Indiana Water Parks that are Worth the Drive

Indiana Water Parks that are Worth the Drive

We might be land-locked here in Indy, but there are still plenty of water activities to enjoy in the summertime. Just try one of these water parks! They have a lot more features than your regular neighborhood swimming pool, which makes them great day-trip.

Water park details and pricing are current for 2017. We hope you have a great time in the water. And if there’s anything we can help you with for your home’s water in the meantime, be sure to give Indy Soft Water a call. We’re proud to be your soft water and filtration experts!

Whoa Zone in Whiting

Kiddos ages 7 and up are welcome at the Whoa Zone—a floating water park that makes for a completely different experience. It’s more obstacle course than just slides. (Good news for high-energy, adventurous spirits!) Drive up to this northern Indiana city to check out the beach, then book your one- or two-hour slot at the course. You can unwind after with a picnic lunch.

Fav Water Features:

This water park is all inflatable—so you’ll be bouncing and literally running over the water. Plus, they have jumping platforms, slides, and bridges.

Park Cost:

Adults and kids ages 7 and up pay $20 for a one-hour session. You can also opt for a two-hour playtime for $30.

Drive-Time:

The park is in Lake Michigan, and it’s pretty close to the Indiana and Illinois border. Expect a one-way trip to take 2 and a half to 3 hours.

Splash Island in Plainfield

The tropical theme of Splash Island is a fun backdrop for a mini-getaway. This water park in Plainfield is great for the whole family. With kiddie slides and a special “lily pad crossing,” you can either let older kids explore on their own, or stick together with your younger ones. You can even pack your own cooler if you want to bring in your lunch or snacks.

Fav Water Features:

How about taking a ride on the winding lazy river? The 900-foot Leisure River lets you drift along in your own tube.

Park Cost:

Tickets are $11 tops for adults and $10 for ages 5-17, but local residents get a $4 discount. Overall, it’s pretty reasonably priced for a day in the sun.

Drive-Time:

Lucky news for our friends in Plainfield—this park is right around the corner! For Carmel, Fishers, and Noblesville residents, expect a one-hour drive.

Atlantis Waterpark in Clarksville

This park might be best for a younger age group. It’s all about the slides at Atlantis Waterpark. They’ve stuck to the classic water park features, and they do them well. Mount Olympus has two body slides and two tube slides for guests 48” or taller. For the younger ones, five more mini slides are available in another section of the park.

Fav Water Features:

Every 10 minutes you can have fun jumping the waves in Tsunami Sea. Take on this giant wave pool with your own swimming skills, or grab an inner tube for an extra boost.

Park Cost:

Pricing for the park is typically $8 on weekdays and $10 for weekends. Check it out for a single day, or stock up with a season pass for $70.

Drive-Time:

Clarksville is about 100 miles south of Greenwood. Most likely, you’ll be taking a trip on 1-65 to get to the park. Their hours are from 11 am to 6 pm everyday through mid-August—so plan to leave early!

Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus

Part amusement park and part water adventure, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari is famous for Indiana fun. You can easily spend your entry visit in the water park features, but your ticket also covers all the sights in the Holiday World park, too. Your day-trip here can easily become your summer highlight—especially for roller coaster fans.

Fav Water Features:

The Mammoth Water Coaster launches your 6-persson boat up and down hills and five enclosed slide sections—yippee! As the World’s Longest Water Coaster, your family will really be in for the ride of their lives.

Park Cost:

Tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari have sliding scales with their Pick Your Price ticket options—starting at $28 to $40. Buy in advance for bigger savings. Admissions prices include parking, plus all shows and attractions being offered the day of your visit.

Drive-Time:

Hop in the car around 7:30 am to arrive right when the park opens at 11 am. A one-way trip from Zionsville, Indiana should clock in at just over 3 hours on the road.

Monon Waterpark in Carmel

Located in the heart of Carmel, Indiana, the Waterpark at the Monon Center is the go-to summer spot for a lot of families in the Indy Soft Water community. While there is a height limit for some of the slides and activity zones, most kids will still have lots of areas to explore at this park. Little ones can enjoy splashing around at the zero-depth activity pool, and serious swimmers are welcome to swim laps inside.

Fav Water Features:

We love The Wall at this park! Practice climbing up, then take a plunge into the drop zone. No diving is allowed, but it’s a great spot to practice your stunt routine.

Park Cost:

Daily passes for youth ages 3-15 are $7, and ages 16 and up are $10. You can also purchase monthly memberships and get some good park time in before the school season starts back up.

Drive-Time:

If you’re already in the Carmel area, we’d recommended biking to the Monon Center. But if you have to drive, you’ll probably be looking at a 40-minute trip from Plainfield or Avon, and just 20-minutes from Zionsville, Noblesville, or Fishers.

It can be nice to get away and splash in one of these top Indiana water parks. But be sure to have plenty of drinking water with you while you’re playing in the sun. Remember to fill up a few reusable water bottles before you head out the door. Stay hydrated, and have fun!

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