1 . Holiday Inn Express Brainerd/Baxter

Baxter, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (877) 601 - 0931

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Let the splash-tastic fun begin! If you’re looking to go on a great family vacation that has a waterpark, but also has easy access to outdoor recreation– look no further than the Holiday Inn Express Brainerd/Baxter.

The Brainerd area is right in the middle of Minnesota, where you’ll find beautiful lakes, great golf courses, unique shops and everything in between. But let’s talk about the Holiday Inn Express and its incredibly fun Three Bear Waterpark. Your kids are guaranteed to have a blast and they’ll be begging to come back. This waterpark has everything kids love– plenty of slides, an activity pool, and a lazy river. Make sure to hold onto your swim shorts near The Big Splash! This gigantic splash bucket drops 1,000 gallons of water on the people below. If you want some excitement, venture down the Polar Express, a 300-foot body slide that’s faster than a speeding freight train. Your little ones can even enjoy the water on Three Bear’s Tot Slide and Plunge Slide. And parents, this waterpark isn’t just fun for the kids. Feel free to float down the lazy river or relax in one of the gigantic hot tubs. Lifeguards and attendants are always on duty! You won’t have to pack up and leave to grab a meal. The waterpark has The Grill & Bar onsite for your convenience. A long day of swimming can really tucker a kid out, so make reservations to stay right at the hotel. You'll find the rooms at the Holiday Inn Express to be comfortable and welcoming. Each room is decorated with an "up-North" feel and has a long list of amenities including cable TV, microwave, and mini fridge. There are also fun Kids Suites available. You’ll wake up rested and ready for another day of fun in Brainerd after a stay at Holiday Inn Express Brainerd/Baxter!

Address

15739 Audubon Way (Hwy 371 North), Baxter, MN 56425

Highlights

Not only does the hotel have a watermark, it also has Grizzly Games Arcade Room with complete state-of-the-art games!

2 . Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center

Alexandria, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 452 - 8480

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Are you looking to make a “big splash?” Most likely your answer is yes, and that means it’s time to book a trip to Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria, where you’ll find the Big Splash Indoor Waterpark.

Fun awaits you at this massive 38,000 square foot splash zone. Inside you’ll find three exhilarating slides that will twist you, turn you, and drop you down four stories. And guess what? These slides take you on an adventure inside and outside the park. Challenge your friends to a water basketball shootout or take over the play fort and blast them with streams of water. Look out below! You never know when the Calypso Cabana splash bucket will drop 500 gallons of water down on you. While the kids are busy splashing the day away, parents can relax in the tropical whirlpool spa or join in on the fun and head down the Lazy River. When it’s time to call it a day, stay in one of Arrowwood’s elegant guest rooms. The resort’s Family Rooms offer you two queen beds in an extra spacious room. If you need even more space, the resort also has Cottages and Townhomes available. We invite you to discover all of the great amenities at Arrowwood Resort, where the waterpark is just the beginning!

Address

2100 Arrowwood Lane NW, Alexandria, MN 56308

Highlights

Arrowwood Resort also has a spa, championship golf course, and a marina!

3 . Holiday Inn Minneapolis NW Elk River & Wild Woods Waterpark

Elk River, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 695 - 5415

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Hang on to your swim trunks! It’s time to get wet ‘n wild at The Wild Wood Indoor Water Park located at the Holiday Inn in Elk River.

Our No. 3 waterpark will remind you of an old river town. Can you make it across? Test your skills at the old-fashioned Log Walk. Once you’ve mastered that, head on over to one of the tube slides, or circle the Prospector’s Pan. The smaller children can spend the day splashing in Buddy’s Playland, a zero entry pool with toys and activities. The Holiday Inn is dedicated to ensuring you have a great stay. If your family needs more space than what’s provided in a standard hotel room, reserve one of their Family Suites, which have bunk beds and a larger living area. Come have a blast at the Holiday Inn Elk River!

Address

9200 Quaday Ave. NE, Elk River, MN 55330

Highlights

Once you work up an appetite, visit the Pub n’ Grub Snack Bar for a tasty treat.

4 . Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes

Baxter, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 452 - 5365

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Paul and Babe are proud to call this Brainerd Lakes Area lodge home! Find what all the local fuss is about and adventure into Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes and its onsite Paul Bunyan Water Park!

Rustic beauty resonates from natural log suites, each named for a Minnesota camp, to the Paul Bunyan Water Park. Happy lumberjacks can play in: the lazy river, body and tube slides, tree house with water cannons, Paul's Log Walk, and a 2,400 square foot Gold Mine Arcade! From logs to waterfalls, to leaky water towers and coffee cans, this frontier water park lodge is a tall tale to itself!

Address

6967 Lake Forest Rd Baxter, Minnesota 56425

Highlights

This lodge is known for its rustic beauty, indoor water park, delicious in-house bar & grill, cozy cabin-like rooms, and elegant White and Red Sands ballroom event spaces.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Lodge Grill and Bar offers the true Minnesota experience: fireside dining at its best! Enjoy local selections at this area favorite.

5 . Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Owatonna

Owatonna, Minnesota

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Whew! We sure are tired after all this fun and adventure at Minnesota’s best waterparks. But before we go, we’re going to leave you with one last destination that feels more like the Serengeti than Minnesota. Our No. 5 waterpark hotel is the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Owatonna.

Giraffes, zebras, hippos– oh my! Feel like you’re on an African safari at The Great Serengeti Water Park. Here you can rush down the exciting Killimanjaro Tube Slide, slither down the Python Body Slide, or just chill out on the Lazy Zambezi River. The zero depth entry activity pool and play area is wonderful for toddlers, where they’ll be safe and secure. If you get hungry, feel free to have food delivered from 43rd St. Pub & Grill. The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites has a variety of room options. There are extra large rooms and suites that are split into two rooms with a wet bar, table and four chairs, a full size hide-a-bed-couch, and two TVs. The friendly staff can help you find the best accommodations to fit your needs. Come get wild at this great hotel and waterpark!

Address

2365 43rd Street NW, Owatonna, MN 55060

Highlights

The video arcade features a large selection of the latest video games, as well as interactive games for adults and children of all ages.

6 . Edgewater Resort and Waterpark

Duluth, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 920 - 1211

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Splash down for fun at Edgewater Resort and Waterpark in Duluth, Minnesota!

The Edge Waterpark is the only waterpark in Duluth, Minnesota. Their indoor facility means that, winter or summer, you'll always be able to enjoy a great day of aquatic fun whether you're zipping down the four-and-a-half story body slide or take a relaxing float down the 400-foot lazy river. If you need a moment to relax, try savoring a meal at Tiki Tom's Oasis & Grill. This on-site restaurant offers classic American fare. If you'd rather take some time to explore Duluth, try visiting the Lake Superior Zoo, Great Lakes Aquarium, or many other great local attractions. Then, at the end of the day, retire to your comfortable and spaciuos room at Edgewater Resort and Waterpark. All this and more awaits you!

Address

2400 London Road Duluth, MN 55812

Population

86,277

Dates and Times

Winter Waterpark Hours: September 04, 2012 - December: 20, 2012 Monday - Thursday 8am-noon & 4pm-9pm Friday/Saturday/Sunday 8am-9pm September - May: Sunday 8am - 10pm Monday - Thursday 8am - 12pm; 4pm - 9pm Friday 8am - 10pm Saturday 8am - 10pm

7 . Holiday Inn Maple Grove

Maple Grove, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (877) 834 - 3613

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The next hotel on our list might have you saying, “When did I get transported to Venice?” But make no mistake about it. You’re still in Minnesota and you’re at the beautiful Holiday Inn & Suites in Maple Grove.

The hotel’s Venetian themes will make you feel as though you’ve stepped into a whole other world. The guest rooms are vibrant and colorful and come with tons of great amenities. If you’re bringing your kids to the waterpark, make their stay even more special and rent a super fun KidSuite. They’ll be able to sleep in bunk beds and the room comes with a Playstation that is sure to keep them entertained. Like the rest of the hotel, the 25,000 square foot waterpark is also Venetian themed and is styled after a traditional Venice village…except that there’s a 4-story waterslide. There’s also a basketball hoop, slides for the little ones, and an oversized whirlpool. No shortage of fun here! Make your way to the Holiday Inn & Suites Maple Grove for your next waterpark adventure!

Address

11801 Fountains Way N, Maple Grove, MN 55369

Highlights

Take advantage of the hotel's Palazzo restaurant & lounge.

8 . Radisson Hotel by Water Park of America

Bloomington, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (952) 698 - 8888

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We’re going to kick off the second half of our list with the biggest and most exciting waterpark of them all. The one, the only, Water Park of America!

It makes sense that you’d find the country’s biggest indoor waterpark near The Mall of America, which happens to be the largest mall in the U.S. As you drive up to the Waterpark of America, you’ll be able to see the slides that twist in and out of the side of the building. Inside you’ll find nothing but fun, excitement, and tons of thrills! After you conquer all 12 slides, maybe it’s time to give the FlowRider a try. You’ll be saying “cowabunga dude!” as you surf the simulated waves and do your best not to wipe out. The whole family can enjoy a fun ride down the Lake Superior Wave Pool. It’s a great place to relax before or after you take on the high intensity water slides. There are so many things to discover at the Water Park of America that you just need to come experience it for yourself! And once you’ve had your fill of the fun, head back to your room at the Radisson, which is directly attached to the waterpark. There’s a range of room types to fit your specific needs and each room is brimming with thoughtful amenities. It’s time to head to the Minneapolis area and experience America’s largest indoor waterpark firsthand!

Address

1700 American Blvd. E., Bloomington, MN 55425

Highlights

The waterpark also features the Northern Lights Arcade with over 70 games!

9 . The Depot Minneapolis

Minneapolis, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 211 - 4611

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Discover an urban oasis at The Depot Waterpark. It’s fun for all ages! Coast down the three-story indoor/outdoor water slide then rush over to the splash train before it erupts and sprays water everywhere! Your little tykes will spend hours in the zero entry pool playing with all of the interactive levers and pullies. The Depot Waterpark is the perfect place to host a school celebration, family reunion, or birthday party. There’s a convenient party room onsite and special packages are available. If you live in the Twin Cities area, make it an extra special occasion and stay at the hotel for the night! You’re kids will feel like they’re on vacation. The rooms at The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel reflect the unique architecture of a 19th century train depot. Your kids may not appreciate the room’s charming 20th century décor, but they will enjoy watching movies on the 32” LCD flat-panel HDTV. The Depot has all the fun your kids could ask for in an upscale environment you will love!

Address

225 South 3rd Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Highlights

The Depot also has a video arcade!

10 . Thumper Pond Resort

Ottertail, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (877) 294 - 7981

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At our next destination, the fun comes naturally. In the heart of Minnesota’s lake country you’ll discover Thumper Pond Resort and its 18 holes of championship golf, a relaxing spa, and the Northern Hideaway Indoor Waterpark!

Thumper Pond’s Northwoods-styled waterpark has attractions for all ages! Jump right in and have a blast with your kids. The park’s two slides will twist and turn you outside the waterpark. Toddlers will love the water geysers and the slide that’s just for them. If a game of pool basketball has you worn out, take a break in the 18-person whirlpool featuring a relaxing waterfall. If hours of swimming have left your family’s stomachs growling, dry off and grab a bite to eat at The Log Cabin. After everyone’s hunger is satisfied and you’re ready to turn in for the night, head to your well-appointed suite. Each suite has a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, and many other convenient amenities. You’ll have a choice of a King or Queen suite and some rooms have a whirlpool and fireplace. Your family is guaranteed to have a fun and comfortable stay at Thumper Pond!

Address

300 Thumper Lodge Road, Ottertail, MN 56571

Highlights

Guests of the hotel receive up to four waterpark admission passes with their stay!

Related activities

The waterpark might be fun, but don't forget about enjoying many outdoor watersports on Otter Tail Lake!

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