Summer is here, and so is waterpark season. When the temperatures rise, one of the places my kids and I like to cool down — while also doing our best to social distance and have as much safe fun as possible — is at the Monon Center Waterpark, a 3.5-acre aquatic experience located in Central Park in Carmel. The Waterpark has established many new procedures this season to keep visitors safe, which you can read about below.
Even though my kids are relatively young and just starting to learn how to swim, there are so many fun activities to do that keep us busy from the time the park opens until it closes.
One of the new features we were looking forward to experiencing was the Activity Pool, because it had been redesigned and included a new 12-foot waterslide. My oldest son, who is just starting to venture out more into the water, had a blast sliding down the slide over and over, splashing down into the shallow water below. The Activity Pool also includes a dozen new spray features that are perfect for kids who love to get wet!
The Kiddie Pool, which is located inside its own gated area, is a section of the waterpark that my youngest son loved the most. This section is for tots who are 48 inches or shorter. The water here is very shallow (a little over a foot deep), and there is a small waterslide and a water activity table here.
For more adventurous kids who are 48 inches or taller, the FlowRider is a great way to surf some waves without even having to visit the beach. There is also a plunge slide that, as the name suggests, plunges you straight down into 12 feet of water. Next to the plunge slide is a rock-climbing wall, where experienced swimmers can try their hand at scaling the AquaClimb as far up as they can go.
This year The Waterpark at the Monon Community Center will not be offering lawn chair, although you may bring your own. If you can swing it, I highly suggest renting one of the waterpark’s 14 covered cabanas, which allow you to have your own little space. Each cabana comes with a safe to store your personal belongings, comfortable seating, ceiling fans and phone chargers. Cabanas will be available to rent on a first-come, first-served basis each day.
While there will be some changes to The Waterpark this summer, most of the features you know and love will be available! The Activity Pool and play feature, Adventure Slides, and FlowRider® will be open. Below are a few of the safety measues the Monon Center will be taking to keep everyone safe this summer. Click here for more detials.
- Capacity will be limited to no more than 50% of the typical capacity.
- The Lazy River will remain closed this summer.
- Members and season pass holders receive advance entry starting at 11 a.m. General admission begins at 12 p.m. daily.
- Masks are encourage when you aren’t actively swimming or in line for a ride or attraction. Face coverings are prohibited in the water.
- Lawn Chairs will not be avilable this summer, but you may bring your own.
- Cash will be accepted, but guests are encouraged to use credit/debit cards as much as possible.
- Life jackets will not be available. You are welcome to bring a Coast Guard-approved life jacket from home.
More Info about The Waterpark at the Monon Community Center:
The Waterpark is open to daily admissions from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., with advance entry available to current members and season pass holders beginning at 11 a.m. through August 10. From August 11-September 7, the waterpark is closed on weekdays but open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. General admission is $12 for adults and $9 for kids ages 3-15, as well as seniors. For more information, visit www.carmelclayparks.com/the-waterpark
Nicole Sipe is a freelance writer and editor in Indianapolis. A Southern California native, she enjoys exploring Indy with her husband and two sons.