With its long, cool winters, Indiana is a great place for an indoor water park. What better way to spend an afternoon in the middle of February than by splashing and sliding in a temperature-controlled water park? Unfortunately, there are currently only three indoor water parks in Indiana, and none of them really compare to the truly large parks around the country. Still, they offer a plenty of fun to both out of state visitors and local families in need of a quick getaway.
Here are the indoor water parks in Indiana, in order of size. All three are connected to hotels, allowing you to rent a room and enjoy the water park without setting foot outside.
Caribbean Cove (Indianapolis)
At 50,000 square feet, Caribbean Cove is not large compared to some of the behemoth indoor water parks in Wisconsin or Ohio. Still, it’s the biggest in Indiana and includes plenty of entertainment for the whole family. With body and tube slides, a lazy river, and giant play structure, it has a well-rounded assortment of water attractions. Admission to this water park is reserved for guests of the Caribbean Cove Hotel & Conference Center, so you’ll need to book a room to get access. Still, in comparison to the cost of many other family vacations, a stay here is pretty cheap.
Big Splash Adventure (French Lick)
While Caribbean Cove offers the prototypical indoor water park experience, Big Splash Adventure in French Lick is quirky and unique. The 40,000 square foot water park is enclosed in a greenhouse-like structure with glass walls and a retractable roof. It has a lot of the standard water attractions, along with a few twists such as a large bowl slide. The hotel rooms have style, too, with names and furnishings that make you feel as if you’re sailing the high seas. You don’t have to stay at the hotel to get into the water park, though. Admission is open to the public.
Splash Universe (Shipshewana)
At less than 30,000 square feet, Splash Universe is small compared to many other indoor water parks. Nevertheless, it’s got a lot going for it. For one thing, it’s located in the tourist town of Shipshewana, where there are plenty of family friendly activities at all times of year. For another, it really caters to young kids who aren’t likely to mind the modest size of the park. Splash Universe is attached to a hotel, but you don’t have to rent a room to access the water park. A limited number of day passes are available to the general public – just be sure you call ahead to make certain you can get in.
Perhaps none of the indoor water parks in Indiana are worthy of a long road trip on their own, but then, they don’t have to be. They’re all located in areas that have loads of other tourist attractions to keep you and your family busy. But if you’re looking for a resort experience with an indoor water park that really is worth a long drive, there’s good news – some of the best indoor water parks around are in the Midwest (for example, check out neighboring Ohio).