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10 Best Outdoor Waterparks in Minnesota

Summer is by far my favorite season here in Minnesota.  The days are longer. The kids are out of school.  The family appears to be more relaxed from the hustle and bustle of the school year.  What better way to spend your summers than at an outdoor waterpark.  Minnesota does not disappoint when it comes to swimming options. 

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Check out this list of outdoor waterparks and start planning for some awesome summer swim.

Bunker Beach Water Park 

Bunker Beach Water Park is located in Coon Rapids within Bunker Hills Regional Park.  It has a wave pool, 6 water slides, a 900-foot lazy river, plunge pool, an interactive pool, a zero depth pool area for kids of all ages to enjoy, climb walls and basketball.  If you need a break from all the fun water activities, there is a sand play area and volleyball courts.

Cascade Bay Waterpark

Cascade Bay Waterpark is located in Eagan.  It has a zero depth pool area, 7 waterslides, a leisure pool, and a lazy river.  If you need a break from all the water activities, play a round of golf on their mini-golf course.

Soak City Waterpark

Soak City Waterpark is located in Shakopee.  Included in the general admission to Valleyfair, there is no shortage of fun here.  There are 10 attractions in the waterpark that will sure to be something for everyone.  It has a 1280-foot lazy river, an interactive pool area for the little ones, water slides, a wave pool, Hurricane Falls and Raging Rapids.  If you need a break from all the water activities, check out all the rides available at Valleyfair.

Kamp Dels Waterpark

Kamp Dels Waterpark is located near Waterville on Lake Sakatah.  This is the ultimate camping adventure with their very own waterpark.  It has two waterslides, a wall climb, water volleyball and basketball, and an aqua playland.

The beauty of this waterpark is that it is open to the general public as well, not just to the campers.  They offer day passes or if you plan to experience the ultimate camping adventure, the waterpark is included along with their other fun activities such as mini golf, petting zoo, fishing either in their fishing pond or take the pontoon out onto Lake Sakatah and many playgrounds throughout the campground.

Grove Cove Aquatic Center

Grove Cove Aquatic Center is located in Maple Grove.  Their outdoor waterpark includes a lazy river, a zero-depth beach area, tumble buckets, log walk, tot slide, and water sprays. It also has an indoor area that features a zero-depth beach area, water spray activities, a 130-foot waterslide, and a tot slide.

Wild Mountain Waterpark

Wild Mountain Waterpark is located in Taylor Falls.  It features 8 water activities which include an interactive water play area, a lazy river, and multiple slides.  Within the same area, there are non-water activities that families can enjoy such as go-kart racing, alpine slides, and a free fall experience.  

Hastings Family Aquatic Center

Hastings Family Aquatic Center is located in Hastings.  It features a zero-depth entry, 201-foot water slide, a drop slide, log crossing, rock wall, play structure and more.  

North Commons Waterpark

North Commons Waterpark is located in Minneapolis.  It features a shallow water pool with zero-depth entry, water slides, wading pool, and play structure.

Battlecreek Waterworks

Battlecreek Waterworks is located in Maplewood.  It features a shallow water pool with zero-depth entry, a 3 story waterslide, and lily pad walk. 

River Springs Waterpark

River Springs Waterpark is located in Owatonna.  It features a zero depth pool area, waterslides, lazy river, an interactive playground, climbing wall, and lily pad walk.  

What is your favorite thing to do at an outdoor waterpark?

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  • Reply Scott June 28, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Awesome! I’ll have to check these out if I make it to Minnesota. Sounds like good summer fun!

  • Reply Maggie DiPalma June 30, 2019 at 10:30 am

    This is such helpful information for us for when we drive out to Minnesota with the family! Sounds like Wild Mountain Waterpark has a little bit of everything for us. Thanks!

  • Reply Britt June 30, 2019 at 10:31 am

    I LOVE a good water park and I’m jealous that you have so many great options! I will definitely be checking some of them out if we ever make the trip to Minnesota

    • Reply Lina July 2, 2019 at 6:29 pm

      Yes Minnesota has so many options for swimming fun!

  • Reply Beth July 1, 2019 at 10:25 am

    I love water parks! Thanks for the info

  • Reply Joanne July 1, 2019 at 10:41 am

    Wow! Who knew Minnesota had sooo many water parks to visit!

  • Reply Kate July 1, 2019 at 11:01 am

    I love a good lazy river. It’s just my speed. The 900-foot lazy river sounds like heaven to me.

    • Reply Lina July 2, 2019 at 6:29 pm

      Best way to lounge for me too!

  • Reply Holly Bird July 1, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    Wow! Minnesota seems to have more waterparks then we have in Arizona!! Thanks for sharing these fun parks!

  • Reply Jennifer July 1, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    These water parks look like so much fun!!!

  • Reply Haley Kelley July 1, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    We went to Valley Fair in MN last summer and loved it! Would like to try some of these too!

    • Reply Lina July 2, 2019 at 6:35 pm

      We love Valley Fair as well.

  • Reply Cynthia Mackintosh July 1, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    I love waterparks and all of these looks & sound like so much fun! I had no idea Minnesota would have so many since it’s usually cold. I’m from Florida and have never been there. Maybe one day!

    • Reply Lina July 2, 2019 at 6:35 pm

      We have so many options because it does get so cold up here. Especially those rainy days and long cold winters.

  • Reply jen July 1, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    i didn’t even know there were 10 waterparks to choose from

  • Reply Kendra July 1, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    These look super fun! I used to LOVE water parks, but after a car accident 3 years I’m grounded from a lot of the fun unfortunately.

  • Reply Kymberly Irwin July 1, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    I love water parks! Plenty here in Florida. Awesome when it’s 90+ degrees … like today!!!

    • Reply Lina July 2, 2019 at 6:34 pm

      Yes it hit 90+ degree here today too. The boys are out at one of these with their sister as I type this. They just love it. 🙂

  • Reply Angela July 1, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Fun list

  • Reply Dena July 1, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    How fun! Makes me want to grab the boys and take a trip!!

  • Reply Kyndall Bennett July 1, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    I now have ten awesome new reasons to go visit Minnesota for the first time!

    • Reply Lina July 2, 2019 at 6:32 pm


  • Reply Leigh Ann July 1, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    These sound amazing, especially on hot summer days!

  • Reply Tricia Snow July 1, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    What a great list! I would have never guessed that there would be so many great parks in Minnesota!

  • Reply Karie July 2, 2019 at 12:51 am

    Wow! I live in Arizona and I don’t think we even have 10 water parks. We need them. lol

  • Reply Suzan July 2, 2019 at 5:03 am

    Wow, MN has a lot of waterparks! All the more fun readily available 🙂

    • Reply Lina July 2, 2019 at 6:32 pm

      Minnesota has so much more! Something for everyone, that’s for sure.

  • Reply Shirley July 2, 2019 at 6:17 am

    Great post! If I ever get up to Minnesota, I will check some of them out so I’m saving this post for future reference.

  • Reply Adrienne Redelings July 2, 2019 at 6:50 am

    Tis the season for water parks! I may have to make the trip to see some of these!

  • Reply Adrienne Redelings July 2, 2019 at 6:51 am

    Looks like fun, I may have to make the trip to check some of those out! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Magan July 2, 2019 at 9:02 am

    My family is from Minnesota, and we always talk about going there to check it out. We’ll have to add some of these to our list of to-do’s!

  • Reply Karla July 2, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Wow! Are these all over the state? It looks like you could take a different “trip” every week of the summer.

    • Reply Lina July 2, 2019 at 6:31 pm

      Yes they are pretty spread out so can make a trip every week for sure. 🙂

  • Reply Alexandra July 2, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    Great post! thank you for sharing! added to the list of the ideas for our family . Never been to Minnesota but will be planning an amazing grand cross US trip soon

    • Reply Lina July 2, 2019 at 6:30 pm

      Hope you make it up this way! There is so much to see and do here.

  • Reply Laura Lee July 2, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    My first reaction was, Minnesota has TEN water parks! Haha!

  • Reply Michele July 3, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    These water parks look awesome! Our daughter would love them. We have a new one opening near us that we need to visit! It would be nice during these 100 degree days!

  • Reply Cindy July 3, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Lots of great water parks! It’s certainly the season for enjoying water play.

  • Reply Jennifer Morrison July 3, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    These sound so much fun! I love waterparks, and would love to visit in Minnesota. Thanks for sharing all of the good ideas.

  • Reply Emily July 4, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Love this list! There is also an amazing one in Crystal, MN too! Totally saving this!

    • Reply Lina July 5, 2019 at 5:14 am

      Yes there is!

  • Reply T.M. Brown July 8, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Ah, we’ve visited Minnesota once or twice when we lived in Illinois, but never had the chance to visit a water park. These look like a lot of fun!

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