If you’ve been an Indianapolis with Kids reader for any amount of time, you probably know that I’m a sucker for free activities (although, we often visit places that cost money) and I love local parks. This doesn’t change when I’m on vacation. Local parks have so much to offer and are all unique in one way or another.

That said, it shouldn’t surprise you that we visited ANOTHER city park today. Central Park in Valparaiso is just that, a central place for people to gather. In this space there are events, festivals, concerts, movies, markets and more on a regular basis. We loved it because after lunch we could run around in the spray area and burn off a bunch of energy before we returned to the Inn for naptime! Kids were in bathing suits AND in regular clothes so a spontaneous visit would be okay too!

During our visit there was a farmers market taking place. Central Park is also surrounded by a large variety of many unique local businesses. Our reason for picking Central Park today was the free splash pad! The photos on the tourism website just made it look like so much fun and THE place to be during the summer. The photos told a truthful story! There were so many people taking advantage of the hot summer weather and the free splash pad. It looked like a huge party!

The Central Park splashpad is open from 10am – 7pm during the summer, weather permitting. Check the website for more information about other programs and performances in Central Park.