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The Water Park of America is one of the largest indoor water park hotel complexes in the country. Located around the corner from the huge Mall of America, its name plays on the name of its famous neighbor and the size of its neighbor.

The centerpiece of the 70,000 square feet. The indoor water park is its audacious 10-story tall waterslide complex, the tallest of any indoor water park (and one of the tallest of any water park, outdoor or indoor). Climate-controlled, enclosed translucent tubes send riders closer to 100 feet for a dizzying family raft ride. There are also body and tube slides that slide out and around the large tower.

The park also offers an unusually long lazy river that veers into a wave pool, and a FlowRider surf simulator that gives riders the opportunity to go surfing with a surfboard. Other attractions include the usual water park suspects: an activity pool with basketball and water floats; an interactive game center with a tipping bucket and two relaxing whirlpool spas (which are relatively small and can fill up quickly on busy days).

The forest theme is reminiscent of the Great Wolf Lodge chain of indoor water parks, but not quite as elaborate. The park is a bit lacking in lounge chairs. There is an underused loft area in one corner of the park that offers dining tables and could serve as a place for guests to park their belongings when there is no space on the main park floor.

The attached Radisson Hotel Bloomington complex is quite charming. The Grand Suites are especially spacious, with wide hallways, a large living room, a separate bedroom, an alcove with bunk beds, and a bathroom with a jetted tub, separate shower, and two facing vanities. As with all rooms, suites have mini-fridges, microwaves, sinks, and dining rooms. Thrifty guests can buy their own food and save on restaurant fees.

In the small quibble department, the hotel is close to the airport and a highway and it was a bit noisy during our stay. Inexplicably, the shower had no soap dish. And, like many hotels these days, the pillows were small and (in my opinion, anyway) somewhat uncomfortable.

The Water Park of America is one of Minnesota’s many indoor water parks. You can also find other indoor water parks throughout the Midwest and the United States.

Indoor water park features:

Surf simulator ride, family raft ride, tube and body water slides, interactive water games structure, children’s pool, pools for sports activities, spas with hydromassage and lazy river.

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Telephone and location:

952-698-8888 Street
down from the Mall of America in Bloomington (near Minneapolis), Minnesota

Radisson Hotel Bloomington Admission Policy and Rates:

Open to registered guests of the Radisson Hotel Bloomington (guaranteed reduced admission). Daily tickets are also available at the door and online to the general public, but are subject to availability.

Indoor water park surface Video:

70,000

Addresses:

I494W to 24th Ave. exit, left toward Mall of America. Right on American Blvd.

I494E to Bloomington Ave. exit. Head south. Left on American Blvd.

Complimentary shuttle service available to and from the Mall of America and Minneapolis / St. Paul International Airport.

Radisson Hotel Bloomington Resort Information:

The comfortable and elegant hotel offers more than 400 rooms. Configurations range from standard rooms with a single bed and sofa bed to a family suite with a separate bedroom, a living room with bunk beds, and two bathrooms. All rooms include refrigerators, microwaves, and complimentary wireless Internet service.

Amenities include the reasonably priced Trillium Spa; three restaurants, including the Split Rock Grille, which serves tasty food, offers large portions, and offers great value; a well-equipped gym; and the Northern Lights arcade, which offers redemption and other video games.

Official Web site:

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