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Address: Owatonna, MN
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+1 507-446-8900

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Everything about this hotel seemed a bit chaotic. We went with our two young boys for a little weekend trip. Check in was longer than I expected, only one set of guest elevators... read more

Reviewed 16 January 2017
Blue Earth, Minnesota
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Owatonna, Minnesota, United States
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54 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Just visited for the first time with our grandkids. We went for the day over spring break. The lifeguard was very sweet and attentive to the kids. The water was bathtub warm and the changing room was good. I would definitely take the kids again!

Thank Pat K
Blue Earth, Minnesota
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101 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Everything about this hotel seemed a bit chaotic. We went with our two young boys for a little weekend trip. Check in was longer than I expected, only one set of guest elevators, hallways and rooms in the need of a upgrade, pool area was cramped and chaotic, restaurant was super slow. The lifeguards at the pool didn't really care... More 

1 Thank TheHaases
United States
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149 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2016

Needs some updating...looking tired. Two major slides is all...one to slide down with an inner tube and the other without. Needs more supervision by the lifeguards.

Thank Leonard S
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 July 2016

We enjoyed a weeknight visit to this hotel and pool/waterpark. We chose this hotel because of the waterpark and a very reasonable rate that included the usual HI amenities (kids eat and stay free) and wristbands to the waterpark. It's not very big but I think it is perfect to pre-teens and younger.

1 Thank IAKris
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

It was ok. The lazy river is small. The slides were ok. The deep pool is connected with the toddler splash area and is very dangerous. Several kids wandered over there and couldn't touch. I had to save a little girl twice!!! No lifeguard in sight! We had to leave the pool until it was hotel guests only. Then it... More 

Thank Dooleyhm
Colfax, Iowa
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 30 March 2016 via mobile

The Great Serengeti waterpark has a smallish, zero-entrance pool that is great for young children. It slowly gets to about three feet deep so my one year old was able to play in shallow water. She loved the water sprayers and the small waterslide. There are some large African animals in this area which she loved. My six year old... More 

Thank Wishy76
Grey Eagle, Minnesota
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586 reviews
211 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 606 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2016

The thing that bothers me about this waterpark is the lack of lifeguards. Or maybe we shouldn't expect that they supply them. Then it should be posted none on duty. We were here for hours and all that time there was maybe one or two in attendance. and attendance I mean they were there but not paying attention to the... More 

3 Thank minneapol
1 review
Reviewed 30 December 2015

My husband and I went here for his birthday, to get away from home and to enjoy the hot tub mostly. However, the hot wasn't hot, and the rest of the water park was cold too. Told management and they said the boiler must have shut down and that it will be back up in a short time. We only... More 

Thank Borderline F
North Mankato, Minnesota
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141 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2015

Admission was included with our room so we had the grandchildren over for the afternoon that had a great time and did not want to leave the area, was a little warmer than I would like but I adjusted to it great area to let the little ones play and wear them out. Everyone must have a wrist band and... More 

Thank Mel H
Rochester, MN
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169 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2015

Fun little waterparks, great for small kids. However was overcrowded when we were there. Suggest mgmt restrict usage to hotel guests only. Needs more oversight. Lots of wild kids running everywhere. Small children in hot tub. Beer drinking everywhere. Needs some improvement in cracking down on bad behavior.

2 Thank AdvoChampion

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