Indoor Swimming Parks in Minnesota

Indoor Swimming Parks in Minnesota
Even the most ardent winter sports fan can eventually tire of unending ice and snow. But unless you have a budget that allows regular treks to the tropics, you may feel you have few options until spring. Don't give up hope, however. You can experience warm-weather fun even during the coldest Minnesota winters at the state's indoor water parks. You'll find swimming, splashing and sliding are always in season at these winter oases.

Three Bear Waterpark

Escape winter's wrath with the entire clan at The Three Bear Waterpark in Baxter, Minnesota. The Cub Express will delight tykes, while you and your teen can vie for bragging rights while whizzing down the Polar Express, a 300-foot body slide, or the Grizzly Express, a 300-foot tube slide.

Holiday Inn Express Brainerd/Baxter
Three Bear Waterpark
15739 Audubon Way (Highway 371 North)
Baxter, Minnesota 56425
218-824-3232
brainerdhi.com

Thief River Falls

Even if you lose at the blackjack tables or video poker machines, you're still bound to have enough cash to get into the Thief River Falls Hotel's water park. This affordable water theme park is one of the largest in the state with four water slides, a leisure river, giant water bucket, a beach-like swimming pool and two spas.

Thief River Falls
20595 Center Street East
Thief River Falls, Minnesota 56701
800-881-0712
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Paul Bunyan Waterpark at the Lodge at Brainerd Lakes

You'll stay safe under the watchful eye of Big Blue the Bull at the Paul Bunyan Water Park in Brainerd, Minnesota. This 30,000-square-foot swimming and splashing center features brightly colored wall murals and a high-tech holographic slide with 16 different light and music themes.

Paul Bunyan Waterpark at the Lodge at Brainerd Lakes
6967 Lake Forest Road
Baxter, Minnesota 56425
218-822-5634
lodgehotelsbrainerd.com

Water Park of America

Surfers don't have to travel to the coast to hang 10 on some wild waves. At the Water Park of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, you can challenge yourself on the Flow Rider Surf Simulator---the only one of its kind in Minnesota. Then put away the board for some bodysurfing in the wave pool before swooshing down the 10-story-high, mile-long family raft ride.

Water Park of America
1700 American Boulevard East
Bloomington, Minnesota 55425
952-698-8888
waterparkofamerica.com

Edgewater Resort

When warm weather arrives, you'll have both indoor and outdoor options at the Edge, a water park adjacent to the Edgewater Resort in Duluth, Minnesota. Swoosh as a single down the four-and-a-half-story body slide, then twirl as a twosome down the Tiki Tumbler tube slide. Then take a whirl around the vortex pool, followed by a laid-back lounge on the 400 feet of leisure river.

The Edgewater Resort & Waterpark
2400 London Road
Duluth, Minnesota 55812
800-777-7925
duluthwaterpark.com

Article Written By Gina Kellogg

Gina Kellogg began writing in 1986. Her articles have appeared in "Enhance," "World Waterpark," "Floral Retailing," "Grounds Maintenance," "Plant Engineering," "Lawn & Garden Retailing" and "College Woman" magazines, among others. She for eHow and Trails. Kellogg has a Bachelor of Science in journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Kansas.

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