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Great Serengeti at Holiday Inn

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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

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 January 2017
Blue Earth, Minnesota
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Blue Earth, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 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 of 5 bubbles 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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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13 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 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
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2 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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156 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2014 via mobile

For that size hotel, the water park is way too small. Was crowded all day long. Not to mention locals can go in there. Couldn't go on the tube slide because all 12 tubes were taken and people didn't share. Lazy river is about 30 feet all around. Kids area would be fun if you have very young children. My... More 

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