Sunday, January 3, 2016

Holiday World and Splashin' Safari

365 Days of Fun: Day 3

One of our most favorite places to visit is Santa Claus, Indiana - home of Holiday World. We first visited the area about 15 years ago and have been back several times since then. We love the drive down there, mostly along I-65, but then through peaceful, green landscapes with beautiful shades of blue as a backdrop.

Then as you round the bend from acres of green, you see roller coasters on the horizon. Holiday World is a magic place that has been thrilling visitors for decades. Over the years the park has expanded and every season you can look forward to something new - sometimes it's a new thrill ride, a new offering for the younger set or a new addition to the water park.

Admission covers both the theme park and the Splashin' Safari water park. This is a place where there is truly something for everyone from the littlest of visitors to the most seasoned - from the most adventurous to the biggest scaredy cat. Coasters galore or carousels and antique cars. There are also shows and games and lots of food to enjoy. And even on the hottest of days, you can get your fill of Christmas spirit in this town that celebrates the big guy in red all year long.

The park celebrates its 70th season starting in April. Among the most popular highlights at the park are the Thunderbird, the country's only launched wing coaster, the Wildebeest, a one-third mile long water coaster with a four-story drop for four passengers that also has a conveyor ride up and thrilling wooden coasters, the Raven, the Legend and the Voyage.

My boys always love spending hours in the wave pools (there are two) and gliding along the Bahari River.

The park continually earns top ratings - from best coasters to cleanest park to most family-friendly - all well-deserved.

Another thing that makes me love Holiday World is that parking is free - as is sunscreen and soft drinks. On a warm day it's important to stay hydrated, but you can quickly run out of dough buying beverages at other water parks. The free drinks are part of what makes it such a great value.

If you've never been to Holiday World, put it on your travel bucket list and plan to get there in 2016! For more info, visit
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