Family Exercise Fun: Twin Cities Indoor Waterparks and Pools

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! 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:

A note for 2021:  There are not many options for open swim, but many of our favorite pools are offering lap swim and/or swimming lessons.  Almost every pool on this list requires reservations. 

There have been quite a few changes this year from last year. If we missed a detail, please leave us a comment and we’ll make the update. 

Twin Cities Indoor Waterparks.

BEST INDOOR WATERPARKS FOR THE BUDGET:

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If you are looking for inexpensive indoor waterparks, these parks are your best bet. In particular, we recommend Saint Paul’s Family Fun and Fitness Fridays.

Great River Water Park | Oxford Community Center, St Paul

Family Exercise Fun: Twin Cities Indoor Waterparks and Pools

Cost: $7 ages 3+; Free Under Age 3, Lap Swim/Water Aerobics $8
Extra savings: Four Dollar Sundays ($4/pp), Half Price Days on Mon & Wed, and Family Fun and Fitness Fridays ($2/pp one Friday each month).
Open Swim hours: Find all hours here.
Details: This Twin Cities indoor water park 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 (we find the water in the splash pool a bit chilly). Read about our trip to Great River Water Park here.
Winter 2021: Open Swims Return January 11, 2021.  Lap Swim & Water Aerobics are open. Advance reservations are required online or by calling 651-642-0650. 

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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.
Winter 2021: Williston Treehouse, including the splash pad, is temporarily closed. Lap Swim and Lessons are available by appointment

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Williston Treehouse Indoor Waterpark

Eden Prairie Aquatics Center | Eden Prairie

Cost: $5.50-$7.50/pp or $20/family (5 individuals)
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.
Winter 2021: The Aquatics Center is temporarily closed. 

Jackson Middle School Pool | 6000 109th Avenue N, Brooklyn Park

Cost: $2 per person per day —$35 Punch Card / Summer
Open Swim hours: Mondays-Thursday, June 15– July 30, 1–3:15 pm (No Open Swim June 29–July 3)
Details: All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult or responsible caregiver in the pool area. Children under 6 must be accompanied in the water by adult or caregiver. Lifejackets are available upon request.
Winter 2021: No open swim in the Winter months. Stay tuned for Summer 2021. 


Reader Suggestion: Reader Courtney’s favorite family swim spot is the Elk River Holiday Inn. Check with nearby hotels to see if they offer day rates for use of their pool. Many now have waterpark features. These can also make surprisingly affordable birthday party venues.


MODERATE PRICED WATERPARKS

These Twin Cities indoor waterparks are a little more expensive, but include a few extras:

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.
Winter 2021: The pool is currently open for lap swim only and reservations are required

Chaska Community Center Pool | Chaska

Family Exercise Fun: Twin Cities Indoor Waterparks and Pools

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.
Winter 2021: Currently closed for upgrades. 

The Grove Aquatic Center | Inver Grove Heights

Cost: $6-$9/pp
Extra Savings: Twilight Swim runs Mon-Fri, 5:30-7:30pm, $6/pp.
Open Swim hours:  Find all hours here.
Details: New splash ‘n spray features have been installed in the zero-depth entry area and there are still diving boards and slides to keep bigger kids happy.
Winter 2021: Open swim beginning January 13, 2021. Capacity is 60 people; First come, first served; Lifeguard on duty. 

Tropics Indoor Waterpark  | Shoreview

Cost: $8.50-$11/pp or $35-$42/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 December 2018 update introduced the large Bamboo Bay water play structure. A good deal, especially combined with a visit to the indoor playground.
Winter 2021: Open for lap swim and swim lessons only. Reservations required

WATERPARK SPLURGES

Sometimes its just fun to splurge. Check out Great Wolf Lodge for an extra fun Twin Cities water park outing. Maybe even stay the night for a little staycation!

Great Wolf Lodge | Bloomington

Cost: Prices vary by demand
Open Swim hours: The indoor water park is included in the price of a room or suite. As we noted, the admission is a splurge, but the newly renovated hotel is packed with attractions that would make for a fine family staycation.
Winter 2021: View the park’s health and safety protocols here

WATERPARK ROAD TRIP

Arrowwood Resort  | Alexandria

Cost: $100+ / Room
Open Swim hours: The indoor water park is included in the price of a room or suite. There are daily rates for swimming only, but we are assuming Twin Cities residents will need to stay the night since it is an over 2-hour drive to Alexandria. The resort also has (for additional fees) a golf course, a marina, horseback riding and easy access to local attractions.
Winter 2021: Projected re-opening – January 15, 2021. 

What is the Best Indoor Waterpark in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Area?

Your turn.  We want to know where your favorite indoor waterparks or pools are located.  Leave a comment to share the best places to swim in the Twin Cities metro.

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Originally Published: January 4, 2017
Updated: January 5, 2021

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