Even though Indiana is a landlocked state, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a day at the beach! Geist Waterfront Park, a 70-acre waterfront park in Fishers, is now open. It has a sand beach, giant pirate playground, toddler play structure, kayak, paddleboard, canoe launch area, trails, three small shelters, one large shelter, and restrooms for the public to enjoy.
*Swimming at the beach officially opens on May 27!
Geist Waterfront Park
The park has a soft opening through May 22, during which Fishers residents and non-residents can explore the park’s playgrounds, walking trails, and kayak/paddle board launch from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. During this time, there is no cost to visit the park. However, lifeguards will not be on duty during this time, so swimming is not permitted.
Starting on May 27, the park will be fully open, including a concession stand for guests to purchase cool treats and drinks. Guests can also rent non-motorized watercraft or bring their own. During the summer season, the park will be gated, and entrance will require a fee for non-residents of Fishers, and a parking pass for residents. Pedestrians and bike traffic (both residents and non-residents) are welcome and will not need a parking pass.
Parking Pass Infomation for non-Fishers Residents
Parking passes for non-residents must be purchased online at least 48 hours in advance. A day-parking pass is $50 for non-residents and can be purchased online here.
No day-parking passes will be sold on-site at Geist Waterfront Park. Vehicular access will be refused.
FREE OPTIONS: Parking passes for non-residents are only required if the individual or group is driving into the park and occupying a parking space. Pedestrians and bike traffic are welcome and do not need a parking pass. This is the only free option for non-residents at this time.
Related Article: Top 13 Best Water Parks in Indiana
Geist Waterfront Park Beach
The 2023 beach season runs May 27 through September 4 (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend). The park will be open dawn to dusk with beach access 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Lifeguards will be on duty for open swimming during beach season.
The beach at the park has clean, soft sand, which is a great place to relax and build sand castles. So, bring your sand toys!
The water at the shore’s end is relatively shallow, making it ideal for children who want to cool off with a swim or simply dip their feet in. It’s a perfect beach for young kids to enjoy safely. The beach is surrounded by four lifeguard towers.
Another neat feature of the Geist Waterfront Beach is the mini beach playscape, where kids can play imaginatively with sand toys that are built into the sand area. Families will find a small pirate ship, a digger, a climbing structure, and two water and sand tables. This area will appeal most to toddlers and younger kids.
Geist Waterfront Playground
Kids can get ready to set sail on a swashbuckling adventure at the kid’s play area, set just off the beach area. The ground covering is the perfect spot for all ages to play, with artificial grass and rubber padding.
A massive pirate ship with two slides stands tall in the middle of the play area. A variety of climbing areas will have little ones feeling like they’re sailing the seven seas. The stern of the boat even has a cut-out perfect for pretend play and a hammock to relax in.
Older kids will like the tall rope climbing structure that’s just waiting to be conquered by elementary and older children.
Younger children have their own play area, made with materials that look like beach wood and includes a slide for toddlers, climbing areas, a little hammock, and three ride-on animals.
At the playground, you’ll find various swings, including face-to-face swings that let you swing with your little ones. There are also regular swings and a circular rope swing. The kid’s play area has it all and is sure to provide hours of fun for the whole family.
The non-motorized boat launch is perfect for launching your kayak, canoe, or paddleboard! The boat launch is not accessible by automobile. Therefore you will need to transport your boat from your vehicle on foot or by cart.
Geist Waterfront Park is located at 10811 Olio Road, in close proximity to 111th Street and the eastern side of Olio Road. For more information, visit playfishers.com.