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Beat the heat: 15 outdoor water parks in the Twin Cities

Get the lowdown on admission rates, opening dates and more.
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This spring and summer, it's been all about heat in the Twin Cities. Fortunately, resident have many outdoor water parks to choose from during these toasty times - offering a splashy reprieve from the high temps.

Here's a look at a number of local outdoor water parks, with opening dates and admission rates. 

Keep in mind, there may be coupon books or season passes available in addition to the rates below. Most sites also have concessions, and many have locker rentals and other activities for a separate fee. COVID-19 guidelines may result in unplanned changes.

North Commons Water Park (Minneapolis)

Update: On June 24, the City of Minneapolis announced admission to North Commons will now be free for everyone. If you previously purchased a season pass, you'll get a refund. The water park is also offering free swim lessons, though registration is required.

Currently at North Commons, you'll be able to enjoy speed and loop slides, water playground features, a wading pool, plus geysers and "funbrellas."

Opening date: Saturday, June 12

Admission:

  • Free for everyone

Apple Valley Aquatic Center

Multiple water slides, a lazy river (with "water walking" in the mornings and evenings), plus a brand new SprayGround wet play area for young kids.

Opening date: Saturday, June 12

Admission:

  • Daily admission: $11
  • 12 months and under: Free

Battle Creek Waterworks (Maplewood)

Geared toward families with young children, Battle Creek Waterworks offers a shallow pool with play structures, a water slide and a sand play area. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no birthday party reservations this year, and programs (including Tot Tuesdays and Autism-Friendly Hour) are canceled.

Opening date: Saturday, June 12

Admission:

  • Adults, children and spectators: $7
  • Children under 12 months: Free
  • Twilight rate (5-8 p.m.): $5

Bloomington Family Aquatic Center

Features zero-depth entry pool, interactive play features, an aqua climbing wall, water slides and diving boards.

Opening date: June 5

Admission:

  • Ages 1 and under: Free
  • Ages 2-5: All day $8, after 4 p.m. $7
  • Ages 6-54: All day $10, after 4 p.m. $8
  • Ages 55+: All day $8, after 4 p.m. $7
  • Lap swim: $5

Bunker Beach (Coon Rapids)

Self-described as Minnesota's largest outdoor water park, Bunker Beach features six water slides, a 900-foot lazy river, an "adventure pool" with a max depth of 2 feet for kids, a balancing obstacle course above the water, a wave pool and more.

Opening date: Twilight hours only June 7-10, full opening with normal operations starting Friday, June 11

Admission:

  • Guests over 48": $16 per day ($12 twilight admission after 4 p.m.)
  • Guests under 48": $14 per day ($10 twilight admission)
  • Senior citizens (Age 62+): $14 per day ($10 twilight admission)
  • Under 18 months – No Charge

Cascade Bay Waterpark (Eagan)

Billed as "Eagan's award-winning outdoor waterpark," Cascade Bay is breaking up admissions into two "sessions" per day - 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., then 3-6:30 p.m. The main reason for the reduced capacity is a lifeguard shortage, but cleaning will also be done between sessions. Includes a leisure pool, a zero-depth entry pool, waterslides, a lazy river and beach play.

Opening date: Friday, June 11

Admission:

  • Over 42": $12
  • Under 42": $10
  • Seniors 62+: $9
  • Under 12 months: Free

Como Regional Park Pool (St. Paul)

Located in Como Regional Park, this water park has a children's activity pool with a family slide, two diving platforms and a diving board, an aquatic climbing wall and zip line, a lazy river, and a 25-yard, six-lane lap pool.

Opening date: Saturday, June 12

Admission:

  • Ages 2 & under: Free
  • Single: $7
  • Group (5+): $5
  • Tot Time: $4
  • Twilight (open swim after 5pm): $4
  • Lap swim, water aerobics & water walking: $8

Crystal Cove Aquatic Center

A shortage of lifeguards has pool hours slightly reduced at Crystal Cove this year. But the "Jet Scream" waterslide, plunge slide, diving board, water walk and kids' splash pool will be open.

Opening date: Saturday, June 12

Admission:

  • Daily admission: $8
  • Military admission: $6
  • Seniors (55+): $6
  • Children under 2 years: Free
  • Adult lap swim: $2

Edina Aquatic Center

Delayed briefly by an electrical failure, Edina's Aquatic Facility is set to open on June 11. Attractions include diving boards, a 50-meter lap pool with diving well, a surf simulator, a slide, a zip line and a water playground.

Opening date: Friday, June 11

Admission:

  • Daily admission: $11.50
  • Twilight admission (after 5 p.m.): $9
  • Admission for The Lost Wave Surf Simulator: $6

Highland Park Aquatic Center (St. Paul)

Features a two-story water slide, a 50-meter, 8-lane lap pool, children's "prehistoric whale bone" splash pad, two diving boards, an aquatic climbing wall, a drop slide and more.

Opening date: Saturday, June 12

Admission:

  • Ages 2 & under: Free
  • Single: $7
  • Group (5+): $5
  • Tot Time: $4
  • Twilight (open swim after 5pm): $4
  • Lap swim, water aerobics & water walking: $8

Jim Lupient Water Park (Minneapolis)

Three large water slides are available at this Northeast neighborhood park. You'll also find a log water walk, spray features for kids, lap swimming lanes and more.

Opening date: Saturday, June 12

Admission:

  • Guests 42+ inches: $5
  • Guests under 42 inches: $3
  • Admission after 5 p.m. on weekdays: $3
  • Guests 2 and under: Free
  • Chaperone non-swimmers: $3

Maple Grove Community Center

The Maple Grove Community Center has an indoor pool area. But outdoors, you'll find a lazy river, tumble buckets, log walk, tot slide and water sprays.

Opening date: May 28, with summer hours beginning Saturday, June 12

Admission:

  • Youth, adult, senior: $7.50 for resident, $8.50 for non-resident
  • Family: $28 for resident, $32 for non-resident
  • MERSC/Military single admission: $6.50
  • MERSC/Military family admission: $26

New Hope Aquatic Park

The aquatic park has a 50-meter pool with lanes, diving boards and a drop slide, as well as a shallow pool for kids featuring fast and slow body slides, a current channel, a vortex pool and a tot slide. A lifeguard shortage may cause certain portions to be closed for periods.

Opening date: June 5

Admission:

  • Ages 2-54: $10
  • Ages 55+ and military: $9
  • After 5 p.m.: $9

Richfield Outdoor Pool

A wading pool, a main pool, designated times for adult lap swim, and an hour of designated "Tot Time" Mondays through Saturdays.

Opening date: Friday, June 11.

Admission: 

  • Under 1: Free
  • Ages 1-17 and 55+: $9
  • Ages 18-54: $10
  • After 4:00 pm is $1 less. 

St. Louis Park Aquatic Park 

A large pool with a zero-depth entry area, a four-story water slide, lap swim lanes, diving boards, and play areas for young kids. 

Opening date: June 2

Admission:

  • Under age 1: Free for residents and non-residents
  • Ages 1-54: $10 for residents, $15 for non-residents
  • Ages 55+: $6 for residents, $9 for non-residents
  • Twilight (after 4:30 p.m.): $6 for residents, $9 for non-residents

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