When I think of summer and warm weather, I immediately think of waterparks, water slides, and splash pads. Did you know that we have quite a few awesome water parks in Indianapolis and Central Indiana? We’re laying down the info on the best Indy area water parks and a few that are worth the drive! Add these cool hot spots to your summer list of things to do in Indy.
Indianapolis Area Water Parks
Freedom Springs Water Park
750 W. Stop 18 Rd., Greenwood
This south side water park has a lazy river, lap pool, zero-depth entry activity pool with a play zone for children, three huge water slides (two body slides and a tube slide), diving boards, a lily pad crossing, and a drop slide. Play all day and enjoy a plethora of options at the concession stand. Purchase a seasonal soda fountain cup and get $1 refills all summer long! Cabana and shelter rentals are available for the full days and half days. Purchase a punch pass to save money, and summer memberships are available. The Greenwood waterpark is one your kids will want to visit again and again.
The Waterpark in Carmel
1235 Central Park Drive East, Carmel
This north side water park has elements that are sure to excite the whole family. The world-famous FlowRider® is the best place in Indiana to get that surfer experience. Scale the wall and reach the top of the AquaClimb®, splash around in the zero-depth pool with a large playground activity area, swim in the lap pool, enjoy the brand new activity area in the kiddie pool, relax on the lazy river, get your adrenaline rush on the plunge slide, challenge your friends on the lily pad course and race down one of two water slides. Added bonus, your admission includes access to other on-site amenities. Concessions available. Food and coolers are allowed in the designated grass area only.
Splash Island Water Park
651 Vestal Rd, Plainfield
This west side water park is a favorite place to beat the heat all summer long. With extended evening hours one night each week, families can enjoy the fun even when the sun is going down. Try all three water slides, splash your friends at the water playground with a tipping bucket in the zero-depth entry kiddie pool, take a float around the winding river, fight the current in the two pulsating vortexes, dive into the competition pool, play a game of hoops at the water basketball court and enjoy the other play areas. Concessions available, outside food permitted.
Murphy Aquatic Park
753 South CR 625 East, Avon
Murphy Aquatic Park in Avon is fun for everyone, specifically designed with accessibility in mind. The entire central play structure is handicap accessible, with features above and below for various play opportunities. An anonymous donor has provided water wheelchairs for both adult and child use, and these are available to anyone who may need to use them on a first-come, first-served basis. The waterpark also features a wave pool, two waterslides, dumping bucket, basketball hoops, and zero depth entry pools. There’s a concession stand on site, cabanas are available to rent, and sensory friendly swim hours are currently offered on Tuesday mornings throughout the summer!
Franklin Family Aquatic Center
396 Branigin Blvd, Franklin
This south side aquatic center has two water park-like features; a large slide and a fun activity playground in the zero-depth entry pool. Add the huge, colorful umbrellas, packed social calendar, and sunshine, and you’re in a water-filled haven. The Franklin water park is a blast and will keep you cool this summer.
The Splash House in Marion
2601 S Adams St, Marion, Indiana
The Splash House is just an hour away from Indianapolis and offers so much fun for kids (and adults) of all ages. Features include a lazy river, a children’s water play area with slides, giant water slides (including a bowl slide), and a wave pool!
Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center
802 W. Park Ave., Kokomo
Kokomo Beach has family fun for all ages in the form of a leisure pool, a competition pool, and a lap pool. Get your thrills aboard the Slide Tower which has both a tube and a body slide. Little ones can take their own ride on the kiddie-sized slide and splash pad play area and your whole family can relax on the lazy river.
Seashore Water Park
130 E Ulen Dr, Lebanon
This beloved local waterpark in Lebanon has all your family’s favorite water features! Float on the lazy river, splash in the wave pool, catch a ride on one of two waterslides, or play in the activity pool with zero depth entry. Coolers and outside food are not allowed, but a reasonably priced concession stand is available on site.
Splashin’ Safari Water Park at Holiday World
452 E Christmas Blvd, Santa Claus
Splashin’ Safari Waterpark at Holiday World is just one part of your visit to the Holiday World theme park. With your admission to Holiday World, you’ll also have admission to Splashin’ Safari, free soft drinks, free parking, free sunscreen, and free wifi. Kids 2 and under get free admission to the whole park. See the Holiday World website for current prices.
Prophetstown State Park Aquatic Center
5545 Swisher Road, West Lafayette
Prophetstown State Park is an Indiana State Park gem. The property has a fantastic aquatic center that’s a hot spot all summer long. Guests enjoy amenities like the tube slide, a body flume, a lazy river, an adventure area, and a zero-entry pool with a children’s play area. Kids 3 and under are free, see the website for current pricing + vehicle entrance fees.
Big Splash Adventure Water Park & Hotel
8505 IN-56, French Lick
Stay and play at this French Lick hotel/waterpark combo that boasts water slides, a lazy river, obstacle course, water playground, outdoor pool, and an adults only hot tub. A limited number of day passes are available during certain times, see the website for current pricing. Kids 2 and under are free. Concessions available.
Abe Martin Lodge Water Park Brown County
8505 IN-56, French Lick
Perfect for quick getaways, the Abe Martin Lodge indoor aqua park offers an entry-level experience for young water park goers. Two large slides, whirlpool, zero-depth entry activity area, basketball, and volleyball all make this a fun place for families to play.
Water Parks Near Indiana
Kings Island Soak City Water Park
6300 Kings Island Dr #2, Kings Mills, OH
Soak City, the water park at Kings Island, has more than 50 water attractions, including 36 water slides! With dedicated spaces specifically for young children and water fun opportunities for kids who can’t swim yet, everyone can have a blast!
Great Wolf Lodge Water Park
2501 Great Wolf Dr, Mason, OH
A favorite destination for Indianapolis water park-loving families, Great Wolf Lodge has water slides, a wave pool, activity areas, and a lazy river, all indoors! “Kids” of all ages will LOVE this place. And now, with day passes available, you can make a day trip of it!