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 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\u00a0been 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. Until now. 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's a small inflatable slide for you to play on too (which my kids absolutely loved.) Things to Know Before You Go: \tThe beach and aqua park are open Saturday, May 25 - Labor Day. \tMorse Beach is open Monday - Friday, 1:00 - 5:00pm, and Saturday - Sunday, 12:00 - 6:00pm. \tAdmission is $3 per person Monday-Friday and $4 per person Saturday-Sunday. \tPool noodles, life jackets, and floaties are allowed at the beach. All other floats are not allowed. \tCoolers will be allowed this year with a $5 charge. \tConcessions are available for beach and park patrons. \tBait is also available for purchase. \tLimited chairs will be available at the beach. Guests are allowed to bring their own chairs as well. \tFor more information, contact the Morse Beach bathhouse by calling 317-770-4403. In addition to the water area, Morse Beach and Park also offers guests a park with play structures that both the younger and bigger kids will 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 everyday 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\u2019s next trip to her favorite destination \u2013 Walloon Lake, Michigan, or very possibly \u2013 reading a book. Jennifer\u00a0enjoys writing about her parenting experience and outings with her children for Indy\u2019s Child as a freelance writer and blogger and also keeps a personal blog,\u00a0www.trulyyoursjen.com, that she has fun writing when time permits.