North Dakota has gone tropical. Splasher’s of the South Seas waterpark opened in Grand Forks in 2007, and families from near and far are heading to Grand Forks to experience the feel of an island getaway.

As the largest indoor waterpark in North Dakota, Splasher’s of the South Seas at Canad Inns Destination Center has something for everyone, from the exhilarating Rarotonga cannon bowl slide and Tasman Sea activity pool to the long and winding East Australian Current lazy river.

Priding themselves on being “Your Destination Centres,” the Canad Inns resort chain made no exception with this resort, which includes an activity pool with floatables and water basketball; a children’s activity pool; a large interactive play structure area with tipping bucket, slides and geysers; a lazy river for the guests desiring relaxation; a cannon bowl slide for those looking for adventure and plunge pool; and a flume slide with two channels.

The Splasher’s of the South Seas artistic theming creates an experience that increases the appeal of the waterpark and overall resort. Upon entering the waterpark, the atmosphere gives the guests a sense of arrival. They are transformed into another world as they navigate through the themed waterfeatures, murals and visually stimulating surroundings.

For guests looking for a more private area to relax and store their personal items while enjoying the waterpark, there are 13 rentable cabanas, each uniquely named to carry on the theme. Cabanas are useful as a central meeting place for families. With the cabanas, fewer children are found wandering aimlessly in search of their parents or that lounge chair they dropped their towel on.

The Splasher’s of the South Seas waterpark is a destination, a place where hotel guests and the general public spend a large amount of time. These guests tend to work up an appetite during their visit, so to further ensure guest satisfaction, adjoining the waterpark is the Great Barrier Reef Concession Stand. Also strategically located near the waterpark is Captain Cook’s Cove, a family-entertainment center offering exciting arcade games.

The experience doesn’t end with the waterpark and entertainment center. Conveniently connected by a climate controlled walkway to the Alerus Center, the Canad Inns has made the Alerus Center more appealing to those considering the site to host conventions, concerts and meetings. It’s a win-win situation. If a person is visiting the Alerus Center, why not stay at the Canad Inns and experience the waterpark? Just the same, if a person is staying at the Canad Inns, why not venture to visit the Alerus Center?

The Canad Inns Destination Center is testimony that a hotel is no longer just a place to sleep, it is just as the name implies, a destination that creates a family experience. It takes the award for high guest satisfaction.


Aquatic space: 25,000 square feet

Year opened: 2007

Cost: $6.3 million

Dream feature: The largest indoor waterpark in North Dakota includes multiple pools; a play structure; slides and geysers; and a lazy river.


  • Dream Designer: Water Technology
  • Pool Contractor: Neuman PoolsInc.
  • Theming: Weber Group
  • Civil Engineer: JLG Architects


  • Filters:Neptune-Benson
  • Pumps: Aurora Pump
  • Water Play Structures: SCS Interactive
  • Waterslides: Proslide Technology Inc.


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