Water parks in Indiana give families a place to cool off in the hot summer sun. Whether you want to thrill out or chill out, Indiana water parks have something for you. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on family-fun parks, here is our guide to all the key information visitors need to know about Indiana water parks. --Shellie Braeuner
Part of the Holiday World theme park, Splashin' Safari offers guests a place to cool down during hot summer days. Admission to the water park is included with general admission. Splashin' Safari offers two wave pools, eight large water slides and three water playgrounds; one for toddlers, one for children and one for families.
Water CoasterAt a third of a mile long, the Wildebeest claims to be the world's longest water coaster. Riders sit on an inflatable raft as they are pulled up to the top of the coaster on a conveyor belt. The riders slide up and down hills and around sharp banks.
Other AttractionsThe Zoombabwe keeps riders in the dark as they slide 10 stories to the splash lagoon. The Monsoon Lagoon is a water playground that offers more than 60 ways to get wet. Slip down slides, squirt water jets, or just stand under the 1,000-gallon bucket to get your fill of spills. Or chill out as you ride down the Congo River, the Splashin' Safari lazy river.
Dining And SnacksWith almost 20 restaurants and snack kiosks parkwide, there are options to fit everyone's taste and budget. Soft drinks are free throughout the park. Allergen and nutritional information are available.
Safety RecordAccording to the Evansville Courier Press in 2007, a 29-year-old woman collapsed and died in the wave pool. A subsequent autopsy showed the woman died of natural causes related to congestive heart failure.
Address: 452 E. Christmas Blvd., Santa Claus, IN 47579
Phone: 877-463-2645 or 812-937-4401
Hours: June, July and the first two weeks of August, Splashin' Safari is open Sunday through Friday 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The last two weeks of August and the first two weeks of September the park is open on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Price: Adults, $42.95; children (shorter than 54 inches) and seniors (older than 60), $32.95; children younger than 2, free.
Atlantis Water Park
Located on the southern border of Indiana, the Atlantis Water Park is minutes from downtown Louisville, Kentucky. The water park offers a wide range of fun for every member of the family.
Themed RidesAtlantis boasts Mt. Olympus, two body slides and two tube slides that form a maze 43 feet high and four different routes to the splash pool. Tsunami Sea is wave pool that starts with a walk-in beach and slants to a depth of five feet. Younger swimmers will enjoy playing in the crashing waves, while more experienced swimmers brave the five-foot swells.
For Little SwimmersAtlantis offers younger visitors a safe play area called King Neptune's Cove. This water playground has sprinklers, tubes and water jets to cool little swimmers.
Food OptionsThe park offers the Bermuda Triangle Ice Cream parlor that features ice cream, burgers and snacks.
Safety RecordAccording to WLKY News from Louisville, a 4-year-old boy wandered from King Neptune's Cove to the wave pool. The child was under the water for more than a minute before he was rescued and taken to the hospital.
Address: 515 Marriott Drive, Clarksville, IN 47129
Hours: The park is open Memorial Day to mid-August from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Price: Weekdays, $8; weekends, $10.
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Deep River Waterpark
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