This weekend my family and I took a little road trip (and when I say little, I mean little.) We drove less than 20 minutes from our home to Morse Park & Beach in Noblesville and even though we we hadn’t traveled far, it felt like we were a long ways from the usual hustle and bustle of our lives.
As soon as we arrived and saw the boats gliding by and heard the sound of kids laughing and playing – I thought, “Why in the world haven’t we been here before?”
We have a lake cottage we drive to every year in Northern Michigan that is seven hours away. While we love our time up north, it’s too far for a quick day trip. Consequently, our time on the water is usually short-lived.
Now, I know we can drive just a few minutes and be on a lake and even better – a lake with a beach and aqua park.
When we arrived, the aqua park area was at capacity, but that didn’t matter one bit. The kids kicked off their shoes, put on their goggles and made a beeline for the water.
They were ecstatic to be at a beach and my husband and I were content to sit on our towels and watch them jump, splash and play.
The Morse Beach aqua park and regular swim area are separated by a rope. The aqua park side includes multiple inflatables and a slide for the children to play on. For those who are not in the aqua park, don’t worry about being left out of the fun – there is a small inflatable slide for you to play on too (which my kids absolutely loved.)
Here are some tidbits for those of you who may be interested in spending a sunny summer day at Morse Beach and Park:
- The cost for admission into the beach area is $4 per person. Children ages two and under are free. The beach is open daily from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm now through the end of July and then on weekends only in August. The beach and park will close on Labor Day.
- The cost for an aqua park session is $4 per person. A session lasts one hour. If the slide isn’t out, the price of admission into the aqua park decreases to just $2 per person.
- Flotation devices are required in the aqua park, but not in the beach area. Everyone is fitted with life jackets prior to the aqua park session beginning. Life jackets are provided, or you are welcome to bring your own as long as it is coast guard approved.
- The first aqua park session begins promptly at 11:30 am. Each session lasts one hour with a 15-minute break before the next session begins. The last session of the day runs from 3:15-4:15. There is a limit of 25 people per session. These do sell out on weekends, so you will want to arrive a little early to ensure your spot. According to employee Daniel Peacock, “As long as you arrive within 10 minutes prior to the session starting, you should be okay.”
- For the safety of swimmers, the beach and water area are monitored closely by lifeguards.
- Like most outdoor activities, the beach being open is dependent on weather. If it is really windy, the slide will not go out and the beach may close. If it is storming, the beach will close – so check the weather before heading out the door.
In addition to the water area, Morse Beach and Park also offers guests a park with play structures that the little guys and gals and the bigger kids will both enjoy.
There is a large pavilion offering shade and plenty of picnic benches for snacking or meal time.
Some other features include: a baseball/softball diamond, boat dock, disc golf, gaga ball pit, hiking trails and volleyball. There are restrooms and locker rooms available for your convenience as well.
So put on your suits and grab your towels, pack a picnic and your sunscreen and head out the door for an escape from the demands of every day life. At Morse Park & Beach, you may not be far from home – but you will feel like you are away on vacation.
Morse Park & Beach is located at 19777 Morse Park Lane in Noblesville.
Jennifer Thompson is a stay-at-home mom of four spunky, sweet, kind and sometimes a bit wild children. She has a passion for the written word and thinks that libraries and bookstores are the coolest places ever. When not hanging out with family or writing, she can be found enjoying a good cup of coffee, running, spending quality time with friends, working on some type of project around the house, planning the family’s next trip to her favorite destination – Walloon Lake, Michigan, or very possibly – reading a book.
Jennifer enjoys writing about her parenting experience and outings with her children for Indy’s Child as a freelance writer and blogger and also keeps a personal blog, www.trulyyoursjen.com, that she has fun writing when time permits.