Need another tool in your box to push through the last few weeks of chilly Minnesota temps? Give the (indoor!) Great River Water Park in St. Paul a try. And make sure – if you’re able – to hit it up on the third Friday of the month to take advantage of their Family Fun & Fitness Fridays deal. Every body – swimmers and non-swimming chaperones alike – pays just $2 admission. Friday Open Swim hours for the water park are generally from 10:30am – 12:30pm and from 4 – 8:30pm. I’d recommend checking the website for the most current schedule.
Now, don’t get Water Park of America visions in your head. The children’s activity pool at Great River is equipped with a medium-sized water play structure, small slides, bubblers and a few interactive touches. But this is what makes the junior water park such a relief to those parenting multiple little ones! The zero-depth entry maxes out at 18 inches deep. Vigilant lifeguards pace the perimeter. The tot’s pool is also kept in a separate room to cut down on cross-traffic from older kids. (Just a note: I found this pool a little cool for my liking, but my little ones didn’t complain.)
Speaking of those older kids – if you’ve got them – they’ll appreciate the two enclosed-tube waterslides that snake outside the building and back, and the larger swimming pool.
It’s no substitution for summer, but a day at the Great River Water Park might make bearing the end of winter just a little easier.
Great River Water Park at the
Oxford Community Center
270 N. Lexington Parkway
Saint Paul, MN 55104
Current admission: $6-$7/pp or $24/family up to 5 members
Deals: Family Fun & Fitness Fridays (3rd Friday of each month, $2 per person during Open Swim hours), half-price swims each Monday & Wedneday, and $4 Sundays.
More Indoor Swimming Ideas: Family Exercise Fun: Twin Cities Indoor Waterparks and Pools