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Indiana Water Parks Worth a Drive

We’re talking water parks today – the ones worth a drive to see/play/enjoy in Indiana that is! If your neighborhood pool just isn’t cutting it, we call ROAD TRIP to one of these water parks worth road trippin’ to.

Splashin’ Safari at Holiday World, Santa Claus

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This southern Indiana spot was recently named one of the top water parks in the United States by TripAdvisor and with good reason: Because it is! Not only are tickets good for both Splashin Safari and its adjacent theme park, Holiday World, there’s oodles of fun from slides to rides to wave pools. Bonus: They provide free soft drinks in Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari (which include lemonade, Gatorade, iced teas, and water, in addition to carbonated beverages).

  • Hours/Cost: 11am-7pm on weekdays/Sundays; 11am-8pm on Saturdays. General Admission: They offer pick your price online e-ticket options. Daily admission differs daily so be sure to check HERE to save and get your tickets before you go. Another bonus: NO extra fees!

Freedom Springs Aquatic Center, Greenwood

What’s notable about Freedom Springs? Pretty much everything. From the mass of blue and red slides to the lazy river to the splash pad for little ones, Indianapolis-area families also enjoy Freedom Springs for their late Thursday evenings when the park is open until 10 pm.

  • Hours/Cost: Mondays through Saturdays 11:00 am-8:00 pm; Sundays Noon-6:00 pm, and Thrilling Thursdays 11:00 am-10:00 pm. Greenwood resident adults $8; non-residents $10. Resident child $6; non-residents $8. Infants (0-2): FREE. Discounts available for military and seniors.

Prophetstown State Park Aquatic Center, West Lafayette

The perfect way to cap off your camping trip or day’s visit to Prophetstown State Park, we know their Aquatic Center is also worth the drive for a visit. This water park includes a tots splash pool, lazy river, and adventure slides, plus an on-site snack bar to curb any after-swim hunger.

  • Hours/Cost: Open 11am-7pm daily. $5 per person. Kids under 3 are free.

Prophetstown Aquatic Center

Splash Island, Plainfield

Two pulsating vortexes and a lily pad crossing make this tropical paradise an adventure. This is an indoor and outdoor water park with tons of play features and a 900-foot lazy river. Features Wet Wednesdays Night Swims from 7:00 pm- 10:00 pm.

  •  Hours/Cost: Monday-Saturday from 10:00 am-6:00 pm and Noon- 6:00 pm Sundays. Adults (18+): $11.00 standard; $7.00 residents. Youth (Ages 5-17): $10.00 standard; $6.00 residents. Preschool (Ages 2+) : $8.0 standard; $5.00 residents. Resident and Member Monday Nights (7pm-10pm) $5.25.

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Photo credits: Visit Hendricks County.


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Seashore Water Park, Lebanon

CityMom Rhonda notes the Seashore Water Park is a hidden gem! It’s newer than some of the others out there and includes two separate pools – one with three ‘mega’ slides and a splash zone playground.

  • Hours/Cost: Monday-Thursday 11am-7pm, Friday & Saturday 11am-6pm, and Sunday 12pm-6pm.  Ages 2-4: $3 standard and $2 town resident.  Ages 5-17: $5 standard and $4 town resident.  Adults: $6 standard and $5 town resident.

Monon Community Center, Carmel

Definitely, a fan favorite in the general Indianapolis area, the Monon Community Center Waterpark includes the basics like a kiddie pool, zero-depth activity pool, and 1/8 mile lazy river. And then there are unique features like the FlowRider (which allows a swimmer to try out surfing in a pool setting) and AquaClimb (a climbing activity above a pool drop). Bonus: All pools are heated to 78 degrees. Plus, have you heard of the adults-only Monon Mixers?!

  • Hours/Cost: The Monon Community Center Waterpark is open from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Sunday from Memorial Day through August 13. After August 14, the waterpark is closed on weekdays but open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. General admission is $11 for adults and $8 for kids ages 3-15, as well as seniors .Late day discount begins at 4pm MondayFriday and daily admission is reduced to $5 for adults and $4 for youth and seniors. For more information, visit

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Monon Community Center

Franklin Family Aquatic Center, Franklin

What’s cool at this spot? It offers an Olympic-sized pool with diving well, 190-foot water slide, a zero depth pool with a play structure including 16 interactive play features, water basketball, concession stand, and sun decks.

  • Hours/Cost: 11:00 am-7:00 pm daily. Adults: $5.00. Kids (3-17): $4.00 Ages 2 and under: $2.00

Splash House, Marion

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Photo credit: City of Marion.

The park boasts having the highest surf-able wave in Indiana with the almost brand new wave pool. The Splash House also features a wave pool, a lazy river, 2 large slides {in addition to the Bowl Slide which has been under repair}, a kiddie area, and a beach area used for special events.

  • Hours/Cost: Monday-Saturday, 11:00 am-6:00 pm daily. Adults: $8.00. Kids : $6.00 Ages 2 and under: Free

Gill Family Aquatic Center, Danville

The aquatic center boasts a splash playground, two waterslides, diving boards, swimming lanes and so much more. Other amenities in Ellis Park include an amphitheater, hiking trails, large playground, picnic shelters, baseball diamonds for both league and tournament play and much more. (May 27- August 8, 2017)

  • Hours/Cost: 11:00 am-7:00 pm Daily;  Admission: $7; $5 residents.  Kids 3 and under free! Twilight pass (4pm-7pm only) $3.50.


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French Lick Big Splash Adventure, French Lick

This enormous 40,000 square foot indoor water park is entirely enclosed in glass to bring the outside in during your visit. During warm weather days, the glass roof retracts! Includes multiple pirate-themed waterslides, a lazy {“Lost”} river and plenty of interactive water stations for kids. Purchase day passes HERE.

  • Hours/Cost: Open daily from 9:30 am-9:30 pm. Admission for 46″ and up: $24.95. Below 46″ is $19.95. Kids 2 and under are free.

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French Lick Big Splash Adventure

Indiana Beach, Monticello

Indiana Beach offers six of the Midwest’s largest and wildest water slides, taking riders for a downhill trip to pure summer refreshment. Also includes a spray pad, lazy river, and beach swimming area, adjacent to an entire amusement park of fun packed with roller coasters and a kiddie land.

  • Hours/Costs: Open 11:00 am-6:00 pm daily.  Admission: 48″ and above: $33.99 online; $41.99 at park. Under 48″: $26.99 online; $25.99 at park. Children 2 and under are free.

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