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14 Best Water Parks in Minnesota [A Guide for you]

It’s been a great spring and summer in the Twin Cities. Fortunately, residents have plenty of outdoor water parks to enjoy during these hot months – offering a splashy respite from the high temperatures. Here are the opening dates and admission fees for the 14 Best Water Parks in Minnesota. 

1. Aquatic Center at Apple Valley

There are multiple water slides, a lazy river (with “water-walking” in the mornings and evenings), and a brand new SprayGround wet play area.

Saturday, June 12, is the opening date.

  • Admission: $11 per day
  • Under 12 months: Free

2. Maplewood Waterworks (Battle Creek)

Designed for families with young children, Battle Creek Waterworks offers a shallow pool, a water slide, and a sand play area. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no reservations for birthday parties this year, and programs (such as Tot Tuesdays and Autism-Friendly Hour) have been canceled.

Saturday, June 12, is the opening date.

Applicants must be admitted:

  • Children, adults, and spectators: $7
  • Free for children under 12 months
  • The twilight rate (5-8 p.m.) is $5

 

3. Aquatic Center of the Bloomington Family

Features a zero-depth entry pool, an aqua climbing wall, water slides, and diving boards.

June 5 is the opening date

Applicants must be admitted:

  • Children under 1 are free
  • After 4 p.m., all-day $8. Seven dollars
  • 6-54 years old: All day $10, after 4 p.m. Eight dollars
  • Adults 55+: $8 all day, after 4 p.m. $7
  • Lap swim: $5

14 Best Water Parks in Minnesota [A Guide for you]

4. Coon Rapids (Bunker Beach)

Minnesota’s largest outdoor water park, Bunker Beach offers six water slides, a lazy river, an adventure pool with a maximum depth of 2 feet, a balancing obstacle course above the water, and a wave pool.

Twilight hours are only June 7-10, normal hours starting June 11.

Applicants must be admitted:

  • Over 48″: $16 a day ($12 twilight admission after 4 p.m.)

Under 48″: $14 per day ($10 for twilight admission)

  • Senior citizens (over 62 years of age): $14 per day ($10 twilight admission)
  • Under 18 months – Free

5. Waterpark at Cascade Bay (Eagan)

Cascade Bay is divided into two “sessions” per day – 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 3 to 6:30 p.m. A shortage of lifeguards is the main reason for the reduced capacity, but we will also clean between sessions. There is a leisure pool, a zero-depth entry pool, a waterslide, a lazy river, and beach play.

Friday, June 11 is the opening date

Applicants must be admitted:

  • Those over 42″: $12
  • $10 for those under 42″
  • Seniors 62 and older: $9
  • Free for under 12 months

6. The pool at Como Regional Park (St. Paul)

At Como Regional Park, this water park offers a children’s activity pool with a family slide, two diving platforms, and a diving board, a climbing wall and zip line, a lazy river, and a 25-yard, six-lane lap pool.

Saturday, June 12 is the opening date

Applicants must be admitted:

  • Children under 2 are free
  • $7 for a single
  • $5 per group (5+)
  • Total time: 4 minutes
  • Twilight (open swim after 5:00pm): $4
  • Swimming, water aerobics, and water walking: $8

 

7. Aquatic Center at Crystal Cove

Crystal Cove’s pool hours have been slightly reduced this year due to a lack of lifeguards. However, the “Jet Stream” waterslide, plunge slide, diving board, water walk, and kids’ splash pool will be open.

Saturday, June 12 is the opening date

Applicants must be admitted:

  • Admission is $8 per day
  • Admission for military personnel is $6
  • $6 for seniors (55+)
  • Free for children under 2 years old
  • Swimming laps for adults: $2

8. Aquatic Center of Edina

Edina’s Aquatic Facility will open on June 11 after a short delay due to an electrical failure. There are diving boards, a 50-meter lap pool with a diving well, a surf simulator, a slide, a zip line, and a water playground.

Friday, June 11 is the opening date

Applicants must be admitted:

  • Admission: $11.50 per day
  • Admission (after 5 p.m.): $9
  • The Lost Wave Surf Simulator costs $6.

9. Aquatic Center at Highland Park (St. Paul)

Features a two-story water slide, an 8-lane lap pool, a children’s splash pad called Prehistoric Whale Bone, two diving boards, an aquatic climbing wall, and a drop slide.

Saturday, June 12 is the opening date

Applicants must be admitted:

  • Children under 2 are free
  • $7 for a single
  • $5 per group (5+)
  • Total time: 4 minutes
  • Twilight (open swim after 5:00pm): $4
  • Swimming, water aerobics, and water walking: $8

 

10. (Minneapolis) Jim Lupient Water Park

This Northeast neighborhood park has three large water slides. There is also a log water walk, a spray feature for kids, and lanes for lap swimming.

Saturday, June 12 is the opening date

Applicants must be admitted:

  • Guests 42 inches and over: $5
  • Under 42 inches: $3
  • After 5 p.m., admission is free. Weekdays: $3
  • Children 2 and under are free
  • Chaperones not swimming: $3

 

11. Community Center at Maple Grove

Maple Grove Community Center has a feature of the indoor pool. You’ll also find a lazy river, tumble buckets, a log walk, a tot slide, and water sprays outdoors.

Opening date: May 28; summer hours begin on June 12

Applicants must be admitted:

  • Youth, adult, and senior: $7.50 for residents, $8.50 for non-residents
  • Family: $28 for residents, $32 for non-residents
  • Admission for MERSC/Military: $6.50
  • Admission for MERSC/military families is $26

 

12. Aquatic Park in New Hope

There is a 50-meter pool with lanes, diving boards, and a drop slide, as well as a shallow pool for kids with fast and slow body slides, a current channel, a vortex pool, and a tot slide. During a lifeguard shortage, certain parts of the pool may be closed.

June 5 is the opening date

Applicants must be admitted:

  • Ages 2 to 54: $10
  • Seniors and military: $9
  • Prices after 5 p.m.: $9

 

13. Pool at Richfield

We have a wading pool, the main pool, designated lap swim times, and Tot Time Monday through Saturday. Friday, June 11 is the opening date.

Applicants must be admitted:

  • Free under 1
  • 1-17 years old and 55+: $9
  • 18-54 years old: $10
  • After 4:00 pm is $1 less.

14. Aquatic Park at St. Louis Park

Offers a large pool with zero-depth entry, a four-story water slide, lap swim lanes, diving boards, and play areas for children.

June 2 is the opening date

Applicants must be admitted:

  • Residents and non-residents under age 1 are free
  • Ages 1 to 54: $10 for residents; $15 for non-residents
  • Seniors age 55+: $6 for residents, $9 for non-residents
  • (After 4:30 p.m.): $6 for residents, $9 for non-residents

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