Family Exercise Fun: Twin Cities Indoor Waterparks and Pools

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Swimming at these Twin Cities indoor waterparks and pools can be a wonderful way to squeeze in a workout during the frigid winter months in Minnesota, not to mention it’s guaranteed to wear out your most stir-crazy child!Twin Cities Indoor Waterparks.We’ve rounded up a list of indoor facilities around the Twin Cities where you can splash, slide and swim away the cold weather blues. Most of them offer swimming lessons as well:

BEST FOR THE BUDGET

Great River - Twin Cities Indoor WaterparksGreat River Water Park | Oxford Community Center, St Paul

Cost: $6/pp under 48″, $7/over 48″, $24/family of 5, $4/additional member, $4/deck fee
Extra savings: Four Dollar Sundays ($4/pp) and Family Fun and Fitness Fridays ($2/pp one Friday each month – upcoming winter dates are 1/20, 2/17 & 3/17).
Open Swim hours: Find all hours here.
Details: This indoor facility has a fun splashy activity pool for the youngest kids, two enclosed waterslides, a lap pool and diving boards — and the prices are the best in town. There’s a sauna, too, if you need to warm up. Read about our trip to Great River Water Park here.

Williston Fitness Center Pool & Splash Pad | Minnetonka

Cost: Day-use for non-members is $6/pp ages 1-14, adults with children ages 1-2 pay $10/pp to swim in the splash pad, adults with children 3+ do not pay the fee. Cost includes admission to the Williston Tree House, an indoor playground with a climbing structure, slides, and rope swings. Adults and infants under one year are always admitted free to the Tree House.
Open Swim hours: Find all hours here.
Details: The indoor playground-splash pad combo makes for an excellent deal, particularly during the coldest months.

Williston - Twin Cities Indoor Waterparks

Eden Prairie Aquatics Center | Eden Prairie

Cost: $5.50-$7/pp
Open Swim hours: Find all hours here
Details: A recent makeover of the swimming facility added a climbing wall, waterslide, and a zero-depth splash pool with bubblers and buckets. For $2-$5 per kid, add on a run through the Prairie Play Zone indoor playground, also located within the Eden Prairie Community Center.

MODERATE CHOICES

Grove Cove Aquatic Center | Maple Grove

Cost: $8/pp non-resident, $7/resident, $30/family non-res, $26/family res
Extra Savings: Friday Fundays: Currently, admission is $6/pp ongoing Fridays or $22/family
Open Swim hours: Find all hours here
Details: The enclosed features of this indoor/outdoor pool complex include a zero-depth entry area with fountains and a junior slide, a 130-foot long slide for the big kids, a lap pool, a climbing wall, and a cool rope swing. Special hours apply for the water features so make sure to check the schedule before heading out. Make a day of it by burning off what’s left of the kids’ energy with a visit to the Maple Maze Indoor Playground.

Chaska Community Center - Twin Cities Indoor WaterparksChaska Community Center Pool | Chaska

Cost: $6.50-$9/pp or $24-$32/family
Extra Savings: Family Days are the first Monday of each month; residents are admitted free, non-residents are BOGO.
Open Swim hours: Find all hours here.
Details: Younger kids can brave the caterpillar slide and splash feature, older ones will enjoy the twisty slide and rope swing. Note that special hours apply to the big slide and swing; please check the pool schedule before coming out.

Tropics Indoor Waterpark Tropics - Twin Cities Indoor Waterparks | Shoreview

Cost: $7.60-$10/pp or $30-$37/family. Cost includes admission to Tropics Indoor Waterpark and Tropical Adventure Indoor Playground.
Open Swim hours: Find all hours here.
Details: Lots to enjoy here from the Shipwreck Beach splashy play zone, the unique Shark Attack jukebox waterslide, water sports activities and much more. A good deal, especially combined with a visit to the indoor playground.

SPLURGE

Water Park of America | Bloomington

Cost: $27.95-$44.95
Open Swim hours: Find all hours and prices here.



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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.

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