Waterparks in the Twin Cities Gateway
Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
When summer heats up, the Gateway is the place to cool down with three fantastic Twin Cities waterparks within minutes of Minneapolis and St. Paul. So, pack up the kids, bring your swimsuits, and dive right into the fun!
There’s no better time than summer to cool off in the water at Bunker Beach Waterpark, Minnesota’s largest waterpark. Located in Coon Rapids, Bunker Beach will entertain all day with something for every age. Take a spin on one of six water slides, ride the surf in the wave pool, float along the lazy river and shoot hoops in Rocket Bay, which also features two Aqua Climb walls. Younger family members can build sandcastles in the Sand Box, swim in the zero-depth entry Adventure Pool or see if they can make it across the Wiggly Water Walk. When it’s time to refuel, take a break at the park’s Concession Stand before getting wet once more.
The Anoka Aquatic Center offers a great opportunity for summer fun for the whole family, featuring a 200-foot wear slide, shallow play area for tots, large concession stand, a sand volleyball court and large shaded areas to cool down on a hot summer day. You’ll find a 12-foot climbing wall for those seeking something a little more adventurous, and if you fall off the wall, you fall into the pool. A picnic area and playground can be found at the adjacent George Green Park. Splash, dive and frolic to your hearts content at the Anoka Aquatic Center, get every drop of fun you can out of your summer!
You might be in Minnesota, but you’ll feel like you’re in the tropics at Tropics Indoor Waterpark at the Shoreview Community Center. Their amazing three-story Shark Attack water slide lets riders choose from more than 100 songs to listen to, along with a custom light show, as they twist and turn their way down to the bottom. Play water volleyball and basketball in the main pool, float atop a giant sea creature or get soaked in the zero-depth play area with a shipwreck boat slide, water walk and splashing palm tree. There’s even a quiet escape for parents with a whirlpool and patio.