Waterpark description: Located near the Mall of America and soaring 90 feet above the Twin Cities’ skyline, Water Park of America is themed to reflect Minnesota’s North Shore.

From the zero-depth-entry Fort Snelling play area to the Lake Superior wave pool, attractions are designed to entertain the young and the young at heart.

The “it” factor: Being directly connected to America’s biggest indoor waterpark and adjacent to America’s largest mall, the Waterpark of America is a highly desirable family destination.

According to operators, the biggest draw is the stationary wave machine and for dry fun, the 5,800-square-foot Northern Lights Arcade is located next to the indoor waterpark.