Indianapolis, Indiana suffers from the same cold winters and generally fickle weather as the rest of the Midwest. Fortunately, there are a couple of indoor water parks in Indianapolis offering a tropical escape at any time of year – no matter what the weather is like outside. One of these water parks is connected to a hotel, making it a perfect stopover for families traveling to or through the area. The other is intended more for folks who live in the city or its suburbs.
If neither of these fit the bill, there are a couple of more options just a short drive away. Here’s the full list:
At 50,000 square feet, this is the largest indoor water park in Indiana, and with the attached hotel, it’s a great place to stay for both locals and out-of-towners. For a water park of this size, the attractions are somewhat skimpy. However, all the basics are here – lazy river, water slides, children’s play structure, etc. There’s also an arcade with prize redemption.
Indy Island Aquatic Center
This is the rare indoor water park that’s not affiliated with a privately run hotel. Instead, it’s owned and operated by the City of Indianapolis. This year-round water park is small and only has a handful of attractions – zero depth entry pool, water slide, playhouse, spa, to name the major ones – but it’s much more affordable than a water park resort. If you live nearby and need a weatherproof activity for the afternoon, this is the place to go.
Official Site: Indy Island Aquatic Center
If you’re on the hunt for an indoor water park in Indianapolis, you can’t complain too much about those options. However, if you’re willing to expand your search to indoor water parks near Indianapolis, you can add a few more outstanding options to your list.
Great Wolf Lodge (Cincinnati)
This huge 79,000 square foot indoor water park is part of the Great Wolf Lodge chain. It features just about everything you could want in an indoor water park, including some larger rides that are intense enough to have the adults screaming right along with the kids. The water park is strictly for guests of the resort, which has all sorts of other attractions – many of them designed with youngsters in mind.
CoCo Key Water Resort (Cincinnati)
CoCo Key is another popular water park resort chain with a location in Cincinnati. At 50,000 square feet, it’s a fairly large facility with attractions suitable mostly for younger kids. The water park is connected to Crowne Plazza Cincinnati North, though you don’t have to be a guest to purchase day passes.
Big Splash Adventure (French Lick)
Looking for something a little more offbeat? This 40,000 square foot water park features a pirate theme that extends to the attached hotel (where you can rent cabin-like rooms). The highlight of the water park is a toilet bowl water slide that spins you around before dropping you into a plunge pool. For a review of this water park from an Indianapolis resident’s point of view, check out this article.
The number of Indianapolis indoor water parks is likely to tick up in the coming years, so be sure to check this space the next time you plan a getaway. In the meantime, if you aren’t satisfied with the options here, you might want to consider making the 5-hour drive to Sandusky, Ohio, home of the largest indoor water park in the country.