6967 Lake Forest Road
Baxter Minnesota 56425United States
If you're after an indoor water park in the heart of northern Minnesota's resort country, check out The Lodge in Baxter.
The Lodge, opened in 2005 and located right on Highway 371, one of the main drags in the town of Baxter, is something like a smaller version of the Great Wolf Lodge chain hotels. The Lodge is a large hotel built on a pervasive North Woods theme. Mounted animals, fishing lures and boat motors cover the paneled walls throughout the public spaces and rooms. Each of the roughly 100 rooms has a "cabin" name like Trout or Lost Lake, but they're pretty standard-issue hotel rooms. Our room--clean and up-to-date--included a sitting room with a TV and small couch, a desk and a counter with coffeemaker and microwave. A half-wall separated the space for the two queen beds. The hotel's star, of course, is the Paul Bunyan Water Park, a 30,000-square-foot indoor facility attached to the hotel. It includes the amenities typical of these attractions: a 45-foot slide, a zero-depth pool, a lazy river, plus extras such as tube slides that project holographic images on the walls as you pass. Guests also have access to amenities such as free Continental breakfast, a fitness center, wireless Web access and an on-site restaurant. We found the staff friendly and helpful. A free shuttle goes to and from the airport at your request. From $99.