Feb 23 2010
When it’s winter in the frozen north, an indoor waterpark is a nice break from the snow outside. Over the years, we’ve tested a few:
- King’s Pointe in Storm Lake, Iowa
- Holiday Inn in Owatonna, Minnesota
- Atlantis Waterpark Hotel in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
- The Edge in Duluth, Minnesota
- Best Western Ramkota in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
This past weekend, we had the opportunity to visit the “Splashers of the South Seas” Waterpark at the Canadinns Hotel in Grand Forks, North Dakota, for my nephew’s birthday. Billed as the largest indoor waterpark in North Dakota, Splashers is open to both hotel guests and the general public.
The park is divided into several areas: a large waterslide, a zero-entry toddler area, a lazy river, swimming/basketball pool, large hot tub, and more. The waterslides in the kiddie area are of a nice “medium” size so that timid adults might enjoy them as much as independent little ones. Lifeguards are on duty throughout the park.
In the waterpark, there are tables and chairs as well as more private “cabanas” that can be rented for parties. Outside food and drink are not allowed, but a concession area that includes pizza and an arcade is adjacent to the splash zone. If grandparents or others want to watch the action without getting wet, there are also tables in the hotel corridor for a quieter observation point.
Changing rooms with showers for both men and women, as well as family rest rooms, are available in the waterpark. The only downside we found to Splashers was that towels were not replenished efficiently. If you go, either grab plenty of towels on your way in, or bring your own, because there may not be any available when you need to dry off.
Admission to the Grand Forks waterpark is at a reduced rate if you are staying at the CanadInns Hotel. Although we haven’t stayed at this location, we enjoyed a stay at a CanadInns property in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in one of their kid suites rooms, which included four bunk beds in addition to a bed for Mom and Dad. The Grand Forks CanadInns also has these suites available.
The CanadInns Hotel is attached to the Alerus events center just off I-29 in Grand Forks.
Of the waterparks we’ve been to, this ranks in our top two or three. It’s big enough without being too big and is fun for a variety of ages. We hope to return again.
More things to do in Grand Forks, ND, via Uptake.