1700 American Blvd. E
Minneapolis Minnesota 55425United States
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Billed as the nation's largest indoor water park, this Minnesota-theme attraction connected to the Radisson Hotel promises wonderful play areas and slides for all ages.
Roughly 3,000 visitors could play in this indoor water park on any given day; only a few hundred were there during our spring break visit, which meant hardly any time waiting in line to zoom down the water slides. To enjoy the biggest, you'll have to climb 136 steps to reach the 10-story Eagle's Nest water slide, designed for families who then clamber into a huge raft and zoom their way through the park (the mile-long tube runs outside the building and back inside to dump its occupants in a pool near the lazy river). A miniature replica of the state's famed Split Rock Lighthouse anchors the park (which opened in 2006); around it, you'll find a huge fort-style playground with a zero-depth entry and a splash bucket that dumps 500 gallons of water every 150 seconds. A separate wave pool with a zero-depth entry awaits nearby, as well as a pool studded with basketball hoops, the Flowrider (a massive wave ride that combines surfing and snowboarding), a ropes course across a 4-foot-deep pool, a whirlpool and 12 water slides. One of the best features? Warm water throughout, which felt particularly good in the lazy river, a slow ride that gives guests a chance to take in the Minnesota-inspired North Woods decor throughout the park (pine trees, cardinals and black bears). Lifeguards walk every area, and they appeared to switch stations every half hour so that they could protect guests with fresh sets of eyes. A guest services area offers life jackets and towels for those who need them, and the nearby Northern Lights Arcade has token-fueled video games and games of chance (win tickets and turn them in for a prize -- $5 buys 20 tokens). The one rule in the water park we could've done without: no eyeglasses allowed on the water slides. Of all of the water parks we've visited, this is the first place we've seen that rule, and for hopelessly nearsighted guests, it made for tricky navigation around the park. Otherwise, we had a great time and would definitely return. Admission varies depending on the time of year and what time you enter the park but starts at $24.95 for the day. You can buy passes online and print them at home to save your spot in the park and skip the line when you arrive.