It has a lot of the basic features needed to keep a young family entertained (not to mention wet).
Rapid River Lodge and Waterpark (Baxter/Brainerd)
At 11,000 square feet, this water park isn’t as large as the other Brainerd options. Still, it’s spacious enough to have some awesome features, including a “lazy” river (“lazy” in quotes because it has rapids).
Tropics Indoor Water Park (Shoreview/Twin Cities)
This small indoor water park is part of the Shoreview Community Center. There’s no attached hotel, but there are a number of fun attractions for young children.
Great River Water Park (Saint Paul/Twin Cities)
Another indoor water park connected to a community center, this one run by the City of Saint Paul. Includes two large water slides, a drop slide, and numerous activities for the kiddos.
That’s a lot of options! However, if somehow you’re not satisfied with the indoor water parks in Minnesota, you can always visit neighboring Wisconsin. Wisconsin Dells in particular has some of the largest indoor water parks in the country.