There’s a reason why the Indiana Beach slogan has changed from “There’s more than corn in Indiana!” to “Where Families Flock For Fun”. It applies to state too because it pretty much captures how Indiana has transformed while keeping all the charm of its prairie roots. This quiet city also lies in America’s Midwest and means Land of the Indians. While the Star City, as it is sometimes called, may not be on everyone’s radar, its out-of-the-way character makes it a great find for those who like to wander away from the beaten track. It’s a campus city which gives it a vibrant recreational character. There are quite a few amusement parks to keep your family in high spirits. So, here we are, inviting you to explore the water & amusement parks in Lafayette, Indiana.
1. Prophetstown State Park Aquatic Center
Named after a Native American village, this attractively designed Aquatic Center offers something for the whole family. The 30-feet (9.14 meters) tube slide is easily the standout feature, but there’s also the adventure channel, body flume, and zero-entry pool. There’s a well-equipped bathhouse and a concession stand that offers snacks at reasonable prices. You can spend a whole day here with family, and still feel like you need more time. Perfect for a summertime visit.
Prophetstown State Park Aquatic Center
Address: 5545 Swisher Road, West Lafayette, IN
2. Castaway Bay
As its name suggests, this water park promises to fulfill your family’s appetite for adventure. The beach-style entrance invites you to pit your skills against your friends at water basketball and other quaint water-based challenges. You can also hire out the space for a private pool party. It’s part of Armstrong Park (yes, named after Neil Armstrong, an alumnus of Purdue) which features a relaxing trail, wildflower spaces, tennis and basketball courts, baseball fields, and a playground for family members of all ages.
Address: Beck Lane, Lafayette, IN
Website: Castaway Bay
3. Vinton Pool
Located on Prairie Lane, this recreational space with a marked community feel is equipped with something for both junior and adult swimmers. You’ll walk through an inviting beach-style entrance that frames exciting features such as water geysers and double slides. There is also the option of renting the pool after-hours. The pool has showers, changing rooms, and umbrella-shaded deck chairs around the pool from which parents can stretch out and keep a hawk eye on their kids. Purchase of a season ticket will get you the added perk of the entrance to Castaway Bay and/or Tropicanoe Cove.
Address: 3111 Prairie Ln, Lafayette, IN
Website: Vinton Pool
4. Seashore Waterpark
There’s a reason why this park has been described as “Best city water park in Central Indiana!”. For an affordable admission price, you swirl around in the wave pool and get some support from the tubes provided by the park. Another pool area comes packed with features for the little ones as the older ones keep themselves busy on the slides, lazy river and monkey bars. The lifeguard crew ensures the safety and the area is observed at all times.
Address: 130 E Ulen Dr, Lebanon, IN
Website: Seashore Waterpark
5. Indiana Beach Amusement Resort
If you’re looking for the classic amusement park vibe with carousels, candy floss, corn dogs and nostalgic wonders waiting around every tent, Indiana Beach Amusement Resort. Located on the beautiful shores of Lake Shafer, the resort boasts over 45 rides and attractions including the Zero G Super Loop, the Skycoaster, the Double Shot, and the Cornball Express. There’s a toybox with amusements suited to the younger kids and down by the beach you’ll see the boardwalk pulling in the crowds for its classic attractions include video arcades and food carts. You need a few days to enjoy all the park has to offer, and the lodging and camping options help in that quest.
Indiana Beach Amusement Resort
Address: 5224 E. Indiana Beach Rd., Monticello, IN
Website: Indiana Beach Amusement Resort
6. Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center
As the song goes, “Way down in Kokomo, that’s where we want to go”, this Aquatic Center lives up to all its popular appeal. With its splash pad, slide towers, concessions, and thrilling water slides, the Kokomo Beach Center has something for everyone in the family at an affordable price. You can lounge around in the leisure pool or challenge your friends to a race at the lap pool. The smaller ones don’t miss out either and they’ll keep taking turns to have a go at the kiddie slide.
Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center
Address: 804 West Park Avenue, Kokomo, IN
Website: Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center
7. Splash Pad at Mulberry Fields
This prairie-theme amusement is scaled perfectly to keep kids of all ages pleasantly engaged. Part of a larger 38-acre (15.4 hectares) area that features athletic fields, meadows, hills, and a skate park, the splash pad comes in for special mention for its intriguing combination of the natural and man-made features. So while the kids can splash around in the exciting features of the pad, they are also invited to follow to where the runoff leads: an attractive slab-lined creek that sits quaintly in a landscape of prairie grass.
Splash Pad at Mulberry Field
Address: 9645 Whitestown Rd, Zionsville, IN
If you’re looking for manageable doses of spook or even to cock a snook at spook, this is your destination. In the brooding passageways of Frankenstein’s Castle in Indiana Beach you might start out being wary of hidden scares, instead, you might just be thrown off your feet by shifting floors, a creaky bridge, and balconies that tip forward when you least expect. When was the last time you opened a dead-end door – well here you’ll see a whole room of them? If there could ever be a wholesome haunted house, Frankenstein’s Castle fits the bill. Perfect for the family.
Salem Wax Museum and Witch Village Combo Ticket
Splash around in Lafayette
Ever wondered why everyone wants to head down to Kokoma? That’s because it has one of Indiana’s many water and amusement parks. Get ready for waves and fun at Prophetstown State Park or Castaway Bay, or roam about quaint nooks by the pool around the Splash Pad at Mulberry Fields, and if you want to add some spooks, there’s Frankenstein’s Castle by Indiana Beach. You’ll ask to be taken there again like it was Kokoma (which it is among many other things). Hop over and explore the water & amusement parks in Lafayette, Indiana.
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