12/15/2011 05:23 pm ET

Water Parks In Indianapolis: A Huffington Post Travel Guide

Water parks in Indianapolis, Indiana make up for the city's lack of natural bodies of water. 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 Indianapolis water parks.

Caribbean Cove Hotel And Water Park

Indianapolis' Caribbean Cove Water Park boasts 50,000 square feet of indoor tropical play lands and is open year round. Because the water park runs in conjunction with a hotel, it's convenient to visit even if you're hours away. The park is also near other Indianapolis attractions, including the city's well-regarded Indianapolis Zoo and ever-changing Children's Museum.

Slide Away

The park's most notable attractions are its giant-sized slides. Slides include the Tropical Twist aqua whiz body slide measuring in at 40 feet tall by 202 feet long, the Jungle Rumble slide at 40 feet tall by 267 feet long and the Raging Rapids super flume tube slide measuring in at a whopping 40 feet tall by 388 feet long.

Other Attractions

Other attractions at Indianapolis' Caribbean Cove include the Boom Bay sports activity pool, a 700-gallon tipping water bucket, a plunge pool and lazy river. Also available is Crazy CoCo's Arcade, featuring over 50 state-of-the-art games in addition to multiple spas and lounging areas for parents in need of some R&R.

Cafe Snacks

Caribbean Cove provides a variety of food options for its guests at the Calypso Cafe, including Noble Romans Pizza, sandwiches, light snacks and other party favorites.

Safety Record

In 2010, a toddler was pulled from a pool in the Caribbean Cove water park, as reported by WTHR 13. The toddler was pulled to safety and recovered. Lifeguards are on staff during water park hours.

Address: 3850 Depauw Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46268
Phone: 317-872-9790
Hours: According to the Caribbean Cove website, hours of operation vary depending on time of year. Call 317-872-9790 to plan your visit.
Price: Prices vary depending on season and room availability. You must purchase a Water Park room package for access to the park, which includes an instant-access wristband for up to four guests per room. Prices for rooms range from $150 to $300 per night.

Indy Island Aquatic Center

The Indy Island Aquatic Center has pools both indoors and outdoors, allowing its guests to enjoy swimming year round. Areas of the aquatic center may also be reserved for parties and events.

Kiddie Playhouse

The main attraction at the Indy Island Aquatic Center is its water playhouse. The playhouse features a small slide, geysers and spray features that make playing in the water more fun for children. There's also a large water slide for older children and adults.

Adults Can Have Fun Too

While there are many areas for children to play at the Indy Island Aquatic Center, the water park also keeps adults in mind with its adult-only spa, designated times for lap swimming and deck chairs for basking in the sun while children romp around in the water.

Food Options

A variety of pizzas are available for purchase, including lava cheese-tastic pizza, tropical pepperoni and sunny sausage. Ice cream, juice and cake are also available. Call ahead of time to order.

Safety Record

Our research revealed no notable news reports of accidents or safety issues at Indy Island Aquatic Center.

Address: 8575 E. Raymond St., Indianapolis, IN 46239
Phone: 317-862-6876
Hours: Summer hours through Aug. 7, noon to 5 p.m. daily. Indoor facility open year round, hours may vary.
Price: Adults, $5 on weekdays and $6 on weekends; children and seniors, $4 on weekdays and $5 on weekends; children younger than 2, free.

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