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When in Indiana and looking for a fun place to splash around, there’s no need to wait for warm weather. From thrilling water slides and towering water playgrounds to splash pads and leisure pools, there is plenty of splashtastic fun to be had indoors! Here we share some of our favorite indoor waterparks in Indiana to enjoy year round, as well as a few outdoor park must-visits.
When it comes to family fun while in Indiana, visiting one of its many action-packed waterparks is a must!
Indiana’s waterparks have plenty of activities that will keep the whole family busy for hours and provide a fun break during a midwest road trip. I’m talking waterparks with wave pools, thrilling tube slides, heart-racing body slides, lazy rivers, activity pools and even a waterpark boasting the longest multi-person water coaster.
And the best part? The fun doesn’t stop when the summer is over! Thankfully, there are a few great indoor waterparks in Indiana to enjoy year-round, no matter what the weather.
Here are a few year-round indoor waterparks to check out during your next trip, as well as a few must-visit outdoor waterparks in Indiana to add to your family vacation “to do” list:
8524 W. St. Rd. 56
French Lick, IN 47432
Located in French Lick, this 40,000 square foot indoor waterpark resort has a retractable roof so that visitors can enjoy the fun year round. This massive pirate-themed park has so much to do, not even my picky eight-year old son can complain that he’s “bored”!
Children and adults alike will have a blast on the winding body slides, interacting with one of 50 features in the three-story water playground, playing basketball in the lagoon or plunging into the famous “toilet bowl” slide. Toddlers can enjoy the water with size-appropriate activities in the splash pool while mom and dad can relax in an adults-only tropical oasis with a hot tub.
When a break from the water is needed, there are also other activities to enjoy such as an arcade, zip lines, laser tag, mini-golf and ATVs.
More reasons why Big Splash Adventure is a must-visit indoor waterpark in Indiana:
- Rooms and suites on site
- Excellent for children’s birthday parties
- Various dining options and shopping on site
651 Vestal Road
While known more for its seasonal outdoor water park, the 4.3-acre Splash Island also has an indoor aquatic center packed with just as much fun for the whole family.
The indoor aquatic center features plenty of activities for children and adults. For example, there’s an interactive children’s play area and two-story waterslide, as well as a winding river, lily pad crossings and lap lanes.
Outdoors features plenty of grassy space for playing or sunbathing, a heated zero-entry kiddie pool with 500-gallon tip bucket, a water basketball court and a six-lane competition pool with diving well and springboards.
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More reasons why Splash Island at Plainfield Recreation Center is a must-visit indoor waterpark in Indiana:
- Indoor and outdoor water park
- Four evening indoor recreational swim times
- Night swims available once a week
8575 E Raymond St.
Indianapolis, IN 46239
Open year-round, Indy Island is more of an indoor pool than it is a water park. However, that doesn’t take away from the fun to be had!
With a heated, zero-entry leisure pool that only reaches up to 3 feet deep, Indy Island is great for families with younger children. In addition to a large water slide, there are also smaller water slides including a small double slide for the younger children. There are also several spray features for little ones to splash around. There is also a separate three lane swimming pool that reaches up to 6 feet.
More reasons why the Indy Island Aquatic Center is a must-visit indoor waterpark in Indiana:
- Open year-round
- Just 20 minutes away from the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
- Lap swimming available
Central Park Drive East
Carmel, IN 46032
Located in Carmel, the Monon Community Center has both an indoor and outdoor waterpark packing tons of fun for all ages.
The zero-depth entry activity pool has several features to keep the little ones busy including fountains and spray features, a large bucket that dumps water, a kiddie slide and two larger water slides for older children. In addition to the activity pool and water slides, there is also a lap pool. The only downside is that the indoor water slides are only open during certain hours during the week.
And when pool season arrives, it’s time to head over to the outdoor side named The Waterpark. My son could spend hours alone surfing the waves on the FlowRider alone. For the strong swimmers in the family, there’s also a large climbing wall where they can plunge into the refreshing 12-foot deep pool below after reaching the top.
More reasons why the Monon Community Center is a must-visit indoor waterpark in Indiana:
- Private cabanas available for family relaxation
- Party rooms available
- Snack bar available during evenings and weekends
1405 State Road 46
Nashville, IN 47448
Nestled inside of Brown County State Park, the Aquatics Center at Abe Martin Lodge is a great compliment to a nature getaway in the midwest.
This 12,000 square foot waterpark facility has plenty to keep adults and kids busy for hours including a zero-entry swimming pool, water basketball, water volleyball, water slides and even a whirlpool with a waterfall.
Since it’s located inside of the state park, there’s also plenty of fun to be had after swim time including hiking, biking, bird-watching and a saddle barn.
More reasons why the Aquatics Center at Abe Martin Lodge is a must-visit indoor waterpark in Indiana:
- On-site accommodations
- Located inside of the state park, providing plenty to do and see outside of the water
And when summer arrives, you won’t want to miss these notable outdoor water parks in Indiana:
452 E Christmas Blvd
Santa Claus, IN 47579
Located in Santa Claus, this combination theme park and outdoor water park will certainly give everyone in the family something to talk about!
The adrenaline seekers in the family will have a blast zipping down the numerous water coasters, tube slides and body slides. On the other hand, younger and less-thrill seeking family members like my son will enjoy the family-friendly splash pads, the “run out” water slides, or a relaxing tube ride down the lazy river.
On the amusement park side are countless holiday-themed thrill rides and chill rides to keep the family entertained and having a blast. The fun part about this side of the park is that the rides are named after the “season” of the park where it’s located: Christmas, Halloween, 4th of July or Thanksgiving.
More reasons Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari is a must-visit outdoor waterpark in Indiana:
- Numerous water activities and attractions available for all ages and comfort levels
- Season passes and multi-day passes available
- Hotel and ticket packages available for easy planning
9001 East Lincoln Hwy
Crown Point, IN 46307
Deep River Waterpark is one of the largest outdoor water parks in the midwest.
The park has not just one but two lazy rivers, a wave pool, two Cannon Bowl Rides, a 6-lane slide racer, speed slides and a thrilling enclosed tube ride that will send riders twisting, turning and zipping through complete darkness. There’s even a water play area designed just for the little ones with two levels of water activities that will keep them busy for hours!
More reasons why Deep River Waterpark is a must-visit outdoor waterpark in Indiana:
- Nearby hotels and campgrounds with waterpark passes included
- Season passes and family packages available
- Ice skating available in the winter
5224 E. Indiana Beach Rd.
Monticello, IN 47960
Indiana Beach is another combination water park and theme park packing in tons to do for everyone.
The water park comes complete with a lazy river, splash pad, water slides, beach pier pool and even a fast and fun water coaster adventure named ”The Big Flush”. The amusement park packs several thrill-seeking, adrenaline-pumping coasters and rides for older children as well as attractions for the younger and less adventurous family members.
More reasons why Indiana Beach is a must-visit outdoor waterpark in Indiana:
- Activities and attractions available for all ages and thrill levels
- Live music, dining, shopping, and games on site
- Campgrounds and lodging available including hotel rooms, cabins, and cottages
Which water parks in Indiana is your favorite? Tell us about it in the comments!