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Enjoy Indiana Rides and Thrills at Amusement Parks

When you’re craving a little excitement on your vacation, explore the variety of Indiana rides and thrills at regional amusement parks. Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park in French Lick offers 40,000 square feet of fun. Buccaneer Bay towers three stories high and features 50 interactive elements and 10 platforms to entertain all ages. Open year-round, the attraction is the only water park in Southern Indiana with a retractable roof.

Have fun on four water slides, float on the Lost River, explore Lost Treasure Lagoon, and relax in the giant pool at Doubloon Lagoon. The Palm Cove provides an adults only hot tub haven for parents. There are plenty of water attractions to please older children and adults, but the park also offers water sprays, dumping buckets, swings, and shorter slides for toddlers. There are three casual eateries on-site when hunger pangs strike, and Treasure Chest Arcade features a Gyroscope ride and over 20 games to choose from.

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus is a great value for families. Admission includes two parks for the price of one. Guests also appreciate free soft drinks, complimentary sunscreen, and Wi-Fi, plus no charge for parking. Voted one of the top three water parks in the nation by Trip Advisor and USA Today, the park features two of the longest water coasters in the world, several water slides, two wave pools, and water activities for younger children.

Holiday World’s Thunderbird steel roller coaster was the country’s first launched wing coaster and The Voyage is ranked as one of the top wooden roller coasters in the U.S. The park celebrates Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Independence Day with themed events and colorful decorations and lights throughout the park. Enjoy live entertainment including musical productions, country bands, high diving demonstrations, and visits with Santa. Indiana Beach in Monticello features over 45 amusement park rides and attractions with views of Lake Shafer. Enjoy theme park classics like the Tilt-a-Whirl and Paratrooper along with fun rides on the carousel. Skycoaster offers thrills from 110 feet, and the whole family will enjoy a cruise on the Shafer Queen, a paddle wheel riverboat. Stroll along the boardwalk and enjoy the video arcade, nostalgic games, and tempting eateries selling everything from burgers and hot dogs to popcorn, cotton candy, and ice cream.

The Whoa Zone in Whiting features a water park obstacle course. The floating water park is the first of its kind for Lake Michigan. Located at Whihala Beach, the floating course offers slides, trampolines, towers, monkey bars, suspension bridges, and other fun elements. After you tackle the floating obstacle course, rent a kayak or test your skill at stand-up paddle boarding.

Urban Air Trampoline Park in Franklin is an indoor adventure park with a focus on jumping and climbing. Scale climbing walls, tackle the warrior obstacle course, or jump around on multiple trampolines. Other activities include a tubes obstacle course, a slam dunk zone, dodgeball courts, and a drop zone.

Fastimes Indoor Karting on the north side of Indianapolis features a 900 ft., bi-level go-kart track with speeds reaching up to 40mph. The venue is a popular site for birthday parties, family celebrations, and company parties. If that isn’t enough to get your adrenaline pumping, the Indy Racing Experience offers the thrill of a lifetime by putting race fans in real IndyCar machines. Experience what it’s like to speed around the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Thrill seekers can ride with a pro in a custom two-seat IndyCar or get behind the wheel and drive a car that actually competed in the Indy 500.

For zip line enthusiasts or those wanting to try zip lining for the first time, Go Ape! Eagle Creek Park offers five zip lines over the Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis. Test your agility with 38 obstacles and fly through the air on two Tarzan Swings situated within a forest canopy. Soar at heights of 40-50 ft. above the ground and traverse ladders, walkways, bridges, and tunnels constructed of wood, rope, and wire.

With so many thrills and adventures to choose from, you may want to extend your stay! You’ll find convenient access to these attractions and others just a short drive from Best Western Hotels.

Top Attractions

Indiana Beach

Overlooking Lake Shafer, Indiana Beach is an amusement park in Monticello, Indiana. Open May through September, the entertainment destination draws visitors from all over northern Indiana with six roller coasters and a total of 36 rides.

Visitors of all ages delight in rides along the Boardwalk Funway, including the Big Flush water slide, the Skyride chairlift, and the Air Crow flying scooters. Guests take a break from high-flying adventures with tours aboard the Shafer Queen, a paddle wheel riverboat.

Deep River Waterpark

A four-season destination, Deep River Waterpark is the ideal vacation destination in northern Indiana, and referred to as “Chicagoland's Largest and the Midwest's Favorite Family Waterpark.”

Challenge your friends to a game of Water Wars, test your bravery on the DRAGON Speed Slides, or just lay back and relax in the Bayou River Ride. For winter visitors near Merriville, Deep River Waterpark features a large ice skating rink open from Thanksgiving weekend to late February.

Buccaneer Bay

The only indoor waterpark in the state, Buccaneer Bay is located in Lafayette, Indiana – an hour northwest of Indianapolis. Convenient to northern Indiana and Indianapolis-area travelers alike, the water park is part of the Best Western Lafayette Executive Plaza & Conference Center.

Buccaneer Bay is ideal for family fun – A pirate ship, water slides, kiddie pool, and even a 17-person hot tub. The park is available for birthday parties, school field trips, and other events to those who book ahead of time.

Ideal Beach Water Park

Located just off Interstate 80/Indiana Toll Road, Ideal Beach Park offers plenty of recreational activities off the shores of Heaton Lake. Popular in the summertime with guests and residents of Elkhart, the park features a lake front beach, wading pool, playground, and sand volleyball courts.

For a little more fun, make sure to take a ride down its two corkscrew water slides or make a round at the park's miniature golf course. Concessions are available and guests also take advantage of some of the best picnic areas found in northern Indiana.